Setting off to go camping implies preparing properly for your journey and not forgetting essential equipment for your onsite comfort. To help you to this end, here are a few pieces of advice collected as we’ve gone along from chats with our campers.
Choose carefully your camping pitch and your tent
- The colour of the material of your tent can have a strong impact on how it attracts the sun’s rays. Choose therefore a lighter coloured tent.
Putting up your tent
- Test out the zips on your tent and close them when siting the tent, to make sure you don’t put too much strain on the tent, which will prevent them from closing later and will force you to take it down and then put it up again.
- Think to bring some soap to release a zip that is stuck, whether on your tent or sleeping bag, it works very well!
- If your tent is small, think to bring clothes which are easy to put on to avoid acrobatics when getting up
- Packing your clothes carefully in your bag will help in saving time in finding your clothes
- Sand is very effective for drying clothes and damp shoes. To do this heat the sand with your stove and place it around your wet clothes to extract the dampness
- Don’t forget the essential accessories for the weather: hat for the sun and raincoat for the rain
- Bring 2 pairs of shoes, closed and slip on, very useful for the wash block
- Tent, tent pegs
- Stove (2 burner) – gas or propane
- Wooden matches (damp-proof)
- Cool-box and thermos flask
- Foam ground sheet or inflatable mattress
- Woollen blanket and pillows
- Sleeping bags
- Plastic bags
- Swiss knife
- First-aid kit, including anti-insect products, sun cream and cream for sunburn, toilet paper
- Small brush and shovel
- Rope and string