Campers of the UK rejoice! Campsites are officially re-opening in England on Saturday 4 July, with Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales expected to follow suit in the next few weeks. This means that while overseas holidays might not be on the cards right now, our staycation options are looking bright.
Knowing what to take camping is always a bit of challenge. So we’ve done the hard work for you by pulling together our list of the top 10 camping must-haves. Get your hands on these and you’ll be well-prepared for any camping situation!
We couldn’t really start anywhere else, could we? Tents are an integral part of the camping experience and the right tent will keep you company during many adventures. At Halfords, our tents range from two-man to eight-man and here are a couple of our favourites.
The Halfords 4 Person Vis a Vis Tent packs a lot into its 420 x 210 x 140 cm frame. Two separate sleeping areas make this a great option for families or groups of friends, while the middle of the tent provides a spacious interior storage area. There’s also a canopy to provide extra protection from the elements.
The tent has a packed size of just 53 x 20 x 20 cm and a pitching time of approximately 20 minutes. The 2,000 mm waterproof rating provides protection from the rain, while the double skin construction helps to prevent condensation.
If it’s pitching speed you’re after, then look no further than the Urban Escape 4 Person Quick Up Dome Tent.
This four-man tent can be assembled in just 10 minutes thanks to its integrated poles, and it comes with an oversized storage bag that makes taking it down and storing it away a breeze. The 3,000 mm hydrostatic head is suitable for heavy rain – perfect for our unpredictable British weather! – and the double skin helps to prevent condensation.
2. Sleeping bag
After a hard day’s exploring, cycling or simply chilling out with your family, you want something comfy to come back to. The Halfords Envelope Sleeping Bag has got you covered there, with its 100% monofibre filling and poly-cotton lining providing added warmth. Perfect for the summer season, it comes with a drawstring bag for easy storage and weighs just 1.2kg.
There’s also a double sleeping bag version that gives you 137 x 190 cm of space and comes with a compression sack for easy storage.
3. Air bed
Take your comfort to the next level and team your sleeping bag with an inflatable mattress. Air mattresses like the Halfords Single Flocked Airbed inflate quickly (make sure you invest in a pump at the same time) and are compact enough to fit neatly inside most tents.
4. Cool box
Moving on from sleeping and it’s time to think about food. Whether you’ve prepared a picnic at home or grabbed some supplies from your local store, you want that food to remain fresh until you’re ready for it. And that’s where a cool box comes in.
The Halfords 24 Litre 12V Electric Coolbox is powered by your car’s 12V accessory socket and has a hefty 24 Litre capacity. It can keep food cool or warm as required, while the durable casing helps to protect the yummy contents while you move the coolbox around.
If portability’s your top requirement, then look no further than the Halfords Coolbag Trolley. This option offers 25 Litres of capacity in combination with a pull-out handle and wide pair of wheels. There’s also a front zipped storage pocket for easy-to-access items and elastic bungee storage netting on the outside for additional space.
If you want a winning combination of portability and capacity, then upgrade to the Halfords 40 Litre Mains and 12V and 24V Electric Coolbox where you’ll get wheels, a handle and 40 huge Litres of storage space.
5. Camping stove
Imagine waking up your campsite and being able to cook up a bacon butty for breakfast. Or fry up a couple of steaks for your dinner. If that sounds like right up your street, then you need a Halfords Portable Gas Stove in your life.
For just £12.00, you get a convenient single ring cooker with an automatic flame ignition system. The camping stove is suitable for 8-20cm pots and pans and comes with a handy carry case for easy storage. One thing to bear in mind is that you’ll need a Butane push in A4 gas cartridge to provide the power, so pop a couple of those on your camping checklist too.
To get maximum value for money, we’d recommend the Halfords Complete Cookset Pack. This gets you the stove, four aluminium pans, three cooking utensils, four plastic food containers and a carry rucksack for the bargain price of £30.00. Truly a great purchase for any camper!
6. Camping kettle
And going hand-and-hand with the camping stove is a camping kettle! After all, no British camping staycation is complete without the ability to brew a cuppa. We love the Halfords Stainless Steel Whistling Kettle for its classic look, 1.7 Litre capacity and folding insulated handle.
7. Camping cutlery and crockery
The food’s cooked and the kettle’s brewed, so it’s finally time for the eating. Our range of rainbow plastic cutlery, bowels, tumblers and plates easily stack together for compact storage (apart from the cutlery, for obvious reasons!). They’re also tough and durable, which means you can use them trip after trip after trip.
For the adults in the group, we’ve also got these handy acrylic wine glasses. Tough, durable and colourful, they’ll allow you to enjoy a well-earned beverage at the end of a busy day.
8. Camping chairs
Time to talk camping furniture! First up is camping chairs, which are a real must-have for any camping trip. We recommend the Halfords Camping Arm Chair, which is available in green or navy, and which gives you a great alternative when sitting on the floor just won’t do.
Made from durable canvas, the camping arm chair includes arm rests and a handy drinks holder. It can also be easily folded away and stored when not in use.
For the ultimate level of comfort, why not go for the Halfords Premium Folding Chair? Available in black and blue, this chair includes double-layered padding and a built-in insulated cup holder in the arm rest. It folds away easily and also comes with a useful carry bag and shoulder strap.
9. Camping table
Complete the chair and table set with a camping table like the Halfords Roll Up Aluminium Table. This collapsible table is lightweight and portable as well as quick and simple to erect, making it the perfect platform for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Last, but by no means least, is a camping gazebo. The Halfords 250 Fully Waterproof Gazebo is the perfect foil for the fickle British weather, providing protection from both blazing sun (50+ UV rating) and pouring rain (2,000m waterproof rating).
It’s quick and easy to erect; all you need to do is connect the poles together (like a tent), stand it upright and attach the canvas covering. Then when you’re finished, just take it apart again and tuck the poles and canvas back into the compact carry bag.
The gazebo has a walk-in height of 175mm and a floor coverage of 2.5 x 2.5m, providing plenty of space for a couple or family.
That concludes our list of the top 10 camping essentials! Of course, this is just a snapshot of the full range that’s available on Halfords.com so have yourself a browse if you’re after something we haven’t covered here.
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