Over the last 5 years camping has had something of a re-birth. The rise in festivals has meant a lot more young people are buying tents, while the fact that campsites are now safer, have more amenities and the general advent of ‘comfy camping’ has meant that thousands more people are choosing a camping holiday. And more women are camping than ever before.
A good comfy camping experience is all about good organisation, so when you are packing think about the following:
- Eye mask to block out that early morning light (this lavender one is my favourite).
- Lots of extra pillows and blankets (don’t worry about how full the car is just make sure your tent is the cosiest one of all).
- A good torch (placed next to your pillow)
- A hot water bottle (if you are somewhere that will get cold at night)
- Organic facial wipes
- Merino socks
- Sheep skin rugs (these can transform a tent and really hold onto the warmth)
- Invest in a double sleeping bag (this makes all the difference when you want to cuddle up with your partner in the tent)
- AeroBed – they have developed an outdoor version, which you can inflate using a rechargeable pump (from £60).
- Silk sleeping bag liner makes a huge difference.
- Solar shower – one of peoples biggest concerns is the state of the camp site shower. Get round this by taking your own hot shower. Fill it with water, leave in the sun for 3 hours to get hot, then hang it up to use.
Glamping has been steadily growing over the last few years with people looking for the next level of comfort when camping. This can often be more expensive, so you can buy a bell tent yourself and create some of the glamp without the price tag. The new Bell Tents (sleeping 8-12) have become the must have item in campsites, with their light-softening canvas and ease to put up. They are lightweight with a porch, mosquito nets, and sides that will roll up when it’s hot and cost from £299.
If you want to camp in comfort around the world without the hassle of packing your tent check out Go Glamping a luxury camping directory of the UK and abroad where you will find yurts, tipis, safari tents, airstream caravans and more.
Here are a few of the best European luxury camps sites as recommended by The Guardian.
My personal glamping favourite is Fforest in Cardigan Bay, created by the masterminds behind Howies. We stayed in a tipi there last summer and had the most magical time. Complete with lots of cushions, soft mattresses, sheep skins and a great suspended woodburner we could not have been more comfortable. Plus there are loads of great things to do with the kids on your doorstep. The aim of fforest was to create a place to enjoy the simplicity, pleasures and beauty of living under canvas in an outstanding natural environment and they have definitely achieved this. Check out their website for the many price/accommodation options. I would be highly surprised if you were disappointed.