Comfortable camping in cooler months

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Some people only associate camping with a summer holiday, but there’s no reason that with the right prep work you can’t camp into autumn and beyond. Here are some tips to help you make sure your camping trip is just as comfortable as the weather gets cooler.

Choose a tent that is not too big. You may think the more room, the better, but more space to move around in is more space to keep warm.
Before you pitch your tent, look around to see if you can find a sheltered spot. When the temperature drops at night, a place with a bit of protection from the wind could help you stay warm.

It’s easier to stay warm than to get warm, so as soon as the temperature starts dropping, make sure you’re wrapped up to keep the heat in.
Layering your clothes can make it easier to adjust to the correct temperature.

Keep your energy up with filling foods. Staple morning meals like porridge or eggs are quick and will warm you up and get you going. Quick to prepare foods are the best as the longer you’re sat around making your meal, the colder you’ll get. One of the simplest ways to prepare a warm meal is using a self heating meal. We stock a range of different options.

If you’re planning on camping in the autumn, you might as well enjoy the autumn leaves. Take a little time before you go and find a campsite with stunning autumn views, either at the campsite itself or at hiking and biking spots nearby.
Be prepared for bad weather. Though there is still lots of lovely crisp and clear weather in the autumn, there’s always the chance of rain. Pack waterproofs so you won’t be miserable if the weather does take a turn for the worse.

So, will you join the crew that thinks cold weather camping is even better than warm? Try out these tips and give it a go!

5 autumnal things to enjoy while camping

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As summer fades and winter gets closer, it’s easy to dismiss autumn as a dreary placeholder, but autumn has its own charms. If you take the time to appreciate the glory of the change of the seasons, perhaps autumn will become a new favourite. Here are some of our favourite autumn activities you can enjoy on your next camping trip.

Crisp air and crisp leaves
Bring back a feeling of nostalgia by stepping on the crunchiest leaves and enjoying the crackle. Children love this too, and everyone can enjoy the cool, fresh air on a walk in the countryside.

Hot drinks
Hot drinks seem to take on an extra level of enjoyableness when the weather starts to get cooler. It’s lovely to curl up with a hot drink at the end of a chilly walk or in the morning to warm yourself up before heading out.

Collect sweet chestnuts
Collecting and roasting sweet chestnuts is an activity the whole family can join in with. Just make sure you don’t roast any horse chestnuts – these are poisonous! Use them to play conkers instead.

Wrapping up warm by the fire
The colder nights are a great excuse to get a fire going. Make sure that your campsite allows them before you get started. Wrapping up in cosy jumpers and blankets around a campfire in the evening can be the perfect opportunity to share stories and relax after a busy day.

Autumn leaves
Seeing the normally verdant forest turn into a riot of glorious reds, oranges and golds can create a gorgeous backdrop to any autumn activity. Whether it’s a bike ride, a picnic or a photography trip, the leaves alone can completely change the look of the countryside.

A warm meal is even more appreciated when the weather is cold. Why not make it easy by taking one of our self heating meals with you?
We hope you all enjoy the autumn season, whatever you choose to do.