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Top five tips for a bank holiday camping trip

Advice on choosing the best tent and campsite


1. Choosing a tent

When it comes to choosing a tent nothing beats trying it out for real. This is a great way to get a real sense of the size and space your tent will offer and to see how the tent’s features and storage options can help make your camping trip more comfortable.     

Before you buy a tent combine our family tents reviews with a visit to a camping shop or tent exhibition with a good display of erected tents.  

If you are planning a family camping trip then dome and tunnel tents will suit you best. They offer more space than smaller expedition or pop-up tents. 

Our video on how we test tents will give you an insight into how we compare tents. 

2. Try before you buy

A tent’s size, features, design and manufacturer will all determine its price. Tents can cost as little as £20, but can reach over £1,000, so consider your purchase carefully.  Make sure you enjoy camping before you spend your money – perhaps borrowing a tent from friends or family to try before you buy.

If you decide to commit to camping then try your tent out in the garden before using it for real.  It’s better to find out how to erect the tent in calm conditions, and to discoverer if any poles or pegs are missing. 

3. Prepare for all weathers

The British bank holiday weather can be unpredictable so be prepared for an unexpected downpour. Look for a tent with separate living and sleeping compartments and perhaps room for a small table and chairs. 

Packing a Best Buy waterproof jacket will help you make the most of the great outdoors whatever the weather. Trying on a waterproof jacket is the best way to achieve the best fit and to see how features, such as pockets and zips, suit your body shape. Our waterproof jackets reviews are best combined with a visit to an outdoor retailer. 

4. Choosing a campsite

Camping is a great option for an affordable bank holiday weekend. The price of your pitch will reflect your tent’s size and features, with basic pitches starting from as little as £5 per night for two adults and two children in low season, to as much as £27 in high season. 

Holidaymakers who have resisted a camping holiday in the past will be pleased to know that, when it comes to facilities, things have moved on. Though good value campsites with basic facilities still exist, there are plenty of options for those in search of a little extra luxury too.  

Campers with children in particular may prefer a family-friendly campsite close to a town with family-friendly activities and attractions.

5. Have a back up

You’ve practiced in your garden and picked a tent and campsite you think best fits your needs, but despite all this your camping trip just isn’t going to plan.  If you find yourself faced with the need for alternative accommodation then a nearby hotel could be an option.  

Our review of the best UK hotel chains could come in handy, helping you choose a last minute option that will relive the stress and provide you with a good night’s sleep.

More on this…

  •  Book a holiday with a firm you can rely on using the results of our holiday companies survey
  •  Before booking your flights, find out how your airline fared in our airlines survey
  •  Planning a self-catering break? Then see our tips on how to book a holiday villa


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