One big advantage of this warm summer weather is that you can take off with the family and enjoy a camping trip.
This is a great way to spend some quality time with the little ones without breaking the bank, as hotel prices can be hugely prohibitive for larger families during peak season.
The main thing that you need to get sorted is the tent and it’s always best to invest in a good quality design to protect you from the elements. For the sake of comfort, always opt for more space than you think you’ll need. When a description says ‘two person’, it generally means there is enough room for two people to sleep – but this doesn’t allow any room for your belongings or space for relaxing during the day.
Some tents have separate compartments and this can be particularly handy for families as the kids can get their own ‘room’. Before ordering, make sure to check the height and waterproof level of the tent to eliminate the chance of any nasty surprises!
This Vango Irish 500 5-Person Tent (€429) is a great starter choice for families as it is a hardwearing and waterproof model that will withstand even the most temperamental Irish summer! If you’re just looking for something for two people, try this Vango Beta XL 350 3-Person Tent (€199).
You’re not going to enjoy any camping trip if you’re up all night without a wink of sleep! Even when conditions are good during the day, temperatures tend to drop at night so a warm sleeping bag is an absolute essential.
There is a wide selection available on site ranging in price from under €20 for a kid-friendly bag like this Yellowstone Jungle Sleeping Bag (€19) to over €200 for one that will see you through a serious global expedition like this Wychwood Morpheus Ultra 7 Sleeping Bag (€214)!
When buying a sleeping bag, look out for the ‘comfort level’, which will give you an indication of the optimal temperatures for use. If you’re planning to trek or travel a lot with your sleeping bag, make sure to go for one that is compact and easy to carry.
Airbeds and mats
If you like your creature comforts, then investing in an airbed or inflatable mat is a great way to make the camping experience a bit more luxurious. As well as keeping you dry, they’ll also protect you from any lumps and bumps on the ground for a more comfortable sleep.
This Yellowstone Inflatable Mat With Pillow And Dry Sac (€42) does exactly what it says on the tin, while Regatta also has a self-inflating mat (€51) that will rise to 7cms. Willing to inflate one yourself? The Vango 210cm Double Flocked Airbed (€71) and Yellowstone Double Flocked Airbed With Pump (€42) will be almost as good as your bed at home!
Now that you’ve got the basics covered, it’s time to look to the little extra touches and a decent camp chair is a good start. Chances are that you’ll want to sit back and relax at some stage and this Yellowstone Ashford Exec Chair (€37) is ideal. Or why not go one step further with this Vango Inflatable Sofa (€54)?
A cool bag like this Yellowstone 25 Litre Bag (€21) will keep your drinks or perishable foods at the right temperature, while a Folding BBQ (€21) will allow you to cut down on costs by preparing your own meals.
Lastly, don’t forget a light source for those dark nights! This 12 LED Wind-Up Mini Lantern (€21) will do the job, while a Mini Head Torch (€19) is a great option for any last night trips to the bathroom!
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