A tent and a sleeping bag. Maybe something to cook with. That’s all you really need to get started when camping, and if you have those things, you can get by quite comfortably. However, we all know that’s only the start, and very few of us actually travel so light.
if you want a truly great holiday, you need to expand your arsenal of camping furniture, helping to create a real home away from home and allowing you to really kick back and relax. Here’s some of the camping furniture and equipment you need before you head off for you next trip.
There’s nothing quite like plonking a chair outside your tent, grabbing a *insert drink of choice* and watching the world go by, or sitting around a campfire with a group of friends, toasting some marshmallows. So unless you plan on sitting on the floor, camping chairs are absolutely essential.
There are some really swanky camping chairs out there, with foot and head rests, and are almost as comfortable as the armchair in your living room. However, if you just want something simple, then you can get chairs for the whole family without spending much at all – and with brands like Vango and Kampa, you know you’re still getting top quality.
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Going hand in hand with the chairs, you could also do with a camping table. Sitting around as a family and enjoying some quality time together is one of the joys of camping, and perhaps something you don’t get to do enough of at home, so make sure you have a camping table you can all sit around.
We’ve got a superb range of camping tables to choose from, suitable for use both inside and outside your tent, ideal if you like a little al fresco dining or want to get together for a games night. They’re all foldable so will pack away nice and compactly when not in use.
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Air bed / camp bed
If you have a good quality sleeping bag and mat then you can get a great night’s sleep, but if you want a little extra comfort then you might want to consider an air bed or camp bed, so you’re not sleeping on the floor. Obviously you won’t then feel any bumps in the ground, but you’ll also be a little warmer.
Having an air bed or camp bed also means you have more sleeping provisions if you have a couple of extra people camping with you.
Unless you’re going to live out of a suitcase or store everything in piles around the tent (if you have children, they’ll likely do this anyway) then you’ll need some decent camping storage solutions.
When it comes to storage, you can go as simple or sophisticated as you like. From fabric cupboards and wardrobes to full kitchen units and basic camping storage containers, you can ensure your tent stays neat, tidy and organised – in theory!
So whether you want or need somewhere to keep your food, shoes, dirty washing or whatever else you’ve brought with you, we’ve got you covered.
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You don’t have to just eat dried or tinned food when you go camping, you know? If you use a camping fridge then you can keep food nice and fresh, meaning you can eat just about whatever you like – although you’ll obviously need a mains hook up so you can plug it in.
Don’t want to go for the full camping fridge option? An electric cool box will do the trick as well. Or if you’re going out for the day, then go for a cool bag and some freezer packs.
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A bit of outdoor camping furniture here. Windbreaks serve a couple of functions, and can therefore come in incredibly handy – as the name suggests, they can screen you from the wind so you can still enjoy being outdoors on a blowy day, and they can also act as a privacy screen. So if you’re on a busy campsite but just want some time to yourself, then you can create your own little enclosure that’s just for your and your family.
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Does this really count as furniture? Well you sit down on it, so we’re going to go with yes!
If you don’t have any toilet facilities nearby (or you really don’t like shared toilets), then you’ll need a portable camping toilet. We have a great range to choose from that are compact and lightweight so won’t take up too much room, and we even have a toilet tent to ensure any calls of nature are kept just between you and nature! You’ll also need to get some camping toilet chemicals to keep it clean, which you can also get right here.
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Take a look at our full range of camping furniture – what essentials can’t you be without?
Last modified: July 13, 2017