The evenings are getting lighter meaning spring is just around the corner. So there is no time like the present to get geared up ready for your next camping adventure – we know you’re all itching to.
Although days start getting brighter and sunnier, there is no doubt that the temperatures remain bitterly cold. However, just because it’s not summer yet doesn’t mean you can get out and enjoy a fun-filled camping experience. We’ve got some tips for you to make sure that your spring camping trip is a good one.
Prepare for soft and muddy pitches
Although winter is on the out, that doesn’t mean that you should expect dry ground just yet. In March and April, you can expect the group to still be very soft and in some cases, waterlogged due to the rain.
Make sure to get yourself a decent pair of wellies or walking boots and get yourself a footprint groundsheet and decent tent pegs too to prevent your tent from getting muddy.
Tents come with standard pegs that pull free quickly so investing in heavy-duty tent pegs is a smart move whatever the weather.
Setting up and taking down in the rain
If you have ever tried to before you’ll know that setting up and putting away your tent when it’s raining is no easy feat. Let’s face it, soggy. Muddy camping gear shoved into the car is not the best way to end a camping trip.
However, there is a handy way to avoid this. Look into getting a rain poncho to protect yourself from the rain and take an extra tarp or very large bin bags so you can pop everything into them to get them to the car. A boot liner is also a good investment too especially if you love to explore. It will protect your car from mud and water.
Remember that if you take your tent down in the rain that you’ll need to dry it at home within 48hours.
Take extra bedding
As mentioned earlier in Spring the outdoors is still pretty cold and undoubtedly much colder than you think too! Make sure that you have a top-quality sleeping bag, thermals, and at least an extra thermal blanket just in case. There is nothing worse than being cold and not being able to do anything about it.
A hot water bottle is also a great idea as well as fleecy pyjamas.
Hot food and drink
One of the best things about camping is being able to cook outside. Good nutrition when camping is key and cold weather means that you need all the energy you can get. Cooking hot, hearty meals is a must! Things like casseroles, stews, soups, and porridge are great for building your energy as well as keeping you warm.