FOR anyone who has ever tried it, there is no doubt that there isn't an experience to rival camping when it comes to providing a break to get all the senses tingling and leave the mind, body and soul invigorated.
Cast aside the distant memories and the myths of camping from days gone by. Be it a holiday abroad or a break in the UK, camping provides a wonderfully flexible chance to get away from it all. When holiday companies talk about package trips being tailor made, they're not comparing them with the opportunities camping offers. Campsites vary greatly - some are large and easy to access, often with entertainment provided in some sort of bar or restaurant. Others are a smaller, more remote affairs, which reward the effort it takes to get there with wonderful vistas that you know few get to experience.
The trick to a good camping break is make such you have the right camping equipment. Paying more at the outset normally guarantees high quality, and that is what we at CompassPoint specialise in.
The most important piece of camping gear is, of course, the tent. But what to look for from a tent? First of all, consider how many people will be using it at one time. Is it just two people or 12 who will looking to share the camping equipment? The most important thing is to ensure that there is enough space to sleep, and that you have the storage space you need for other camping equipment, such as boots, camp kitchen, lights, and rucksacks - not to mention those other optional extras - the children and the pets!
Then think about how you intend to use your tent. As the most important piece of camping equipment, you need it to fit in with your plans. If you're planning to go fell walking or trekking, then a light tent will be a priority. On the other hand, if you're heading up a mountain where the weather is changeable, a storm shelter providing extra protection might be the most important consideration.
It is also worth investing in other camping equipment, such as extra tent pegs, to allow for the inevitably loss of smaller items of gear. A peg remover and mallet also come in handy, while optional hanging nets also provide extra storage space. A lantern - with candles - and light-weight kitchen equipment should also be bought to ensure you can have a camp fire - a must on any trip!