If the thought of packing away your tent until next summer is fuelling some serious winter blues, stop right there. Autumn is here, but with these handy tips, you happy campers won’t lose your summer soul.
Hot water bottles are a godsend for campers. Pack at least one each for you and the brood. Aside from keeping you toasty at night, they’ll become your central heating while you roast S’mores over the fire. Wrap your hoodies around them while you're out catching waves. It’ll keep them warm too.
Delicious food that’s filling and easy to prepare on the campfire is key to enjoying the great outdoors. Go by the one pot, one utensil rule - think Mum’s best Mac ‘n’ Cheese or Dad’s awesome curry. Take plenty of treats for the kids with closed vacuum flask mugs for bedtime cocoa.
It may be Halloween season, but autumn camping doesn’t have to mean night time goose bumps. Place a foam roller underneath your sleeping bag to protect you from the chilly ground. Take fleece blankets, fleece-lined hoodies and infinity snoods, or even share a family sleeping bag to fight off any chill.
Microadventurer Alastair Humphreys swears by them and you can buy them for as little as £20. A Bivvy Bag is basically a waterproof layer you place over your sleeping bag to fend off any damp. Ground sheets are ideal too - they’re cheap as chips and if you don’t have camping chairs, the family can stargaze, without getting soggy.
Staying warm is the number one rule while you’re camping. Pop on some long johns, vests and a fur-lined hoody to help keep you warm as the night closes in or when you’re trekking cross country to find a loo! And remember, if the wind is chilly, an infinity scarf or snood protects where your hoody and hats won’t reach.