I’ve been camping 3 times now, and naturally, I think of myself as an expert, so here I am to tell you guys how to camp, but mostly how not to do it like me.
Probably the most important of all camping equipment, the tent! For my 1st ever camping experience, I shared the tiniest pop up tent with Amy. Sure, it was super funny, but it wasn’t at all comfortable. Safe to say I didn’t get any sleep over those 2 nights. This time round I shared a much roomier 2 man blue tent with James. Luckily for you lot it’s currently at 50% off. It was actually great! So light to carry around, especially if you’re not travelling by car and need to jump between trains and buses. It was also super simple to put up, took us less than 10 minutes to set up, and surprisingly easy to pack away too!
Chances are, there’s going to be a massive queue for the showers, if there even are any at your chosen camping spot, and you’re more than likely going to have to live a little feral, so wipes are essential. I’d also highly recommend some dry shampoo, it came in very handy with keeping my fringe fresh.
So this is 1 thing we didn’t have, but it’s the 1 thing I would DEFINITELY make sure to have next time. The ground where we were camped for the festival was very hard and bumpy, and our foam roll mats just weren’t enough to make for a comfortable sleep, but an air mattress would be sure to mask the unpleasant bulges. I’d also recommend feeling out the floor for any big lumps before setting up your tent.
Layers, lots of layers! It may be hot and summery during the day, but the nights can get very cold. You’re going to want more than a sleeping bag to keep you warm. Bring an extra blanket, a thick sweater, and chunky socks. All these additional items bring me on to my last item.
We could’ve brought so much more stuff with us if we had a car. It was quite tiring carrying everything between the 2 of us, add in some sleepless nights thanks to the mound of hard, dry soil impaling itself into my back, and you can imagine how exhausted I was after 3 nights in the great outdoors. That’s not to say I didn’t have a ruddy amazing time, but a car really would’ve helped.
I’d love to hear your camping tips! You can also see all my gig posts on IG via #captaincharleygigs.
* Blacks invited me as a guest to the festival and asked me for my views on the tent featured, but rest assured, all words and opinions are my own 🙂