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  1. Family Camping Top Tips

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    Family Camping Top Tips From Sub Zero

    Going on a family camping trip is a big adventure for everyone involved. The secret to its success will be down to your preparation, so if you need some help, just follow our top tips for a great family camping holiday.

    Put Up Your Tent

    If it is your first family camping trip of the season or you have just bought a new tent, ensure you put it up first in your garden just to check it over and ensure you know what you are doing. The kids will love you for it and it’s a great build-up to the actual trip.

    Inspect Your Gear

    How many of you have lit their stove for the gas to run out after a few minutes? I suspect more than will admit it. Even if you just check the essentials it is better than having to beg and borrow when on your pitch:

    Batteries for torches and lamps

    Camping gas for stoves

    Lighters/matches

    Anything inflatable

    Water carrier

    Pack The Car Beforehand

    Be under no illusion, you will pack more kit than you can actually fit in to your car. To avoid family arguments prior to setting off, pre-pack your gear so you know exactly what can be feasibly carried. If more space is needed then think about using a roof box or get friends and family to take stuff for you.

    Plan Your Journey

    You would be amazed at how many people rock up to sites after they have closed or in the dark after they have miscalculated the length of time the journey will take. All it takes is a quick check on a route planner (such as online with the AA) to show you the best routes and travel times. If you are going to run the route off a smartphone app then ensure you are able to charge it during the journey as they can be power hungry. The last thing you want is to travel most of the way for your phone to die.

    Entertain The Troops

    Most parents probably dread the journey to the campsite, especially if it is more then an hours travel time. Keeping the kids entertained in the back of the car should be one of your top priorities as it sets the tone for the rest of the holiday – as well as removing unnecessary distractions from the driver. However, this doesn’t mean you have to comatose them in front of a screen. There are loads of car games you can play without any equipment that will keep the little darlings happy for ages.

    Carrying Meals

    It is very tempting to save room in the car by taking minimal provisions. Most campsites now have a small shop and you are very rarely a short car journey away from a supermarket. But this carries a number of risks. What if you are delayed and arrive after the shops are closed? or setting up your pitch takes longer than expected and the kids are hungry? Our advice would to be take at least a full days meals with you as a backstop.

    Take Some Bricks

    Space is at a premium and you want me to take some building materials? Really? Well, the fact is that a lot of campsites do not let you place disposable BBQ’s on the floor due to their potential fire hazard and subsequent scorch marks on the grass. Propping them up on bricks helps to get over this problem. Alternatively, invest in a collapsible metal table or a fire pit/BBQ on legs.

    Nights Can Be Cold

    Even in the middle of summer, nights can be cold, which is understandable considering your tent is basically a thin sheet of fabric with very little insulation. Instead of taking normal pyjamas, think about substituting them for base layers. They are often lighter but help to regulate your body temperature much more efficiently.

    Family Camping Backup Plans

    Anticipate the unexpected should be your mantra. It could be glorious hot weather one minute, driving rain the next. Spend a little time beforehand researching alternative activities for all eventualities. Even if you run out of time to do this, you can always start your holiday by popping to the local tourist information centre to collect some local ideas.

    Relax

    Camping with the family is a great way to relax for all concerned. Let your kids go ‘feral’ for a few days and they will be as happy as pigs in muck. This doesn’t mean abandoning parental responsibility, just allow the ordinary boundaries of daily home life to be more flexible.

  2. The summer holidays (and the adventures) are just beginning…

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    Explorers big and small, leave your fast food and gadgets at home and experience the ultimate wide screen… the great outdoors!

    Sub Zero can provide all you need for a family camping adventure during the summer holidays, with lightweight, space saving equipment to help max out your space… and your fun… Camp cooking doesn’t have to be all about barbecues. Our extensive range of compact stoves, pots and cooking equipment is affordable, easy to use and will last course after course.  A delicious one-pot feast eaten around the campfire gives you that feeling of excitement that only a true outdoor adventure can offer. If you’re an aspiring outdoor chef but need a splash of inspiration, take a look here.

    The UK is enjoying another hot summer with temperatures in excess of 30 degrees, so protection against the sun whether you’re at home or abroad is vital. However, as August and September approach, the overnight temperatures can start to drop. So if you’re camping at this time of year, don’t forget to pack one or two essentials to help you enjoy both hot days and chilly nights. Sunscreen is essential for any type of trip in any climate, whether it’s a beach or mountain holiday. Sub Zero stock a range of premium sun protection creams and lotions for adults and children, offering five star sun protection, with built-in water resistance and even an anti-jellyfish formula. After sun lotion or gel containing Aloe Vera is great for soothing skin if you’ve misjudged the sun.

    Our sleeping bags, mats liners and pillows offer comfort and warmth for a great night’s sleep, so you are refreshed and raring to go and make the most of every day. Compact and lightweight, all of our products are designed to travel with you, so you can pitch whenever and wherever you find that perfect spot.

    If you’re camping with the kids, safety is always on your mind. First Aid kits can be bulky, with lots of what you don’t need, and not enough of what you do need. Sub Zero stock Lifesystems First Aid kits, specifically designed for travel and outdoor pursuits, small enough to carry around, and perfectly stocked for any mishap. Add a torch, multi-tool kit,beach shelter and insect repellent and you’re set up for an all-weather adventure, at home or abroad!

  3. Guidelines For Wild Camping In Britain

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    Camping In The Wild Of The UK

    ‘Wild’ often doesn’t mean camping in the middle of nowhere. It really means pitching your tent in a place that is not a recognised campsite, possibly somewhere remote but not necessarily. Apart from the sense of freedom, it is attractive to avoid paying site fees but you cannot just do what you like anywhere you please.

    All land is owned by somebody so in England and Wales you should ask the owners’ permission to camp on their land. Sometimes, you’ll need to use your own judgement as to how practical that might be but follow the basic guidelines below and remember that the Forestry Commission and National Trust do not allow wild camping anywhere on their land. In Scotland, the Scottish Outdoor Access Code (www.outdooraccess-scotland.com) lets you to pitch in the countryside in small numbers, staying only a couple of days in one place, away from buildings and roads and not in cultivated fields. Essential factors are behaving responsibly with respect for others, their property and, of course, the environment.

    As an alternative to ‘wild’, some farm sites can be pretty basic and remote with a definite sense of being wild.

     

    Wild camping guide – you should not be picking and choosing from the list!

    • Do not camp near or in sight of houses or anywhere near livestock
    • Keep a low profile – pitch your tent late in the day and leave early
    • Wherever you can, ask permission; if it is refused, do not argue or ignore the refusal
    • Avoid lighting a fire and never do so without permission – use a gas stove instead
    • Do not pollute water sources by using the nearby ground as a toilet
    • Dig a hole to bury your faeces. Take away all other rubbish including tampons and sanitary towels
    • Do not use soap, shampoo or detergent in streams – use a dry wash gel instead

     

  4. Cold Weather Camping Top 10 Tips

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    10 Top Tips For Camping During The winter Months

    Wild camping can be enjoyed all year round and more campsites are staying open for longer these days opening up opportunities to camp in relative comfort throughout the year. Cold weather camping doesn’t necessarily mean there’s snow on the ground as wind and rain can cause the temperature to drop uncomfortably. Our tips will help you make the most of autumn and winter trips.

    • Layers of thin clothing rather than a heavy jacket allow you to adjust insulation and warmth quickly and easily; try to avoid getting hot and sweaty as damp clothes will soak up body heat.
    • Natural fills like feather and down in sleeping bags will lose their insulation value when wet or even just damp but with a waterproof stuff sack and a decent tent, it’s pretty easy to keep your sleeping bag dry.
    • A ‘mummy’ shaped bag means your body has less space to heat as it hugs your head and shoulders like a cocoon.
    • Try not to sleep with your head inside your bag as your warm breath pumps damp air into the bag reducing the insulation properties and warmth.
    • Whenever you can, air out your bag and tent as body moisture vapour and warm breath condense in the tent at night and the moisture will reduce warmth. It might even freeze on the inside of the tent giving you an unwelcome frosty shower in the morning.
    • A sleeping bag liner not only helps to keep your bag clean, it can make a big difference to how warm you are all night.
    • Cold ground will draw heat away from you so insulating yourself from it is essential. A closed cell foam sleeping pad or self-inflating air/foam mattress offer good protection from the cold and can be boosted by lying on spare clothing, waterproofs or even your rucksack.
    • Change into dry clothing such as a spare base layer top and ‘long johns’ before getting into your sleeping bag. A snug hat such as a beanie will cut down heat loss through your head. Beat the morning chill by pulling the clothes you ‘re going to wear inside your bag to warm them up.
    • Torch batteries are affected by cold but you can coax a dead battery into life by warming it up in your hands; keep them in your sleeping bag overnight.
    • Keep your sleeping bag loosely in a large mesh or cotton bag between trips to ensure  it keeps its loft qualities.

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