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Buying camping equipment: How to choose the right gear for you


Guide contents

Everything you need to know about camping furniture

An introduction to the gear you need for your tent

Once you’ve chosen your camping tent you’ll need to think about the sort of furniture you’ll need to make your camping experience is as comfortable as it can be. Don't waste money buying the wrong kit. Become an instant expert with our gear buyers guide.

Intro to tent furniture  

The best portable barbecues for camping

A selection of grills for outdoor cooking at your tent

Nothing says summer like a barbecue, whether you are outside your tent on the campsite or at home in the back garden. We've tested a selection of portable gas and charcoal barbecues to find the best models for your outdoor cooking needs.

Portable BBQs tested  

Camping chairs guide

Q: What is the best type of camping chair for me?

A: Our guide tells you everything you need to know about all the different types of chair available, from lightweight folding chairs to comfy loungers.

Camping chair guide  

Sleeping bags and beds

Q: What is the best gear for a good night’s sleep?

A: Should I buy self-inflating mats or air beds? What is the best type of sleeping bag? Our sleeping equipment guide will explain everything for you.

Sleeping gear guide  

Guide to camping tables

Q: How do I choose the right camping table?

A: From eating to socialising, a camping table can be the hub of your tent. Here's our guide to everything you need to know about tables and storage furniture.

Camping tables guide  

Coolboxes and fridges

Q: How do I keep food fresh in my tent?

A: Keeping food cold in the tent can be a struggle. Our guide explains the different options, from insulated coolbags to electric coolboxes and mini fridges.

Coolboxes and fridges  

Portable camping toilets and showers

Q: What do I need to know about bringing my own camping loo?

A: What do you do if the campsite you book onto doesn't have toilet and shower facilities? Our guide will explain everything you need to know about camping toilets and chemicals.

Camping toilet guide  

Where to buy camping gear

Q: Where is the best place to buy my camping kit?

A: The popularity of camping in recent years means there’s now a multitude of retail outlets fighting for your hard-earned pounds and pennies. It’s a really competitive marketplace so shop around!

Where to buy camping kit  

Camping insurance

Q: Do I need camping insurance?

A: Have you ever stopped to consider the value of all your camping equipment when it’s put together? Our guide to camping insurance will tell you more about protecting your investment.

Camping insurance guide  


Camping finance guide

Q: Can I spread the cost of camping gear?

A: With family tents getting bigger, they can be expensive to kit out. But fear not! There are affordable ways to pay for your camping equipment.

Paying for camping kit 



Helping you to choose the best camping equipment


Camping in a tent gives you freedom, adventure and the chance to get closer to nature. It's also great value for money and buying the right gear lets you go camping whenever and wherever you want. From tables and chairs, to sleping bags and camping beds, the right kit will make all the difference.

Expert information for tent buyers

We love camping and have been camping all our lives. But every time we go camping we see people struggling with the wrong camping equipment choices. Buying the right camping equipment can make or break your camping adventure. Here you'll find expert opinions and advice about camping from the people that really know. Make sure your gear is the right gear for you.

The right gear is important

If you've never camped before it can all seem a little confusing. And even if you are a camping veteran, choosing equipment is not easy. There is so much to choose from, where do you start?

Deciding what brands to pick, the type of gear you need and which style to go for can be tricky. That's why we've gathered together all the information you'll need to choose the right kit for you.

Expert Camping advice to your door!

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