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Camping skills: Learn how to be an expert camper


Guide Contents

Introduction to tent camping: How to get started

Everything you need to know to go camping for the first time

Whether you are planning a weekend trip a few miles from home or a big family camping holiday by the coast, making your first camping trip can be a bit nerve-wracking. But do a bit of advance preparation, learn the language and respect the rules and you’ll soon be camping like a pro

Introduction to Camping  

Pitching an inflatable tent

Q: How do I put an air tent up?

A: Follow our step-by-step guide to pitching an inflatable family tent without any hassle

Inflatable Tent Pitching  

Pitching a tunnel tent

Q: How do I put up a poled tent?

A: Our 12-step guide will make putting your tunnel tent up on the campsite really easy

Pole Tent Pitching  

Watch our "Pitching an inflatable tent" Video Guide

A video guide to pitching an inflatable tent.

Want to know how to pitch an inflatable family tent? Our quick video will show you the easy way to put up your tent without any hassle.

Ask the Camping Guru - your camping questions answered

Got a camping problem you need solved? Our expert Gary Cross has all the answers

Here you'll find dozens of questions and answers about important – and not so important! – camping issues. From what type of tent to buy to how to make toast on  a camping stove, you should be able to find everything you need to know about life under canvas

Ask the Camping Guru  

Camping Checklist: What to pack for family camping

Q: What do I need to take with me on a camping trip?

A: There’s nothing worse than arriving at the campsite and discovering you’ve forgotten an essential piece of kit. Download and print off our camping checklist to make sure you take everything you need on every trip

Camping Checklist  

Watch our Video Guide to buying a family tent.

Watch our video to make sure the next tent you buy is the right tent to make your family camping experience the best it can be.

Using gas on the campsite

Q: How do I use gas when camping?

A: Find out what sort of gas you need to use and all the safety guidelines you need to follow

Camping Gas Guide  

Electricity in your tent

Q: How do I use electricity on the campsite?

A: You can’t just turn up on the campsite with all your electric appliances from home and expect to plug them straight in.

Camping Electrics Guide  

Watch our "Camping With Gas" Video Guide

A video guide to using gas safely.

Camping magazine editor Iain Duff presents a complete guide to using camping gas safely on the campsite. From choosing the right cooker and the right type of gas to fitting a regulator on a gas cylinder

Top tips for cooking on camping trips

Q: How do I set up my campsite kitchen?

A: Cooking outdoors is all part of the great camping experience. But you don’t need to be Jamie Oliver or Nigella Lawson to cook up a treat on site. Follow our tips to become a campsite cooking expert

Camping and Cooking  

Camping with dogs

Q: Can I take my pet camping?

A: One of the biggest benefits of camping is that you can take your dog. Follow our advice for a trouble-free holiday with your pet

Camping With Dogs  

How to fix your tent

Q: What DIY tent repairs can I do?

A: No matter how carefully you look after your tent, there’s a chance that it will suffer some damage. But save yourself some money and try a bit of repair work.

Tent Repair Guide  

Getting your tent back into its bag

Q: How do I pack my tent away?

A: Struggle to get your camping tent back into its bag? Here's how to avoid the packing up blues at the end of your camping trip

Packing Your Tent 


Keep your tent organised

Q: How do I keep our tent tidy?

A: Here's a quick guide to arranging your camping gear on trips and keeping your tent clean, tidy and clutter-free

Tent Organising  

Packing to go home

Q: How do I pack up my gear?

A: Packing your camping equipment at the end of your holiday doesn't need to be chore

Tent Packing Guide  


Helping you to learn the camping skills you need


Find out everything you need to know about putting up a tent, the best spots to pitch, how to organise your living space and much more with our practical guides to all the camping essentials.

Expert advice for campers

If you want to look like a camping pro, follow our step-by-step guides and practice pitching your tent in the garden at home before you head to the campsite.

Expert camping advice to your door!

Camping magazine has been the voice of campers for over 60 years!

It is the only magazine in the UK dedicated to the wonderful world of tents and life under canvas. Every issue features travel ideas in the UK and further afield, as well as top sites to stay on, plus tent and gear tests to ensure you are properly equipped for all your camping adventures!

Why not treat yourself to a subscription today?

Don't go camping without it!

Camping Magazine  

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