Camping skills – learn how to be an expert camper


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 up, how to organise your living space and much more with our practical guides to all the camping essentials.

Introduction to camping: how to get started

Introduction to camping

Going 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  

Camping with gas

Using gas on the campsite

Using gas on the campsite

Camping gas is clean, safe and easy to use and it's the most effective way of cooking on the campsite.

On the whole, camping with gas is fairly straightforward, but there are some things that are important to know before you get started.

Using camping gas safely  

Camping with electricity

Camping with Electricity

Using electricity in your tent

You can’t just rock up on the campsite with all your equipment from home and expect to plug it straight in. Integrated plugs, leads and sockets designed for camping are needed.

Our guide tells you everything you need to know about using electricity safely on site.

Using electricity in tents  

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Presented by Camping Editor, Iain Duff

Iain Duff

Once again, it's time for us to reward the best of the best... the new camping kit that's made the biggest impression on us over the last 12 months and the products we think will improve your camping life this year

The Camping Awards are the most prestigious and important in the UK family camping market. And this year's awards are the biggest and best we've ever done.

Camping Awards 2024  

Camping Guru your questions answered...

Camping Guru

Got a camping problem you need to fix?

Our expert, the Camping Guru, Gary Cross, is here to answer all your questions.

Here you'll find dozens of questions and answers about important – and not so important! – camping issues. You should be able to find everything you need to know about life under canvas.

Camping Guru Q&A  

Camping tent skills

Campsite cooking

With the right stove and set-up, a few essential pieces of kit and a basic selection of condiments, herbs and spices, you really can create some delicious meals on the campsite.

But, 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 cooking kit for you.

Camping kitchen

Setting up your perfect camping kitchen

Life under canvas doesn’t have to mean a diet of greasy fry-ups, tinned stews and packet curries. Here’s how to set up your dream camping kitchen.

Your camping kitchen  

Coolboxes and Fridges

Keeping food fresh

How do you keep food fresh and drinks cold when you're camping in summer? Here's how to keep your food fresh in a tent.

Coolboxes and fridges  

Camping stove care

Camping stove care

Whatever type of cooker you use, cleaning and storing it properly ensures it works better and lasts longer. Here's how to look after your stove.

Camping stove care  

Camping recipes

When it comes to feeding the family on a camping holiday, it’s tempting to take the easy road and stick to traditional camping fare like fry-ups and tinned meat.

But you don't have to be Jamie Oliver or Nigella Lawson to treat your family to something more interesting. Our recipes are easy to follow and don't need a huge amount of skill - but they will bring a new dimension to your outdoor cooking.

Create delicious campsite meals

Camping Recipes

We've chosen some of our favourite camping recipes. No matter how skilled you are, you’ll find a dish here to brighten up your campsite cooking...

  • Quick camping recipes (15 minutes or less to cook)
  • Everyday recipes (15 to 45 minutes to cook)
  • Serious camping recipes (From 1 to many hours of cooking)
  • Sweet recipes (desserts for everyone)

Camping recipes  

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