Camping equipment for the whole family

More and more families are switching to camping from conventional hotel and B & B holidays. They’ve discovered that with the wide range of outdoor equipment available from online stores like us at Outdoor World Direct, they can be just as comfortable as they would be in a chalet or hotel. What’s more, you’ve got the freedom to travel. If you don’t like the spot you’ve chosen – you can just up sticks (or poles) and move on. You can’t do this if you’ve just splashed out a couple of grand on a holiday cottage.
Camping under canvas can take some getting used to. Luckily, modern camping equipment is designed to make the transition as effortless as possible. Take dining, for instance. Once, it was a case of boy-scout tactics, a pot suspended over a campfire and ash in your coffee cup. Now, you can buy foldaway tables and chairs, camp kitchen units, and Calor gas hobs and ovens that work just like the ones at home. Many people love the latest twin-burner travel stoves and transportable grills – just as handy for a day out as a camping trip.  
Of course, being Chef Ramsay on holiday doesn’t mean packing the kitchen sink, as most sites have washing-up facilities, but you may prefer to pack a washing-up bowl rather than queue for hours to use the one hot tap on the site. If you’ve got an electric hook-up, you’ve got the advantage of hot water from an electric kettle, rather than boiling it on a gas stove. Purchase one of the larger kitchen stands with a side-table and it will take up practically no room in the car, but will give you all the convenience of a self-catering fitted kitchen. Modern camping equipment is all about comfort, as well as style.
The one down-fall of living under canvas is that you can hear every sound – including your fellow campers snoring. If you have pets or young children, there’s the added problem of cars. Most sites allow you to park right next to your pitch, which can be dangerous at the height of the season.  
Don’t ask why, but the busiest areas of the campsites always seem to be those nearest the toilet block. After that, it’s the water supply. So you’ll have a far quieter, safer time pitching well away from these two areas. This may mean you don’t get an electric hook-up, but it doesn’t mean you need to traipse half a mile to get water, or use the toilet. We at Outdoor World Direct sell large roll-along water carriers as well as camping toilets and toilet tents.  Our outdoor equipment pages include a range of non-electric lighting and food cooling options as well, meaning you can camp in seclusion and comfort.  
Whether it’s getting water, emptying the Porta Potti or visiting the bar, you’ll need the correct footwear – so invest in good walking shoes for the whole family. If you decide on trainers, make sure you get them from an outdoor equipment specialist. That way, you’ll know they’ll be waterproof and sturdy enough for all terrains – giving you the option to really get away from it all and head for the hills.

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