We might be at the tail end of Summer, with the nights getting longer, the weather getting colder and the pumpkin spice latte’s out in full force but that certainly doesn’t mean that we have to limit our time outside and stop enjoying the great outdoors, just because the temperature has gone down a notch. I absolutely love Autumn and Winter, they’re my favourite times of year. There’s nothing quite like stepping outside your front door and feeling that crisp air that marks the end of the long, hot Summer.
If anything, I go outside more in the colder months than I do in Summer. I can’t bear the heat so most of my outdoor activities will take place from September onward, when I can wrap up warm, bring a flask and not have to worry about getting heatstroke. I love long, chilly days wandering around the zoo, going for walks with the dog and spending more time in nature when the leaves are falling and there’s a chill in the air.
Camping is an incredibly popular outdoor family activity and not one that can only be enjoyed in Summer. There is plenty of gadgetry that can be used in the great outdoors, from garden & camping, to toasting marshmallows, all adding to your camping experience in the colder months, making it cosier and more enjoyable for everyone – even the moaners that spend all day and all night complaining that they’re cold!
This is relevant for whatever season you go camping in, obviously but appropriate clothing is important because being too hot or too cold can really ruin your experience and make you uncomfortable. Plenty of jumpers and woolly socks in the Autumn and lose fitting, comfortable clothing in the Summer.
A small kitchen storage unit
If you’re going for it properly with your camping experience and especially if you’re planning on camping for a few days, it could be a good idea to invest in a small kitchen storage unit to store food so it’s not lying around on the floor, in a hot car or rolling around the bottom of your tent. Some of these units come with a small sink, which would also be really useful to wash your hands regularly and stay and hygienic as possible.
A small pop up gazebo
Again, probably for the more hard-core campers but a pop up gazebo could come in really handy. Somewhere to keep the storage unit mentioned above, that’s always going to be undercover as well as a good place to put things which might get affected if it rains. And depending on the amount of you, a nice place to sit under if it does rain!
You know those type of heaters you often find in pub gardens? Well if you have the budget and the room to bring it, that could definitely be an option if you’re planning on camping in the Winter when you know it’ll get cold. I still love the old school ‘sitting round the fire’ but an extra heater will always come in handy for someone.
A glamping tent
Like the one pictured above, if you want to go above and beyond with your camping experience then it’s worth investing in a really good tent and a glamping tent definitely has that extra edge! It’ll look great in your Insta photos but has all the amenities of a normal tent, including a ventilated top for air circulation.
Have you ever been camping? Did you enjoy it? What’s your favourite part of camping? Let me know!
* This post is sponsored by Garden & Camping