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Camping is growing in popularity, with an increasing number of people opting to spend a couple of weeks either here in the UK or further afield. It is a great way to save some money and experience a holiday surrounded by nature. However, if you’ve never been camping before, you may be worried about the practicalities.

Read on to discover some top tips and guidelines to ensure you get the very best out of your camping adventure. The most important buzzword here is preparation. Get the basics right and you’ll be set.

If you don’t have a tent yet, or want to replace your current one, try to make some time to read as many online reviews as you can. There’s no better way of discovering what’s hot right now in the world of tents - right from the camper’s mouth. Don’t be put off by the vast variety of tents available. Once you work out how many people you need it to accommodate, plus the terrain of the camp site, you’ll find that you will be able to narrow down your choices quite successfully.

One great tip is to practise pitching your tent in your garden before setting off on your holiday. All tents go up differently, and a quick practice could save you valuable holiday time once you reach your destination.

You’ll need a fair bit of additional equipment too - try to think of these items in terms of sectors: storage, cooking and sleeping. Sleeping may be considered the most vital of these three areas, as a good night’s sleep is essential to any relaxing break. Even in the hottest of climates, temperatures are prone to falling fairly dramatically at night, so do factor this in when making your buying decisions. You need to ensure that you select the best products to keep you at your required temperature wherever you are planning to camp, starting with a sleeping mat and working from there. As the ground is likely to absorb most of your body heat overnight, you need to choose a good sleeping mat to stop this from happening. Sleeping mats vary considerably in price, but this is definitely not a good area in which to cut costs. If you can afford it, opt for the best mat that you can find.

When choosing a sleeping bag, always buy a warmer one than you think you will need. If you get too hot, you can unzip it; conversely, if you’re too cold at night, you’ll have nowhere to go.

Plastic click-and-close boxes are invaluable for keeping both clothes and food clean and dry. They are also stackable, thus taking up less room. As far as cooking equipment is concerned, don’t bother lugging too much with you if you are intending to eat out a fair bit. If you really are 'going wild’, though, it is advisable to seek advice from a seasoned professional in one of the many specialist camping stores around the UK.

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