Top tips for comfortable camping

Too old to rough it but too young to give up your love of sleeping outdoors...

With more and more festivals and boutique camping experiences cropping up all over the UK, camping has never been more popular. No longer the preserve of die-hard hikers, even the most high-maintenance types are finding ways to make camping work for them. With good preparation, the right equipment and of course fabulous weather, camping will undoubtedly be one of your most memorable and magical summer memories.

Light it right

tent at evening with lamps and lights

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There's nothing worse than returning to your tent and fumbling around in the darkness. Fat Boy has a luminating USB chargeable lamp (opens in new tab) which will give your camp a homely feel. Tough and portable, it retails for £64.95 and is perfect for camping.

Cushion bonanza

cushions inside tent and trolley

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Encourage lounging in camp with a generous amount of cushions which will protect you from the hard ground and provide insulation. Use a trolley to minimise toing and froing from the campsite to carpark.

Hang loose

hanging cacoons swing and dog at lawn

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We love these hanging cacoons, £225 from Boutique Camping (opens in new tab). The ultimate chill out den, they can hold two people easily - up to 31 stone of weight!

Cook up a storm

gas bbq weber Q1200

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There are more and more portable BBQs hitting the UK market this summer. We're impressed by this new gas BBQ Weber Q1200, £249.99 from Riverside Outdoor Living (opens in new tab). So with some decent planning you can avoid shelling out for overpriced festival food.

Take your bed

inside of tent camp bed with designed cushions and curtain

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Failing all those ideas, just take a camp bed with you for maximum comfort. This JAY-BE camp bed, £79 from John Lewis (opens in new tab), is super comfy.

Tamara Kelly

Tamara was Ideal Home's Digital Editor before joining the Woman & Home team in 2022. She has spent the last 15 years working with the style teams at Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, both now at Future PLC. It’s with these award wining interiors teams that she's honed her skills and passion for shopping, styling and writing. Tamara is always ahead of the curve when it comes to interiors trends – and is great at seeking out designer dupes on the high street.