Holidays: Northern Ireland is ‘amazing for camping’ says expert
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Camping Britons have been sharing tips on social media. Helping each other with camping hacks, campsites recommendations and pictures of their latest purchases, online camping communities are great places for first timers to get help.
One first time camper, Katie Haynes, asked Facebook: “Aside from a tent, what is needed? Also is it too cold to go in October/November?”
And Britons have replied with helpful tips.
Ralph Lefevre gave very helpful advice.
He said: “When buying a tent, the higher the HH number (hydrostatic head) the more waterproof the tent will be.
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“Get one with a sewn in groundsheet.”
Tanya Goodsell said: “It’s never too cold.
“But it is all about where you can dry out the tent before packing it away for winter as it’s damp overnight now.
“You will need to be able to open it up and hang on a washing line or something to dry it out otherwise it’s ruined when you get it out next spring.
“I’d buy four season sleeping bags and camp beds that keep you off the floor, electric hook up and an electric oil filled radiator worked a treat for us as we set its thermostat and it flicked on and off.
“Lots of hot drinks and thermal socks and a bobble hat.”
Also full of advice was Jamie Helene, who wrote: “We’ve just got back from camping this weekend, evenings and early mornings starting to get very cold now.
“We had our groundsheet under our tent, carpets inside, foil sheets underneath our airbeds, fleecy bed sheets, and I was still wearing my joggers and hoody in my sleeping bag.
“Take lots of warm and spare clothes, thick socks, hoodies, hot water bottle.”
Sian Chatfield had some handy tips to resist the cold and said: “If you’ve got electric hook up it’s doable.
“You can have electric blankets and/or a heater.
“Take a slow cooker and make a good warming stew while you’re out.
“Take lots of duvets and blankets. Insulate your bedroom section (or in fact the whole tent) from the cold ground with foam floor tiles, make sure you don’t miss doing under your bed and you should be ok.
“Have a practice run in the garden because then if you get really cold you can go in.”
Jacqui Hughes also helped and said: “The coldest part is the damp of a night coming up through airbeds.
“Insulate under your airbeds with as much as you can, take sleeping bags, quilts, fleece throws.”
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