Whether you’re a first-time camper, a seasoned pro, or somewhere in-between, there’s something truly magical about spending a night under canvas.

With campsites at various places we look after across the country, you can camp on a working farm or near a watermill, pitch your tent in a stunning coastal landscape or relax in rolling countryside, nestled in peaks and dales.

Cotswold Outdoor is proud to be our official outdoor retailer and they’ve shared some of their top tips to make your camping trip one to remember (for all the right reasons). Read on to ensure you’re not one of those people with all the gear but no idea.

1. Bare essentials

As well as checking there is ample room for everyone to sleep comfortably, you need to allow plenty of room for your gear, so a tent with a porch area is ideal. Remember to take some spare tent pegs and a roll of duct tape for emergency repairs.

Along with a camping stove, pans and spare gas canisters, make sure you take enough plates and cutlery for everyone. ‘Sporks’ are great, as they triple-up as a fork, spoon and knife. Use frozen cartons of juice and milk as a space-saving alternative to freezer blocks. In the morning, everything in your coolbox will be fresh, ready for your hearty breakfast.

2. Camping in comfort

Choose a sleeping bag which not only keeps you at a comfortable temperature, but allows you as much space to move around as you need. When selecting a sleeping mat or inflatable airbed, make sure it fits in the inner section of your tent, without touching the sides.  

Camping chairs come in all shapes and sizes, from basic folding seats to full luxurious loungers, complete with built-in pillows and footrests. Pick the one you like, sit back and relax.

3. Enjoy good, old-fashioned fun

A camping trip is the perfect opportunity to get away from it all and make wonderful lasting memories with loved ones. Get active with a game of catch, an impromptu cricket match or a swingball tournament. Take a torch and a lamp so the fun can continue long after the sun has set, playing card games, board games or just reading your favourite novel. 

4. Be a pampered camper  

Going camping does not mean you have to ‘rough it’ completely. Far from it; most campsites have toilet blocks with shower facilities, so pack your washbag, a fluffy towel and don’t forget your toothbrush.

5. Be prepared

It’s a good idea to take a simple first aid kit with you, plus insect repellant and sunscreen in the summer, so that you’re ready for anything. For light sleepers, an eye mask and ear plugs will help you slumber in peace for longer.

Our work with Cotswold Outdoor

As our exclusive outdoors partner, Cotswold Outdoor supports our work to look after special outdoor places for everyone to enjoy. Cotswold Outdoor gives us funding to help care for walking trails so more people can access the countryside.

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Visit the home of our recommended outdoor retailer 

Our partner Cotswold Outdoor makes a huge contribution to our work to look after the countryside for everyone to enjoy. Take a look at their range to get kitted out ready for your next adventure.

Five top tips for camping

Get more from camping with our mobile app 

Don’t forget to download our mobile app and take your National Trust membership card with you too, so you can check what’s on at all of the special places near your campsite, and really make the most of your trip.