Getting back to camping after lockdown
The time has finally come, it’s time to get ready to camp! Osprey has partnered with camping experts TentBox to offer you the chance to win an awesome package of camping kit so you can take on your summer camping trip. Here’s Osprey’s and TentBox’s top tips for getting back to camping after the long wait of lockdown.
Where to camp
The wait is over, where do you want to go camping? While following your country’s COVID guidelines, choose your location. Perhaps a forest, in the mountains or by the coast. Once you have your location it’s time to plan your adventure.
What activities are in the area you are camping in? Are there hiking routes, places to ride your bike or maybe a river where you could canoe down? Make sure your location meets the needs of what you want to get out of your trip. Also consider what the weather could be as this can change your activities.
The next thing to consider is finding the perfect camping spot. The beauty of a TentBox is the simplicity. You can camp wherever you can park your car!
If you’re feeling adventurous and fancy a bit of wild camping, a great app that TentBox like to use for the UK is called ‘park4night’. It has thousands of spots across the UK where you can park up and sleep for the night. Don’t forget to choose somewhere with epic views, as all their TentBox models have large windows and elevated views, which are perfect to wake up to!
If you fancy a warm shower, over washing in lakes or rivers, then there is nothing better than visiting a traditional campsite! Campsites are super-friendly places, and great to meet likeminded people. So why not open up Google maps and pick one at random and see where it takes you?
Gather your kit
What do you need to take with you on your camping adventure? Make a checklist to make sure everything is covered.
The TentBox team love simplicity, and that’s how they design their products. It’s important to cover the three bases: shelter, warmth and sustenance! A TentBox and a warm sleeping bag cover the first two bases, then it’s just a case of bringing food and something to cook with. If you want to go super minimalist, definitely consider a raw food diet! Aside from these essentials, we recommend packing light; all of your entertainment can be found in the great outdoors.
Osprey’s top pieces of kit are your essential supplies, first aid kit and packs. Key supplies include the obvious food and water but you might also need a camp stove, knife, flashlight and rain gear just in case.
Don’t forget a first aid kit; if you’re camping somewhere a little remote or going on a big hike you never know when you may need it.
Appropriate packs to carry all your kit is essential. A big duffel such as a Transporter 95 is perfect for keeping your kit organised at your base camp. A durable hiking pack, like the Archeon 25, will carry all your day kit for exploring your new home for the next few days.
Making the most of your trip
You have your location, the kit is ready. How are you going to ensure this adventure is the best it can be?
A tip from TentBox – definitely consider wild swimming! It’s a great activity to base your trip around and you can take advantage of lakes, rivers and coastlines. Not only is it a great way to stay clean physically, but the mental health benefits of having a cold dip are now becoming more widely understood. There is nothing better than a dip in a refreshing body of water after a long day of hiking, followed by a nice meal inside a cosy TentBox! It’s always important to remain safe while swimming though, so always take the necessary precautions.
Osprey’s top tip is plan an epic hiking adventure. Fully explore the new sites and nature surrounding you. Look up exciting routes online, there’s sure to be plenty to explore. A map is essential to making sure you don’t miss those key beauty spots. Take a look at our ‘Introduction to Map Reading with OS Maps’ to sharpen your navigating skills.
Your chance to win
With TentBox we are giving you the chance to win everything you need to get back to the outdoors and take on a camping trip.
You could win Osprey men’s and women’s Archeon 25 hiking packs, a Transporter Duffel, accessories and the TentBox Classic, a car hard shell roof tent! This amazing package is worth over £2,500!
Competition closes 23.59 BST 3rd August 2020.