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Garden Camp Out Essentials – Tents

Garden Camp Out Tents

With the slim possibility of a holiday in the sun abroad anytime soon why not try camping out in the back garden at home to keep the kids busy, or even to have a date night?

You don’t need anything special for camp at home and it’s great fun – especially as you don’t have to pack the car! All you need is a tent, a sleeping mat and a sleeping bag. Here’s our top picks for choosing a tent for a garden camp out.

Garden Camp Out Tent Recommendations

Depending on the size of your garden and the budget you have may dictate what size and style of tent you buy. We recommend a tent that you’ll use again and can stand up to some wind and rain. The cheapest tents really don’t provide the protection you need and whilst good for kids out in the sunshine, won’t be great for them if the weather turns.

Eurohike Avon Deluxe

Kids & Couples Top Pick

This is a great option for a small family or couple – the Eurohike Avon Deluxe is a 3 person tent which includes a sleeping area and small porch/living area. Perfect for sunny days with the kids or a romantic night under the stars.

It is made up of an inner and outer flysheet with only 3 poles which means it’s super simple to put up and take down.

The tent is a budget friendly option with prices from £65.

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Eurohike Teepee Tent

Most Fun Top Pick

An instant favourite for family camping adventures, this Eurohike Teepee Tent is a luxurious family tent which offers exceptional value and a fun design.

The tent sleeps up to four people comfortably with upper and lower level ventilation to keep you feeling cool and fresh. The tent is fully waterproof and breathable performance so you can relax without worry.

Make it more fun and decorate inside with fairy lights and cushions.

This tent is a kids favourite with prices from £104.

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Berghaus Air 4 Tent

Family Camping Top Pick

This tent is perfect for larger gardens or for a small family camping trip away. There’s plenty of room to pitch in the garden and have a family of 4 enjoy the sunshine.

Taking the stress out of family camping, the revolutionary Berghaus Air 4 Inflatable Tent pitches in minutes and deflates in seconds at the touch of a button. This tent provides excellent headroom within the tent and has a pre-attached bedroom for an even quicker pitch time

There is a detachable bedroom which means you can use the tent as a large living area during the day.

The tent is a family riendly option with prices from £374.

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We of course have lots of other tents to choose from and if the tents above don’t suit your needs or budget then please head over to our tents page to view the full selection – including comparison prices for major retailers ensuring you get the best deal.

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Family Camping Checklist

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Camping is great fun with the family – what isn’t great fun though is when you get to your campsite after a few hours driving and realise you forgot to pack the mallet to get the tent pegs into the ground! Here’s our handy camping checklist which you can use to ensure you have all the key items before setting off for your camping trip.

If you’re relatively new to camping or haven’t been for a while it’s sometimes hard to decide on what essential items you will actually need. More often than not you’ll end up taking way too much equipment which makes for an uncomfortable drive but also takes you forever to pack up. We’ve split this list into essential and non-essential items.

Essential Items

Obviously some of these items you can choose to leave out – but we consider them essential as they’re either designed to keep you safer and warm, or to keep you sane! (frisbee anyone?)

Setting up your Camp

  • Tent – Inner and Outer
  • Tent Footprint (if your tent requires one)
  • Tent Pegs
  • Camping Mallet

Camping Furniture

  • Camping Chairs
  • Folding Table

Clothing for Camping

  • Shoes / boots / Wellingtons
  • Shower shoes / flip flops
  • Trousers / skirt
  • Shorts
  • T-shirts
  • Jumpers
  • Socks / Underwear
  • Sun hat
  • Pyjamas
  • Rain gear
  • Swimming kit

Personal Items

  • Towels
  • Hair & Body Gel / Shampoo etc
  • Toothbrush / Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Comb / Brush
  • Razor
  • Sunscreen
  • Toilet paper
  • Personal medications
  • First aid kit

Trip Planning and Organisation

  • Maps / Directions
  • Reservation details
  • Notepad / Pen

Sleeping at Camp

  • Sleeping Bags
  • Airbed / self-inflating sleeping mat / campbed
  • Repair kit for bed
  • Pillows / Infaltable Pillow
  • Spare blanket

Cooking at Camp

  • Water carrier
  • Stove and fuel (Gas and BBQ)
  • Matches / lighter
  • Plates / bowls
  • Cutlery
  • Paper towels
  • Bin bags
  • Washing up liquid
  • Cooking oil / Spray Oil
  • Pots and frying pan(s)
  • Cooking utensils e.g. kitchen knife, wooden spoon
  • Scissors
  • Tin opener
  • Bottle opener
  • Mugs / Cups
  • Salad/Mixing bowl
  • Cool box
  • Washing up bowl
  • Tea towels
  • Scourers / Sponge
  • Food for the first day / night
  • Hot chocolate / Tea Bags / Coffee / Sugar / Milk

Electrical / Entertainment

  • Headtorch / Torch
  • Mobile Phone
  • Electric Hook up Cable
  • Extension Socket / Splitter
  • Batteries / Chargers / Power Bank
  • Radio
  • Cards / Frisbee

Non-Essential Items

  • Tent Carpet / Rug
  • Windbreak
  • Tent Awning
  • Doormat for tent entrance
  • Dust pan / Brush
  • Camera
  • Books / Magazines
  • Cards / Games / Toys
  • Frisbee / Ball
  • Guidebooks / Maps
  • Compass / GPS
  • Bikes / HelmetsPocket knife / Multi-tool
  • Insect repellent / Candles
  • Extra batteries
  • Water filters/purification
  • Daysack
  • Washing powder
  • Clothes Pegs
  • Collapsible clothes drying rack
  • Clothes line
  • Fire extinguisher/Blanket
  • Gaffer tape
  • Hot water bottle
  • Ear Plugs
  • Storage Unit
  • Kitchen Tent
  • Salad/Mixing bowl
  • Kitchen foil / Cling film
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Ziplock bags
  • Containers for food storage
  • Cutting board
  • Oven glove
  • Seasonings / spices
  • Details of nearest Doctors or A&ESmall shovel
  • Safety pins
  • Sunglasses
  • Hammock
  • Tissues
  • Binoculars
  • Water bottle
  • Umbrella
  • Hand/baby wipes
  • Pocket sewing kit