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How To Be Prepared For Last-Minute Camping

With the weather as unpredictable as it is, even the best-planned camping trip can end up…not going to plan. Sometimes the best way is to wait for a particularly sunny weekend, get packed up and head out on a spontaneous camping adventure – which doesn’t have to be as intimidating as it sounds. Here are our top tips for making sure you’re always prepared for a last-minute camping trip, so you can pack up and go whenever the inspiration strikes.

Always be ready

Store your tent, sleeping bags, sleeping mats, pillows and all your other camping kit in the same place, so it’s always ready to go – preferably already in bags or packs! Keep with it a reusable camping checklist to minimise the risk of something essential being forgotten.

Keep a camping food “cupboard”

Think about keeping a box or bag of cupboard foods like pasta, rice and spices with your camping kit. It’ll save having to raid your current food supplies and make sure there’s always something to snack on in camp. But, to really be prepared…

Freeze ahead

Have freezer meals stocked up! Try to keep enough in to feed everyone for at least one night. It’ll defrost on the way and be ready to heat over your stove once you arrive, so prep is kept to a minimum and everyone is well-fed after you’ve set up camp.

Keep your kit in good shape

It’s all too easy to notice a bit of camping kit needs repairing or replacing, promise you’ll get it done once you’re home…and then completely forget until the next trip. If you’re thinking of making last-minute camping a hobby (which we thoroughly recommend), it’s important to stay on top of keeping your kit in good working order, so it’s ready to go whenever you are. A good way to do this is to make a habit of checking everything as you unpack it at home, and before you pack it up to head out on your next adventure.

Go with the flow

By its nature, last-minute camping leaves little time for planning, which includes your location and activities. Spots at campsites won’t always be available, and plenty of other things could end up changing your plans, so being flexible about where you go and improvising what you do once you’re there is all part of the fun.