Camping with Trailblazers – Top Camping Picks

Camping is a fantastic option to get outside this Summer. Whether you camp during a festival or with a family of four at the beach, camping can be a fun and exciting adventure for all. Yet camping can be stressful when you’re not prepared for a change in weather or the gear you got is not living up to your expectations.

Here at TrailBlazers we want you to have the best experience possible, that’s why we’ve composed this list of essential gear from quality brands trusted by ourselves and our customers.

So what should I bring?

Probably the most important aspect of camping is the tent. Before you buy anything consider what kind of camping you’re planning on doing. The 3 main types of camping are:

1: Festival Camping – Usually cheap and cheerful due to the nature of the event. Size, cost and festival rules may dictate what gear you’ll be bringing with you. Consider splitting the cost of the camping equipment with friends to save money.

2: Campsite Camping – The most popular by far is campsite camping. This is a great place for beginners and families to start as campsites usually have good on-site facilities such as toilets, showers, cooking areas, playgrounds and first aid kits.

3: Travel / Wild Camping – Usually involves heading out with all your gear on your back! A big thing to consider is the weight of your gear and if you really need all the extra bits and bobs that could weigh you down. Please note that if you are wild camping that it’s best to get the landowners permission before setting up camp.

So, you know where your’e going to camp but do you know who’s going to be with you?

Most tents are categorized by how many people can fit inside. The most popular being 2 person – 5 person but these are guides only! Realistically you’re going to have quite a bit of gear with you and these tents fill up fast! When in doubt size up, too much space is better than a tight squeeze.


Examples:

The Vango Spey 300 Tent is an easy to pitch two-pole tunnel tent, featuring our innovative Gothic Arch poles.
This design prevents excessive pole flex in adverse weather conditions, increasing stability, whilst creating additional head height for add comfort.
This 3 person tent features clear windows allow light into the porch area ideal for storing your kit.
The porch area also has an easy to clean, roll away groundsheet.
Spey is the perfect choice for new explorers or young couples, heading out on short trips.

The Easy Camp Spirit 300 Tent is a smart, fast pitching three pole tunnel design of inner tent and flysheet with cheery colours, offering plenty of flexible space for three young outdoor adventurers.
Features include a generous porch area with two curtained windows, front and side door access, detachable groundsheet, full insect-proof mesh inner door plus three vents for effective ventilation.
For convenience, there is a lantern hanging point and an organizer pocket.

Vango Beta 450XL Tent is a 3-pole tunnel tent that offers generous sleeping space combined with a large, functional porch area for storing your camping essentials.
Recommended by The Scout Association, this feature-packed tent includes Vango’s patented TBS®II (Tension Band System) to provide additional stability in poor conditions, and all-in-one pitching ensures that the sleeping pod always stays dry if it is raining.
The Beta XL 4 man tent is ideal for slightly longer trips and will also appeal to campers seeking a more spacious and comfortable weekend tent.

The three-pole Easy Camp Galaxy 400 Tent design offers full standing height plus generous sleeping and living space for couples, friends and young families.
With its front and side doors, twin windows in the porch plus twin air vents, flexibility and reliable performance deliver a superb deal for those seeking versatile camping comfort.
Two separate rooms offering functional living space while camping.

Camping with Trailblazers – Top Camping Picks

When looking to buy a sleeping bag consider the type of camping you plan on doing, when you’ll be doing it ans where you are going to do it.

Sleeping bags are usually catagorised by Season:

1 Season Sleeping Bag: Good for warm Summer nights only. Best use during 10 °C or higher. If you’re summer camping then a 1 Season bag is ideal.

2 Season Sleeping Bag: Ideal for late Spring through to early Autumn. Best use during 5 °C or higher. For most family campers a 2 Season bag is adequate.

3 Season Sleeping Bag: Great for camping throughout Spring and Autumn. Best use during 0 °C or higher. Most of these sleeping bags will keep you warm on cold nights and not too hot on milder nights. Their lower limit may be rated from zero to -5 degrees but you will start to feel the cold then.

4 Season Sleeping Bag: Suitable for Winter nights. Best use during -5 °C or higher. Winter bags that are suitable for very cold Winter nights down to -10 degrees.

Consider the style of the sleeping bag you want. Mummy-shape bags offer more protection from the elements while square bags can usually be unzipped into a quilt, great for camper vans or kids sleepovers.

Tip: Keep in mind the pack weight of your sleeping bag if you’re planning on trekking or backpacking!


Examples:

The Vango Planet 100 Sleeping Bag is designed for long distance travellers, Planet is lightweight with a small pack size. Vango Shield protects the bag against bacteria, mould and insects, while our treated mosquito net at the head and foot keep out unwanted bugs. The fleece lined stuff sack reverses to form a pillow for a comfortable night’s sleep allowing you to make more of your environment.

The Vango Wilderness 350 Sleeping Bag is a fantastic value bag ideal for family campers and festival goers alike.
Recommended for use by The Scout Association.
Vibrant colours, soft touch fabrics and simple design combine to create our Wilderness sleeping bag.

The Sprayway Comfort Sleeping Bag is a luxurious 3 season sleeping bag with double fill top and bottom to provide maximum warmth and comfort. The comfort range provides a home away from home comfort ensuring a relaxing and cosy night sleep under canvas or in your caravan.
When all you want is to feel at home surrounded by a big duvet and your main criteria is warmth then the comfort bag is the one for you.

The Snugpak Basecamp Kids Explorer Sleeping Bag is the perfect 2 Season sleeping bag to introduce kids to camping. It is useful for a whole array of situations, including camping trips in late spring and throughout the summer, sleepovers with friends or wherever else their imagination may take them! Designed with freedom of movement in mind, the square shape creates more room to ensure kids are kept comfortable throughout the night.
This sleeping bag is multifunctional, as once unzipped fully it becomes a lightweight insulated quilt.
As it is manufactured to the same standards as our adult sleeping bags, it has the same technical insulation and fabrics, including a supersoft lining and technical Isofibre insulation, which provides considerable warmth.

Camping with Trailblazers – Top Camping Picks

Ok, so have your tent and your sleeping bags, so whats next?

Well, if you don’t mind sitting on some damp grass you’re good to go, but… a chair can be handy, maybe even a hammock if you’re going all out! Camping furniture can be great investment pieces as you will use them over and over again as they are so versatile. Even if you find that you are not camping as much as you’d like you can still use most of these pieces at home, at the park or at the beach!

Most camping furniture is built to be light, durable and easy to use. There are a lot of different camping furniture pieces out there these days. Keep in mind what you need, what you can fit in your car or pack and how necessary they are for you.


Examples:

The Easy Camp Toulouse Camping Table is cleverly designed to deliver a stable family seating around a table in a neat package that can be folded into itself for transport and storage. This picnic table features four independent stools for more flexibility.
Opens and folds in seconds
No assembly required
Easy to carry
For 4 people
Packs together to suitcase

The Snugpak Tropical Hammock is made from lightweight but extremely strong parachute material, with heavy duty carabiners and triple stitched seams for extra support.
When it’s time to bed down for the night, you need a hammock that’s strong, quick and easy to set up, and will stay reliably in place all night.
It comes with a Suspension Attachment System which makes setting up simple, and in the morning it simply folds away into its own stuff bag.
When you’re ready to go, it’s lightweight to carry around – just 590g including carabiners and guy ropes, and will hold up to 175kg.
Perfect when you’re seeking a simple and efficient sleep solution.

The Vango 3 Pole Adventure Windbreak is the ideal shelter for using on the beach or beside your tent when the wind gets in the way.
Windproof, Waterproof, Fire retardant.

  • Vango Malibu 2 Chair  – €27.00

The Vango Malibu 2 Chair is perfect for relaxing in the great outdoors.
Featuring our 600D polyester, the surface is soft to touch yet highly durable.
The extra padding on the seat and backrest offer the ultimate in comfort and an insulated cup holder has been integrated into the armrest of the chair, helping keep drinks hot or cold.
The Malibu folds down to a compact size and into its own handy carry bag for easy transportation and storage.

Camping with Trailblazers – Top Camping Picks

Cooking outdoors can be a great experience but it can be challenging. Most camping sites don’t allow open firepits these days so its good to be prepared when your disposable barbecue doesn’t work out. Having some decent cooking gear can make the difference in the mornings when you’d love a cup of tea.

Don’t forget the gas! We stock a wide range of small gas canisters ideal for camping stoves.


Examples:

The Outwell Appetizer 1-Burner Stove is perfect for camping and adventures on the go. Using small handy gas cartridges and flexible hoses for more versatile use on site, at the beach or on picnics, the lightweight Appetizer models offer fast, efficient cooking in single and twin stainless steel burner designs with wide pot stands and precise control knobs.
Easy to clean, stability is assured by sturdy non-slip feet at each corner.

The Vango Ultralight Gas Stove is an ultra-lightweight stove with maximum power.
The pot-support is simple to use and folds away to a compact unit that can be stored away and carried easily.
The Ultralight Gas Stove can boil a litre of water within 3 minutes.

The Vango 2 Litre Stainless Steel Kettle is a tough, durable and stylish kettle with whistling action and a removable lid.
The folding heat-resistant handle is ideal when packing space is an issue.

Easy Camp Cerf Picnic Box 4 Person – €30.00

Easy Camp Cerf Picnic Box 4 Person in orange PVC is a neat 24-piece crockery and cutlery set in its own dedicated box with clip lid and carry handle.
This set is perfect for travelling on the go or longer camping trips with the family or groups.
This set is dishwasher safe and easy to clean.

Camping with Trailblazers – Top Camping Picks

There is quite a bit of gear on the market these days that could be useful for you when camping, but a lot of these are not exactly necessary.

Some items to consider including in your camping trip could be a first aid kit, a good flashlight or lantern, a battery pack for your phone and maybe some teabags for the morning!

Remember, we are here to help. If you need something and you cant find it online or instore let us know! We will try our best to help you out.

What would you add to our list? Let us know below!


Examples:

The Vango Galaxy Rechargeable 60 Lantern is great for people on the move who are looking for bright and effective lighting.
It is equipped with two lighting modes so you can adapt the lighting to your specific needs and it can be effortlessly wound up to recharge the batteries.

The Vango Alloy Pin Pegs 19cm x 7mm are small, light and really easy to use.
They will penetrate most ground conditions making them very versatile.
Each pack contains 10 pegs.
Handy to have a few extra for your tent or any equipment outside your tent if its windy.

The LifeSystems Pocket First Aid Kit is ideal for basic trekking, weekend rambles, and family walks.
Containing items such as antiseptic cream, fabric dressing and a woven bandage, it is well equipped for most minor injuries.
The pocket kit includes a loop on the back of the pack allowing easy attachment to either to a belt or rucksack.

The Vango PE Groundsheet 200x200cm provides additional protection for your tent groundsheet.
Multiple uses when camping, great to have an area thats dry and comfortable.
Hard wearing and durable polyethylene construction.

The Stanley Adventure 1.3L Vacuum Flask has been imbued with thermo-regulation properties, making for the perfect travel accessory.
Offers 28 hour hot, 26 hours cold or 150 hours ice vacuum insulation with a sleek, brushed stainless steel exterior.
Forged with a slim, folding handle and reduction in weight, the Adventure features an insulated lid and leak proof construction.
This intelligent design ensures liquids remain at the desired temperature no matter what the forecast.

Lifeventure All Purpose Soap is a concentrated formula lathers well in both fresh and brackish water and can be used on hair, body, the dishes, fabrics and even fresh food.
It’s an antibacterial, pH-balanced and biodegradable soap which goes a long way.
The essential all-in-one detergent for anyone who wants to travel light.

Camping with Trailblazers – Top Camping Picks