Canvas Maxi Tent
When you think of camping, the first thing that comes to mind is probably a tent. Chances are you slept in one as a child, either during a family holiday, on a trip with the Scouts or Guides, or just in your garden for fun; I even had a tipi as a kid!
The standard tents that the camping companies offer are mostly very similiar to each other and a world away from any tent you may have at home. They tend to be squarish with upright walls and large windows and of a sufficient height to enable you to stand throughtout and are filled with a variety of equipment to make your stay comfortable, including lighting and electrical sockets.
Vacansoleil Navajo tent layout
There is usually a kitchenette equipped with a fridge, gas hobs, pots, pans and crockery, and 2 or 3 separate bedrooms, sleeping 5 or 6 people. The total floor space is around 25m2 (270sq. ft.) with a groundsheet for flooring, an outside area with a table, chairs, sunloungers and a parasol, and it’s all cleaned and ready for you when you arrive.
Eurocamp tent layout
Tents have always been and remain popular for a number of reasons. One is obviously that they are the camping companies cheapest option. You miss out on a few comforts like a bathroom, but with most campsites providing decent washblocks close by, it really isn’t a problem, especially when you are saving over 1/3 of the cost off the most basic mobile home while still getting to enjoy all the campsite facilities.
Another reason is the social aspect. Without the comfy sofa and aircon you tend to spend more time in front of your tent and thus are more likely to interact with your neighbours. And you’d be surprised how many friends you make whilst washing the dishes at the shower block!
Glamping with Selectcamp
If, however, you like tents, but want that touch of luxury then there are options for you. So called Glamping or glamorous camping is becoming ever more popular and many of the camping campanies have responded by offering tents with wooden flooring, four poster beds and even bathrooms, but we will look at them next week.