Camping is a wonderful family experience. Getting out in the fresh air, leaving the stress behind and focussing on what really matters in life.
When your time comes to head out camping, is it better to have your own tent, or will simply renting one do the trick? After all, for most of us, it’s nothing more than a once a year experience, so which is the best option for you?
Well, first and foremost, owning your own tent gives some clear benefits. You get to choose the closest fit for your needs, and you don’t have to worry about the condition you’re going to find it in, as you’re the only family using it.
Renting, on the other hand, is almost always cheaper for a few uses – generally speaking you will need to use a tent at least three or four times to get your money’s worth out of buying. With rentals on site, you may find that you get more bang for your buck though, as they’re often rented complete with camping stoves, and something an electrical hookup is included as standard. On bigger, more established sites, you may also find that you get access to more of the facilities too, like evening entertainment or laundry blocks.
A good approach is to call a few of your preferred sites and see what they have to offer. Armed with that information, you’ll be better placed to make an informed decision.
Reading that headline might make you think we’ve lost the plot, but we’ve recently been giving a lot of thought to the things that traditionally put a lot of people off camping. The biggest reason we hear relates to the lack of convenience – after all, certain people will always struggle to see the benefit of leaving their en suite bathroom at home for a couple of weeks while they live in a field and have to trek across a field in the middle of the night to use to ‘bathroom’.
The fact of the matter is, no matter how comfortable we can make a tent, it’s never quite going to match the creature comforts of home, or boast the level of interior design that we’ve become accustomed to.
That’s fine though, for the rest of us, we can reach a happy compromise. Whether that’s a basic break with little more than the tent itself to shelter from the elements, or to get loads of camping luxuries (including that portable toilet to use in the tent during the night), it does allow us to customise the camping experience to a fairly large extent.
It’s not interior design in the sense that we think of when painting the living room or buying new furniture, but it does give us a great chance to personalise an otherwise standard issue tent.