Holding Icon Camping Buyer's Guide

Whether you're off to a festival or fancy a bonding trip with the family, you can use Halfords' helpful camping guide to help you decide what to take along.

More and more people are getting into camping as an affordable and fun way to get out and explore the great outdoors. Once you've bought your camping gear, you can use it again and again, so choose the right kit and you'll enjoy great value holidays for years to come.

Camping Buyer's Guide


There's loads of camping equipment and clever gadgets out there to choose from, so it can get a bit confusing. But at a basic level, all you really need is:

  • A tent, obviously. Choose this wisely as it will be your home while you're away. A cheap tent may be fine for a festival, but a quality one will keep you warmer and drier on longer trips.
  • Sleeping equipment like sleeping bags, camping mats, or an airbed for added comfort.
  • Camping lights - take a lantern to keep in the tent and a torch for trips outside.
  • Some decent camping cooking equipment is essential if you want to whip up your own meals rather than live on cafe or takeaway food.

Once you've got the basics sorted, take a look at camping furniture and camping accessories that can help to make your trip more enjoyable. These range from folding chairs and wellies all the way up to solar showers and tent carpets, so it depends how much luxury you fancy!

Halfords Camping Guides

For a bit of extra help preparing for your trip, Halfords have put together a collection of camping guides. They're packed full of helpful hints and tips for different types of camping - click on one to find out more!

Tents Buyers Guide
Buying a Tent

Find out all you need to know with our tents buyer's guide. You can also compare tent brands using our comparison chart.

Camping Equipment Buyers Guide
Camping Equipment

Discover all the essentials you need to take with our camping equipment buyer's guide, and compare sleeping bags for a cosy night's rest.

Camping Checklist
Camping Checklist

Use our camping checklist to ensure you've packed everything before leaving home.

Festival Camping Buyers Guide
Festival Camping

Everything you need for festival survival - check out our festival camping buyer's guide and festival camping essentials.

Family Tents Buyers Guide
Family Camping

Tips for getting away with the kids - see our family tents buyer's guide and family camping equipment list.

Camping Tips and Tricks
Camping Tips

Read up on our camping tips & tricks for a hassle-free and enjoyable holiday, wherever you go.

Camping Equipment Available at Halfords

Halfords has a massive variety of tents and camping equipment available to reserve online and collect in-store. Use this brilliant service to ensure you've got everything before you go - or you could even pick your gear up on the way.

Camping equipment can also be bought online for delivery direct to your home. Simply browse our products and choose the option that's best for you - happy camping!


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