As a huge fan of days out in the sunshine and music festivals, it made perfect sense to team up with Halfords and let you know about their 2016 camping guide (which you can find online here).
Whether you're into glamping, roughing it or an afternoon at a theme park, hopefully this guide and reading about my own experiences can help you prepare and make the most of your adventures!
FESTIVAL SURVIVAL GUIDE
From singing Mardy Bum with the crowd after seeing the Arctic Monkeys to crying my eyes out at Dolly Parton after a
bottle bag of wine, festival season has been a time of year that's always full of laughter and in turn, has become something that I look forward to every year.
Some of my favourite memories are from music festivals, however it has taken us a few years to truly get to grips with packing appropriately for them and cutting it down to 'the essentials'.
The camping guide has a handy checklist which I'll definitely be following come Glastonbury at the end of the month! Some of the smaller items (bin bags, sun cream, lighter etc.) are easily forgotten but believe me, they'll make your trip much easier.
It's so important to have all the right equipment with you if you can: tents, sleeping bags, camping kitchen equipment and everything weatherproof. A decent tent is a must for any camping experience and Halfords have a huge, affordable range on their website here.
We've sat through thunderstorms and torrential rain in the past and if there's anything I've learnt - a good festival tent is necessary and ideally, choose one with more than one skin. You really don't want to wake up floating in puddles because your tent is soaked through OR get locked inside with an angry, sun-seeking wasp. Both of which I've seen the results of and it's not particularly pleasant.
A little extra room helps too, so if you're sharing with one other person, go for a 3-4 person tent to fit you, your pal and all your luggage in comfortably!
Oh and one more thing, make sure you have a good rucksack to get you to and from your car/bus/train. Otherwise, you'll find you end up a little bit worse for wear like the two in the picture!
YORKSHIRE TOURIST HOTSPOTS
The Halfords Guide features a variety of holiday and outdoors destinations from Scotland, to Devon, to Wales. As a local of the county, we visited the Yorkshire Dales recently to make the most of the Spring sunshine.
We walked to the top of Pen-Y-Ghent, one of the three peaks in the district and a great day out. Armed with snacks, lots of layers and again, a trusty rucksack - we walked the 6 mile trail and enjoyed a cold pint at the end of it. Perfect!
Whether you're looking for a stay-cation in the UK for the family or a day trip with good friends, check out the Ultimate Camping Guide and see the events that are happening near you.
Let me know if you're heading off for an outdoorsy adventure this Summer and your tips for camping!
This post was written in collaboration with Halfords. As always, all reviews and opinions are my own and unbiased.