Camping with freedom and comfort
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Camping is not for everyone, especially in the UK. The weather is a gamble, and camping is uncomfortable enough without it being cold and wet as well. The only way it is bearable is if you have bought some mansion-style super-tent. But camping is also awesome – it’s cheap, it gives you freedom to move around, staying in different places (especially if you have a car) and it gives you the chance to really experience some amazing rural places. Staying in a campervan solves the problems whilst giving you the benefits of ‘camping’. Renting a camper offers an affordable option to head off for the freedom of the road with everything in tow. We opted for a ‘budget’ camper (a blue number going by the name of Grant) from the guys at London Campers for our trek to Festival No 6 in Snowdonia. Their van came equipped with all we needed for our trip: sat nav, stove, electrical cables, an electric cool box, camping chairs and a table meaning we had to take very little with us to be comfortable. After the initial shock of it being a ‘left-hand’ drive vehicle, we were away. Although the journey was a little slower than by car, these things take a while to get going, there were moments that made the value of the camper clear.
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- Space to sit. This doesn’t sound like much, but being able to sit comfortably whilst having a drink inside when the rain hits is a definite plus.
- Power. You have electricity so you can charge your phone, dry your hair and have a lamp on at night.
- A good night’s sleep. The van turns from having a seating area to having a sleeping area in minutes and the bed is comfortable (well more comfortable than being on the floor of a tent). Throw in the fact it is warm and dry inside and you have a winner.
- Space to cook. Cooking outside a tent can be a pain. With a campervan you can take loads of stuff with you, cook outside and then eat at a table inside – whatever the weather you can pull off a decent meal.
- Easy pack-up. No rolling up your wet tent. Just bunging everything in the pack, starting the engine and your away.
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