Camping Knowledge


Camping isn’t always as simple as just picking up a tent, pitching it and winging it – only the luckiest of adventurers amongst can really make the most of things to that extent!  For the rest of us, picking up a variety of tips and tricks for getting the best out of your camping trips – in all seasons – is always recommended.  We’ve lined up a wide array of camping hacks and secrets which we think will help even the most ardent of an adventurer on their way – some of them you may have heard of before – while others we think are especially sneaky and are well worth putting into practice!

Invest in the Best

This is a hack that will likely make sense to seasoned campers, but it’s worth bearing in mind when it comes to starting out with tents and sleeping bags, too.  It’s tempting to save cash wherever possible – but when it comes to finding sleeping bags that can keep you warm and dry, it’s never recommended that you skimp on quality.

Have a Back Up Plan

Consider what do to do if everything goes south – do you have an alternative site you can head to?  Emergency options lined up if things fail or give out?  Always go prepared. This is even more important if you have children with you.

Check the weather

Plan Ahead – Weather-Wise

Another tip that rather goes without saying is to consider checking the weather forecast before you depart for anywhere – however, what you may want to do is to look at a cross-section of forecasting.  It’s worth looking at the likes of The Weather Channel, The Met Office and default apps.

Vent Well When Cooking

Carbon monoxide is – of course – a killer.  Never cook inside a tent – always cook outside the tent and as far as way as possible.

Its not worth the risks, I always take a few tins of beans with me, just incase its really raining and I don’t fancy cooking outside – cold beans while they don’t taste great won’t kill me.

Alternatively, if its really raining and I do want warm food and I don’t wanna cook in the rain – I just find a local restaurant/cafe and head there. 

I will never cook in a tent under any circumstances.

Protect Your Stove from the Elements

On a different note with regard to cooking, it’s worth considering investing in a windbreak so that any barbecues, fires or stoves you light stand firm in the height of bad weather – even if you’ve planned ahead with the forecasts.

Charge your gear when camping

Pack a Battery or Two

It perhaps goes without saying these days that our phones and other devices are going to be needed at some point – and no matter how advanced our phones get, battery life is always a bit of a burden. 

There are scores of different portable battery options out there on the wider market for travellers, and we especially recommend taking a solar-powered battery.

Alternatively, you can purchase on these cables and use a spare car battery to charge your devices – its what I use when family camping but isn’t practical to use when hiking (car batteries can weigh quite a bit). Don’t forget you will also need one of these as well.


Think Lanterns – Not Torches

While the trusty pocket torch is perhaps a camping staple which will never really go away, it’s worthwhile thinking about investing in a powerful and portable lantern instead.  These can be hung up or placed out of the way and can provide all-round lighting throughout your tent, canopy and gazebo where appropriate.  Once again, a solar-powered option is always appropriate.

Get Acquainted with Pitching

Wherever possible, if you’re new to setting up tents or have bought a sizeable new model to set up and enjoy, it is well worth looking into any instructions which come included before you reach your given campsite.  Where possible, if you have the space, it can be a great idea to try pitching your tent for a trial run before you set it up for real.

Don’t Stamp Your Pegs

A quick tip here which may surprise some people, as we’ve likely all done it at one point or another – but stamping tent pegs in with your feet will likely bend your pegs and render them pretty useless for future support.  Always bring a mallet!

Pack the Essentials

Again, this may go without saying for some campers, but essentials for one tent of people can be very different for the next.  Essentials such as first aid, matches and lighting are perhaps the most popular candidates for an emergency box – but what about duct tape, portable batteries, penknives, pain medication, a pen and notepad?

Keeping Warm

Plan for Warmth

If you’re set to camp during the colder months, consider taking portable heating packs with you which can be broken up and used to generate heat at short notice and ad hoc as and when you need them.  They’re relatively cheap, too!

Take Cushions

A major oversight for many people going camping – newbies or otherwise – is to assume that the bottom of your tent will suffice for seating.  If you’re on hard ground, it most certainly won’t!  Pack floor cushions for super comfy interior seating.

Alternatively camping chairs are a great addition to your camping equipment, but aren’t practical for small tents porches.

It would all depends on the size of your tent.

Spare Shoes

Pack More Shoes than You Think You’ll Need

Packing light is tempting – we can’t say we blame you – but it’s a great idea to have at least two pairs of shoes with you should you be camping somewhere especially muddy, or especially if your favourite boots or wellies have seen better days. 

Getting stuck out in the middle of nowhere without spare footwear is a nightmare!

“Pro tip: Find two decent sticks and put them in the ground. Turn your boots upside down and put one on each stick, this stops rain from getting in your boots.


A pro tip I learnt some years ago in the cubs and scouts. Sometimes you don’t have a porch to leave your boots in.

Find two decent sticks and put them in the ground. Turn your boots upside down and put one on each stick, this stops rain from getting in your boots.

Don’t Sleep on the Floor!

Coming back to our earlier point about comfort and the floor of your tent, it’s worthwhile considering how you’re going to set up your beds.  Tempted to just throw a few sleeping bags out?  It’ll be a cold, hard night – and it’s always recommended for you to sleep raised above the ground wherever possible. 

Certainly, invest in sturdy camping beds wherever possible for the maximum portable comfort.

Other alternatives are airbeds, or my preference old fashion foam mats.

The reason you don’t sleep on the floor is to do with thermals. Heat transfers from cold to hot until both are at an equal temperature.

If you have nothing on the ground, your body will keep losing heat to the ground and that will lower your body temperature – at best giving you a bad nights sleep, but there are far worse outcomes.

A decent mat, airbed or camp bed raises you off the floor and stops this from happening.


Consider Your Cooking Options

We all know that the odd portable or disposable barbecue should never be depended upon when it comes to cooking for long periods of time – and while it’s quick and convenient, it’s always worth investing in a sturdier, second option – always have a back-up in place.

Pinch Those Condiments

We’ve all taken advantage of those miniature condiment packets and portions in restaurants and hotels – and it’s worth keeping them to hand for camping trips for years to come, as they have extensive use by dates!

Prepare Your Food – Before You Go

Here’s a good one – especially if you’re planning to put together a recipe or two together while you’re away – as you’re not going to have the luxury of a kitchen or preparation area while you’re out in fields or sitting in a tent.  Make sure you put together as much as you can and take it with you in portioned pots before you travel – all you have to do is heat it up!

Invest in Decent Tent Pegs

It’s tempting, of course, to peg down your tent with the equipment you’re dealt with – but you’d be surprised at just how flimsy provided tent pegs can actually be.  It’s worth shopping around for sturdy, well-made pegs manufactured by trustworthy names in the marketplace.

There are different types of pegs for different types of ground, so worth investing in a few different types for different conditions.

Find the Right Campsite

The right campsite for you may not be one which is out in the sticks or which is full to the brim with all mod cons – but it’s worth looking at those which are aimed more towards families if you’re looking for a quiet breakaway somewhere. 

Look for tell-tale signs such as shops, pools and more nearby – be savvy about where you stop!

Obviously if your looking for a campsite in Yorkshire, then we have to recommend our own directory of sites. 

But if your wanting to camp outside of Yorkshire (yeah we aren’t sure why you would want to visit anywhere other than this great county), but there are many wonderful campsites over Britain and the world. 

Be Considerate – Take Rubbish Bags

Man hands holding garbage bag isolated on white background.

Finally, it’s always worth considering your personal impact on the environment – and on the sites, you visit.  Always clear up after yourself with rubbish bags which can carry sizeable volumes – ones which are especially sturdy and resistant, too, never go a miss.  

It’s tempting to just pick up as much rubbish or waste as you can when you choose to leave your site or pitch – but picking up and binning as you go is certainly responsible.

Share below in the comments your favourite camping hacks.

If you’re a lover of the great outdoors, and more precisely – camping, which is good for your health,  you’ll already know that it’s vital you have all the right gear and equipment to ensure your trip is as enjoyable as possible – whether it’s sleeping aids, cooking equipment or just nifty little gadgets to enhance your camping experience. However, there’s also a number of checks you should carry out before setting off, which is why we’ve outlined everything you need to remember when camping.


Check Your Equipment

This may sound obvious, but it’s really important you test all your equipment before heading out on your camping trip. For example, get out in the back garden and practice putting up your tent. If you haven’t used it for a while, it will be good to refresh your memory – as you’ll want to pitch it as quickly and as smoothly as possible when you arrive. Also, make sure all parts of the tent are still there. There’s nothing worse than getting to a campsite and finding out you’re missing a couple of poles or pegs and end up having a lopsided tent that’s likely to blow away at the first sign of a gentle breeze.


Prepare Your Food

This is the one aspect of camping that often gets overlooked the most. We’re all normally too engrossed in our equipment and nifty camping gadgets that we forget to plan our meals effectively. Prep is imperative when it comes to food on a camping trip and the more you can get done at home before you leave, the better. For example, plan your meals for the duration of the trip and know exactly what you’ll be eating for breakfast, lunch and dinner each day. Be sure to take foods with as much nutritional value as possible, that doesn’t take up too much space. Nuts and seeds are a great source of nutrition and will also fill you up for longer. Also, try to take dehydrated foods that will last longer, e.g. dried fruits such as mango and pineapple are tasty treats that won’t go off and will take up next to no room in your bag.

Check out these great recipes for cooking over a open fire when camping.

Take a Waterproof Blanket

Aside from the obvious things you’ll need, such as a decent tent and a sleeping bag, a waterproof blanket is also a great addition to your camping kit. When shopping around, be sure to pick up one that can be wrapped up pretty tight and comes with its own carry bag – as we all know that space saving is imperative when packing your equipment. You’ll also want a blanket that is waterproof, don’t go for a fabric blanket that is likely to carry water if it gets wet, as this will only add weight to your load. The brilliant thing about blankets is that they have multiple uses. For example, you can use them as an extra layer of warmth and comfort on those chilly nights, or double it up as a picnic blanket when on the go.

Take a First Aid Kit

Again, this is something that often gets overlooked when people are planning a camping trip, but a first aid kit is an absolute essential. We simply can’t prepare for what nature will throw at us sometimes, so it makes sense to prepare ourselves as much as we can. Things we recommend including are…

  • Plenty of plasters and gauze pads
  • Insect repellent
  • Anti-inflammatory medicine
  • Pain killers
  • Sun cream
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Bandages
  • Sterile wipes


Research the Area

This may seem obvious, but it’s important to research where you’re going to ensure you get the most out of your trip. For example, if you’re camping somewhere in Yorkshire, you’ll want to look up all the local beauty spots and places of interest so that you can check them out whilst you’re in the area. Also, be sure to plan your day’s activities thoroughly and try to work out how long it will take you to get from one place to the next – that way, you can really get the most out of your camping adventure.

Whether you’re an experienced camper or a relative newcomer, all of the things outlined above are of equal importance. We’ve found that when it comes to camping, you can never be too prepared and it’s important not to get too complacent when it comes to your equipment and your essentials. That being said, we’re certain that if you follow our handy little tips and tricks, you’ll have a hassle free camping experience

New to camping?  Don’t yet know your guy ropes from your ground sheets?  Don’t worry – everyone starts somewhere – but getting into camping really isn’t that difficult.  There’s a little more to it that simply plodding out with a tent and picking any old spot to sleep in for the night, but you needn’t be put off by the idea – camping is amazing fun and a great way to get away from it all.  Here are ten essential tips we think all new campers should live by!

The sun sets over blooming heather in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park
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Find a Yorkshire Campsite

Yorkshire – all its wonderful counties – is camping heaven.  From up in the Dales out towards the West, there are areas of spectacular beauty throughout Yorkshire, meaning that it’s the perfect place to start your camping adventure if you’re looking for somewhere new, exciting and stunning to visit.  Take a look at our recommended sites – offering unbelievable views and curious wildlife spots – as well as a few nice surprises along the way.  Yorkshire is absolutely the best place to start if you’re just getting going on camping for the first time!

Don’t worry we have you covered, check out all of Yorkshire Campsites.

Malham, Yorkshire, UK. Visitors camping at Goredale Scar, Malham, Yorkshire, UK

Malham, Yorkshire, UK. Visitors camping at Goredale Scar, Malham, Yorkshire, UK

Sunset behind Roseberry Topping, taken from Cockshaw Hill in the North York Moors National Park.

Sunset behind Roseberry Topping, taken from Cockshaw Hill in the North York Moors National Park.

Ditch the Tech!

A true, traditional camping experience is one which isn’t befuddled by technology.  You should always have a mobile phone available as an emergency contact – or if you need to look up local information – but keep your smartphone use to an absolute minimum.  Crack out the camera for some gorgeous shots of the countryside and areas of natural beauty – but go easy on social media – you could be missing out on a lot!

If in Doubt, Get a Bigger Tent

Tent buying can be tricky at first, but if you’re in any doubt with regard to what you need, you should always go one bigger than your actual requirements.  For example – if there’s two of you, go for a three or four-person model – this will allow for greater comfort and space, which you will likely need and enjoy throughout any trips you undertake.  Don’t sacrifice your comfort – go bigger where possible!

Tent lit up at night time on a campsite in Wharfedale in the Yorkshire Dales
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Check the Weather Reports

While only the bravest campers amongst us really brave the elements whatever the weather, it’s a smart move to plan ahead for high wind, rain and more besides.

You’re going to need to know whether you’ll need certain tent pegs to protect against high winds, or extensive waterproofing and footwear if you’re heading for a soaking, for example – it pays to be careful when camping, and you know full well what Britain is like at the best of times – unpredictable!

Check your tent, most quality tents are sold with a Hydra Static head of 1,500 + which is the recommended level for the UK.

I personally don’t buy anything less than 3,000 but if rain is forecast just firstly check the hydra static level on your tent.

Over time the waterproof level of the tent will deteriorate, but its pretty simple to re-waterproof your tent.

A panoramic picture of Wharfedale, from Kilnsey; part of the route on Day 1 of the 2014 Tour de France in Yorkshire, England UK. The peloton ride up the dale to the moors beyond.

Consider Your Campsite Needs

Think carefully about what you are looking for from your campsite in Yorkshire – are you looking for a quiet break away, or a bustling experience where you can meet new people and share stories?

Take a look at the facilities offered – less often means a quieter stay, on the whole, though you should always consider looking at the location (beyond the site being in Yorkshire, of course!).  Coastal or Cliffside camping can be hazardous in bad weather – meaning that a countryside trip may be more beneficial.

With our campsite finder you can filter down to campsites which meet your needs.

Malham, Yorkshire, UK. Visitors camping at Goredale Scar, Malham, Yorkshire, UK
Essential cooking equipment in front of a colorful tent on a campsite

Pack the Essentials

The essentials – leave the kitchen sink at home – will serve you well regardless of whether you’re at a site packed with facilities or roughing it in the almost-wilds of rugged Yorkshire.

Take a first aid kit, materials and tools for patching up tents and clothing, plenty of water if you’re really roughing it, maps, portable charging equipment for mobile phones (we recommend solar chargers where possible) – the list goes on.

Also – never go camping without a penknife, or a gas stove – you never know when you might need them, regardless of where you may be headed.

Plan Food Ahead of Time

Speaking of gas stoves, new campers should always plan ahead in terms of meals, especially if you’re set to feed more than a few at any one time.  Shop a day or two ahead, never get caught on the hop – make sure you have equipment and facilities to be able to cook for everyone in attendance and plan ahead.

Make a shopping list, budget carefully, and don’t plan your days around your dinners – unless you want to!  Really make the most of the experience of camping – and the wonderful world around you – have your meals sorted out so that you’re not dawdling around getting food sorted last-minute.

grilled meat skewers smoke barbecue
Visitors enjoying the beeautiful summer weather on the banks of the river wharfe at Bolton Abbey, Skipton, Yorkshire, UK

Visitors enjoying the beeautiful summer weather on the banks of the river wharfe at Bolton Abbey, Skipton, Yorkshire, UK

Be Respectful of Your Campsite

Respect is paramount when it comes to camping.  Yorkshire campsite owners are generally very friendly, affable and willing to offer you whatever you need to feel comfortable, safe and to enjoy your stay with them.

However, there will be ground rules – and if you break or breach any one of them, you may be asked to move on.

Campsite owners love the countryside as much as you – respect their rules and their plots of land and you may even make fast friends in the bargain.  Who’s to say?

Be Respectful of Nature

Habitats in Yorkshire are sadly under threat from various factors, and you can do your bit as a conscious and responsible camper by making sure you always clear up after yourself – and by ensuring that you keep noise and potential disruption to an absolute minimum.  By venturing into the countryside, you’ll be sharing the homes of thousands of birds and critters – we owe it to them to protect their habitats as much as possible, and showing even a little consideration for the environment around you will be a massive deal.  Do your part – and be a respectful camper!

A rural view of the Southern Howgill Fells in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, England

A rural view of the Southern Howgill Fells in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, England

Go Close to Home if You Can

Finally – if you can – camp as close to home as possible your first time away.  There’s nothing to say you won’t enjoy the experience, but if all doesn’t play out the way you expect, you should always have a safe and quick route back home – this is always sensible for emergencies, too.  If you’re a Yorkshire native, pick a spot or site that’s nearby and relax – camping is a wonderful and unbeatable experience!


So what is stopping you, go and find your perfect campsite and get booking.

If it’s your first time going camping – wherever it is you may be going – you may well be tempted to take a few home essentials with you along the way.  There’s no harm in doing so – we actively recommend you take a mobile phone of some kind – and perhaps a solar-powered battery pack, too – but if you intend to take a fair amount of personal belongings or even money with you, it may be time to start considering how much protection you have in place just in case something happens along the way.  Tent insurance – therefore – is well worth looking into before you head away on a new journey or two.

Why Tent Insurance?

While you can easily source insurance for all kinds of camping trips and stay-overs, you will more often than not find cover for your accommodation and your equipment and possessions referred to as ‘tent insurance’ by a number of carriers.  Though the name suggests that it will only be your tent which is covered by such insurance, there’s actually plenty which this type of cover can help you with.  Otherwise known as ‘camping insurance’ with certain providers and carriers, this type of insurance cover will make sure that you can safely take not only your tent, but also a wide array of equipment and personal items with you on your journeys and trips.


Travel Aviation Insurance

What is Covered?

gas burner, hatchet rug for yoga, mug, tent, carabiner for insurance, rope and notepad for recording, on the background of grassgas

For one – and fairly obviously – your tent will be covered.  This means that if something happens to your tent, awnings, gazebos, pegs or associated equipment while you are away – and it’s not your fault – you may be able to claim back reasonable costs to replace them.  This means that acts of nature which damage your tent, acts of vandalism or theft, or even accidental damage – can all be covered by the right package and policy.  It makes sense to compare various coverage and carriers in the meantime, purely in the interest of making sure you have the best deal for you, your fellow campers and your possessions and equipment.


Speaking of equipment, that’s covered, too – largely.  Camping furniture, stoves, portable items, electrical generators, bedding, inflatables, security devices – providing you purchase a policy which covers your specific trip for your specific time away at the location you choose, you’ll find yourself catered to.  Having insurance of this kind is an absolute boon as it will mean that – even if the worst occurs – you can call your chosen carrier and can opt to pay an excess to get full coverage on any items or camping paraphernalia you may have lost.  Whether you are a victim of crime, and accident or an act of nature, this type of insurance will ensure that you have some way of bouncing back.

Are Valuables Covered?

Yes – to an extent – and this again will depend upon the carrier you are entering into agreement with, and the policy you are taking out.  Do make sure you check your policy wording.  Many policies of this kind – tent insurance and camping insurance alike – will allow you to claim back on personal effects and items you take with you for the duration of your trip.  That’s regardless of where you keep them, too – but do read the wording.  This type of insurance is rather similar to travel insurance, in that you can claim back for loss of any valuables or equipment due to theft, accidental damage or loss.

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What to Do With Valuables

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Many insurance policies of this nature will expect you to be very careful with the items you do take with you at all times.  This means being extra sensitive of cash money, electrical items, clothing and more besides.  The best thing you can do with valuables on any camping trip is not to leave things to chance – make sure you take your most important items and valuables with you and be sure to keep a close eye on them at all times.  If you can’t take everything with you at all times, make sure you have security in place to ensure that any valuables you leave behind cannot be stolen or intercepted.  One of the safest options to take, if you have made the journey to your camp site by car, is to leave valuables in your vehicle – i.e. under lock and key – until you need them.

Shop Around

Tent and camping insurance is varied – do make sure you compare carriers before choosing a policy outright!

You could risk it after all and go camping without insurance, but with equipment especially tents in recent years becoming more and more expensive, could you afford to replace everything if the worse was to happen.

Don’t worry about wondering which insurance does offer camping insurance, we have done the hard work for you – just look below at the different options. You might want to view a couple of different options to find the one that suites you the best.

Where to get Tent Insurance

If you’re new to camping, you may well assume that all tent pegs do pretty much the same thing – we wouldn’t blame you for thinking as much, to be honest!  However, as seasoned trekkers and campers will know, different pegs and fixtures will work with different types of ground and fittings.  While many modern tents will come packaged with appropriate pegging for you to use in a wide range of grounding, it’s a good idea to get acquainted with other types of peg and nail used for tent pitching just in case you decide to go adventuring on particularly hard or muddy ground!  Here’s our quick guide to some of the pegs you may wish to use – and where you’re best off using them!

Skewers and Round Wire Pegs

Round wire pegs and skewers are extremely common and are widely provided in tent packages as the catch-all solution to end them all.  They’re very easy to insert by hand, but you’ll need to remember that they may not be so good for soft or muddy ground.  If you’re off to a festival, for example, you may wish to invest in alternative pegs for your tents before you leave – these pegs are great in harder ground or even in rocky patches, but they can bend and warp, too – meaning they’re always prime for replacement.  They do the job in milder weather, however – and you can find them in a variety of thicknesses and styles, too, meaning that they may be worth looking into if you’re hoping to keep costs low.

Skewers and Round Wire Pegs
Tent Nails

Tent Nails

No – not the sort you use to hang pictures up with – these are specifically designed to hold tenting down on harder ground, with flat heads and short, skewered bodies to allow you to easily hammer in and secure your base on a patch of land that isn’t necessarily going to give you much in the way of leeway.  These types of peg aren’t particularly useful in softer ground or sand, as they simply won’t hold.  You can even get your hands on longer nails which are thicker and reportedly more durable – offering a better hold in hard ground.  These are quite heavy, however, and won’t be of much use if you’re anywhere near rocky ground.

Where to Buy

The right pegs could be the difference between pitching your tent and not pitching your tent

V Pegs or Vee Pegs

V Pegs or Vee Pegs

V pegs, or vee section pegs, are the ideal choice for softer, sandier and muddier grounds.  They’re splayed out, giving more of an opportunity for greater hold and flexibility.  These types of pegs can come in a variety of types and shapes, too – meaning that if you’re in need of a bigger surface area or a stronger hold, you may wish to do a bit more shopping around – but for the money, we think V pegs offer more than enough lightweight support that should be sought ahead of anything seemingly simpler, such as skewers or nails.  V pegs are an ideal purchase for festival campers and for those heading to uneven ground.

Rock Pegs

The name gives it away, doesn’t it?  These sharp, piercing pegs are rock-busters – meaning that they are ideally used on rocky ground or in areas where you are having trouble pegging into thicker soil or earth.  The main issue some campers face with these pegs is the fact that they may not be too durable, depending upon the make or model you opt for – but–there are durable versions of the rock peg out there which could be well worth a look if you’re one for your mountaineering, for example.

Rock Pegs

Where to Buy

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Biodegradable Pegs

Biodegradable Pegs

For the environmentally-conscious camper, biodegradable pegs offer an eco-friendly twist which maintains the hold and security of some of the best pegs and nails on this list.  These pegs will quickly degrade over time should you accidentally leave them in the wild – meaning that you won’t have to worry too much if you forget about them – but do also remember that while they can supply something of a nice grip, they have a habit of being fragile on the odd occasion.

Harpoon Pegs

Lastly, let’s take a look at a relatively new peg design.  The Harpoon peg is a catch-all winner – extensive surface area and adaptability make for a hold that can be transferred across soft and medium grounds, meaning that you can even pitch into gravel if you need to.  The perfect beach pegs, the Harpoon model is one to look for if you’re hoping to monopolise on base grip above all.

Harpoon Pegs

Where to Buy

So you know have the knowledge about which pegs you need for which ground, you have no excuse for not going camping. Why not find your perfect campsite.



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