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Top tips for Garden Camping

Words by Taunton Leisure

on 23/04/2020 16:21:24


The Nordisk Asgard taking in the evening sun only a few steps from the back door.

Camping in the Garden

Take a look as we hand out our top tips on backyard bivis and garden glamps.

Pitch up this lockdown

Like many of you, we’ve all had to put our camping trips on hold this Spring, which means countless wild camps and quick weekend trips across the UK just aren’t possible. Craving the satisfying feeling of waking up to natural light beaming at us through the canvas, the smell of fresh air in the morning, and the birds' chorus we, of course, took part in the Great British Campout to help raise funds for NHS workers. It was actually really fun! Not only has it given our gardens the time they deserve but also there are so many possibilities being so close to home, we’ve had some of the most comfortable nights sleep all because we haven’t been restricted with what we can fit in a rucksack, as a band of trekkers, wild campers and technical gear lovers, this is still a type of luxury camping that perhaps guiltily we can’t help but enjoy. Since the weather has been so good in the South-West as well lately, it’s meant that we have been sleeping under tarps, in hammocks and sometimes simply under nothing but the stars above, it’s been simply idyllic. Some of us have taken it a step further and are cooking outside every night as there is so much you can cook simply over the campfire, camp stove, or grill. Nothing beats a BBQ in the evening sun. Maybe the thought of camping in the garden seems peculiar when there is a tv and a perfectly comfy bed indoors, but we believe that in these strange times, a change of scene and a change of routine is more important than ever and it’s done us a lot of good.

We’re going to hand out some tips that’ll help you set up the ultimate base camp in the back garden and hopefully find some joy in these times where staying at home is essential.

Bring the inside out


The Outwell Dash 5 is a very spacious tent to cram with cushions and comfort.


The Nordisk Kari Tarp makes a great shaded, airy living room, kitchen, or anything else you like.

Since the house is but a few footsteps away, why not cram your tent or shelter full of the duvets, cushions, rugs, and comfy mattresses you normally wouldn’t be able to bring along camping? Why not pitch a second tent, or hitch up a tarp if you have the room and convert it into a living room, home office, school, or maybe even a cinema? If your looking to camp for several nights then go ahead and turn your back garden into more real estate with all the comforts of indoors. Once you’ve packed away the sleeping gear and don’t fancy sleeping outside for a night, you can still make use of the fantastic space that your tents can provide, they make a great space for many activities and really help change the everyday.

Cook a meal outside

The Robens Wayne Grill does a smashing job of frying up all manner of delicious eats.

We say RUBBISH to a perfectly good kitchen indoors a stone's throw from your garden basecamp. Remember how much nicer a fry-up cooked on a camping trip tastes? You just can’t beat a meal cooked on an open fire, grill or BBQ. Maybe it’s the mouth-watering smoky flavours or the fresh air complementing each bite, food tastes better cooked and eaten outdoors. Grab the kids if you have any and let them help prepare meals. Now is the perfect time to have some fire lighting lessons in a controlled and safe environment, an outdoor grill is perfect for this. There all sorts of delicious things you can cook over a fire, from simple evening fry ups on a Wayne Grill or smoky and spicy campfires chilies (my personal favourite) cooked up in a Robens Carson Dutch Oven suspended over a campfire on a tripod. It’s not camping without some marshmallows toasted over the fire! Just remember the golden rule about cooking and camping: there is no such thing as too much food!

Bring the pets


Louie takes refuge in his very own Nordisk Asgard. No humans allowed.

One great injustice in this world is that not all campsites allow dogs, boo! Cats also sadly have little time for such frivolity in the great outdoors. Well, with garden camping, the ENTIRE family is invited. Dogs love waking up to find themselves already in the garden and a cat will make great use of the new shaded shelter which has sprung up for them on their turf. Camping with pets is an absolute joy and they’ll love hanging out in the garden with their favourite people all day, just remember to bring out some water and a couple of spare blankets at night.

Make it pretty


A Robens Fairbanks lit up with Luci String lights.


The Nordisk Utgard is a wonderful space which adds a touch of class, perfect spot for a glass of wine we think.

A little decoration goes a long way, perfect for all the pictures you’ll be taking with the family all bundled in. Make your basecamp the nicest on the block with some of the buntings you have stowed away. Now is the perfect time to pull out the Christmas fairy lights and illuminate the way back to the house, or set them up inside the tent for board games, reading and shadow puppets. Solar-powered Luci lights are the way to go! Why not go and cover up the groundsheet with a nice rug and bring in a lamp? You have all the luxuries of home at your disposal so unlock your inner decorator! Once your nice little outdoor utopia is complete and your sitting by the fire in the evening taking in what you’ve built, you won’t want to leave.

Have Fun

Hammock low res 1

There truly are few pleasures in this world greater than a cold one in a hammock.

Remember, that home is but a stones throw away. Enjoy any activity you still have room for. Have that water fight outside the tent, have a pillow fight inside the tent, watch films on a tablet or projector if you still want your comforts, read stories to each other/yourself if you don’t. This big change in routine has helped us and many other outdoor lovers who in these strange times sadly have to cancel adventures. We’re not sure who started this craze this 2020 to help us through hard times, but we salute you.

Stay safe & happy camping!

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