The Secret to Cosy Camping: Alternative Accommodation Choices

Are you one of those people who have never been camping but want to know what all the fuss is about? Or have you avoided camping like the plague because it looks far too stressful? Is there just too much mud? Or too many creepy crawlies? Well now there’s a solution to the stressful camping situation; find alternative but still adventurous accommodation. Here’s a guide to the most exciting “glamping” options out there…

VW Camper Van

Camper Van

The good old camper van is a miniature self-catering apartment on wheels. There’s a vast array of makes, sizes and specifications to suit all budgets, and if you don’t think you’ll be using it often, there’s always hiring options. They have everything you need for a short break including a fold away dining table, a tiny TV and some even come with a miniature dishwasher. Check out http://www.chooseleisure.co.uk for buying options and http://www.mcrent.co.uk/ have some great deals on hiring motorhomes. If you really want to camp in style then there’s also many sites available for hiring traditional VW camper vans; they may be slightly less equipped than the modern motor but they ooze charm and boost your happy hippy camper status. VW Camper Hire are as retro as it gets, with bespoke interior design in each of their vans with added luxuries such as a flatscreen TV. Regardless of the camper van you choose, if you look into A Frame towing them you can even bring your car along for the ride, so you really don’t need to want for anything in terms of convenience.

Good points: Everything you could possibly need including the kitchen sink.

Bad points: Expensive.

Glam Rating: 5/10 for the motorhome

7/10 for the VW campervan

Yurt Camping

Yurt

Yurts are undeniably cool and are far cosier than they first appear. These tipi-like structures originated in Mongolia and have been adapted for modern camping use. Each Yurt is typically built with a sturdy wooden frame and has a tough canvas exterior. They are English Precipitation-proof. Don’t worry about being cold because they are equipped with a wood burning stove and many furnishings are provided such as blankets and sheep skin rugs. A fantastic glamping site is Bivouac in North Yorkshire, which has eight Yurts, several log cabins and a bunk barn. You can also explore Yurt buying options at http://www.yurtsforlife.com/.

Good points: Stylish, cosy and something out-of the ordinary.

Bad points: You have to go to the Yurts rather than taking them with you.

Glam rating: 9/10

Folding Tent

Folding Tent

The tent is not to be underestimated. Although it looks complicated, cold and could collapse in a slight puff of wind, tents are getting more sophisticated by the year, and one option is to buy a fold out trailer-tent. Opus have created an innovative camping device that’s part-tent, part-motor home that neatly collapses down into its own trailer so it can be towed anywhere. The trailer becomes a base for the main living area, which comprises of a fitted gas cooker, sink, work top, storage space and then a sofa folding out bed. The two sides hold elevated sleeping spaces which can be zipped up like a tent for privacy. Devices such as these can be unfolded and constructed in as little as 10 minutes and packed away just as fast.

Good points: Highly mobile and easy to set up.

Bad points: No bathroom facilities.

Glam rating: 9/10 because it’s so ingenious.

Best Portable Barbecues

If you enjoy a barbecue but also enjoy going out and about during the summer, then you should probably invest in a portable barbecue that means that on a walk, at the beach, or in the park you can enjoy a delicious grilled burger or sausage and can avoid the expensive summer food vendors.

If you are barbecuing on a budget then the best option for you would probably be Sainsbury’s Bucket Barbecue at the excellent price of £9.99. It doesn’t require any assembly and all you have to do is light the coals and you are ready to go. Make sure it has completely cooled off before you pack it away though as the bucket handle remains quite hot. It is available in bright green and bright orange.

If you enjoy making a feast rather then just food, you should probably look into purchasing the Barbecue Cooking System by Cobb. It is £99.96 from Lakeland and allows you to infuse your food by using a little moat that surrounds the barbecue. You can place water, wine and an array of seasoning into the moat to flavour your meat and keep in tender.

If you want a portable barbecue that won’t take up too much space then you should invest in the Notebook Portable Folding BBQ Grill which goes for about £21.00 currently on Amazon. When the grilling rack is on it has a cooking are of 45 x 30 cm which is plenty of room to grill a whole host of BBQ food.

If you are an impatient barbecuer and don’t like waiting on the coal to heat up then why not try the The Royal Portable Gas Tabletop BBQ which is compact and easy to carry. They are currently selling on the Calor gas website for £25.99 and with a 6KW heat output it will cook your food fast and efficiently.