It’s no secret that I love camping. Over the years, I have stayed in many types of tents. Some of them have been absolute budget models – £20 pop up jobs. One thing you can almost guarantee in those is they won’t be water tight or breatheable. With that in mind, today I am talking about things which can dampen your camping experience. (Or spoil it, if you prefer).

Things Which Can Dampen Your Camping Experience.

Pitch Perfect

When you get to your campsite, you may find the ground is wet. Once, many years ago we got to a campsite and found an empty field in a prime location. My uncle drove his car onto the field, only for the car to immediately sink a good 6 inches into it. When he tried to reverse out, he sprayed mud everywhere and ripped up the grass. Eventually, we had to lay old towels under the wheels to get enough traction to get out of the mud.

The lesson here is to always make sure you check the field before you drive onto it. Additionally, I always put Tarpaulin under my tent as an extra barrier against dampness, should it rain badly.

Bathroom Breaks

Something else which can literally dampen your camping experience is being so far from the bathroom. Since I had the kids, I have definitely had a weaker bladder than I did pre babies. I always make sure I pitch the tent as close as possible to the toilet block so I’m not caught short. Control Your Choice is a website full of tips about urinary incontinence. (Check out #ControlYourChoice on social for more info, too).

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Thankfully, pelvic floor exercises mean I only have problems first thing in the morning. If you’re not so lucky, there are things available to help. Bulking agents, like Bulkamid®, are a water-based gel. It helps the bladder neck to close, which helps prevent bladder leaks. If you’re suffering from a weak bladder, make sure you speak to your GP about the options available to you.

Also, make sure you drink plenty. Drinking less might well mean less chance of a “leak,” but you could end up dehydrated and really poorly.

Tent Life

A cheap tent may seem like a good idea, but it really isn’t, for several reasons. Firstly, when it rains, you’re likely to get soaked to the skin – along with everything in your tent. Secondly, when the sun is shining, the condensation will be horrific inside the tent, so you’ll still get wet.

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Always opt for a tent which has a sewn in groundsheet. The last thing you want is the rain seeping in through the gap. Additionally, if you opt for a Vis-a-vis tent, beware the middle section usually has no floor. (I fell for this last time I bought a tent online).

Something else worth considering when camping is where you’ll store your clothes. I tend to leave them in a camping rucksack, and slide this under the camp bed. This means I can rest easy, knowing they won’t be getting rained on if the tent door isn’t zipped closed. (Make sure you zip the tent up completely when you’re leaving it – the last thing you want is to return to soggy sleeping quarters).

Finally, if you’ve found these tips for stuff which can dampen your camping experience useful, check out more of my camping content here.

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