camping 2 - How to choose a comfy camping mattress for your next adventure

How to choose a comfy camping mattress for your next adventure

As many would have you believe, camping is not really an uncomfortable activity. It is not like you are transported back to the stone age and you have to hunt to eat. In addition, you don’t have to sleep on the thick, harsh ground and sacrifice your beauty sleep.

No, in fact camping today can be as luxurious as any other relaxing holiday. Some of the images online of camps can be mind-boggling, with beautiful interior designs and proper lighting. So when it comes to sleep, that can be luxurious too.

Camp mattresses are increasingly popular today. Like regular mattresses and sheets, they come in various varieties and compositions. We provide some recommendations on how to select a mattress for your ideal camp, and some providers here in the UK that we have personally verified.

Camp mattresses can be of different types such as self-inflating mattresses, air mattresses or closed-foam mattresses. Before you pick a mattress, you need to consider the season that it will be used in and the location you will be using it in, whether it is a sandy beach, hard terrain or thick grass. Each mattress type is ideal for a particular ground type.

Once after, you need to figure out the shape and size that will be ideal for your camp layout. Most mattresses are rectangular shaped, but if your camp setup requires another shape that needs to be factored in. The same applies when it comes to determining size. Here what is crucial is not just the camp setup, but also portability. If you have to carry around your mattress in a backpack, don’t pack something extremely thick and large.

Normally, foam mattresses are more lightweight and easy to transport. They are suitable for smoother terrains. As they don’t offer much thickness, they may not be the most comfortable option. They are however the cheapest. There are a few varieties that come with an additional insulation layer to provide more comfort, at a higher cost and weight however. The Thermarest Z-Liteis one of the best such products and is available in amazon stores.

Air mattresses are probably the most commonly used ones. They are inflatable, with a pump or with your mouth. They are suitable for winter conditions and are thicker than foam. They can be lightweight and portable as well. The Quechua air basic 70 1-person inflatable mattress is a great product and is available in Decathlon stores in the UK.

Finally, the most popular ones today seem to be the self-inflating mattresses. They are the thickest and most durable of all types, and obviously the most expensive. Regardless, they can be portable as well, and come in many shapes and sizes. They can be used for all terrains.

Ensure that you factor in all criteria that we have mentioned here, such as shape, size, durability and application, before going shopping.

traveling - 4 absolutely gorgeous destinations for camping and budget travel

4 absolutely gorgeous destinations for camping and budget travel

There are some great destinations in the UK that is ideal for the outdoor camper or budget traveler. Most of these destinations are unheard of outside the UK or even within certain parts of the country. People flock to these places around the year and set up camps.

Spring caravan and camping show is well aware of these destinations, having organized numerous trips. Having established connections with the locals and businesses in these places, we are able to provide great recommendations to our clients on food, camping spots, hotel accommodation if required, shopping etc.

Braemar, Aberdeenshire

Braemar is a village in the Scottish highlands, located west of Aberdeen. The area experiences some of the lowest temperatures in the UK, and it is advisable to go there closer to summer. The caravan park there is suitable for people who enjoy wildlife. There are a few rare species such as the red deer and the golden eagle in these parts.

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Bay View Farm, Cornwall

Polperro, one of the most picturesque villages in the UK, surround this site. Bay view farm is a quirky and beautiful site located in Cornwall, and provides camping options for as cheap as GBP 12. You get to enjoy the view of the island of St. George. Shire horses wander around the area and form a great spectacle. Be careful with them however, as they are not the friendliest of creatures!

Shell Island, Gwynedd

Shell island is a place for different profiles of people. It contains sand dunes, fresh grass and mountaintop views that are gorgeous. In a way, it is one of the poster pictures of Wales. There is a chic tavern bar in these parts that serves delicious food. The campsite spot is massive, stretching across 300 acres.

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Deepdale Farm, Norfolk

Deepdale farm is located on the North Norfolk coastline. It is an excellent spot to visit during the summer due to the presence of multiple beaches there. The farm even offers lodging specifically for backpackers and has a great community. The Deepdale market has a stretch of great cafes, restaurants and pop up shops. Definitely worth a visit.

If you are interested to check out these places or similar ones, you can either contact us to arrange an itinerary or perhaps purchase a used caravan and set off on your adventure. We have listed in one of our posts a great selection of websites that sell new or used caravans. Check them out at www.springcaravanandcampingshow.co.uk/caravans/4-digital-marketplaces-buying-new-used-caravans

adult adventure - 5 health benefits of camping you didn’t know of!

5 health benefits of camping you didn’t know of!

We talked about the benefits of camping in one of our earlier posts: www.springcaravanandcampingshow.co.uk/camping/3-benefits-camping-for-fulfilling-life

In this post, we focus on purely the health benefits of camping. All of us desire a healthy and productive life, and that involves making decisions that promote our health. Traditional vacations often result in over-eating and a lack of sleep, and those can be avoided through camping.

Most of these benefits are simple and rudimentary ones that we often don’t realize in our daily lives. The reason being that the restriction of time and a packed schedule often causes us to make basic decisions that are seemingly irrational and have a negative impact on our health. Let us see how camping can rectify some of those effects.

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Mood stabilization

Health involves three aspects – physical, mental and spiritual. Mental health is a vital cog in our lives, and can easily be affected adversely due to mood fluctuations. All of us experience mood fluctuations and they can dampen a whole day’s worth of achievement. Camping enables you to relax your senses and stabilize mood.

Sleep levels

The primary reason why most of us don’t get the optimum amount of sleep is the constant presence of distractions. Even on a seemingly less busy day, we have distractions such as our phones, computers and televisions. When you are ut camping, you mostly don’t have those distractions nearby. Even your phone is not active in places where telecommunication range is minimal. This enable a proper and fulfilling sleep.

Sunshine

A significant population experiences Vitamin D deficiency due to inadequate sunlight. With more and more office jobs around, people leave their homes prior to sunrise and return home after sunset. During daytime, they spend all their time cooped up, surrounded by artificial light in their offices. Camping outdoors exposes you to optimum levels of sunlight, increasing your Vitamin D levels and increasing bone strength.

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Stress levels

Stress is one of the primary drivers of depression and anxiety disorders today. Camping allows you to relieve stress and exposes you to desirable surroundings. Nature in fact has a healing effect on your mental faculties.

Healthy diet

Probably a good thing that you don’t have a McDonalds or a KFC next to you when you go camping. Fast food is not an option anymore. When you are outdoors, your food options are restricted to more natural ones – fresh fruits, plants and unprocessed meat. If you are camping next to freshwater sources, you get to drink fresh water.

There are further health benefits from camping, which you can research online. With so many reasons, you really shouldn’t have an excuse to try it out once in a while!

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3 benefits of camping that results in a better life

Camping is one of the best outdoor activities that we can imagine. It brings people together and creates bonding. Even in today’s world which moves extremely fast, where people have very little time to spare, a quick time-off from day-to-day activities and chores can be relaxing indeed.

While it does seem that demand for camping seems to be reducing due to the availability of various alternatives that involve lesser travelling, the benefits of camping cannot be ignored. We present to you some of the most obvious such benefits.

Nature time

In a world increasing dominated by technology and materialistic priorities, spending some time with mother nature can help reboot your system. It is surprising that nature used to be such a big component of humanity centuries ago, and yet it seems to play the role of a second fiddle. Breathing in the fresh air and relieving your stress is something all of us aspire.

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Bonding

Camping is one of the best ways to bond with your family and loved ones. Without the hindrance of the ever-annoying smartphone, partly due to the fact that most camping sites have weak reception, people get to know each other much better than otherwise. Humans are still driven by emotions and relationships, and an occasional bonding exercise can be extremely beneficial to maintaining ties with people that are important to you.

Exercise

We all know the two important aspects to a long and fulfilling life – diet and exercise. With people increasingly preferring fast food options as a way to save precious time on cooking, diet habits have taken a turn for the worse. Additionally, exercise is something we barely get time for. Camping forces you to physically workout.

These are but some of the important benefits of camping. We hope that more people opt for such activities to enjoy the simple aspects of life and relieve some stress off their mental faculties.