Pitch up! Surge in camping equipment as Britain hots up

Whilst government lockdown measures have been relaxed, a cloud still hangs over our summer holidays. International travel restrictions have resulted in Brits increasingly hedging their bets on staycations. Camping equipment has seen a 72% surge in popularity as the UK prepares for summer getaways in their own gardens.

Setting up camp

Camping equipment's surge in popularity, reflects an obvious shift from shoppers from recent months. The onset of the warmer weather and the announcement of eased lockdowns rules have opened up the great British outdoors. Brits can now look ahead for the well-earned summer breaks and have begun to make their preparations.

Camping equipment across the spectrum are being snapped up, from tents, to the humble thermos flasks. This suggests new people are looking to give camping a go this summer as well as the existing camping fans.

  • Tents: 87%
  • Sleeping bags: 88%
  • Sleeping mats: 80%
  • Camping stoves: 52%
  • Thermos flasks: 36%

Rise in clicks on camping equipment compared to previous 14-day period

Some of the products proving to be the most popular with the British public include:

Tent: Coleman Cortes Octagon

Best available price: £149.95

Sleeping bag: Vango ultralite Pro 300

Best available price: £54.95

Sleeping mat: Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Regular 6.3

Best available price: £109

Camping stove: Jet Boil flash cooking system

Best available price: £75

Thermos Flask: Chilly’s bottle 0.5L

Best available price: £18.99

Preparing for your summer staycation without breaking the bank

Always shop around

It's obvious but it really is the only way to be sure you're getting the best deal. The best prices aren't always the first that pop up on search engines. Take the leg work out of comparing by using a price comparison site.

Check the history

Online prices are updated constantly. Often retailers inflate prices to later drop them once the initial hype of a new product has died down. Do not take the first price given to you. PriceSpy can give the price history and prediction for certain products so you can evaluate the best time to buy to get the cheapest rate.

Be smart on specs

Not every new model is the right one for you. Look at trusted review sites so you can get a clear idea of what you are getting from your money. Also, check the make and model of the products you are purchasing and read reviews. If you want something that’s built to last or something just for summer, you can buy accordingly to make sure you get just what’s right for you.