Where to buy your camping kit

We’re just starting to plan what new kit we’ll need for this year’s camping trips, but we’ve been a bit disappointed in the past by supposed camping ‘superstores’ that really don’t offer much choice. Fine if you’re not picky customers, but we’re the kings and queens of pickiness! Buying online is OK sometimes, but not when you want to try out a chair for comfort or a cooker for sturdiness.


So, if anyone can recommend a good place to buy kit, let us know by dropping us an email or leaving a comment below.

Our current ‘real-world’  favourite (though a five-hour drive away) is Norwich Camping & Leisure. As an indication of their range, they have more than 70 barbecues to choose from. As well as every  bit of camping kit you can imagine, they also sell all those tiny odds and ends that just have to come in useful for something.

Locally, we like Springfield Camping near Hebden Bridge. They’re online too, of course, and very nice people! And AllOutdoor are great for slightly more serious kit, including lots of choice in mattresses and backpacking stoves. Oh, and we mustn’t forget Nigel’s Eco Store for some unique bits and pieces, often wacky and sometimes inspired camping, cooking and living kit. In Hay-on-Wye, PSM Outdoors is a small-looking high street shop, but an Aladdin’s cave of accessories with a surprising range of kayaks in the basement.

There  must be other places, so let us know. Incidentally, we never did find a good camping gear supplier in France. Decathlon is everywhere, but covers such a wide range of sports and pastimes that the camping section is tiny. Any suggestions for European camping superstores?


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  1. You’re right in saying that not everything can be bought online and it saves the stress of having to take it back if it’s not right when it arrives. Admittedly, I put a lot of miscellaneous camping products, but for bigger purchases always go in store…

  2. While researching for my Gap Year daughter, I discovered a great website for camping and travel essentials-not just for Gap Year kids. It’s The Gap Year Travel Store. This has very useful items at good prices as well as guides and tips. Quick delivery too.

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