Best Windbreaks for Camping and Caravans Guide [2021]

In a hurry? If you don’t have much time using the links below to quickly find our favourite windbreaks for you on Amazon and beyond. You can be assured we only choose the best products…

First, though…a few questions to ask yourself.

  1. What size do you REALLY need? Big is more versatile (you can build yourself a fortified encampment), but all those poles and panels can be impossible to put up, especially when it’s windy!
  2. Can you live with guylines? All but the very expensive semi-permanent windbreaks that you see around long-term caravanners will need guying in strong winds. Guylines get in the way, so bear that in mind, especially when deciding on size (bigger = more guys).
  3. Does it need to be lightweight? Aluminium poles will be lightest, steel the next lightest and timber the heaviest.
  4. What sort of fabric? Do you want canvas (heavy, hard to dry but traditional) or a plastic/polyester fabric?  

Top Quality Windbreaks

OUR TOP PICK

2020 Quest Windshield Pro Expert Deluxe Framed Windbreak

Our top choice in this category. These are nice for having no guylines and for being extendable to suit your needs.

The basic Westfield/Quest Pro has an aluminium frame keeps weight to under 6kg, there’s a carry bag and the length is 4.8m x 1.3 high. It folds to 110 x 25 x 15cm.

It can be put up by 1 person, but like most things it's much easy with two!


Kampa AIR break pro 3 panel camping caravan inflatable windbreak WB0004 2018

You can’t get much easier than this pro inflatable windbreak from Kampa Dometic.  As it says you simply peg it and pump it up, we loved how easy this was windbreak to set-up! 

The viewing panel is good too. The height is about 5 foot tall. It’s made of aluminium though weighs 8kg. (Make sure you check the sizes as there are two sizes available).


Outdoor Revolution Pronto 4 Section Windbreak

New and rather unusual, the Pronto windbreak is fast and simple to put up and has four panels with a pop-up frame. You peg it down with bungee cords at each foot.

It’s 140cm high and 5.6m long, and packs down to a reasonable 107 x 24 x 32cm. The only downside is the weight of just over 9kg.

EDITORS CHOICE

Vango Airbeam Modular Windbreak

There are some VERY expensive inflatable windbreaks, but very few of us could justify spending upwards of £200. 

The best of the bunch (so far) is the Vango Airbeam. We like the fact it comes in separate panels that you can slot together.

Traditional beach windbreaks with wooden poles


Andes Beach Windbreak - 4 POLES SMALL

Best we’ve found so far are the Andes windbreaks in a choice of lengths and heights. From just £17 too. The material is plastic rather than canvas, but the poles are made from a tough fir wood.

These Eriba caravanners have gone prettily retro with two striped canvas windbreaks. Note how low they are, though. Your feet might be less breezy but your hair will be blown away!


Marko Outdoor 4-10 Pole Windbreak Beach Holiday Camping Garden Wind Breaker Shelter Sun Screen (4 Pole)

Plastic/polythene fabric windbreaks are the cheapest and can actually be quite sturdy. The Marko windbreaks are around £20 for a four-pole, 7-foot stripy.

BEST VALUE

Bargains Hut 4 5 6 8 10 Pole Windbreak Wooden Windbreaker Beach Camping Caravan Holiday Sun Screen Shelter Tall Wind Break (4 Poles (4ft High x 7ft Long))

Add some colour to your life, the windbreaks come with a choice of five sizes, and have some fantastic reviews.

We do love versatility. Here, a stripy beach windbreak is turning a tarp into a kind of gazebo. Shelter from the wind and a bit of privacy and cosiness. Check out our Tarp Shelter article, should you want to replicate this great idea.

Polyester windbreaks


Outdoor Revolution Airedale 4 Pole Windbreak

Designed to match their awnings, but pretty good for anyone else too! These windbreaks are 5m wide and 1.4m tall.

Peg it well and you should have a good sheltered area.


Kampa Pro Deluxe Windbreak 3 Panel (Alloy Frame) NEW FOR 2018

Sturdy steel poles and a nice viewing panel. This Kampa/Dometic windbreak looks rather stylish. Remember to guy it well, as larger windbreaks can flop in a strong breeze.

Patterned Windbreaks


OLPRO Outdoor Leisure Products Witley Wooden 5 Pole Windbreak 4.8m Red

Hide this lovely design (or behind a wall like the one below)…with Olpro’s patterned windbreaks.

There are steel-poled and wooden pole versions. The steel ones won’t work on the beach, by the way.

Around £30 and a choice of two sizes.

Fancy Camping On A Beach with them? Then check out our guide

Olpro Lightweight Outdoor Stone Wall Windbreak available in Stone - Size 4.8 X 1.4 m



Volkswagen Garden Beach Windbreak - VW 5 Pole Windbreaker Camping Sun Shade Weather Resistant Panels Wooden Poles - H145cm x L390cm - Officially Licensed

Pretty sturdy and definitely one for the campervan fans. There are four- and five-pole options and they’re 1.2m high.


WBL Sun Protection Outdoor Extra Tall Stripes Windbreak available in Yellow - 10 Pole

The poles are wooden with plastic-tops and they don't cost much. 

Not optimum quality, but fun and easy to install. Just hammer in the poles.

What NOT to buy. 

A few brands you should stay clear of, either because of general poor quality (torn fabric, split softwood poles, frayed edges etc), or because they simply don’t stay up in the wind.

  • Lvivo and Oypla – cheap and nasty. Buy one if you must, use it for one season and buy another next year. Better to get something more durable.
  • Brunner – we get a lot of complaints about this brand, so don’t expect a decent windbreak from them.

Get clever with windbreaks

Improvise a shelter

The wind's gusting horribly in this photo but that bit of old boardwalk is going to keep us safe...isn't it? This is either Marseillan Plage in the South of France or Hayling Island in the South of England...both breezy!

Use a tarp and poles

The best thing about a tarp is its versatility. We use ours as a sunshade, an extension to the awning and a windbreak. The downside is that you have to reconfigure it to suit the conditions.

Take a look at our inspiring round-up of the best multipurpose shelters that are quick to put up and can be windbreak, dining room, or gazebo (even a Hard Top Gazebo).

Overkill for a quick trip to the beach maybe, but some of these take less putting-up than a five-pole windbreak and do a lot more!

Practise your set-ups and have a look at our article on using tarps in all sorts of ways.

Frequently asked questions

Do I need a windbreak for camping?

A windbreak is not always necessary for camping, but it may help. Windbreaks can be made out of a tarp and some rope or logs that you might find in the area with trees nearby.

What is the purpose of a windbreak?

Windbreaks reduce the wind by altering its course. They are typically made out of a natural material like wood or polyster but can be used in different configurations to maximize their effectiveness depending on how they're positioned and what direction the winds come from.

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