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Wise ways to stay warm when camping

As the weather takes a turn and we head into Autumn many campers will be packing up for the winter. For the (fool)hardy among you who still want to sleep under canvas it might be tempting to look for easy ways to warm up the tent.

According to recent research from Corgi Home Plan, campers take some serious risks in the pursuit of being toasty. Their survey of 1,000 campers found:

  • 1 in 4 keep warm inside a tent with BBQs, gas stoves or outside heaters
  • 1 in 2 wrongly believed that a tent with an open door or tent porch counted as well ventilated
  • 1 in 5 would bring a bbq inside their tent when it started to rain

Shockingly, one in 10 respondents had first hand experience of carbon monoxide poisoning, admitting they personally know someone who has, or suspects they have, been poisoned. And it’s not just about BBQs, gas cookers and heaters can also cause carbon monoxide to accumulate, even in a tent with a door open.

Corgi have produced some tips for holidaying safely and it’s not just something to think about when camping. You may have heard of Bobby and Christie Shepherd, a brother and sister who died due to carbon monoxide poisoning from a faulty boiler while on holiday abroad.

For what it’s worth, my tips for staying warm when camping include:

  • Camping PJs – also known as thermals. Wear them alone in summer and under an actual pair of PJs when it’s cooler. You can just throw clothes on top in the morning and you’re all set for the day. (Only joking, ew!)
  • Hand-warmers – they are often on offer at Go Outdoors. Use one to warm a sleeping bag before bedtime and they stay toasty all night. Just be careful when doing this for kids as they get really hot so make sure you do it an hour or two before bedtime
  • A portable air heater can take the chill off and won’t put you at risk of being poisoned. Not really possible when wild camping but if you’re doing that you can probably build a fire with your eyes closed and just sleep next to it!

If all else fails, don’t sleep alone, take the James Bond approach and utilise shared bodily warmth (nudge nudge, wink wink).

Here are some of the interesting facts Corgi gleaned from their research:




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