Friday, 20 June 2014

Penrose Outdoor's Guide to Festival Essentials

Penrose Outdoor's Guide to Festival Essentials

Finally the sun has made an appearance in England, and what better way to kick off a very British summer than with a festival! Good music, good weather, good food and good company are all top priorities when heading to a festival, however to ensure your experience is as stress free and relaxed as possible, having the right gear becomes just as much a priority. 

Penrose Outdoors have put together a list of recommended tents, sleeping bags, cooking accessories, torches/lanterns and general essentials guaranteed to ensure you have the best camping experience. Whatever your budget and needs, Penrose Outdoors has it covered! 

The first and most important piece of kit you need at a festival is a tent. If you're planning on partying until the early hours of the morning, then you are going to want to try and get a good nights sleep so you're energised for the next days activities. 

The last thing you want to be doing when you arrive at the festival is spend hours putting up a tent. Vango's Pop 200DS is a 2 man pop up dome tent that erects itself in seconds! Simply lay the tent on the grass and it will spring into shape, saving time and hassle. 

Vango Pop 200DS £69.99

Click on this link to see a video on how the Pop 200DS pitches.

The Pop is light, easy to carry and ideal for first time campers who just want to pitch and go have a great time. It features superior fabrics that are fire retardant and waterproof, with integrated inner tents and plenty of ventilation for a dry, safe and comfortable camping experience.

Priced at just £69.99 and packed with multiple features, including a large storage area with a sewn-in, fully waterproof groundsheet- handy for keeping bags, backpacks, festival trolleys and muddy boots separate from the sleeping compartment- this tent is a great value, all around winner for any festival trip!

Looking for a slightly bigger tent, but want it to be hassle free, easy to pitch and lightweight? Check out the Vango Ark 300 tent. A fantastic value, 3 man tent with an all-in-one pitching system and a simple 2-pole structure, meaning it can be pitched in under 5 minutes. It offers generous internal space, head room and large front windows, plenty of storage and living space, as well as featuring a highly waterproof Protex 70 denier polyester flysheet. 
Vango Ark 300 £99.99

An excellent option for festival goers who want a great quality, feature packed tent that pitches and packs away with maximum ease, and isn't too pricey!

So once you have your tent sorted, you need to consider your sleeping arrangements. For extra comfort and protection, add a sleeping mat underneath your sleeping bag. Not only will it keep you warmer, it will also protect your sleeping bag-  the perfect aid for increased comfort and protection! 

We sell a variety of different sleeping mats at Penrose Outdoors, which come in different sizes, colours and season ratings. The Multimat Camper 8 Sleeping Mat is an ideal option- weighing just 180g and measuring 51 x 51 cm when packed down, making the mat a manageable size to carry or attach to a rucksack or travel pack.

Multimat Camper 8 Sleeping Mat £8.50

Outwell Flock Classic Single £13.99
For added luxury, why not consider an airbed? Choose from Outwell's single or double Flock Classic Airbed made using quality, hard-wearing PVC with a soft, velour surface upon which to sleep. The double seal valve provides easy inflation and deflation, a great addition where comfort and support are key to a restful night. 

A good quality sleeping bag is a vital piece of equipment to any festival goer's kit list. Your sleeping bag will serve as your base, to ensure you wake up each morning of your trip feeling refreshed and ready for the day ahead. The Snugpak Sleeping Bag is a perfect option for anyone who doesn't need an all singing, all dancing technical sleeping bag, but wants a warm and comfortable nights sleep from spring, through summer in the UK. 

Snugpack Sleeing Bag £29.99

Sunnflair's Heritage Super King Size Sleeping bag can be joined to another bag with the same connection system to transform it from a single to a luxurious double. A fantastic option for those looking for a little more room and comfort. For those who desire unrestricted body movement and maximum comfort, the Vango Cocoon 350 is the sleeping bag for you. It combines style, quality and functionality with a wider, more spacious design. It also has a shaped hood with a drawcord closure which helps prevent heat loss, and allows for flexible adjustment.
Vango Cocoon 350 £42.99

Sunnflair Heritage Super Kingsize £39.99

We all know that food at a festival can be pricey, and if a greasy burger doesn't take your fancy then why not cook your own food? Here at Penrose Outdoors we have a wide range of portable stoves, gas cookers, portable BBQ's and kettles so you can prepare and enjoy cooked food, without having to splash out on takeaways. 

Easy Camp Bucket Grill £19.99 

Why not cook up some bacon and sausages and start your morning off the right way with the Bucket Grill from Easy Camp! This small size bucket barbecue is super easy to assemble and also comes with a practical carry handle. The Collaps Kettle from Outwell collapses completely flat when not in use and it is break resistant, easy to clean and opens and folds in seconds. Perfect for that morning cup of coffee.

Outwell Collaps Kettle £24.99

Check out Outwell's full Collaps range, which features collapsible cups, bowls, washing bowls, storage boxes, mugs and buckets.

The last thing anyone wants at a festival is to be walking through a field full of tents, in the pitch black, trying to remember where they pitched. Keep a small LED torch in your pocket or bag- a handy essential in case of any emergencies!! 

Measuring just 13.5cm and weighing only 95g, the Ledlites E6 LED Torch is an ideal addition to your festival kit list. With a burn time of 15.5 hours and a beam distance of 28 metres, you won't need to worry about replacing the batteries mid trip. It also generates an impressive 50 lumens of light thanks to its Triplex Reflector System.

Ledlites E6 LED Torch £15.29

Other festival essentials Penrose Outdoors recommend are...

The Vango Deluxe Flocked Inflatable Chair- the perfect chair for ultimate comfort at festivals.  Made from flocked PVC so it won't scruff or damage your groundsheet, making it great for inside as well as outside use. A sofa option is also available-creating a home-from-home feel at festivals on the campsite.  

Vango Deluxe Flocked Inflatable Sofa £34.99
Vango Deluxe Flocked Inflatable Chair £15.99

Taking a hot shower whilst camping at a festival seems rare, but with the Summit Solar Shower it is made easy! The solar shower can retain temperatures in excess of 50 degrees celsius. To heat simply place the shower full of water in good sunlight for approximately 3 hours, test the water temperature before use and add cold water if needed. The shower provides up to 7 minutes of showering time and the flow of the water can be turned on or off at anytime by simply turning the shower head. It also comes equipped with a hook cord for hanging from an appropriate place.

Summit Solar Shower £8.99
We hope this guide has been helpful and you're feeling prepared for the festival season. All that's left to do is enjoy the music, enjoy the sunshine and enjoy the summer!

For more festival essentials and accessories, head over to our website and check out the festival section. Or pop in store and our friendly team can answer any questions regarding any of the products.

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