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on 2 August 2011
This ~180 page book is packed with very practical tips covering the whole spectrum of camping.It gives guidance on what tent is suitable for your needs and positively advises you to go and look at tents rather than buying them directly from the web -obvious really, but if you don't, then the pretty tent on the Internet site may not suit your purpose. For example if there are 2 of you -choose a 4 person tent to cater for all of your gear. I would have liked some pictures of the various tent types on offer -but this is a pretty small criticism. I found it refeshing that the book also covers Europe, USA, Canada and Australia too. Even if you have camped a few times you can learn from this book -like butane is no good to cook with below 2 deg C as it doesn't vaporise -or indeed that "glamping" is glamorous camping where you go to a site with a tent already set up -so much less hassle -and should attract bods who think camping is just for anorak types. I like the summary on page 25 concerning the 1-4 season sleeping bag definitions. The book also covers things to consider if you are going camping at a music festival such as Glastonbury.
I did not know about the CCI - Camping Card International which is a kind of ID card which is used in lieu of your passport at sites abroad.
I like the fact that the book includes recipes too -such as the all-in-one breakfast -a kind of add everything stir fry. Also, that ideas for games are included to cover those boring days -oh, and whenit might rain! The idea of an old car mat outside the tent to ensure you take your shoes off at tent entry. The book also covers kids's stuff, how to cope with toilet issues etc.
So overall a hard-nosed book with no nonsense -when it comes to considering what you need to know when planning camping trips -this book is a very useful aid