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Portable Outdoor Fire Pit

I’m sure we can all agree one of the best things about going camping is being able to sit around an open fire on an evening. The warmth and flicker of the logs burning just adds to the entire experience but having to take a portable fire pit that takes up valuable space in the car is a major downside.

Having looked at possible solutions on Amazon I came across the Portable Outdoor Fire Pit for sale and was intrigued by it, it seemed too good to be true, it ticked all the boxes. I wasn’t convinced but at just over £20 I thought it was worth a try, so I placed the order.

My parcel arrived on the 5th November, the perfect night to be able to test the fire pit. On my way home from work I called to pick up some firewood.

Upon opening the package I was surprised at just how small and light it was. The fire pit came with its own carry case, and instructions to set everything up. In theory, this should be really quick and simple to set up, attach the leg extensions and then clip in the steel sheet to the ends. I did struggle to get the legs oriented correctly, this only bamboozled me for a few minutes and having had a few more practice runs managed to get the setup time down to about a minute.

After first use.

Once set up the fire pit is sturdy on the ground and is large enough to fit about 4 large logs on at the same time. Due to the air being able to get from underneath it was quick to light and get going with minimal kindling. This air circulation proved to be a bit of a downside as while a bag of logs would normally last a full evening, during my test a managed to go through them in about 3 hours. The heat given off was great and managed to keep me warm on a very cold November night.

The next day I cleaned everything down and packaged everything away ready for my next camping trip during which time I inspected the mesh for any damage. Apart from the expected discolouration, the fire pit stood up well. The small holes in the mesh also meant that the ground underneath was undamaged with very little ash falling through to reach the ground.

Portable Outdoor Fire Pit is available to buy at Amazon.

The 4 Items No Camper Should Never Be Without

Camping is a fun way to get outdoors and shake up the habitual. Some people love it, some people hate it but we’re all probably going to find ourselves camping at least once in life no matter how we try to avoid it. Man’s attachment to Mother Nature is stronger than Arnold Schwarzenegger when he was making fitness tapes. We’re here to guide you and make sure that you have everything you need when planning your next excursion into the great outdoors. We know that packing can be an absolute ordeal especially when you’ll be depending on these items for an extended period of time. 

Part of the fun of camping is getting on with as little as possible because it’s truly about what you can carry, assuming you’re tent camping. Feel free to rent some of these items or maybe some friends have the things you need if you’re not the most experienced hiker or camper! Being resourceful will help you in the uncharted wilderness! Follow this list of the top 4 items every camper should never be without and you’ll be right as rain!

Fire Starter or Matches

Every person who has seen Survivor or has been a scout knows that fire is one of the most important things when camping. Cooking, staying warm, sterilizing water, cleaning wounds, bathing all can come from fire and having something to help that process along will be greatly appreciated when you’re finished pitching a tent and unloading your pack at the end of the day. 

Comfortable camp furniture/sleeping bag.

Depending on the style of camping you’re planning this could range from collapsible camp chairs to a small stool or from an air mattress to a compact sleeping bag. If you’re planning to hike with all of your belongings it might be smart to have everything be as lightweight and small as possible so larger chairs might not be the best idea. But if you’re driving to your campsite, all bets are off, go ahead bring multiple chairs, air mattress, sleeping bags, snacks, the works. But we guarantee that having some comfort along the way will be welcome after hiking or while cooking and eventually sleeping!

Insect Repellent

Okay so this may not be at the top of everyone’s list but trust us when we say you’ll be thankful. One of the most annoying things about being in the woods or out in the wild is the rampant insects flying about. Imagine after a day of hiking or being out in the sun and you’re trying to cook dinner and relax and all you hear is buzzing in your ears or are being bitten by mosquitoes until you’re one big bug bite. You can even make a DIY bug repellent out of a mason jar by using these tips! We’re trying to save you from excruciating annoyance and frustration by just reminding you to pack even a small bottle of bug spray to prevent this issue! Don’t forget we said to thank us!

First-Aid Kit

A plaster is something that’s always around when you don’t need it but mysteriously disappears when you slice your hand open with a surprisingly sharp butter knife. Take our advice into consideration while packing and put together a kit with some necessities. We’re talking antibacterial ointment, bandages, alcohol swabs, painkillers, gauze and other emergency items could make a huge difference if something should happen. No one wants to bring back an infection after a weekend of eating marshmallows and fishing. Take an old toiletry bag and turn it into your own first aid kit by purchasing all of these items at a drugstore or even in a plastic sandwich bag so they’re all in one place and easily accessible.

Highlander Heavy Duty Jerrican with Tap

Going camping for the first time since being a child I was overly enthusiastic about the experience.

Having bought a cheap tent from Tesco I set off for a week’s camping to North Wales. Upon arrival, I quickly realised how ill-prepared I was for the adventure.

Amongst the other items I didn’t have I didn’t have a way to carry and store water. So after an emergency Google to find the nearest camping equipment store, no easy task when you’re in the middle of Snowdonia, I made the 100 mile round trip to the closest Argos to pick up supplies.

My options were limited but thankful Argos had the Highlander Jerrican available and in stock for £9.99.

Upon getting back to the campsite I filled up the container and headed by to my tent.

The claim that the jerrican is heavy duty is true, it’s made of thick plastic and survived falling off the table several times. I found it useful that I could stand it upright on the table and my loosening the lid where you fill it up made the water flow a lot faster.

The only downside is that the water outlet is at an odd angle.

Highlander Heavy Duty Jerrican is available to buy at Argos.

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