Camping has never been more in favour, and the rise in popularity that happened as a result of national lockdowns, and more people seeking holiday options closer to home, doesn’t appear to have slowed down. Although purely anecdotal, read on for the most popular camping gear trends we’ve spotted during 2022…
After spending all spring and summer camping up and down the country, many of our cool camping gear predictions have indeed become super popular this year, whilst we’ve noticed a few other key camping trends during our travels that we thought we’d share.
For those who’ll be continuing to camp into Autumn or who’ll be planning more camping trips next spring or summer, the end of the summer season is a great time to pick up a camping bargain. So if you like camping in comfort or like the coolest camping gear, read on for our round-up of the key camping trends from summer 2022.
1. Canvas & Retro Tents
We’ve seen more retro 70’s and 80’s style canvas family tents than usual this year. We’re not talking classic bell tents either, we’re talking full on vintage tents that look like the ones we used to camp in as kids, in fetching hues of orange, brown and bright blue through to new tents designed with a retro aesthetic.
Get in on the retro tent trend
2. Canopies & Shelters
A large number of campers this year have been spotted rocking up with not just a tent, but with gazebos and shelters like the Coleman Popup Event Shelter.
This extends the living area of tents, provides shade when it’s hot and keeps the rain off in bad weather and they seem to be more popular than ever this year with UK campers.
Get in on the canopy & shelter trend
3. Portable Power Stations
We spotted more people than ever with solar panels outside of their tents this year, with this distinctive bright orange and black of the Jackery Explorer appearing to be a popular choice for many.
We’ve long been fans of portable power stations, and love those that can be connected up to weatherproof solar panels as they are great for keeping all of your essentials powered and then some!
Get in on the portable power station trend
4. Camp Showers
We spotted several fellow campers with immersible camp showers, a bit like our own Colapz camp shower. Let’s face it, not all of us like using communal facilities and whilst many are clean and well kept, we don’t always want to traipse across a field or put money into a payment meter to use a shower.
A portable camp shower gives you the ultimate in convenience, pair with a popup shower tent like our great value Decathlon Quechua shower tent shown above and you’re good to go!
Get in on the camp shower trend
5. Funky Ways To Cook
From the Cadac (we lost count of how many campers we saw with these) to full-on pizza ovens, campers have certainly upped their game this year in terms of cooking food whilst camping.
We love seeing more campers with full-on outdoor camp kitchens, cooking and eating proper food, from roast salmon, new potatoes and veg through to handmade pizzas and everything in between.
There is no longer an excuse to eat poorly when camping or to rely on tins of beans and bangers burnt to a crisp on a disposable barbecue. There are so many great cooking options from double gas camp stoves through to fancy wood-fired pizza ovens, UK campers are now spoilt for choice.
Get in on the campsite cooking trend
6. Gorgeous Camp Chairs
Remember when camp chairs all looked the same? You know the fold-out ones with flimsy arms and a mesh cup holder in various shades of green, blue and red? Those days are thankfully long gone!
Camp chairs are now not only way comfier than ever before, but some are aesthetically beautiful too, and that’s high praise indeed from a woman so obsessed with chairs she’s got a huge coffee table book all about chairs.
A personal best-buy of the year for me has to be my Outwell Fremont Lake butterfly chair, which is super comfy and looks beautiful too.
Get in on the gorgeous camp chair trend
Over to you!
What trends have you seen this year whilst camping? Perhaps you’ve spotted practically everyone with inflatable SUPs, a certain style of tent or an increase in the use of trailer tents? Whatever you’ve spotted whilst camping this year, we’d love to know – leave us a comment below!