Discount family camping supplies for cheap holidays

cheap camping equipment

One of the few good things about our wash-out summer is that it’s forced lots of outdoor retailers to slash their prices. That means there are some great deals on family camping supplies – and as the sun’s finally got its hat on, now is the perfect time to snap them up!

Kick off a super-cheap family staycation with this round up of red hot camping offers. Plus, find out the smart ways to keep camping costs down with our video and check out our guide to cheap camping holidays to suit your style and budget.

Sleeping bags
Bags and rucksacks
Clothes and shoes
Camping furniture
Eating and drinking
Other camping essentials


There are some great deals on tents around at the moment, with several retailers cutting prices by up to 70%.

Blacks is selling cut-price tents to suit every price bracket, with savings of up to 50% or more.

Eurohike dart 3 dome tent BlacksFor example, this Eurohike Tamar two-person tent is reduced from £60 to £18.

If, on the other hand, you’re a larger family, the Buckingham eight-person family tent, also by Eurohike, may be for you. The price has been slashed in half from £400 to just £200.

Argos also has some great clearance deals on tents. The whole family can fit into this Regatta premium six-man tunnel tent; and it even has carpet! Originally £349.99, the price has been chopped to £174.99.

Finally, Halfords is currently holding a £2 million tent sale, with some big discounts on offer. You can pick up the Urban Escape Altai two-person tent for just £49.99 – a discount of £40 on the usual price. You can also save up to £12 on bundle deals if you buy the tent with other equipment from a select range.

Sleeping bags

At the moment, you can kit out the whole family with sleeping bags for a fraction of the normal price.

Vango Nitestar BabyArgos has also got in on the act, with this mummy sleeping bag now priced at £12.79 – well over 50% off the regular price.

Halfords has an even better deal on the mummy sleeping bag, priced at just £9.99 each, or buy two for a further £1 discount at only £18.98.

And if you’re looking for a sleeping bag for a little one, check out Cotswold Outdoor which is having a sale of up to 50%. This Nitestar baby sleeping bag is now just £12, reduced from £20.

Bags and rucksacks

You’ll need some hard-wearing and practical luggage to help you carry all those family camping supplies.

Mountain Equipment wet and dry kit bagIf you’re looking for simple day rucksacks for you and the kids, take a look at this Blacks deal on Eurohike Essential daysacks. Each one is now between £5 and £7.50, depending on the colour you choose. This is reduced from £15.

For longer trips, this Mountain Equipment Wet and Dry kit bag from Cotswold Outdoor might be just the ticket. It’s now £40, down from the normal £80 price tag.

Clothes and shoes

Regatta puddle splash suitIt’s also a good time to pick up outdoor wear for the kids, with lots of camping retailers selling cut-price wet weather and beach gear.

This Regatta Puddle Splash suit is now £20 at Cotswold Outdoor (normal price £28). And also at Cotswold Outdoor, these Hi-Tec Turtlebeach junior sandals are £7.50, down from £20.

Camping furniture

If you’re looking for fold-up camping chairs for the kids, you’ll be hard-pressed to beat the Halfords online price. Halfords is selling kids chairs for just £3.99 each – a hefty £10 off the in-store price. Better still, buy two and save even more, with pairs of chairs for £5.99.

Elsewhere, Mountain Warehouse is selling these cute foldable patterned picnic chairs for £7.99 each – down from £24.99 each.

Eating and drinking

Forget the boring tin mugs and baked beans – there are plenty of great offers on stylish picnic ware.

To get things bubbling away, check out this Gelert portable gas cooker from Cotswold Outdoor. It’s now £11, half the normal £22 price tag.

Mountain Warehouse is selling this patterned family picnic set for £16.99 – reduced from £42.99. And to keep things chilled, this patterned cool bag is £6.99 – down from £17.99.

Finally, this set of four sweet strawberry hiball glasses from BHS is now £5, reduced from £10.

Other camping essentials

Complete your family camping supplies set with these outdoor essentials at knock-down prices.

Maglite Solitaire - boxed torchCotswold Outdoor is selling this Maglite Solitaire torch for £6.50 (usual price £12.99).

There are lots of good bedding deals, including fleece blankets for £4.99 (previously £12.99) at Mountain Warehouse, and Karrimor camping pillows at £3.99 (down from £7.99) at Field & Trek.

And to add the final festive touch to your camping holiday, take a look at this cute Strawberry bunting from BHS. A five metre length will now set you back just £1.40 – an 80% discount on its usual £7 price tag.