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Camping Chairs - 6 Things to consider
Camping is an experience that can be completely made or broken by the camping equipment you take with you. Choose the right equipment and you're likely to enjoy yourself immensely. Choose the wrong gear and, frankly, you may never want to camp again. One thing you definitely want to put a lot of thought into is your choice of camping chairs.
After you've sorted the essentials which keep you warm (sleeping bag), dry (tent) and get a good night's sleep (bed), it's a good, comfy chair which means you can enjoy your holiday in comfort. You use your chairs at mealtimes. You use them for sitting out in the evening. And of course, camping chairs are great for relaxing in the sun with a good book or cold beer.
Here's what you should think about when you're buying new camping chairs:
The first thing to ask is whether you're a seasoned, regular camper, or a first time or festival camper.
If you don't camp too often or are just trying it out, there's nothing wrong with buying cheap camping chairs (even the cheap service station offerings) just be prepared for them to have a shorter life span than more expensive versions.
As the saying goes - you get what you pay for - so if you're a regular camper and have the finances it's worth spending a little more on a quality chair as it's likely to be far more comfortable and last longer and so turn out to be better value in the end.
Before choosing your style of chair, consider how you're going to carry and store it. Most camping chairs fold up and fit neatly into their own carry bags so you shouldn't have much trouble finding a chair that fits your space requirements.
Camping chairs come in a range of styles with different folding methods, but if you're trying to fit the whole family in a small car or are off for your next adventure in your tear drop caravan, look for a compact fabric chair rather than a bulky lounger.
The next thing to consider is how you're going to use your chairs. Are you going to be sitting at a camping table? Do you want to recline while reading your book? Or, are you spending lazy days sunbathing?
- Fun and Games
If you spend your evenings playing cards or board games or enjoy having the family sat around the table for dinner,look for a director’s chair or other chair with a more upright seating position so you can more comfortably reach the table.
Many people also buy the table first and then try and find chairs to match but you'll only spend a limited amount of time around the table and more time in the chair. Buy a chair that's comfortable first and then you just need to get a table of the right height.
- Lazy Sun Days
If you don't usually sit at the table to eat dinner consider saving some money by buying a lap table for your dinner plate rather than a bulky camping table. You can then spend the extra saved on a more comfortable, luxurious recliner.
And if you're going to be sunbathing or spending some time in the chair during the day, consider extra features such as whether there's a cup-holder or a side table available for you beer or book and even whether it's compatible with a parasol.
- Getting your Money's Worth
You might also want to consider whether you want to use your camping chairs as garden furniture as well. If you're likely to leave your chair outside look for a chair with a textaline fabric rather than a padded polyester. Textaline might not be as cushioned but it's a non-absorbent material so won't rot if left outside.
OK, not to put too fine a point on it, but some of us are a little bigger than others. If you have a fuller figure look out for XL or oversize chairs which offer you the extra space you need to be comfortable and check out the published weight limits before buying.There's nothing more embarrassing than hearing the rip of material as you settle into your seat, and nothing funnier (for everyone else) than standing up to find your narrow chair is still attached to you.
You're likely to be spending quite a bit of time in your chair. After all it's your holiday, you're supposed to be relaxing. There's no need to blow you budget but spending a little more can mean more comfort and enjoyment in your precious holiday time.
Would you buy a sofa or suite without sitting in it first? If you can visit a proper camping shop and test a range of chairs to make sure you're happy with your choice before you buy. This also lets you check things like its ease of folding and set up and make sure it's got child friendly locks and catches which you might not be able to tell from a brochure or web page.
So there you have it. If you take these six things into consideration when purchasing camping chairs you'll do just fine. Then you can turn your attention to choosing where to go for your next, more comfortable, enjoyable camping trip.
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