Published on August 27th, 2014 | by Kevin Lawson
Tried & Tested: The Lazy Camper
Summary: Despite some shortcomings the kit on offer from The Lazy Camper is a great way to make sure you're ready for your first festival
Perfect for festival noobs
The glee of managing to finally buy tickets to your favourite summer festival can be a short lived thing. For after months of saving and hours of hitting refresh on hundreds of browser tabs to get to the point where you’ve forked out the hundreds £/$’s to pay for your admission, you start to realise the logistics of what you’ve signed up for. I have a name for this phase of the process, it’ssomething I refer to as:
Festi-stress – The sharp feelings of dismay, anxiety and foreboding in relation to packing and preparing for a music festival like Glastonbury or Reading.
It’s this stress that Huddersfield based company the Lazy Camper is trying to diminish. The company offers a range of packages, from having a tent and gear all set up upon on your arrival to popular festivals like Vfest, Reading and Beacons to selling complete kits of festival camping essentials like tents, chairs, sleeping bags, lights and roll mats.
Now I’ve been using their Medium Lazy Camper package for two (£110.00) for just over two festival seasons now and I have to say for the beginner camper they are just the ticket. In the kit you’ll find 1 x Medium Lazy Camper Tent, 2 x Sleeping Bags, 2 x Foil backed Foam Sleeping Mats, 2 x Inflatable Pillows, 2 x Compact Champing Chairs, 2 x Raincoats and 2 x LED Headlights. Considering you can end up paying more than that on just a tent it’s a package that certainly gives you a lot of bang for your buck.
So what’s the equipment like to use?
Having used TLCs equipment at four festivals now, I can say that overall standard of equipment is actually pretty good. The Tent is easy to put up, full water proof (unlike the pop-up tents which are so popular) and is fairly roomy inside – although not big enough to stand up in – and holds up against even the windiest conditions (as my stay during the gales of Beacons 2013 proved). The only real downer is that guide robs are black, instead of the yellow trim found elsewhere in the design, as these are a nightmare to see in the dark. This makes the likelihood of them being attached in the morning fairly minimal and often results in a few more drunken buffoons waking you up as they trip past your tent in the night.
The Sleeping Bags are a resounding success though; having used cheap Asda bought ones in previous years and found myself cold at night, I can thoroughly endorse just how warm TLCs body envelopers really are. It’s a similar story with the LED Headlights too which not only help you find your tent in the dead of dark but also help you get ready for bed without poking your camping buddy in the face. The Camping Chairs, Roll mats and Raincoats are functional, although the latter does feel a little lab-coaty and make it look like your Walter White after you’ve just made a batch of meth, and I won’t bother lingering on the poor build quality of the Inflatable Pillows as there are normally plenty of bundles of clothes to serves as pillows. In fact the only thing that’s really missing from the package is a trolley to cart all this gear around on!