Finest camper vans, air mattresses, and trailers for cozy tenting journeys


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Do you love camping but hate sleeping in a damp tent?

Or maybe you want to go on an adventure without having to drag an entire trailer behind you.

Whether you’re staying in a classic VW RV or converting your car into a bed on wheels, here are some of the best ways to camp comfortably this fall.

Let’s get on our way!

Retro roaming

Take Dougal’s VW campervan for a ride (Image: Camp Too)

For more than two people, move up a gear and book a ride in Dougal, a beautiful baby blue VW motorhome that can accommodate up to four people.

Originally from Brazil, Dougal has been thoroughly modernized and is a dreamy drive with power steering, swiveling leather seats, a pop-up roof and a modern kitchenette.

Dougal is just one of hundreds on Camptoo, a type of RV and RV Airbnb.

From £ 887 for seven nights / £ 126pn,

Always with Tranquillity

Mazda Bongo

The Mazda Bongo is ready for a camping trip (Image: Blue Dog Campervan)

One of the hardest things about camping is setting up and taking down the tent. With an easy-to-drive and easy-to-park micro camper, you can get rid of all the hustle and bustle.

For a last-minute romantic getaway, this cute Mazda Bongo from Blue Dog Campervans can navigate even the smallest of streets in Cornwall to discover hidden beaches.

It can accommodate two people and has a rear kitchen as well as a solar-powered cool box, lights and sockets.

From £ 270 for three nights / £ 90 pn,

Budget bunks

Amazon Auto Air Mattress Rear Seat Pump, Double Layer Inflatable Nozzle Leak Proof Design, Double Heat Sealed Connections with Strong Load Capacity

Amazon’s inflatable car air mattress turns your back seat into a bed (Image: Amazon)

For an affordable getaway, the most imaginative of campers can turn their car into a campervan for a night or two.

If you have a hatchback or station wagon, just flip the seats, throw in an inflatable mattress, and it’s a cheap, fun, and surprisingly comfortable way to camp for a night or two.

Alternatively, an inflatable mattress can transform any vehicle into a cozy camper.

Try the above for £ 93.35,

Trailer flash

Air Opus Camper Free Picture

The Air Opus Camper inflates to a full tent in just 90 seconds (Image: Camplify)

Once the domain of the camping family in the 1970s, the trailer tent has seen a smooth comeback in recent years, thanks in part to the introduction of Air Opus, a modern, self-inflating folding camper.

Like a foldable caravan, the Air Opus can be inflated in 90 seconds to reveal double beds, a cozy synthetic leather seating area and a kitchenette with heating, lighting and running water.

Camplify has several trailer tent rentals, including Bicester’s Bruce, a luxury caravan for up to six people.

From £ 100 a night,

Under one roof


Rooftent Utopia covers your car tent needs (Image: Pitchwild)

With a little imagination, you could see wild hyenas roaming the Serengeti from the roof of your safari jeep, but in reality you’ve just seen a dead roof on Salisbury Plain from the roof of your Ford Mondeo.

Patented in 1958 in Italy where it was called “Air Camping”, roof tents for cars will be all the rage this year.

Rooftent Utopia sells and rents both hard-shell and soft-shell roof tents that fit in almost any car and can accommodate up to five people.

Rent from £ 105 for up to five days,

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