I do enjoy looking at new camping kit that comes on to the market. Yes, I also enjoy checking out and testing new caravans, tents and motorhomes. But I also thoroughly enjoy looking at what's new and different on the camping and outdoors accessories market.
As I write this I'm heading back through a snow-covered North London on the train having visited the Outdoors Show the ExCeL centre where a range of products was on show.
Several things caught my eye as I walked around the stands and chatted to exhibitors. On display was a Towbag fold-away trailer that we have already featured in the magazine. It's something I'd like to test out this summer on a family camping trip.
The Club has a partnership with Ordnance Survey and so I stopped by the organisations's stand to catch up with Alastair Tinker. OS recently launched a new App that has gone down well.
We said hello to the team at Robens tents, which had a good-sized display on show.
I also learned more about a new water filtration product that's just come on the market and on another stand saw some of the latest recipes being served up as expedition food, including vegetarian dishes.
The show was not only there for new products. BADA-UK, a charity, was also at the event to raise awareness tick-related diseases. Tick Bite Prevention Week runs from 24 March to 30 March and you can find out more on the website.
And a trip to an outdoor product show such as this would not be complete without checking out some of the latest climbing kit, and having a go on an indoor climbing wall courtesy of the Milton Keynes-based Big Rock Climbing Centre. That was all the more interesting for me as I'm currently learning to belay so that my 13-year-old son Tom can regularly climb at an indoor climbing centre near home.
Editor, Camping & Caravanning
I've been a journalist for more than 20 years and a magazine editor for at least a dozen of them. I have a love of the great outdoors, not to mention camping in all its forms, which is a great way to get out there. But I don't just like admiring the countryside, I love getting active by sailing, trekking and walking, canoeing (when I get the chance) and mountain-biking.