Here are our camping top tips to help make sure you have the best time on your camping holiday.
Make a plan
Before heading off on your trip, check the rules you need to follow and precautions the campsite is taking. Make sure you know how to get to the showers and how often they’ll be cleaned so you’re confident things are safe and you can get a slot that suits your schedule, especially if you have kids.
Choose a suitable campsite
Not all campsites are the same, some will be better suited to families with playgrounds for children and some will be perfect for an adults-only weekend away. Find one in a location you want and close to the amenities you need to make your trip a success.
Remember the essentials
Although you don’t want to overpack, you also don’t want to be underprepared. Getting a tent which has a little extra room will be useful especially for longer trips. A sleeping bag and pillow is a must and a blow-up bed can make the experience even more comfortable.
Take a toilet
Using shared toilets isn’t ever that much fun if you want something more private consider getting a simple portable toilet. They can be a great option to avoid braving the shared loos and they’re also handy to avoid having to make a voyage to the loo in the middle of the night.
Plan your meals
If you’re planning on cooking for yourself, make sure the campsite allows BBQs, campfires or camping stoves. Remember to take everything you need to cook like utensils and crockery. To keep your food fresh you’ll need a cool box or mini fridge to keep in your car or your tent too.
Book in advance
If you’re heading to a new area, do your research before you go. Book into restaurants ahead of time and check whether you need tickets for local attractions. Planning ahead will help ensure that you aren’t stuck with nothing to do.
Clean up after yourself
There’s a rule for campers and those using the great outdoors of “leave no trace”. Once you’ve finished enjoying yourself remember to clear up and take all your rubbish home with you so it is clean for the next people too – bin bags are a must.
Ben at BestCampingProducts.co.uk once camped out in a storm under a bivouac fashioned from Canadian Canoes and tarpulin next to the raging river Wye because a fellow camping family forgot their tent on canoe and camping trip. Mental scars now eased, Ben still enjoys roughing it on a wild camping trip, mountain exploration with tent packed up or summer getaways to campsites conveniently located next to beaches.