A few week’s ago my mum started mentioning she’d like to go camping. I could think of nothing worse. Sleeping on the floor, having to walk in my sweats to go take a shower in a grimey shower block with 10 other people, and cooking minimal meals on a tiny little burner. But after the husband decided to buy a tent I’ve been convinced that camping isn’t that bad! So end of July, we’re packing up the car, the dogs and the tent and heading out to the Dorset wilderness. OK, not quite the wilderness the pretty town by Corfe Castle, but still I’ll be sleeping on the floor!
Camping can be a great holiday choice for the more adventurous couple or family. But, for many people, it doesn’t even become a valid option. This is possibly because they may not have ever considered it or they think it might be more hassle than it is worth. But, if you want to holiday in the UK then it’s a perfectly viable option. Whether it is a couples holiday, a getaway with friends, or you taking your children way, it could be a great choice. So I thought I would share with you everything you need to know about camping that I’ve discovered in the last couple of weeks before getting something booked. I hope it inspires you to consider it in the future.
Make sure you have the right equipment
Camping involves a lot of equipment. But the main things to remember is you need a place to sleep with shelter, so a tent. You need something to sleep on, perhaps a blow up mattress and sleeping bag. You need a place to sit. Foldaway Garden chairs are perfect for this sort of thing. You need something to cook with, which can often be a camping stove. A lot of places like Decathlon sell a lot of this equipment quite reasonably. The great thing about it is that once you have it, you don’t need to buy it again. Meaning future camping getaways will be much easier to organise.
Choose location carefully
It is important to choose a good camping site. Try and remember that you need to be close to things to add to your holiday experience. This might be special sites you want to see or excursions you want to experience. It might mean you want to be close to a local pub so you can have someone else cook one night. Factor in what you need close by then pick a camping location based on that. It will make your overall camping experience much more enjoyable.
You don’t need to stay in a tent to camp out
If the tent idea is what is putting you off the most about camping then why not consider other options. Camping doesn’t mean you have to sleep in a tent. You could consider campervan rental. It can offer a viable alternative for you and make things much more comfortable. Especially if it is your first time camping.
It’s a great chance to be educational
Camping means you are closer to nature, and with that, it can be a great opportunity to make your holiday a little educational. While you and your husband/partner won’t want to learn about bugs or nature, if you have children this could be great for them. Even for you as an adult, it allows you to experience something in a different way.
It’s dog friendly
Finally, I love my pups and with a camping holiday it means I can take them away with us. They get to experience a new surrounding as well, and it saves on someone else looking after them. Especially as mum (our designated dog sitter) is coming with us!
I hope this has inspired you to consider camping for your next holiday.