20 Mar Top Tips for a Summer Camping Trip
Camping can be a really cool idea for your summer holiday, or for an additional little getaway. It is essential to be as prepared as possible with all of the necessities including as a tent, sleeping mat and bag and a camping stove. Below are some tips to help you to organise the best summer camping trip ever!
Set Yourself a Budget
The cost of a camping trip can vary greatly, so set yourself a budget to ensure you are planning something that works for you money wise. You can use the internet to search different campsites and their prices to work out what you will be spending.
Once you have your whole camping kit, if you look after it well you won’t need to buy it again and this means that your first camping holiday will be the most expensive, and after that you don’t have to spend as much.
If you can avoid camping in peak seasons of times, you will save a lot of money.
Get Organised with a List
Make sure to make a list before you embark on your camping trip so that you can pack easily and effectively, knowing you have everything. This should include essentials such as a tent, sleeping mat and bag, cooking equipment and food, toiletries, waterproof clothing, clothing for colder or warmer days, a camera, smartphone and all relevant chargers etc.
Once you have been on your first camping trip, making a list should be easier next time as you will know exactly what you needed, found useful, and what you never used.
Location is key to make sure you enjoy your camping trip, there are many to choose from but this will be personal to you.
If you are taking the whole family, it might be best to look for a campsite where they have tents already set up and entertainment activities, such as a pool, play park or kids club. Alternatively, if you are opting for peace and quiet, maybe choose a wild camping site where you will be totally at one with nature and solitude.
For something in-between the two, you can find a more basic site – perhaps in a woodland or near a beach, so that you have the peace and quiet if you want it but are close to attractions when desired.
Make Sure to Plan Activities
Depending on who is in your group/family when camping, it is always best to plan activities that you can do on your stay away. Even if it just you by yourself, there are always things to do that you will enjoy, so finding what might be relevant to you before you head off is key. Try to find some fun outdoor activities – maybe bodyboarding or surfing if you’re close to the beach; Going fishing or taking a boat trip if you are near a lake; Walking a trail or heading to a forest adventure park if you are in a woodland area. Ask each person in your group what would appeal to them, and decide accordingly.
Once you have decided what kind of camping trip you are embarking on, you will be able to decide what you will need to take for meals.
If you are planning to drive to a campsite then you can take a full range of items, including a cooking stove, a barbecue, cutlery, cups, glasses and a cooler.
If you plan to walk or cycle to a wild camping spot, you’ll want to take the minimum of equipment so a small gas stove, a lightweight cup and plate, a spork and some dehydrated camping food will tick all the boxes.
You may be staying somewhere with a few amenities and so you can plan to eat out but its always a good idea to take essentials, and snacks, to keep everybody going throughout the day.
Look After Nature
Camping is a great opportunity to cut your carbon footprint by reducing how far you travel to go on your summer camping holiday and not using as much electricity, as well as enjoying more walking and cycling and thus cutting down on emissions you would usually produce by driving here and there. Try to be as ‘green’ as you can whilst away and make sure to take everything that you bring with you, and don’t leave any rubbish behind.
Make it your goal to enjoy your time surrounded by nature, which you should find relaxing in itself. Time away from the routine of your normal daily life will be therapeutic and should put you in a relaxed frame of mind. If you find yourself out of your comfort zone, embrace it and remember that you are learning a lot about your trip and yourself in order to make changes next time if necessary.