Many of us will be pitching our tents this summer on camping holidays (while the others wouldn’t dream of it). If you are heading out into the “wilderness” this summer, here are seven easy steps for having the best camping trip yet (even if it rains the entire time).
It seems the weather has taken a turn for the better and we all have our fingers crossed for a drier August than June and July, especially those who have planned to spend their holidays in the UK camping. The three basic requirements for a successful camping trip include: supplies, location and activities but we’ve come up with a few others get your camping trip off on the right foot, especially if a few in your entourage aren’t really into the idea.
1) Do some proper pre-trip planning
Before your trip you need to consider a few things: How many people will go? Are you looking for a relaxing trip near a lake or sea or an active trip up in the mountains? Will you sleep in a tent or a caravan? What will you eat, basic camping staples or more fancy fare? What is your ideal camping trip? Answer these questions and it’ll be easiest to prepare so there aren’t any let-downs.
2) Choose the perfect location
Location, location, location. Based on your idea of an ideal camping trip, which location would best suit the activities you’re interested in? Then get looking for camping sights in that area, don’t forget to consider national parks! From the Highlands to the Lake District, down to Cornwall or in lovely Suffolk, there are so many options for camping in the UK. If required, make sure you reserve your campsite.
3) Gather up all the essential supplies
There’s no doubt that you’ll need a serious packing list to make sure you’re not forgetting anything. The list goes beyond the usual tents, sleeping bags, sleeping mats, clothing and food. Make a check-list and to avoid too many extra costs, see what you can borrow from friends for your trip.
To get you started: Camping Checklist
4) Gather up all the non-essential supplies
There is a big different between essential items and non-essential items but the latter should not be forgotten! Beach balls, book of ghost stories, guitars + harmonicas, playing cards and board games for rainy days, frisbee, football… you get the gist.
5) Always have a back-up plan for weather
When sleeping outdoors you always gamble with the weather. Prepare for it all. Make sure you have the proper clothing and equipment for both wet, dry, cold and hot days. Sunscreen and bug repellant should not be overlooked on a summer camping trip. Pack in layers, not forgetting a rain coat.
6) Learn to cook gourmet over the fire
There’s more to camping food than burgers, hot dogs and gooey marshmallows. There is even an art to cooking over the fire so get creative when planning your camping trip menu. It’s worth taking a look at recipe and food ideas for camping on the web before you go. BBC GoodFood has some great camping recipes.
7) Relax… you’re on holiday
At the end of the day you are on holidays so when the going get’s tough (read: when it rains the entirety of your trip) you do what you have to do. Camping in the rain isn’t ideal so pulling the plug and going home early to camp at home (indoors) is always an option!
What are your secrets to successful camping trips? Any advice on what to do when it’s raining during a camping trip?