If you are looking to go camping in England, there’s no shortage of gorgeous campgrounds, whether along the beach or nestled into the woods. A quick search will bring up everyone’s favourite destinations from the north to south. You can choose to go camping in the Yorkshire Dales and go hiking and waterfall hunting, or head south for some spectacular beaches and coastlines.
Whatever your destination, there’s a few tips to use to have the best camping holiday in England, which can also be transferred to camping elsewhere;
Weather can be unpredictable. It will be raining one minute, and glorious sunshine the next. You can’t always rely on the weather reports, so to stay in high spirits make sure you bring waterproof clothing, and plenty of extra layers for when your wet ones need to dry out. If you have room, bring spare pairs of shoes as well, wellies in case it rains, trainers for hiking.
Choose the right sized tent. If there are only two people and you don’t have a lot of gear, a small tent will save you space and keep the heat in at night. Alternatively, if you have a lot of gear, you might want to look at purchasing a tent with a separate section to store your equipment so that it’s not in your way when sleeping. If you aren’t backpacking and have access to a car, always size up your tent to ensure you’ve got plenty of room. For two people choose a three or four person tent. Make sure you enforce a strict ‘no shoes in the tent’ rule as well, you’ll be thankful when it comes time to sleep and you aren’t in muddy or sandy sleeping bags.
Try to arrive early to your campsite. Make a note at what time the sun is going to set, and aim to be there at least an hour before hand if possible. Depending on where your campsite is located, as the night rolls in it not only gets colder, but can often times get windier as well and make setting up your camp a lot harder. Not to mention it’s always easier to set up a tent while it’s light so you can see what you’re doing! As a side-make sure you pack enough lighting, to get to and from your tent as well as to sit around outside so you aren’t in total darkness, unless of course you want to me!
Plan out your daily meals, allowing for snacks. There’s nothing worse than getting to your destination and going hungry. If you don’t want to carry a lot of cooking equipment with you, our boil in the bag meals are great to add to your food stash. Pack ziplock bags of nuts and dried fruit, or small energy bars to tide you over if you get peckish between meals. As appealing as a campfire meal can be, not all places have space for a fire pit to cook over, or if the weather is wet you may not be able to easily start a fire. Bring small portable stoves to ensure you can at least cook the basics.
By taking a little bit of time for preparation and to ensure you pack the right equipment can ensure that your camping holiday is a fun and relaxing one.
Setting off on a camping trip can be exciting, but keeping these tips in mind could be the difference to a stressful weekend or enjoying your time away from home.
Make a checklist. You’ll thank yourself when you’re not missing an extra pair of shoes or run out of food on your trip. Take time to pack your bag. A good rule of thumb for most backpacks is to pack your heaviest items in the middle close to your back. Pillows, sleeping bags and light clothing items going on the bottom, followed by heavier items such as food. Make sure any liquids are in zip-lock bags so if they leak the rest of the items in your pack don’t get wet. If you are going with a group talk to each other ahead of time about what you are planning on packing so that you don’t double up unnecessarily.
Pack only the essentials, do you really need 3 jackets ‘just in case’ when you are only going to be gone a couple days? Take a rain coat and a couple long sleeve tops so that you can layer up but take up less space in your pack. This way you can fit in more items like extra pairs of socks to be comfortable in if it rains.
Take food items that are both filling and will sustain your energy. Before going to bed when camping, eat high-fat content foods such as nuts to keep warm through the night. Make sure to have a couple extra snacks that you don’t think you’ll need. You’ll work up an appetite hiking and it’s important to keep your energy levels up. Our self-heating meals are great to take along for a hot meal, especially when it’s cooler. Not to mention you won’t have to take extra pots and pans to cook with as everything is contained in the bag, and will be ready in about 10 minutes.
If you’ve bought a new tent, have a trial run at setting it up at home. This way you won’t be struggling through any adverse weather conditions or darkness on your next camping trip. When setting up your tent, if it’s really windy make sure your tent entrance is facing away from the wind and stake down the side facing the wind first. That way you aren’t working against it. If it’s not possible to find a level camping site and have to set up on a small incline, ensure that your head is facing uphill when you are sleeping so the blood doesn’t rush to your head.
Don’t have room for pillows? Use your sleeping bags carry case and stuff some soft clothes in it. Instant pillow! Alternatively there are blow up pillows on the market that can be folded down when not in use and take up little space.
Camping is supposed to be fun! Take a book, some cards or other games to enjoy when you’re not hiking or enjoying your surroundings. Take two forms of fire starters, such as a pack of strike matches and a lighter, in case one fails. Bring a length of rope to stretch between trees to help dry any wet clothes or air out your sleeping bag. Pack a couple extra small lights or lanterns to light your campsite so that your flashlight or headlamp won’t be the only light around. You’ll also have spares if anything goes wrong with your main light source.
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