With the cost of going abroad reaching sky-high prices, sometimes holidaying abroad simply isn’t an option. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t have a great time in our beautiful country, which we sometimes take for granted. Whether you are holidaying with your friends or family, camping is a fun and unique way to enjoy your summer holiday period. With campsites all over the country, there are plenty of places you can pitch your tent, getting away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. If you do decide to go camping, there are some things you have to consider to make your experience the best it can possibly be.
If you are a first time camper, make sure you buy the correct equipment that you need. The tent you buy should be good quality and although they can be expensive, no one wants to be stuck in a tent that gets blown over or is too small. A tent with a larger price tag is likely to come with extra features in order to keep you nice and warm, making it as comfortable as possible. There are also sleeping bags specifically made for camping in order to preserve heat and provide maximum comfort. You may also wish to take a yoga mat or duvet to sleep on to provide extra comfort, avoiding sleeping on the damp floor.
Games are important to keep the party happy. No matter what the age range is of the group you are travelling with, there are games suitable to everyone and nothing can beat a friendly rounders match. Playing games is sure to get everyone laughing and enjoying themselves, creating the perfect atmosphere to bond further with your family or friends. Outdoor games are perfect for those sunny days and are a fun way for children to release all their energy. If there are a few children travelling with you, try your best to keep them occupied. An egg hunt around the campsite will keep them entertained for hours, but be careful that they won’t intrude on other campers and that the site is safe.
In order to fully appreciate the camping experience, you must do your own cooking at least once. A popular idea is the portable barbecue; nothing screams summer like the smell of barbecued chicken. Other ideas include stir-fries and pasta as they are simple to make and enjoyable. Cooking on a camping holiday may seem difficult but if you take the right equipment it will be easier than you thought.
A small butchers block will allow you to prepare your food hygienically and with a camping stove and small pans, you are well on your way to making the experience easier and more enjoyable.
Plan your time away. When you are choosing where to go make sure there are plenty of things to do, preferably within walking distance. Spending all your time on the campsite may start to get boring and seeing other attractions or getting involved in other activities will keep your mind active. The Lake District is one of the most popular places to go camping; however it is important to choose your location wisely. There will be campsites that are perfect for families while others may be better for a group of friends, therefore it is a good idea to research different sites and facilities that are available.
Chris Balme | Senior Content Writer