Travel: Planning Advice for First-Time Campers

For some people, there is nothing like the freedom and adventure of a camping holiday. For others, it sounds like their idea of hell! A lot of people in the second camp may never have experienced a camping trip before, and you never know, you may fall in love with this way of holidaying. As well as getting out in the great outdoors, it is a much more affordable holiday which is a welcome relief for people who are finding their pennies pinched. So, let’s have a look at the ways you can prepare for your next camping adventure.

Research the Area

There are campsites dotted around all over the place, but you want to make sure that there is plenty to do when you actually get there. Work out what your priorities are before you go. Do you want easy access to a local town where you can visit the pubs or would you prefer an area with great hiking trails? While some people are looking for peace and tranquility, others are looking for a more lively atmosphere.

Get Your Equipment

Right at the top of your list, you will need to research tents for sale so you get one that is appropriate and big enough for your trip. If you have never been camping before, it is worth practicing putting up the tent in your back garden so you aren’t struggling when you go on your trip. If you’re going as a group, take a look at this really useful guide to finding the best four person tent. You also need to consider whether you will be needing any cooking equipment, as well as purchasing items like backpacks and other appropriate clothing. 

Plan for All Kinds of Weather

One thing that you can’t control when you go camping is whether the elements will be kind to you or not. As the old saying goes: expect the best, plan for the worst. All outdoor stores will sell some kind of waterproofing spray to make sure that your tent remains dry. Take the right equipment like anoraks and wellies in case you find yourself squelching through mud. If you are lucky and the sun does come out, make sure that you have sun cream, sunglasses, hats and umbrellas.

Start Packing

When you are packing for a regular holiday, it is not the end of the world if you forget one or two things as you will be able to buy them when you get there. However, if you go on a camping trip in the middle of nowhere, you will not have the same luxury! Before you pack, it is a good idea to write out a checklist and tick everything off as it is packed. A large camping rucksack is a good investment as it has various compartments so you are able to fit in as much as possible.

Book Offsite Activities in Advance

If you are looking to venture off site to a local attraction, it is worth booking in advance as this will make sure you get there and you can also often avoid the queues.