A Beginners Guide to Camping
Thinking about dipping your toe into the world of camping? With this handy guide you’ll be able to dive straight in and camp like a pro in no time.
Find a campsite
The first thing you need to consider is where you want to go. Are you looking for a laidback holiday or an action-packed weekend away? Do you want a beach nearby or lots of things to do locally? Take into account who is camping with you. Are you going as a family or adults only? Do you have young kids or teenagers? Are you taking a dog?
Different campsites offer different experiences. Some are geared towards families with entertainment and play areas, others are quieter and more rustic, and some don’t allow pets. Decide what’s important to you and check what’s on offer before you book.
Talk to camping enthusiasts and find out what has and hasn’t worked for them. If you don’t know anyone personally, have a chat with your local camping retailer or an online community. You could even join the Camping and Caravanning Club.
Make a checklist
There’s nothing worse than getting to the campsite and realising you’ve forgotten something vital. Campsite shops aren’t always well stocked so it’s best to be prepared. A checklist of things to take is the camper’s friend. It’s also rather satisfying ticking the items off as you as load them into the car!