There’s nothing more exciting than an action-packed family camping trip, and once you’ve covered the basics, it can often be a really thrifty way to spend quality time together whilst having loads of fun! There are a number of important things to consider when it comes to camping, especially when the whole family is going, so here are a selection of useful tips to ensure you have the best camping experience!
Type of Camping
When it comes to camping, the first thing that usually comes to mind is a field with a tent, surrounded by trees. Whilst this is one type of camping, there are actually a few more ways in which you can go about camping that are a little less traditional. A very popular style of camping today is with a campervan or caravan. Whether you choose to kit out your campervan with a campervan bed, or you pitch a few tents around the vehicles to still get that nature experience, choosing the right type of camping will enable you to get the most out of your holiday and really enjoy it.
Choosing the Right Tent
If you decide that traditional camping is how you want to do it, then it’s essential you choose the right tent for you and your family. Dependant on the size of your family, and the length of your trip, the tent size needs to be roomy and accommodating. Many people opt for the smaller tents in order to keep warm, however if you’re planning on a long camping trip, it’s always better to have a larger tent to ensure you have plenty of room and are comfortable throughout your holiday. Similarly, if you have larger family, you want to invest in a tent that fits you all in with ease. There’s no need to cram into a small tent, as this will only make you feel squashed and uncomfortable, which will have a negative effect on your trip!
Keep Warm and Dry
For many campers, the trip can experience some rain and cold weather, especially if you’re camping in England! It’s always important to keep warm and dry, but it’s even more important when you’re camping. There are a number of different ways to keep you and your family warm on your trip, such as cosy sleeping bags, plenty of warm clothing and additional sheltered areas such as a gazebo or marquee to prevent you from becoming wet, should there happen to be any unexpected showers!
Essential Items to Pack
It’s important to be sensible when it comes to packing your camping essentials, as you’ll be limited to what you can take. Make a list of essential items that your family will need to see them through your camping trip, as this will prevent you from overpacking, as well as forgetting anything important. Typical camping essentials would include warm clothing, sleeping bags, food, toiletries, toilet roll and wet wipes. You can then focus on food related items such as milk, butter, bread, tinned food and so on, as these are often essentials in any day to day routine.
On your first day at your chosen camping spot, get to know the area, taking in key features such as local shops to help you if you need any essential items or last minute bits!