One of our top tips for camping if you’re a newbie!
Pitching a tent might sound easy in principle, but it can be harder than it looks! If you’ve never camped before, make sure you do a ‘practice run’ before you set off (in your garden, or a nearby park if possible).
A comfortable night’s sleep will make all the difference. You should choose a sleeping bag that's customised to different temperatures. For example, winter sleeping bags may have a temperature rating as low as 15 degrees Fahrenheit (-9.4 degrees Celsius!), although the chances are you're probably not planning on camping in temperatures that low.
Don’t forget to bring enough food, toiletries and other essentials on your camping trip. Create a checklist well before you set off to make sure you don’t forget anything important (like toothpaste!). Here’s our detailed guide to all the essentials:
Would you prefer a traditional campsite with the bare necessities? Usually this will still include modern conveniences like Wi-Fi, hot showers, etc!
Or would you be more comfortable with a more modern, luxurious atmosphere with fully equipped kitchens, large beds and jacuzzis? The choice is yours.
It might seem like a more sheltered, secluded spot, but camping under a tree will mean your tent will become coated in sap by morning time. This can be a nightmare to clean - especially when you have limited cleaning supplies!
You might assume that camping out in the sticks would be the perfect environment for a good night’s sleep. However, nature can be surprisingly noisy – even in the middle of a night. It’s not uncommon to hear the birds chirping away at 3am, and the intermittent noise of foxes can be unpleasant if you’re unlucky enough to be camping near a family of them.
It’s easy to forget how much space luggage and other items can take up in a confined space like a tent. Choose a larger tent so you have more space to store all your belongings and stretch your legs during bad weather.
You’d be surprised how many campsites can get fully booked months in advance. The summer holiday period from late July to late August is very popular with families, so plan and book your camping trip as early as possible if you want to camp during this time.
You might have hoped for peace and quiet (minus the nature noises), only to find that your tent is right next to a busy road, or there’s an airshow taking place nearby. Therefore, make sure you do your research so you don’t get caught out.
If you’re camping in the UK, there’s a good chance it might rain at some point during your trip (although you might be lucky!). In the worst-case scenario, you might need to bring along some wellies.
Even at the height of summer, you never quite know what to expect with the British weather. If it’s tipping down with rain, a good book or some board games can come in handy. On a hot sunny day, you wouldn’t want to miss out on a refreshing swim in a nearby lake because you forgot your swimming costume.
Hopefully, you’ll find these top 10 camping safety tips useful.