Camping can be daunting for first-timers. If you’re worried about getting your stuff across a campsite, the potential of rain or mud, how to stay warm, or cook a half-decent meal… then don’t worry!
Our handy checklist will help you feel fully prepared for your first camping break, so that you can just get out there and enjoy it!
Even if there’s a sunny forecast ahead, you should always be prepared for the worst. Here’s a few important tips:
Similarily, while you should plan for poor weather, you should also plan for sunshine! Make sure you’re fully stocked up on sun cream, comfortable light clothing as well as sunglasses, hats and umbrellas to block out the harmful rays. Some campsite shops will stock sun cream in the summer months if you forget to pack it.
It’s a myth that you can’t eat as well as you would at home whilst on a campsite. All you’ll need is a portable stove (available at all outdoor stores, with prices ranging from £5+), gas canisters or tablets, something to cook with and your food. Mess tins and a portable kettle tend to be the most popular and cheapest items to accompany a stove.
For ease, most campsite shops tend to stock fresh, local items such as eggs and milk. If you have the time, practice cooking some simple meals in the same pan so you are an expert by the time you arrive.
If you are planning on heading off site to a theme park or the theatre, try and plan in advance as some attractions may be fully booked – generally, tickets are cheaper when booked in advance too. If you don’t have time to plan or book ahead, most campsites will have tourism information and leaflets to hand upon your arrival.
It sounds simple but this is where so many people can go wrong. Make sure you don’t forget the essentials like your tent, sleeping bag, camping mat, pillows, wellies, toiletries and a toothbrush. If you’re planning to cook on site, then a camping stove is also essential.
If you’re not travelling by car, a large camping rucksack is a brilliant investment and has various compartments and buckles for storing and clipping things like your camping mat and sleeping bag to.
All that’s left to do now is set up your tent, kick back and relax. Note: not all Camping in the Forest campsites have on-site shops
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