Camping makes for an exciting adventure holiday, whether you're going abroad or staying close to home, but as with any holiday the right planning and preparation can make the difference between a good holiday and a great one. Here are some of the most important things to consider if you want to make sure your holiday goes smoothly.
Pitch Before Dark
Plan to arrive at your campsite with enough time to set up before it gets dark. This means that you'll be able to see what's around you properly, and can choose the best position and angle. It will also make setting up your tent easier – even if you have a trailer tent that you can set up in just a few minutes, everything is easier in daylight than it is by torchlight.
Pack for the Weather
The weather is one thing that can never be guaranteed, so make sure that you're ready for anything! This means making sure that you have enough warm clothes (or things that you can layer up) in case it gets cold, and also having sun hats and sunscreen in case there's a heatwave. It also means making sure that you have something to do if you're stuck in your tent - especially if you're camping with children.
Space is a priority consideration when camping, so pack sensibly and don't take bulky items that you won't need. Modern technology is great for this – why pack a dozen books when you can pack one slim e-reader – but make sure that you do pack the right chargers!
Torches and lanterns are perhaps the most important pieces of camping equipment – you don't want to be stumbling around a campsite in the dark, tripping over other people's tents! Here's a clever trick to turn a head lamp into a lantern- simply strap it to a plastic water bottle, pointing inwards, and the water will reflect the light to create a bright glow! With these basics covered, you'll be able to rest assured of a smooth camping trip which everyone will be able to enjoy.