A lot of people who were going abroad this year have decided against it. Coronavirus has put the brakes on people’s plans to go abroad. Some people are still risking it, but with, in a lot of cases, the ability to get decent health insurance nullified, there are a lot of people setting their minds to thinking about something else instead. Camping is a great, and sometimes cheap alternative to going on a full holiday. It means you can save the money up for something even more special next year while still being able to do something nice and memorable with the family. It will still be a holiday where you can see somewhere new and do different things, just perhaps a little closer to home. Here are some simple things to think about when camping. Each trip is different, and only you will know what’s right for your family and as such, all advice you read or here you should apply to yourself in a bespoke way so you can get the best out of it.
Choose The Right Area
It depends how hardcore you want to go. Some people will like to go to camping camps, where they can meet other families and where there are usually forms of amenities for people to use and interact with. You usually just pay for a pitch in these situations. If you wanted to go a bit further, you could camp in the wild. This is a little more dangerous and it’s worth brushing up on your survival tips beforehand. You need to scout the location properly first. Don’t just pitch randomly because you might end up on private land or perhaps somewhere which is a bit dangerous. There are countless forums online where you can find best practice shared around where is best to camp in the wilds etc. These options may not be best if you’ve got family to consider, unless you’ve got the experience to go ahead.
Get The Right Equipment
It’s so important to get the right equipment when considering camping. If you’re just going to a camp, any run of the mil tent will likely do the job, depending on how many of you there are. If you have a larger family, you might want to get two tents, or perhaps one with a few different compartments. If you’re going somewhere with changeable weather you might want to get something a little more solid. This is because bad weather will make mince out of poor tents. If the weather is terrible, or cold, you’ll want to ensure you have the right kind of sleeping bag too. The cheap ones work in a pinch, but invest in a good one if you’re worried about the cold. You’ll also want the right cooking equipment if you’re going for a long period of time. Gas stoves are always the best, just ensure you know how they work properly and make sure you bring the right canisters of gas.
Be Aware Of Parking
You need to be aware of what kinds of parking regulations there are in your intended camping area. If there’s a dedicated parking spot, great. If not, you’ll have to try and work out another way of getting there especially if you’re free camping. If you’re taking a caravan to a site, there are usually clear instructions to follow. However, sometimes there aren’t so make sure you know what’s going on before you decide to pull up for a few days.
Don’t Forget Lighting
Camping is fun, but in the dark not so much. If you’re thinking of making a fire make sure you’ve got the right to do so, or you could end up in trouble. You need to ensure you’ve got good lighting for the night. Most times you can get torches, but lanterns are good too especially if you can get a torch which can do both. This way you can keep an eye on what’s going on. Ensure you have batteries for devices too. They can provide light, and also keep the kids entertained. You might want to invest in a power-bank to ensure your lighting can remain charged. Just ensure you have the right wires and leads leading from the power-bank so that they can power the lights. The charge of power banks vary. Some last a long time, others far less. Remember this when you decide how long you’re going to go away for because if you run out of charge it could ruin the experience for everyone.