With many people still being cautious this year as the COVID restrictions ease, the idea of jumping on a plane for your summer trip might make you a little uncomfortable. Although there are safety measures in place, a lot of people are choosing to enjoy their summer break with a stay-cation, and even though you can always rent a lovely vacation home somewhere, why not give camping a try this year instead? It’s a fun way to spend time with loved ones or as a solo break and ideal for inspiring a sense of adventure. If this sounds like an interesting idea to you, here are some tips on how to have the perfect camping experience.
The first thing to do is research campsites in the area that you want to visit and compare them to one another. They will differ in rates, and some will have better facilities than others, and if you want to remain comfortable, the latter is worth the extra money. You should also consider how close it is to hiking trails, the local towns, or any other activities or sights you want to see during your trip.
Tent, Static Caravan, or Motorhome?
The next thing to consider is what kind of accommodation you want for your camping trip. Tents are very traditional, and some excellent brands are durable and big enough to give you living space. However, static caravans and motorhomes are generally more comfortable, so if you’re too keen on roughing it, these will be the better options. Static caravans can be rented or bought, but this will mean you’re stuck in one place for the duration of your stay. A motorhome is a big investment, but it can be used again and again, as well as allowing you the freedom to visit various locations during your holiday. If you’re worried about the expense of a motorhome, a loan should cover it if you can afford the monthly repayments.
Choose the Right Companions
If you are going to be traveling with friends or relatives, make sure you’re inviting the right people with you. Camping often puts you in close quarters with others, so you need to make sure your companions are people that you are comfortable being that close to for a long weekend or even a couple of weeks. If there is a group of you going, make sure everyone gets on well with one another to reduce possible tensions forming and spoiling the holiday.
Bring Plenty of Food and Entertainment
Hopefully, there will be a grocery store and other amenities close enough to your campsite so you can stock up, but make sure you’re bringing plenty of food with you to cover the first few days. If you are staying in a tent, remember to bring a camping stove with you and a cooler to keep certain food items chilled. You should also bring a deck of cards or some board games as a form of entertainment and some portable speakers so you can unwind to some music while you enjoy dinner around the campfire. Bringing extra blankets and pillows is also smart to make sure you’re comfortable during your trip.
If you are thinking about going camping this year for your summer vacation, use these tips to help you plan the perfect trip.