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Our next big camping adventure

Our next big adventure

Our next big camping adventure

We recently experienced our first family camping trip in the New Forest, and we all absolutely loved it! We are now very much camping converts and can’t wait to get out there under the canvas again, we already have our next big camping adventure planned.

As well as being a great way to enjoy the great out doors, camping is also an affordable holiday that doesn’t compromise on fun. The real beauty of camping is that you can go absolutely anywhere, and you aren’t constrained to one place – all you need is a tent, your bags, and a sense of adventure, and you’re ready to go!

Now that we’re camping pros (obviously!), we’re thinking of undertaking a much more adventurous trip…a summer camping trip to Europe!

Here are some things to consider whilst planning your camping trip abroad…

Where do you want to go?

First thing’s first, you need to decide where you’re going and how long for. You can then start exploring the array of campsites available in your chosen area. In much of Europe, there are plenty of campsites to choose from and most of them have excellent facilities including swimming pools, children’s clubs, and bars and restaurants.

Once you’ve decided on the general area you want to camp in, and have researched the campsites available, you can then decide whether you want to stay in one place, or split your time between a couple of different sites.

Funding

Sure, camping is a relatively cheap holiday. But, when you’re camping abroad, you still need to take into account the cost of travel, campsites, food, and entertainment.

So sit down and draw up a carefully considered budget taking into account everything you think you might need (and then add a little extra on for emergencies).  Then calculate how much you need to save each month prior to going in order to ensure that you have enough.

Some people prefer to pay for advanced costs such as flights and accommodation on a credit card, and then pay them back monthly. If you’re considering doing this, I’d highly recommend running a free credit report from Experian CreditExpert to ensure that you qualify.

Equipment

Have you got all of the equipment you need? Is your equipment appropriate for the weather and the temperature in the country you’re travelling to? Of course, there should be places to buy anything you’ve forgotten once you reach your destination, but it’s easier and often cheaper to buy before you go.

Insurance

As with any international holiday, make sure that you have the necessary insurance so that you will be fully covered in the event of the unexpected. If you’re going to Europe, you’ll also need a European Health Insurance Card – it’s free and will ensure that you can access free emergency health care should you need it.

Rules and Regulations

Different campsites have different rules and regulations, so it’s important that you familiarise yourself with them and make sure that you comply. If you’re planning on taking your dog for example, are they allowed on the campsite? Does your tent need to be beneath a certain size? Are there any regulations in terms of pitching your tent?

Excitement and Adventure

Now you’ve got all of the essentials sorted, it’s time for the fun bit – planning what you’re going to do and see whilst you’re there! Research the area and find places you want to visit and things you want to do…remember, you’re relatively free when you’re camping so it’s easy to take a short trip a little further a-field if something really catches your eye!

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Camping checklist

camping checklist

Camping checklist

Preparation is essential when preparing for any activity, making sure we have all supplies needed for the adventure/activity will make all the difference.

We are taking up camping so we are making a camping checklist to help us make sure we have ALL essentials needed to make our camping experience more fun and enjoyable.

Creating a checklist is a great way to get/stay organised, I find that they help releave the stress and also a great way to not forget anything. I start my checklist way in advance, as and when I think of items I add them to my list, when the time comes to pack I have my list as a back up to help make sure I don’t forget anything, having a list at the ready really helped when we went camping in the new forest.

I have been talking amongst friends and family who have experienced camping and we have come up with this camping checklist between us.

We have broken the list down into sections to make it easier when packing, we have also kept the list to just the basics as Ian likes to travel light and always say’s “far too much gets packed when we go away” …….I don’t know what he means!

           Here is our list of must have items we think you should have on a camping check list.
Shelter: Bathroom/shower:
Making sure the tent is packed is a MUST. Wash bag.
Ground sheets as we’d hate to get wet. Shower flip-flops.
Tent pegs and spares. Flannels.
Mallet. Towels.
Cooking: Travel sized body wash.
A cooking stove. Travel sized shampoo/conditioner.
Kettle. Toothbrush and toothpaste.
Gas/extra gas. Travel sized mouthwash.
Matches or lighter. Body spray.
Non breakable cups, plates, cutlery and bowls. Hair gels/sprays.
Mini fridge if pitching at an electric pitch. Travel sized shave gel and razors.
Fold up picnic table Toilet roll.
Bin bags for the rubbish. Comb/Brush.
Cooking spray/oil, film and foil. Mirror.
Pots and pans. Make-up
Wind shield for cooking. Ideal clothing:
Food storage containers. Wellies
Paper towel/napkins. Hat’s, gloves and scarfs.
washing up and drying equipment Watherproof trousers and coat/jacket.
Bleach wipes. Underwear.
Cooking utensils, openers and scissors. Thermals.
Other must have’s: Trousers.
Torch/lanterns. Shorts.
Well stocked and up to date first aid kit. T-shirts.
Extra batteries. Jumpers.
Puncher repair kit. Jackets.
Games/entertainment. Trainers/boots.
Camera. Food ideas:
Umbrella. Hotdogs
Hand wipes. beans
Insect repellant. spaghetti
Phone chargers. macaroni
Duct tape. meatballs
Pen & paper. Dried nuts and fruit
Camping/pocket knife. travel size jams and spreads
Camping/folding chairs. Dried pastas & noodles.
Sunglasses/sun cream. ready cooked meats
Radio. Packet rice, cous cous.
Candles to keep the horrid bugs away. Drinks.
Water bottle/drinks bottle. Biscuits.
Sleeping: Crisps.
Pillow. Cereal bars.
Sleeping bag. Bread, rolls.
Warm PJs. Treats.
Blow up bed’s Tinned fruits
Electric/hand pump. UHT milk.
Blankets. Marshmallows and skewers.
Bed socks. Tea, coffee, sugar, hot chocolate.

I do hope that I have not missed anything off the list, can you spot anything that I have missed?