Whether you’re camping as a family, a group of friends, or a couple, there are a few tips you need to take into account, especially if it’s your first time. It’s no good just rocking up in the nearest field when you’re in the middle of a road-trip and deciding to pitch your tent, because in certain places there are laws against that kind of thing – it can be classed as trespassing!

Because of that, make sure you only decide to spend the night at a regulated camp site, which is obviously going to mean you need to research a little before you go.

Here are five tips you need to take into account before you head off to the great outdoors.

Choose your destination carefully

We just mentioned that you can’t just sleep in your tent anywhere, so make sure you pre-book your campsite before you leave and book a spot. You can get camping spots cheaply enough, and this is easily done online too. If you’re heading into Europe then Euro Camp and Key Camp are fantastic companies to use, with great facilities and entertainment for families too, making it a cheaper kind of break with all the fun of a hotel-based holiday.

Be equipment savvy

Make sure you have all the necessary camping gear you need prior to setting off. You don’t want to turn up at your camp site and find you’ve forgotten something important! It’s also important to go for quality rather than the cheapest option, especially when it comes to your tent. What else do you need? Well, obviously cooking equipment, sleeping equipment, and also your entertainment equipment for those expeditions out into the wilderness, such as mountain bikes etc.

Practice!

If you’re pitching your tent for the first time then it always pays to practice before you go! This isn’t the most difficult thing in the world, but it’s also a skill that needs to be mastered, so you’re not spending hours when you first arrive trying to sort out your sleeping facilities!

Dress appropriately

Now, camping is not a fashion show, and you’re not going to be needing anything remotely high fashion on this kind of holiday. Think comfort and warmth, with layers being your best friend – the best way to keep warm and cool in an instant! If you do find you want to get yourself dressed up before heading off to a restaurant nearby or something similar, then just add jewellery!

Take enough food with you

Part and parcel of camping is surviving in the wilderness by yourself, without needing to head off to McDonalds every five seconds. You can easily cook most things on a mobile hob, and if you take enough supplies with you then you can easily have the true camping experience on the go. Think about what you need food-wise before you go, and write a list if it helps you remember. This is also a way to cut spending on holiday.

All that’s left to do? Enjoy your wilderness break!

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