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Organising your Best Camping Trip

Jul 2

There's nothing quite like heading out into the great outdoors for a spot of camping. But if you're not organised, it can quickly turn into a bit of a disaster. Here are our top tips for making sure your camping trip is as enjoyable as possible.

  1. Choose the right location

Not all campsites are created equal. Do your research and make sure you pick a spot that's right for you. If you're looking for peace and quiet, then a remote campsite might be perfect. But if you're travelling with young children, you might prefer one that's closer to civilisation.

  1. Don't forget the essentials

Make sure you pack all the essentials, including a tent, sleeping bags, food and cooking equipment. It's also worth taking a first aid kit, just in case.

  1. Plan your activities

Camping is the perfect opportunity to get back to nature and enjoy some time away from technology. But it can be helpful to plan some activities in advance, so everyone knows what they're doing each day.

  1. Be prepared for bad weather

Even if you're camping in the summer, it's worth being prepared for bad weather. Make sure you pack some warm clothes and waterproof just in case.

  1. Respect the environment

Remember that you're visitors to nature's home. So make sure you respect the environment and leave no trace of your stay behind.

The Equipment you'll Need For Your Camping Trip

Tent

Check to make sure your tent is big enough for how many people will be staying in it and that it's appropriate for the season. Consider if there is room for storage inside the tent as well as everyone sleeping there.

A flysheet is a good idea if you're expecting bad weather or want some extra privacy

Sleeping bags

You'll want sleeping bags that are comfortable and fit everyone who'll be using them. Check the tog rating to make sure they're suitable for the season.

Pillows and bedding

Pillows and bedding are optional but can make your camping trip more comfortable. If you don't want to use your own, most campsites will rent these out.

Cooking equipment

If you're planning on cooking while you're camping, make sure you have all the equipment you need. This includes a stove, pots and pans, utensils, plates and cups.

If you're not planning on cooking, you can still bring along some basics like a kettle and instant coffee.

Food and drink

Of course, you'll need to bring food and drink for your camping trip. If you're cooking, make sure you have all the ingredients you need. Otherwise, pack some easy-to-prepare snacks and drinks.

First aid kit

A first aid kit is essential for any camping trip. Make sure it's well-stocked and that everyone knows where it is.

Clothes

Pack clothes that are appropriate for the weather and activities you'll be doing. Even in summer, it can get cold at night so take some warm clothes just in case.

Hiking boots or other comfortable shoes are a good idea if you're planning on doing any walking.

Other essentials

There are a few other things you might want to bring along on your camping trips, such as toiletries, insect repellent, sunscreen and a torch.

Our Favorite Campside Food

There's nothing quite like sitting around the campfire, cooking up a feast. Here are some of our favorite camping recipes to try on your next trip.

  1. S'mores. these delicious treats are a campfire classic. All you need is some chocolate, marshmallows and graham crackers.
  2. Dutch oven pizza. This one is a bit more effort, but it's worth it. You'll need a Dutch oven, pizza dough, tomato sauce and your favorite toppings.
  3. Campfire nachos. Another easy one that's perfect for sharing. Just layer tortilla chips, cheese and your favorite toppings in a foil parcel and cook over the fire.
  4. Foil-wrapped fish. This is a healthy option that's easy to prepare. Just wrap some fish fillets in foil with some vegetables and lemon juice before cooking over the fire.
  5. Campfire bananas. A sweet treat that's easy to make. Just wrap some bananas in foil and cook over the fire for a few minutes.
  6. Campfire popcorn. A tasty snack that's easy to make. Just pop some popcorn kernels in a pan over the fire and enjoy.
  7. Campfire cinnamon rolls. These are perfect for breakfast or dessert. You'll need pre-made cinnamon rolls, butter and sugar.
  8. Campfire chicken fajitas. A hearty meal that's easy to prepare. Just cook chicken breasts, peppers and onions