5 Things I Wish I Had Known About Camping….
I am so excited about getting a new tent this year and heading out for some more adventures; but there have been many, many camping lessons that we have learnt the hard way.
- Choose the right site
We have stayed at some amazing campsites over the last few years, and some that didn’t quite hit the spot. I now always check that fires are allowed, and I tend to avoid sites that are predominantly for caravans. In fact, these days, I find that the simpler, the better.
2. Avoid the midges
When we told people we were camping in Scotland in July, we were met with a few raised eyebrows. We brushed it off, but it wasn’t much fun. It’s a shame because Caolasnacon was by far the most beautiful place we have ever camped, and I am eager to go back north of the border, however I’d think twice about camping in the height of summer again.
My overriding memory of that site is seeing a few young French guys taking shelter from the midges in their car, desperately trying to bat the wee terrors away and looking thoroughly confused.
3. Remember how everything goes away
As much as I love camping, even I admit that setting up and, even worse, packing everything away is not entirely enjoyable. We’re better these days, mainly because we try and get organised and we always take a picture of how everything fits in the car. In fact, I’m pretty sure that last time we even managed to pack away without arguing, which was a first!
4. Pitch away from the wind
Last year we camped in North Devon for a week. When we arrived it was windy (which is always fun when you’re setting up camp), however Luke was convinced that the wind wouldn’t last long (ha!), and so he insisted we pitched towards the best view. This direction also happened to be facing into the wind. It wasn’t much fun, particularly when the gusts reached 40mph. Yes, we had a nice view, shame we couldn’t enjoy it!
5. There is no such thing as too many wet wipes
I’d love to say that I’ve discovered this since having Finn, but children or no children, you can never have too many wet wipes when you’re camping. However many you think you might need, take more.
When we were starting out I tried to research as much as possible, but often found the information too overwhelming for a novice. I wish I had come across something like the Ultimate Camping Guide from Halfords. It covers all the bases and is packed with lots of great advice. It covers everything from camping meals, campsites, travelling abroad, advice for newbies and keeping the kids entertained. It also features a handy checklist to make sure you don’t forget anything.
So what are you waiting for? All you need is a tent (and a few other bits) and away you go!
Are you camping this year for the first time? I’d love to hear how you get on.
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