Beginner's Guide to Camping
example, if you don’t intend to do a lot of cooking, you’ll need to know if
there are cafes or restaurants on site or close by.
Should you be thinking of camping within a reasonable distance to
home, it’s a good idea to drive out and check over the site that way you’ll
avoid any nasty surprises.
Different sites have different rules especially regarding open fires, pets,
children and noise levels, again you will need to check prior the leaving
This is really most important it can make or ruin a holiday if not correct,
so well worth getting organised and double check everything. It’s quite a
good idea if possible to allocate different tasks to family members.
With some equipment there are three options, buy, rent or borrow, to
keep the costs down, it really depends on your budget and whether or
not it’s just a one off trip.
Tents are often available to hire locally or on site, but perhaps you could
borrow from a friend. The main factor whether you borrow, hire or buy is
to keep in mind the size. Is it totally waterproof with adequate ventilation
for the number of occupants?
Always try to allow enough room for each person and their gear.
Ventilation is essential unless you want to wake up in the morning
surrounded by serious dampness, so the tent will need to have a
waterproof outer layer with an inner liner, together with a ground sheet.
Believe it or not modern tents today are so simple to erect, it’s even
possible for one person to manage this. I do however highly recommend a
trial run in your back garden, especially if you borrow or buy a tent.
There’s no guarantees when you arrive on site as to the weather
conditions, wind and rain can play havoc to an experienced camper let
alone a novice, so do try to practice putting the tent up.