Whether you’re thinking about camping for the first time or you’re relatively new to it, hopefully you’ll find a few tips here to help you on your way.
In order to make the best of your camping holiday it is most important to be prepared and organised. Let’s start at the beginning. The tent. If you’re buying one for the first time there are a few things worth bearing in mind. Firstly, when a tent is described as a two man this roughly translates as a one man with room for your stuff, if there are two of you then a four man should be comfortable…unless you are happy with being sardined in with no room for your gear!! By no means do you need a massive tent but one that allows you to stand up does make things like dressing a good deal easier. Quite important this one, buy a tent with taped seams and good waterproofing. Look for a good HH (Hydrostatic Head) rating. Anything above 3000 should keep you dry, even in fairly torrential rain (although we certainly hope this won’t be the case!!!). A sewn in groundsheet is also a good bet in terms of keeping you and everything inside your tent dry should the heavens open! So now you have your comfortably sized waterproof tent your next job is this, if possible, set it up in the garden. Having had a trial run you will be much more confident setting it up at the campsite. Also, don’t assume all the bits you need are in the bag just because it’s new, the last thing you want is to arrive at your destination only to discover you’re missing some vital piece of equipment – don’t forget your mallet! Setting up before your holiday is sensible even if you’re taking a trusty tried and tested tent, always a good idea to make sure all the poles and pegs are in the bag and to check for any damage/ wear and tear etc.
So your tent’s good to go, next up, a good quality sleeping bag and something to put between yourself and the tent floor. Whether this is an inflatable mattress or a camping mat, it isn’t just about comfort it’s to put some distance between yourself and the ground, it’s about keeping warm at night.
We all hope for good weather when we head off on a trip, but if there is any chance of rain, do yourself a favour and pack wellies, Macs and layers. Wet weather will be much more pleasant if you’re dressed for it and have something warm to change into.
Moving on to meals, if you’re staying on site with us then there are evenings when a wood fired pizza oven van is on site, we can order Chinese or Indian takeaway for you and have it delivered to the site (as long as you place the order with us in the morning). We have fish and local produce available on site and to order, including breakfast packs and hampers. Depending on how long you’re staying though chances are you’ll want to cook a meal or two while you’re here. A good plan for your first night is to pack Bolognese/Chilli from your freezer, this will also help keep other items in your cool box cold during your journey. Freezing large bottles of water also helps. A plastic bucket is ideal for taking dirty dishes and utensils to the dish wash area, bring bags to separate your rubbish as you would at home and a torch is a must for getting around in the dark! Give plenty of thought to what you think you’ll need to take with you on your trip – make lists! There are various free checklists available online to download or print. You don’t need to follow these to the letter but they are incredibly useful for jogging your memory or giving you ideas. Don’t worry if you do forget something though, we keep a good stock of camping accessories in our shop. Keep an eye out for recipe ideas and other tips on our Facebook page. On a final note, try your best to pack your tent away clean and dry. Take a look at our new all weather pitches, just the trick!