Are you stuck for ideas of things to do when you go away on your camping holidays? I can’t understand why, there really is so much to see and do. Let me talk you through a few of your options:
Hire a horsebox
Okay, it sounds a little weird I know, but just bare with me on this one. Horseboxes are really cheap to hire for the day, cheaper than most vans in fact. The difference being that most are kitted out with extra facilities like somewhere to cook, eat, sleep and even watch TV! Here is an example of a company that hires out horseboxes for the day http://www.easternhorseboxhire.co.uk.
Take a walk
Now when I was younger and used to camp with my parents, a walk was the last thing on Earth I wanted to do. But my parents being the strict type dragged me along anyway. The thing was, and I didn’t want to admit it at the time, but I had a really great time. There were trees to climb, natural dens to explore, creepy crawlies and animals that I had never seen before! And that is without mentioning the health benefits of getting out in the fresh air and stretching your legs. We would literally walk for miles without realising and we truly had a fantastic time.
Go for a swim
There is nothing better than getting in your swim suit (or not ) and having a dip in the lake. Yes! That’s right! Lake, not swimming pool. I know, it is dirty and can smell sometimes but try and tell me that that isn’t part of the fun of it. I have been to many camp sites where the big muddy lake is their main attraction bringing thousands of campers every year.
That is just a very short list, but you get the idea, right? So to recap, your options include; horsebox hire, walking and swimming among many others. So get out there and get acquainted with our beautiful planet and experience some of what it has to offer.
There are a few pieces of equipment that are absolutely essential for any camping trip. The most obvious one to begin with I guess is a tent, you are going to need somewhere to sleep so a tent is a must. You can buy all different types of tents, some are for couples while other are for families so you need to decide which one would suit you best. It might get a little cold just sleeping in the tent so the next piece of key equipment would most certainly be a sleeping bag, again these come in different types and sizes but the general option is between single or double. You also want to choose to have the optional air bed to make your stay that much more comfortable.
For me, the most important accessory you need to think about while camping is the one that will provide you with your lovely meals while you are away. Yes, you guessed it, I am talking about the camping stove. This could be one of the most difficult decisions you make as there are so many different fuel powered stoves out there like; gas, electric, solid fuel, wood and petrol and they all come with their advantages and disadvantages. I advise you to study well before you take the plunge and purchase one. You can find out more about the different types of camp stoves here http://www.campingstovehq.com.
Finally, it might also be a good idea to get yourself some kind of knife to help prepare your surroundings, maybe get kindling for the fire. A Swiss Army Knife would probably be the perfect companion for any camping trip.
I am hoping that this has proven valuable to you, please let me know by leaving me a comment below.
Camping holidays are great for all of the family because it is something that everyone can participate in, not like one of these swanky 5 star hotels where children are not allowed in certain parts. It is probably also one of the most cost effective ways to go on holiday as a family too. Obviously the initial investment in gathering all the equipment is not cheap but once you have it, it should last you a good few years of camping if not more.
When you think about camping, do you just think about visiting a field in the middle of nowhere? If you do, stop now, because it can be far more than that. When I was a kid I loved going camping, even if we just went for the weekend. It was opportunity for me and my siblings to run around like and make friends with other children. It also gave me a feeling of independence as my parents were not so strict about staying by their side at all times. While we were out playing my parents would stay at the tent and cook dinner of the stove, and otherwise just relax and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of their surroundings.
Camping doesn’t just have to be a holiday, it can be a way of life. Now I am not suggesting you sell your house and move in to a tent, but you could always just have the stuff ready to go each and every weekend/. Even if you just drive 5 miles down the road.