The Camping & Caravanning Club offer their tips for a stress free camping trip...
- When buying a tent consider your needs whether family or couple and remember a manufacturer’s description of a three berth tent is more likely to be a two berth with a little breathing space.
- Put your new tent up in the back garden first, better to find out how to erect it in calm conditions and to discover if pegs or any poles are missing.
- Don’t spend all your money on the tent, make sure you leave enough for accessories. Good sleeping bags in particular are worth spending out on, a cold night in a lightweight bag means you are not going to enjoy your holiday.
- When packing, remember your tent! It may seem obvious but you’d be surprised how many people turn up to our sites without one.
- Also remember your tent pegs - you wouldn’t want to get blown away in the middle of the night!
- Invest in a mallet and peg puller - many tents don’t come with them.
- When pitching your tent, make sure your camping area is clear, you don’t want any lumps and bumps popping through your groundsheet when you’re trying to sleep.
- Forward plan and check the weather forecast to pack the correct clothing and equipment.
- Ensure you have a site phone number to hand. All of The Club’s Holiday Site Managers are more than happy to help with directions.
- Bring your board games, they’re fantastic for a rainy day.
- Take a head torch, they’re great fun for kids - it means they will actually enjoy going to bed!
- Take a roll of wide duct tape with you, it’s so useful to bind up split tent poles or a make a temporary fabric repair needed when the kids get too boisterous.
- Essential domestic items include a wash bag, towels, baby wipes, matches, lights, washing up bowl and liquid plus a bag for rubbish.
- Always pack your sun protection, with the weather we’ve had recently you will need it!
- Pack your wellies, just in case the weather turns. You can always leave them in the car if it’s sunny.