How to go camping
How to find a campsite
How to go camping
Camping offers a cheap way to immerse yourself in the great outdoors and get back to basics. Whether it's a weekend trip an hour from home or a longer summer holiday there are lots of benefits other than cost that make camping a really appealing experience. We know that some people have been traumatised by a cold and soggy camping trip but with the right planning it can be great fun come rain or shine.
Our reasons to love camping:
So as avid campers here are our top tips for successful camping:
How to find a campsite
Finding the perfect pitch is essential for having a good camping experience. So once you know roughly where you would like to go check out some of these websites to find a campsite:
Cool camping - lots of hand picked sites in the UK and across Europe. Many sites have glamping options and you can search by certain criteria including whether you are allowed campfires or not.
UK campsites - this website has an amazing 185,000 campsites listed meaning you can find one pretty much anywhere you could possibly want to go. There are some handy search criteria you can use to narrow it down and despite the name there are campsites all over Europe and as far flung as Australia.
Campsites.co.uk - lots of UK campsites, useful information and inspiration. Some great tips for first time campers and lots of ideas of where to go and what to do.
Pub Campsites - does exactly what it says! Pubs that let you camp on their premises. Often really good value with booze and food a few paces away - what more could you want?
The camping and caravan club - lots of search and booking options with advice and tips for camping in the UK and Europe.
Alan Rogers - over 8000 sites in the UK and Europe with detailed descriptions and handy search tools. All sites listed are inspected regularly by their own team of inspectors. Lots of comfortable sites with loads of facilities.
Municipal Campsites in France - great site as Municipal campsites are often much cheaper than commercial sites and many are lovely.
France Passion - this is one for self contained motorhomes or campervans. Stay for free on French vineyards when you sign up to the scheme.
Quirky Accommodation.com - loads of unusual accommodation including lots of weird and wonderful glamping options.
Another option is to search on Google Maps and put 'campsites' into the search bar. This gives you the chance to move around certain areas and see exactly where the sites are. This often throws up some random sites which don't come up on other searches.
In any event I would look where your campsite is on Google maps so that you can make sure it is where you think it is. Always good to check that it's not near a busy road and that the shops/pub/beach/ are where you are expecting them to be!
Questions to ask when booking:
How to go campervanning
We have a campervan that we love so much we set up a whole campervan rental business! Much of the camping information on this site applies to campervans too although do check that the campsite you want to stay at accepts campervans.
The advantages of a campervan are:
If you fancy hiring a campervan have a look at CamperVantastic for some all singing all dancing modern VW campervans with heating, proper beds and mini kitchens!
Read my top tips here for some campervanning hacks.
Vango thermal sleeping mats - Love these camping mats. They are quite expensive but thermal, super comfy and roll up pretty small.
Ticket to the Moon silk hammock - these are gorgeous. They come in a range of beautiful colours and are really comfortable.
Ridge Monkey - This is so clever you can use it over any stove and make toasted sandwiches, roasted vegetable, small pizzas and loads more.
Cadac stove - These stoves are perfect. Really simple design, easy to cook on and clean. We loved the hot plates that you can get with it. Also check out the Safari Chef 2 which has a great choice of cooking surfaces and packs up really neatly.
Cobb BBQ - Very clever BBQ with a range of options it lets you roast, fry and boil.
Washing up bowl with handles - this is great for carrying your washing up to the sinks. In fact we think it's so handy we always take 2 with us!
Kampa Field Kitchen - we know this is a bit extravagant but this camping sideboard was our favourite camping luxury last year! Stores food and crockery, has a sink, shelves, space for a bin, hooks for tea towels - what's not to love!
Anker Power Core - keep everything charged with this neat power pack. I'm constantly surprised at how long it lasts.