Get into Active Camping
Camping is an activity that has been enjoyed by millions for decades, if not centuries. Simplicity of living and getting close to nature are big appeals in deciding to forget the hotel and stay in the great outdoors.
If you are intending going camping for the first time, it is worth speaking to someone in an outdoor store, or researching on the web, to find the size and type of tent to suit your needs. Nowadays tents come in all shapes and sizes, and some can be made out of some pretty space age materials. A lot of tents are more suited to one application or another- such as lightweight hiking, or easy pop-up for festivals, but there is also a large selection of general purpose (which are normally on the cheaper end of the range; depending on size) which are suitable for family camping. Large tents with separate rooms are ideal if you are taking the whole family.
Visions of tiny tents pitched in a muddy field in the middle of nowhere are things of the past, nowadays it is easy to enjoy all the fun and freedom of camping with retaining all the creature comforts of home. A new style of glamorous camping “Glamping” is becoming very popular. Large tents, tee-pees, yurts, and cabins are now available to hire; meaning you do not have to have your own tent or struggle to pitch it yourself, often set in beautiful country estates or enchanting woodland settings. Search for “Glamping” on the internet and you are sure to find a range of sites to suit your needs; some even come with self catering kitchenettes; hot showers, barbecue facilities and playgrounds for children are also very common.
Glamping is likely to be a bit more expensive that an average ‘pitch-your-own-tent’ campsite, but the facilities and level of comfort will probably be much higher. Some places even include means, cooked and served outside your tent or cabin, or a full English breakfast brought to you in the morning.
There are numerous glamping sites that contain real beds, meaning you will not have to endure an uncomfortable nights sleep on the ground.
PITCH YOUR OWN
Most people who go camping will pitch buy (or borrow) their own tent and hire a pitch at an organised campsite. These vary quite a lot in the level of facilities that they have so it is a good idea to do your research before you go and find a site that has everything you need. Generally speaking the more facilities; the more expensive.
It is strongly recommended that you practice putting up your tent in your garden (or a friends garden) before you go away so you know exactly how it all fits together. Also it gives you a chance to check that all the components are there.
The majority of campsites will allow you to cook on gas/liquid fuel stoves, but not all of them allow BBQs so check before you book if you want to eat this way. In addition there may be a special area for washing up, emptying chemical toilets, a communal fridge and freezer or even a complete kitchen. Campsites do vary considerably to check before you book if you want a particular amenity.
IIn the UK and in the majority of places abroad, all land is owned by someone and you should check you have permission to camp if you want to camp anywhere that is not an organised campsite.