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Summer is a perfect time for camping, people are going on their summer holidays and the festival season is in full flow. Time to pack your tent and enjoy the summer sun. When packing for a camping trip it can be difficult to know what you need without over packing. We have stripped back our camping essentials checklist to include some items that are more compact and easier to take to festivals. We have hand picked items we feel will make your camping trip more comfortable and enjoyable.

1. Tent
The number one essential and pretty obvious item is a tent. We recommend choosing a tent with a higher berth than the people staying in it i.e. for 4 people choose a 5 berth tent or higher. Always have a test run of putting up your tent before your trip, to get yourself familiar with the tent and to check you have enough tent pegs.

2. Sleeping Bag
A cosy sleeping bag is one of the key essentials when camping to make sure you get a good nights sleep ready for the next days adventures.

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Camping and caravanning can be a fun and cost affective holiday for the whole family. Camping is also a great way to explore different places. Family days out can get costly when going to theme parks, amusements and attractions it can soon add up. So we've decided to come up with a list of fun activities to do whilst camping that won't break the bank.

 

Exploring the outdoors

Camping is great for being at one with nature, going on a long walk to explore the local area is a great idea. Grab a map and choose a route with interesting view points and varied terrain. Going into the woods is an excellent way to explore nature there are plenty of fun things to do here are a few suggestions.

  • Spotting local wildlife
  • Nature gathering (rocks, flowers, pine cones, leaves)
  • A scavenger hunt
  • Collecting fire wood
  • Geocaching
  • Building a den from sticks

 Here are some fun activities to do if there is water nearby

  • Go swimming (if it is safe and clean)
  • Skimming stones
  • Fishing
  • Pooh sticks

 

Another way to explore the area is going on a bike ride, before you go away have a look at the area to see if there are any recommended cycle tracks.

 

On site games

There are plenty of fun activities to do without even leaving the campsite, here are a few of our favourites.

  • Ball games
  • Frisbee
  • Tig / Tag
  • Hide and seek
  • Have a picnic

 

Rainy days

If holidaying in the UK, with our unpredictable weather, you should always prepare for rainy days. Here are some indoor activities to keep you entertained.

  • Playing cards
  • Board games
  • Crafting
  • Word games (Hangman, Noughts & Crosses, Word Searches)
  • Watch a film
  • Tell stories

 

Night Time Fun

Here are our ideas for enjoying your camping nights.

  • Star gazing (try spot a shooting star)
  • Have a barbecue
  • Tell ghost stories
  • Have a sing along
  • Make shadow puppets with your torch

 

We hope we have given you some inspiration for entertaining your family on a camping holiday. There is endless fun to be had on a camping holiday with the family, if you have any suggestions please feel free to share them in the comments.

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Spring is here which can only mean one thing: camping season is about to begin! Here at Waudby's we love all things camping so we've decided to help you prepare for this year's camping season by rounding up some of the most important camping preparation pearls of wisdom from the experts.

 

While the official start date is debatable, even the experts agree that the Easter Bank Holiday provides a great opportunity for a first camping getaway. The only thing standing between you and the perfect camping trip in April, however, is the weather. Looking at weather forecasts can help, but most hardcore campers agree that those forecasts are not always accurate.

 

James, a camping veteran from Hull, shared his secret for finding the right time to go camping: “It might sound a bit silly but my secret is to go on the Met Office website and check rain patterns in the area I'm planning to visit. I noticed that June tends to be the best month for camping in the South, whereas August seems ideal for camping near Newcastle. So far this trick has worked really well for us.

 

Now we can really focus on planning the perfect camping trip. Here are our top 5 camping preparation tips from the experts:

 

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Published: 27/06/2016

Camping essentials checklist

Camping essentials checklist

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