Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Upgrading Your Camping Experience | Travel

What do you think of when you hear the word ‘camping’? Mud-encrusted tents, torrential downpour and damp socks? Well, guess what? It doesn’t have to be like that. There are now loads of ways to upgrade your camping experience to something far more enjoyable. Read on for a few ideas.

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Upgrade your… pitch
Some campsites charge different amounts for different locations on their pitch. You might think paying the extra isn’t worth it. However, bear in mind that these premium spots might make for a better experience. If they’re at the top of a hill or incline, your tent won’t flood if it rains heavily. Water runs downwards, obviously, and this could mean down into your tent. Secondly, more expensive pitches might be located nearer to the shower blocks or parking. This proximity may make your holiday easier and more enjoyable. Trudging across fields in the dark for ten minutes because you need a wee isn’t fun. Plus, these pitches might offer better views.

Upgrade your… sleeping arrangements
Green canvas tents aren’t the only thing you can sleep in when camping, you know! There are tonnes of alternatives. Plus, they’re becoming more popular and more affordable. Tipis and yurts look cool on both the outside and in. Alternatively, some sites now offer wooden lodges. These are protected from the rain and cold but still allow you to have a camping experience. You could also go for a caravan, rather than a tent. This is legitimate camping too! Use caravan awnings for extra space and a slightly more protected place to enjoy the fresh air.

Or, if you’re feeling particularly brave and the weather permits, sleep under the stars. You’ll just need a roll mat and a sleeping bag for this. Or, if there are trees are, you can string up a hammock and sleep there.

Upgrade your… time of travel
It can be tempting to go camping out of season. After all, this is when the prices are usually the lowest. Plus, if it’s outside of holiday time, the campsite won’t be so overrun with kids! But paying the extra to go in season could be worth it. This is especially true for summer. In summer, you have less chance of rain and your things getting wet. You also have less chance of strong winds, and things getting blown away! This can happen from time to time. A warm and dry camping experience tends to be a far more enjoyable one. By booking for a summer trip, you can relax in the knowledge that the weather is likely to be as good as it gets.


Also, consider the time of day you travel to the site. If it’s a long way, driving at night when the roads are quiet might be tempting. But make sure you won’t be arriving when it is dark. It’s much harder to put up a tent with only torchlight, and no sunlight! You might find yourself sleeping in the car; not the way you want to start a camping experience!

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