When the majority of people book a holiday, they’ll generally book some sort of beach break where they can lounge about in the sun. A flight is usually involved and the stay will generally last between one and two weeks. These types of holiday can be great as an opportunity to let your hair down and relax. But it’s also important to remember that there are other options out there too! If you’re looking for a break that’s a little closer to home, or one that will give you a chance to immerse yourself in nature and the outdoors, camping may be a preferable option for you. Here are a few basics that can help you to plan the perfect camping trip!
Choosing a Location
First things first, it’s a good idea to choose a location. This will help you to best prepare yourself, as you’ll have a better idea of how long you’ll be staying away from home, what kind of clothes or equipment you need to pack and how you’ll be spending your days once you arrive at the destination. There are so many beautiful spots out there. If you prefer creature comforts and luxuries, you may want to opt for a campsite with electrics, showers, toilets and other basics. If you’re happier to stay further out in the wilderness, you can pitch up and camp in different forests and off-track sites. Of course, you need to check that wherever you choose is safe and that you’re not likely to run into any dangerous wildlife when you stay there. If you want the best of both worlds, you should consider a camper van. This can pull up almost anywhere with road access and still offers basics like a kitchen, shower and bed. You can also get hard floor camper trailers to store your belongings in, rather than having everything cluttered up inside where you’ll be staying.
Choosing Who to Travel With
Next, you should decide who you’re travelling with. This can make or break your trip, so choose wisely. Sure, you can camp alone. This gives you independence and means you can do exactly what you want, when you want. But from a safety perspective, it’s much better to have company. You should choose someone who you’ve known for a long time, rarely argue with and who will want to do similar things while you’re away. Ideally, you should choose someone else who can drive too, so you can share driving responsibilities!
Prepare the Basics
Once you’re settled on location and who you’re travelling with, you can start getting the basics together. This could include big things like a camper or tent. It can also include smaller things like a camping stove, walking boots, spare socks and layers. Make sure to always take safety equipment too, such as a first aid kit, torch and more.
Whether you’re an experienced camper or have never been camping before, this kind of trip can create memories that last a lifetime. So, consider this alternative form of travel for your next getaway!
Bonnie is always on the road with some amazing adventures ahead. Her favorite continent is South America and she’s passionate about culture-focused traveling and ethical and sustainable tourism. During her time in university as a research assistant for a sociology professor, she realized she can’t fully understand cultures from a safe distance. She quit her job to become a full-time “voluntourist,” which brings her to places where she can immerse in local communities and support their causes. On top of writing, one of Bonnie’s priorities is offering women advice on how to stay safe while solo backpacking.