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How to organise a camping trip

Camping can be a great way to spend time with friends and family. It is a great way to get…

Camping can be a great way to spend time with friends and family. It is a great way to get in touch with nature or perhaps even detox from your phone/ social media which ultimately helps relieve anxiety. However, if you’ve never been before planning a camping trip, it can be overwhelming to know where to start. Today I’ve compiled a guide to planning your next trip!


Step 1

Once you’ve rounded up your camping companions, it’s nice to establish what kind of camping experience you want. For example, do you want to get stuck in with a more traditional tent in the woods type thing, or do you want a “glamping” type weekend? Once you’ve decided it’s time to look for a campsite!

Currently, in the UK it is illegal to wild camp (meaning you can’t just dump your tent anywhere you’d like without permission from the landowner), however there are plenty of websites where you can browse different campsites and book a variety of locations across the country. 

Step 2

Next, you’ll need a few supplies. This may vary depending on the campsite you’ve chosen so always check their websites to see what you might need. Let’s assume you’ve gone for the “middle of nowhere” type, here is a brief checklist of what you might need. 

  • Tent 
  • Sleeping bags
  • Sleeping pads
  • Camping pillow
  • Headlamps or flashlights (and extra batteries)
  • Lantern 
  • Portable charger 
  • Food and water 
  • Stove
  • Cooler
  • Lighter
  • Cooking utensils 
  • Hygiene and personal care items e.g., shampoo, conditioner. 
  • Sun cream 
  • Firewood 
  • Portable camping heater

Step 3

Now that you’re ready for your outdoor excursion, you may want to bring some comforts from home. These aren’t essentials, you might want to bring things that help you wind down in the evening. These can be things like card games, books, board games, or portable speakers. 

Following these steps and preparing for the camping adventure, will be as easy as the trip itself. Get ready to embark on your next memorable outdoor experience, creating lasting memories and enjoying the benefits of spending time in nature!

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