From all-inclusive beach retreats to action-packed theme park adventures, there are numerous types of vacation the whole family can go on. However, few provide the same levels of enjoyment and achievement as camping with the family.
Along with getting closer to nature and the great outdoors, both young and old can appreciate the finer things in life. The whole family can also take advantage of a number of energetic pursuits and even learn some valuable survival skills.
This tends to be quite a cheap holiday too, which enables you to visit awe-inspiring destinations that might not have been possible before. But if you have never embarked upon a camping vacation before, here is what you need to know and a few travel suggestions of countries you could go camping in.
Regardless of whether you pitch up in an isolated forest or choose to stay at a dedicated campsite, this type of trip usually involves a lot of equipment. Although you can get away with the bare essentials, which doesn’t include much more than a tent, sleeping bag, knife and matches, most newbies will want to pack plenty of creature comforts.
Even so, you’ll need to be strict with your luggage, as it is easy to quickly amass an extensive amount of gear. Try and stick with as little as possible, because this is what camping is all about.
Even if the weather forecast says there will be plenty of sunshine, it is advisable to err on side of caution and pack with every eventuality in mind. Thankfully, outdoor clothing has multiple purposes; waterproof jackets can keep you dry and provide extra warmth, while zip-off trousers convert into a pair of shorts easily.
Every family member should also have their own duffel bag or backpack to locate clothes without any hassle, but remember to pack each one with a garbage bag for dirty laundry. Don’t forget about towels either, as campsites might not provide these.
Seeing as camping trips can be ruined by bad weather, it makes sense to choose a destination with guaranteed warm temperatures. In Europe, there are thousands of campsites to capitalise on, with most delivering lots of sunshine and superb facilities for first-timers. Potential locations include:
- Portugal — In addition to its stunning coastline, the Algarve boasts a beautiful mountain range known as Serra de Monchique. Here, you can camp in the shade of olive trees and go canoeing through its rolling valleys.
- France— Commonly referred to as France’s version of the Lake District, Périgord-Limousin Regional Park provides families with the opportunity to cycle down quaint countryside routes and go wild swimming near the natural beaches.
- Spain — For a more upmarket experience, consider ‘glamping’ in the Pyrenees. With fully furnished accommodation situated among lush pine forests, the whole family can get a good night’s sleep and be ready to explore the region’s mesmerising landscapes the next day.
If you want your next family vacation to be a fun and memorable one, consider the benefits of camping and remember to bear these tips in mind.
Until Next Time… Charlotte x