With the summer season *almost* in full swing, you’re probably planning your vacation—at home and away.
Maybe you’re not a fan of vacations abroad.
Maybe you’re afraid of flying.
Or maybe you’re still not ready to leave the UK amid the pandemic.
Luckily, the UK now knows a lot about staycations, and even more so about camping.
Campsites dot most corners of our country, meaning you can take in all that Britain has to offer while enjoying a stay.
If you’re planning to go camping this year, then you’re probably keen to hear some useful tips for a hassle-free trip.
Camping is notorious for being stressful and if you just want to have fond memories of your vacation then this is definitely something to take note of.
And as the UK weather is unpredictable, it pays to be prepared.
Being well equipped for the elements can mean the difference between a relaxing experience or grinning and enduring the cold.
To help you plan your trip, Danielle Mason, Director of Product Development at The Fine Bedding Company, has shared her top tips for relieving stress and allowing you to sit back and relax in the countryside.
Plan ahead for better packaging
Ensuring that everything is planned down to the last detail may seem like hard work – but it can really define your entire vacation.
Danielle says planning is key to a smooth and relaxing camping trip.
“Simply researching what types of activities are available nearby and what facilities are available on-site will help you pack better,” she suggests.
She recommends preparing food at home before you leave so you can reheat pre-made one-pot meals like chili or curry.
Put pen to paper and write these lists
Personally, I love a list, and you’ll often find me sticking a literal pen to a notepad to keep everything under control.
If paper lists aren’t your thing, organizing your trip in apps like Trello or Google Keep can be of great help.
Danielle notes that there are many packing list templates online to help you get started.
She added for more experienced campers: “It’s best to update your list every year before and after your trip.
‘That way you know exactly what you did and didn’t do.’
Pack lightly… but properly
‘When you pack, think about what you are doing Yes, really have to take with you,” urges Danielle.
“You probably don’t need those ten extra pairs of socks and pants.
“Most modern campsites now have laundries, showers and washing up stations.
“So don’t take any disposable plastic cups and plates with you, protect the environment!”
Packing isn’t just about the backpacks and holdalls you want to take with you – packing the car for your trip is just as important, if not more so.
“Put the tent in last when packing the car, as that’s the first thing you take out when you get to the campsite,” adds Danielle.
“Use vacuum bags for your bedding and clothes, before heading home you can vacuum the air at the campsite with your airbed pump kit.”
Remember that UK weather is unpredictable
As we’ve mentioned, the weather in the UK can be hot one minute and freezing the next – meaning it’s important to be prepared.
Danielle explains how spring and summer weather can be mild during the day and temperatures drop at night.
“You should invest in a quality sleeping bag that’s versatile and durable,” she adds.
“The Fine Bedding Company recommends 7.0 tog when camping in the UK, even in the height of summer.
“A 3-in-1 sleeping bag is very versatile and can be used as either two single bags, a double bag or even two separate blankets.
“It also has an excellent warmth-to-weight ratio, meaning it packs down smaller for the same warmth compared to other bulky sleeping bags on the market.”
Do you have a plan B
Holidays abroad or in the UK are rarely easy, which is why it makes sense to have a back-up plan.
To avoid being stuck in a tent for a full day or more, Danielle recommends planning backup activities for rainy seasons.
“Activities like swimming, bowling, shopping, and dining out are a great way to stay entertained while staying dry.”
Get everyone involved
Since planning a vacation is a finely tuned operation, it’s a lot for one person to plan alone.
Think about what tasks can be delegated to your partner or the rest of the family to give yourself some breathing space.
Danielle says: “Even children can be responsible for packing their own toys (carefully edited by yourself, of course) and your partner could be responsible for mapping the route, planning pit stops and refilling fuel.
“Delegating certain tasks like this can help reduce responsibility and make the journey more enjoyable.”
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