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July 17, 2023

A Beginners Guide to Camping


Are you looking for a way to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and explore the great outdoors? A camping trip is an excellent way to do just that!

Our beginners guide to camping will help you plan your first camping trip. From picking the right camping spot, to packing the camping essentials, this guide will give you all the camping tips and tricks you need to have an enjoyable and memorable camping experience. So grab your tent, your sleeping bag, and your sense of adventure, and let’s get camping!

How do beginners start camping?

The best way for beginners to start camping is to plan a trip! Before you head out on your camping adventure, it is important to pick a destination. The campsite you choose should meet your needs and comfort level. Consider whether you want a campsite that has amenities such as running water, electricity, or showers. If you are a first time camper, you may also want to look for a campsite that offers educational programs or activities for kids.

Once you have chosen your campsite, it is time to gather the essential items you need for camping. Make sure to bring a tent, sleeping bags, and a camping stove if needed. You will also want to bring along plenty of warm clothes and other items for entertainment such as board games or books. Taking along a first-aid kit is also a must!

Now that you have your camping gear, it is time to make a plan. Decide what activities you want to do while camping such as hiking, fishing, or swimming. Also consider what meals you plan to have while camping and make sure to bring all the necessary ingredients and utensils. Knowing what activities you plan to do and mapping out how you will get there is essential for an enjoyable camp.  

On-site Facilities vs Wild Camping

On-site facilities generally provide amenities such as running water, electricity, and waste disposal as well as more luxurious features such as swimming pools and children’s play areas. Wild camping, on the other hand, offers a much more rustic experience with the freedom to sleep in a different spot each night. While wild camping may offer a greater sense of exploration and adventure, there are more risks associated with it due to the lack of amenities and services available. When it comes to camping for beginners, we’d always recommend a safe and accessible campsite or holiday park that you can use as a base while exploring the area. 

What is the golden rule of camping?

Camping is all about having fun in the great outdoors. However, to keep it safe and fun for everybody there are a few rules you should abide by. Treat your campsite and the surrounding environment with respect. Follow the Leave No Trace principles, including rubbish, disposing of human waste properly, and not disturbing wildlife or vegetation. Respect other campers’ privacy, and be mindful of noise levels, especially at night.

What to Pack for your First Camping Trip

Clothing: A few changes of clothes, including a rain jacket, a warm layer, and a hat. Make sure you wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty. Pack shoes or boots that are appropriate for the terrain you’ll be exploring.

Toiletries: Toothbrush and toothpaste, soap, sunscreen, insect repellent, and a first aid kit.

Camping Equipment: A tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, camping stove, lighter or matches, pot or pan, plates and utensils, a water bottle, and a flashlight or headlamp.

Food and Snacks: Pack food that is easy to prepare and doesn’t require complicated preparation or cooking. Include snacks for energy throughout the day.

Additional Items: Bring a camp chair and/or hammock for relaxing at camp. Pack a map of the area and a compass if you plan on hiking or exploring the area. Don’t forget to bring a book to read or other entertainment to enjoy in your free time. Finally, make sure to bring bags for rubbish disposal.

What is a must for camping?

A tent, sleeping bags, a camping stove, a first aid kit, firewood, a flashlight, waterproof matches, and insect repellent are all must-haves for camping in the UK. Additionally, it is important to bring enough food and water for the duration of the trip. It is also important to dress appropriately for the weather and bring extra layers of clothing in case of cold temperatures. Finally, it is always a good idea to bring an outdoor activity such as a frisbee or a football to add some entertainment to the camping experience.

How to choose a sleeping bag

When choosing a sleeping bag, there are some important factors to consider. These include temperature rating, construction, design, and size.Make sure to choose a sleeping bag that is rated for the coldest temperature in the area you plan to use it. Sleeping bags are rated by season, 1 Season is perfect for warmer summer nights and 2 Season bags are made for cooler nights where the temperature ranges from 0 to -5°C. 

The quality of the construction is also an important factor in choosing a sleeping bag. Look for a bag that has double-stitched seams, baffling for increased insulation, and an insulated hood as these can help to keep you warm during colder nights.

Choose a sleeping bag that has features that work for your needs. For example, you may want a sleeping bag with a zipper pocket to store items like your phone and wallet, or a sleeping bag with adjustable straps so you can adjust the fit of the bag. Also, make sure to choose a sleeping bag that is the right size for you. You should be able to lie down in the sleeping bag without feeling too cramped. 

How to choose a Tent 

When choosing a tent, there are several important factors to consider. First, consider the size of the tent. Make sure the tent is large enough to accommodate everyone who will be sleeping in it. You may want a simple pop-up tent that’s easy to erect, or a large tent with a living area and separate sleeping compartments. 

A heavier tent may provide more stability in windy conditions. Third, look at the materials used to construct the tent. Generally, tents made from nylon or polyester are lightweight and waterproof, while tents made of canvas are usually more durable but heavier. Finally, consider the price of the tent. 

As a camping beginner, you may want to choose a mid-range tent for your first few adventures. 

Where is the best place to camp for beginners? 

Book your first camping trip at Holgates Silverdale Holiday Park, Bay View Holiday Park or Hollins Farm

Our camping holidays in Lancashire and Cumbria are perfect for escaping the hustle and bustle. Discover idyllic countryside and coastal views, fantastic facilities, and a range of camping pitch sizes to choose from! 

Reserve our camping pitches online, or call 01524 701508 to speak to our friendly and experienced Holgates team. 

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