Making the most of a campsite holiday 

Camping is a unique and affordable way of getting a break away from daily life and enjoying the outdoors. The pandemic created a craze of holiday makers camping for the first time and many have continued the trend, booking staycations at popular sites across the UK.

But there are still many people who have never experienced a camping holiday. So, if you’re considering swapping an all-inclusive for a weekend in the wilderness, we’ve put together some tips on what to look out for when booking your campsite.

The location

One of the most important factors is the destination. You’ll need to consider what type of camping you’ll be doing, whether in a tent, motorhome or campervan.

While you can’t rely on the Great British weather to bring endless sunshine, there are some locations where you’re more likely to enjoy warmer conditions. You might also want to think about whether you want to be by the sea, in the countryside or hidden away in the forest.

There are many stunning locations across the UK with an excellent choice of campsites, including multiple National Parks with an array of attractions, scenic landscapes and activities to enjoy.

The campsite

Campsites vary wildly in terms of amenities so take some time to consider what you’ll need for your trip. Some larger sites might provide a shop, shower facilities, WiFi, playgrounds and additional activities. Others, however, might have very little on-site. There are also glamping sites that offer lodges and tipis if the thought of basic camping leaves you longing for luxury.

Research what activities are nearby – you’ll often find good hiking or cycling trails and outdoor sports near many sites.

You’ll also want to check that the site you’re visiting it suitable for your party. If you’re travelling as a couple and prefer a quiet environment, a campsite tailored to children and/or dogs might not be the ideal choice. Likewise, if you’re taking toddlers, you’ll want somewhere practical with more amenities.

Safety and equipment

You’ll want to make sure that you have everything you need to stay safe. While camping is relatively safe, there are some risks to be aware of. These include hazardous electrical equipment and slips, trips and falls, which, in some cases, could lead to a personal injury claim if the responsibility lies with the campsite.

Ensure you follow the campsite rules and take items such as first aid kits, torches, pegs and solar chargers as well as the standard camping gear such as tents and sleeping bags.

Remember, if you’re tempted by wild camping – simply pitching up in a wilderness location of your choice – you’ll need permission from the landowner, especially in England and Wales.