*A collaborative post
Camping has always been a big part of my life. As a toddler, my Parents took me on my first camping holiday to Bournemouth and years after that, camping holidays were pretty much the norm. My Grandparents also took us camping around the UK and I have fond memories of my Grandad cooking tinned potatoes on the camping stove and everyone joining in with the washing up after dinner. Years later we are still camping with my Parents, Grandparents, Sister and her family and love spending time with the family under the canvas in the great outdoors.
There’s lots of reasons why I love camping, but there are five main reasons why I love it and why you should try it out with your family if you haven’t been yet.
Sleeping under canvas
Sleeping in a tent is a definite experience. We’re glampers rather than ‘sleeping on a roll mat’ kind of family and we have invested in comfy air beds and take our own bedding with us. We love to get cosy at bedtime and as it gets dark pretty quick in the middle of the countryside, it’s magical to see the stars glinting in the night sky and the sound of rain on a canvas roof is strangely relaxing.
Being able to explore the UK
The UK has a wealth of fantastic campsites in prime positions ready for campers to explore the sights and enjoy the tourist hotspots. Over the years, we have visited some of the most beautiful parts of the UK whilst having our base in a campsite. Our favourite areas have been the North Norfolk coastline, the Lincolnshire countryside, the Peak District and mid Wales.
Halfords have produced ‘The Ultimate Camping Guide‘ which you can download for free here. The guide is full of information on what camping gear you need when starting out, helpful hotspots with suggestions of campsite locations and there’s even a guide on how to pick the perfect tent.
Having stayed in a few tents over the years, I can definitley recommend seeing the tent you want to buy erected in a shop or at a camping show. You’ll be able to grasp the size of the tent and whether it will meet your family’s needs and you’ll be able to find out if you can stand up in it or not (you’ll definitely want to do this, being crouched over in a tent is no fun at all!)
I love being able to switch off from the television when we’re camping. There’s usually no signal or wifi to be able to get it anyway so you can tell the kids there’s no TV and they have to find their own entertainment. Being without the television means there’s no fighting over what everyone wants to watch and it actually encourages conversation and family’s being able to bond over outdoor games and toasting marshmallows over the firepit.
Cooking outside is lots of fun
There is no greater satisfaction than cooking on a camping stove outside your tent. The great outdoors often heightens your senses and so the smell of bacon cooking on a camping stove is mouthwatering. There’s loads you can cook on a camping stove (think barbecue with sausages, burgers, grilled chicken etc) curries, stews and of course heating up a can of all day breakfast if you’re feeling lazy.
You can choose your own view
The best campsites are often those that are away from everything that is on the tourist trails. We have loved camping on a campsite with a fishing lake recently and we’ve had the freedom to choose where we wanted to pitch our own tent. This also means we could point the door of our tent towards the lake with views out over the water or towards the wooded area. The choice was ours. It certainly beats the view from our bedroom window at home.
Camping with the family is great fun. There’s loads you can do and the memories that you’ll make will last a lifetime. I can thoroughly recommend it. Where are you camping next?