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5 reasons why I love camping

*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.

Camping under stars

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.

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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!)

No TV

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.

toasting marshmallows 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.

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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.

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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?

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11 Comments

  • Reply Plutonium Sox

    I love it too! It’s fab that your grandparents still go camping with you as well. We’ve got a folding camper tent and will upgrade to a camper van soon. I do love sleeping under canvas but a van is so much more convenient!
    Nat.x

    13/09/2016 at 3:07 pm
  • Reply Tracey Williams

    Aw I love camping and I also have fond memories of camping as a child. We camped lots with the kids when they were younger, and we had so many adventures with them. Sadly our tent has been in our loft for around 3 years now, but we still go glamping now and again x

    14/09/2016 at 8:12 pm
  • Reply Sam

    Love camping too, even easier and better with air tents, no more battling with poles! There is something about just being outside away from it all, the silence, the sounds of nature, better than a spa day in my eyes!

    07/10/2016 at 8:27 pm
  • Reply Victoria

    I love the idea of camping and being a part of nature. Whenever I have a chance, I always go with my families. Indeed, I am struggle about what essential gears should I bring on a 3-days camping. Do you have any suggestion on this?
    Thank you for your info and please keep it up.

    16/01/2017 at 6:04 am
  • Reply Catherine Anderson

    Really good stuff you add to the list. Would love to recommend this to any backpacker who want to be a part of nature. Having the right gear and tools for your trip is only part of preparing for your camping trip. There are other skills which need to be mastered also. Thank you for sharing this and please keep it up

    29/01/2017 at 9:08 am
  • Reply Lisa Schofield

    Sleeping under the canvas is one of the best part of camping. I send the link of this post to many friends. Gladly that you have enjoyed the quality time.

    Thanks for sharing this and please keep it up.

    31/01/2017 at 4:41 am
  • Reply Esther Diaz

    I miss camping. My family and I loves camping. We used to do this a lot at middle east at a small cliff and under that small cliff is the sea. It’s a beautiful view. And since we have the place all by ourselves we go fishing by the cliff, which makes me miss my father. Anyways, I love the article it really reminiscent the past with my family and it inspires me to do more camping this 2017 with family and friends. Everything is so informative and clear. Btw, you have a lovely blog. Thank you for sharing this. Cheers! :)

    01/03/2017 at 9:49 am
  • Reply Jahson

    Reading your article brings back memories of camping trips with my friends as a teenager.The tranquility of the great outdoors is amazing.Definitely need a detox from technology and work stress.

    07/03/2017 at 3:09 am
  • Reply Emmy

    Ah, I love camping! I wish we could do it more than a few months of the year living in Canada though!!

    13/03/2017 at 12:20 am
  • Reply Jason

    Although I’m 1/2 way around the world from you I feel the same way about camping. There is nothing like getting away from everything (especially the kids electronics) and enjoying nature. We love to cook over the campfire and hike the trails. Like you said, you can’t beat the views either. I have had some great campsites overlooking a lake or river. Thanks for the post.

    03/04/2017 at 5:45 pm
  • Reply Michael

    Looks like our passions, dreams, etc. are very similar – no matter where we live, Yes, camping is my favorite, too. :)

    23/02/2018 at 1:45 am
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