Camping and outdoor holidays are becoming evermore popular with families who are realising the benefits of spending time with nature and of course each other. Planning a camping or outdoor holiday however does require a logical approach to packing, making sure that all of the relevant equipment and accessories have been obtained before departure. It is hoped that the following information will give those who are choosing to enjoy a camping trip or an outdoor holiday a checklist of the most vital equipment and accessories that will be required.
First and foremost is the tent. This may seem obvious on a camping trip but it is not just remembering to take the tent, it is choosing one that will be able to accommodate the family comfortably; there is little point in four people cramming into a two man tent. There are a large number of family tents available on the market, some of the best are dome style tents that often have a number of pods that meet at a covered focal point. It is normal that each pod will hold around two or three people so a three pod tent can hold as many as nine people. The central focal point is extremely useful for cooking or simply relaxing when the whether is bad, especially important when camping in the UK.
In terms of accessories that should be included as well as the tent, sleeping bags are a necessity. Remember that if on an outdoor holiday in a cold region or in the winter months then buying a quality, high tog level bag is vital; hypothermia is a very real possibility in some conditions. For those who wish for a bit of comfort while camping, accessories such as airbeds may be considered, although hardened campers will probably prefer a foam mat. Having these essentials will ensure that at the very least, you will have somewhere warm and dry to sleep.
Other accessories worth taking on outdoor holidays include lanterns; these can be gas or electric but are vital for providing a central light. As well as the lantern individual torches should also be taken, for those frequent midnight journeys to the toilet. Other essentials include a first aid kit, lengths of rope and bin bags; the first aid kit is always useful, bin bags help you to keep your site tidy while rope has thousands of uses and you never know when it will come in handy. Cooking equipment and food are also a necessity; the majority of campsites prefer campers not to cook over open fires.
So far we have looked at essential equipment and accessories to take on your camping trip. There are many other items that can be taken however that will help make the holiday more enjoyable. Keeping the children entertained is an understandable concern so items such as Frisbees, footballs and badminton sets are always popular. The weather can rarely be depended upon however so it is important to be prepared for the worst, hence taking along some board games and a pack of cards is advisable. While books are not the most fun items for children, reading them by torchlight adds an extra element of enjoyment and will keep the children entertained once the sun has set.
The outdoor holiday or camping trip is the ideal way to vacation together. It allows for bonding, a great time and enjoyment for all. By heeding this checklist you should at least have the basics for your trip to ensure it is comfortable. For those who are unsure there is but one piece of advice to remember, the old scouting motto of 'Be Prepared'.