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June is National Camping Month!

There's no better time to plan a trip in the UK with family and friends!

With its stunning natural scenery, diverse landscapes, and abundance of campsites, the UK offers endless possibilities for an unforgettable outdoor adventure.


Top 3 UK Camping Destinations

The Lake District
In northwest England is a popular destination for camping and hiking, with its stunning lakes, forests, and mountains. There are numerous campsites in the area, including the popular Great Langdale Campsite, which offers spectacular views of the surrounding mountains.

Cornwall
In southwest England is known for its picturesque beaches, charming villages, and stunning coastline. There are many campsites in Cornwall, including the award-winning Tregedna Farm Campsite, which is located just a short walk from the beach.

The Scottish Highlands
Here you will find some of the most spectacular natural scenery in the UK, with rugged mountains, crystal-clear lochs, and ancient forests. There are many campsites in the Scottish Highlands, including the picturesque Glen Nevis Park, which is located at the foot of Ben Nevis, the UK's highest mountain.

If you need any more inspiration about where to take your trip, we recommend checking these websites.

The Camping and Caravanning Club

HipCamp

Visit Britain

Pitchup

These are great resources for finding campsites across the UK. They have a directory of over 1000 campsites which cover all your needs, from handpicked luxury to pet-friendly campsites and some even offer discounts to members.


June is National Camping Month!

Types of Camping

When planning your trip, it's important to consider the type that best suits your needs.

Tent
A tent is a classic that allows you to fully immerse yourself in nature, where you pitch a tent and sleep under the stars. You'll need a tent, sleeping bags, a portable stove, and other gear to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable experience. For locations all over the UK try Campsites.co.uk.

Camper or Caravan
Caravans or campers offer the comfort of home on the road, with all the necessary amenities, such as a kitchen, bathroom, and sleeping area, they can be more comfortable and convenient for longer trips. You'll need a caravan, chairs, a portable BBQ, and other gear to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience. If you love the idea of this, you could always join the club!

Glamping
Glamping is a more luxurious form of camping that offers upscale accommodations, such as yurts, cabins, or safari tents, and often includes amenities such as comfortable beds, hot showers, and gourmet meals. Glamping often includes most of the necessary equipment, but it's always a good idea to check with the provider to ensure you have everything you need. Glamping UK have everything you need to know.

Backpacking
Backpacking is a form of sleeping outdoors where you hike into the wilderness with all your gear on your back. Backpacking requires specialized gear, such as a lightweight tent and sleeping bag, and is best suited for experienced hikers. Check The Broke Backpacker if this is for you.


June is National Camping Month!

Camping at Home

Camping indoors or in the garden is a fun and unique way to experience the great outdoors, Country Living have some great ideas, and here are a few of our own for you if you can't go away from home.

Set the scene
Create an outdoor atmosphere in your home or garden by turning off the lights and using lanterns or candles for lighting. You can also play nature sounds or set up a small fire pit in the garden for added ambience.

Build a fort
Create a makeshift tent or fort using blankets and pillows. You can even use a real tent if you have one.

Cook campfire food
Cook up some classic fireside meals such as sausages, marshmallows, and popcorn, if you are in the garden you can use a BBQ or portable stove.

Play camping games
Play games such as tag with torches, charades, or card games to keep the adventurous spirit alive.


June is National Camping Month!

Equipment you might need

When planning your trip, it's essential to have the right equipment. Here are some of the key pieces of equipment you'll need:

Tent
If you're going to be using a tent, you'll need a high-quality one that's suitable for the weather conditions and terrain of your camping destination. Make sure to choose a tent that's easy to set up and take down and has enough space for you and all your gear. Good Housekeeping has a list of some tried and tested tents for the British summer!

Sleeping bags
Sleeping bags are essential for staying warm and comfortable during the night. Make sure to choose sleeping bags that are suitable for the expected temperatures and that are made from high-quality materials.

Caravan
If you're in a caravan, you'll need a high-quality one that's suitable for the size of your group and that has all the necessary amenities, such as a kitchen, bathroom, and sleeping area.

Stove
A camping stove is essential for cooking meals and boiling water for coffee or tea. Make sure to choose a stove that's portable, easy to use, and that uses a fuel source that's readily available at your destination.

BBQ
A BBQ is a great way to cook meals while camping, especially if you're in a tent or glamping. Make sure to choose a portable BBQ that's easy to set up and use, and that's suitable for the type of fuel you'll be using. If you need any tips for cooking while camping Bewl Water have recipes and lots of advice!

Chairs
Folding chairs are essential for relaxing around the fire or at your campsite. Make sure to choose camping chairs that are comfortable, sturdy, and that fold up for easy transportation.

Cool Box
A cool box is essential for keeping food and drinks cold while camping. Make sure to choose one that's large enough for your needs and that has a secure lid to prevent any spills or leaks. BBC goodfood has a checklist to help you choose the best cool boxes for you this summer.

Lantern or Torch
A lantern or torch is essential for navigating your campsite at night and for illuminating your tent or caravan. Make sure to choose one that's bright, long-lasting, and that's easy to use.

First aid kit
A first aid kit is essential for any camping trip, as it can help you deal with minor injuries or illnesses. Make sure to include items such as bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, and any necessary prescription medications.

Insect repellent
Insects can be a major annoyance while camping, so it's essential to have a high-quality insect repellent to keep them at bay. Make sure to choose an insect repellent that's effective against a wide range of insects and that's safe for your skin.


June is National Camping Month!

Tips for a Successful Trip

Now that you have an idea of the top destinations to sleep outdoors in the UK and the equipment you will need, here are some tips to help ensure a successful and enjoyable trip:

Research your destination
Before heading out, be sure to research your destination thoroughly. This includes checking the weather forecast, researching the terrain, and checking for any necessary permits or regulations.

Make a checklist
A camping trip requires a lot of equipment and supplies, so it's important to make a checklist of everything you'll need. This will help you avoid forgetting anything important and ensure that you have all the necessary gear for a successful trip.

Practice setting up your tent or caravan
If you will be taking a tent or your own camper or caravan, it's a good idea to practice setting up your equipment before heading out on your trip. This will help you avoid any surprises or frustrations when you arrive at your destination.

Be respectful of nature
It is important to be respectful of nature and leave your site as you found it. This means packing up all of your rubbish, minimising your impact on the environment, and respecting any wildlife or protected areas.


June is National Camping Month!

It’s all about enjoying the outdoors and spending time with friends and family. So be sure to take some time to relax, explore your surroundings, and have fun during your trip.

This June, there's no better time to plan a trip with family and friends. Whether you prefer the ruggedness of a tent, the comfort of a caravan, or the novelty of indoor camping, there are endless options!

Consider visiting some of the top summer campsite destinations, and make sure to choose the right equipment for your style.

With a little planning and preparation, you can create unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime.

Happy camping!


June is National Camping Month!

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