Camping: beginner’s guide to your first tent holiday

I grew up there and it seems to me a very natural and simple kind of holiday, but camping, and therefore a holiday in a tent, for those who have never done it can seem more complicated than it is.

A holiday of this kind requires organization, equipment and also a great desire to adapt, but in general, if you overcome the first obstacle, you realize that a camping gives everyone something different, especially children. Cooking kits for camping also need to be prepared.

Giving up comfort, comfortable beds, private bathrooms (the biggest rock especially for women), television and video games often puts people in mind not to treat themselves to a holiday, but to a moment of stress. Nothing could be more wrong.

Only by doing a little research and buying the right equipment, which will then be ready for your next holiday, you will enjoy fantastic holidays in contact with nature.

But I won’t go any further, as I have already explained to you why you should choose a camping holiday. Now we’re going to put together a camping guide for the inexperienced, which we’re going to go into in more detail with a precise analysis of the equipment…piece by piece starting from the choice of the tent.

Camping guide for the inexperienced

How to choose the campsite?

Unless you opt for free camping and if you are inexperienced I strongly advise against it, choosing a campsite requires the same questions you usually ask yourself when choosing a hotel considering budget and personal and family needs.

Where?

On the internet, but also at newsstands and in bookshops you can find long lists of elaborate campsites divided by regions, nations and so on.

One of the most complete is certainly that of Acsi which is published, but it is also readable on the internet. The society is German and it is not surprising given the unconditional love for this type of holiday of the Germans.

Beyond the Acsi you can consider other sources such as the inevitable Tripadvisor or Zoover review service to be taken with the springs given the rather showy presence of false reviews.

Camping by the sea

A first distinction between campsites to choose from is always between sea or mountain campsites.

If you are a novice, camping by the sea is much simpler for sure. At the sea you will have fewer problems related to the climate, but beyond this generally sea campsites have much more space and more services.

In addition, for those who want the atmosphere of the campsite, but hates tents, they also have bungalow caravans and so on … but I recommend you to venture for once.

To choose a campsite by the sea rather than another, you have to start from what kind of holiday you are looking for: some campsites look like real holiday villages, while others are extremely spartan and propose the true philosophy of camping.

Always consider some parameters:

  1. There is direct access to the sea. Not only for comfort, but also for beauty, direct access requires proximity to the beach and perhaps it can be pleasant to listen to the sound of the sea at night in your tent.
  2. Is there a market inside? For long stays or holidays with children it may be essential to have a market or a kiosk inside for sudden needs. Alternatively, always check the distance from the first outdoor market.
  3. Is it well connected by public transport? If you are in a car you might not be interested, but if you are travelling around Europe camping is something to consider.
  4. Methods of payment. It is not a superficial element if you consider that you are now going around with little cash and paying by card is essential.
  5. Toilet facilities on offer. This is an important element, but little specified on internet tables or guides. For this reason it is better to consider the time for a look and escape on the day of arrival. You have to consider the number of blocks per campsite size, the number of hot showers and especially how much they cost.
  6. Size of pitches. By now we tend to keep space to a minimum and if you arrive with an igloo for a few days you risk being thrown into areas not used for camping, near the toilets or on the famous dunes between the campsite and the beach.

Mountain camping

Mountain campsites are generally smaller than sea campsites, but it is true that they are certainly less crowded.

Be careful where they propose you to pitch your tent: you can often end up in steep stretches where bigger caravans and tents can’t stay, but sleeping with strange slopes is quite difficult.

Bathrooms work the same way as for sea campsites, but it is better to check that the showers have closed and not open doors above and below. This is because in the evening the temperature can drop considerably and a draught shower can be unpleasant.

It is also good to check if there is a bar or a very comfortable common area if you are in a tent and in case of bad weather you risk to stay closed there for a long time.

A piece of advice that you should never arrive too late at a campsite: you need time to find out if it’s right for you and eventually change destination and you also need time to set up your tent and set up your equipment.

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