Best Glamping & Camping Tips and Tricks: How To Make the Most out of your Holiday

Airstream Glamping Experience in North Wales: Discovering a Whole New Side to Camping! || The Travel Tester
Are you thinking about going on a camping trip, but not sure it is for you? Here are our best camping tips and some suggestions on cool "glamping" sites!

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As a kid, me and my family went camping all over Europe. And I still love it, although usually we now book a hotel or Airbnb when we travel. Which is a shame, because camping for me is such a great way to enjoy the outdoors and really slow down a bit. I strongly believe that camping is healthy for you, because you’re breathing in fresh air, don’t sit behind a desk all day and have a chance to get back in touch with nature.

Today, I’d like to share some of my best camping tips with you, and also show the non-camping lovers some glamorous ways to still go out into nature without having to crawl into a tent and fiddle around with an air mattress and sleeping bag. I promise you will change your mind about camping afterwards!

CAMPING TIPS AND TRICKS

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Why You Should Go Camping

If you’ve never camped before, you’re probably wondering why you should even consider it. Is camping fun? What do I need to camp? Let me share some of my own experience first, before I give you my best camping tips for beginners.

1. Camping, first of all, is far cheaper than any other way of celebrating your holiday. If you don’t need a powered site, you pay even less. Making your own dinner on top of that, can really half the budget that you would normally spend in the same time! Most camping equipment can be bought for a good prices as well these days and if you go to a proper outdoor shop, you’ll get solid advice and quality products that will last you for years.

2. By camping you can be smack in the middle of nature. In Australia, for example, we drove right up to the beach with our car. And the next day, we parked in a quiet spot right in the forest. Perfect! This is not always something that hotels or other types of accommodation can offer.

3. I wrote an article before on the importance of silent places, which might be one of the reasons why I love camping so much as well. It is really quite healthy for you! For example, while I’m usually cold all the time at home, whenever I camp I seem to adjust to the weather very quickly and have no problem with cold at all. My whole body seems to react positively when I’m out and about and not closed in by brick walls and LED screens.

If you’re wondering how to camp and don’t know where to start, keep reading for my top 5 camping tips.

 

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Driving right up to the beach to camp in Western Australia (read the blog)

 

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Top 5 Camping Tips

If you don’t really know if camping is something for you, here are some of my best camping tips that will hopefully help you make the decision a bit easier for you:

1. Think about your own needs first –  What is the reason you want to go camping? Do you want to make a road trip and stop wherever you feel like? Are you bringing the entire family and do you need specific facilities like entertainment and pools? Are you going camping on a hike to push your limits? Do you want to pitch a tent and stay somewhere for a few days, or set it up every day in a new spot? There really isn’t one ‘right way to camp’, so look at what your own preferences are and build the camping holiday that fits with your own travel style.

2. Pitch your tent wisely – Usually, you’ll get an assigned spot on a camp site, but it’s still wise to consider for a bit what way you’re facing your tent on that pitch. Think about where the wind comes from (you want that in the back of the tent, look around what other tents are facing), which part of the pitch is most level and soft, look up to see if there is nothing that could probably fall on your tent (from trees, etc.), if you want to make a fire (if that is allowed) you want to move the tent at least 10 meter away from that, etc.

3. Practice pitching your tent – There is no shame in practicing pitching your tent in advance of your camping trip, actually that is really quite smart. Not only will you look like a pro on the camp site (there are always people bringing out chairs and drinks to watch you, haha), you can check if there is anything missing right away as well. You don’t want to arrive and realize you have no tent pegs or poles with you!

 

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4. Bring the right camping gear – Coming from a camping family, I grew up knowing the importance of bringing the right gear with you, but also to get creative and make your own camping hacks when there is some problem to fix. I will never leave without superglue, a sewing kit and duct-tape, for example :) Thinking about the 3 key elements of a successful camping trip when shopping: Sleeping, Cooking and Storage.

5. Visit a knowledgeable outdoor shop – Especially if you are camping for the first time and you’re not quite sure what to bring or do, having the advice from and expert can save you money and a lot of frustration. Whenever I buy expensive things, like tents, sleeping bags, backpacks and shoes, I go to an outdoor shop to ask for advice and to make sure I don’t end up with cheap products that will break halfway through my trip.

 

Airstream Glamping Experience in North Wales: Discovering a Whole New Side to Camping! || The Travel Tester

Glamping in a Vintage Airstream in Wales last year (read the blog)

 

From Camping… to Glamping!

Still not convinced camping is for you? No worries! In the last years, luxury camping, or often called “glamping” is the new trend! No matter if you’re travelling alone, as a couple or with family and/or friends, glamping provides you with an unusual accommodation with comfort, while you’re still able to enjoy a real outdoor vacation!

We’ve partnered up with the people over at Yelloh! Village, because they provide travellers with incredible camp-villages that are both in nature and comfortable to stay at. They offer 4 and 5 star campsites in their extensive network and are THE luxury outdoor hotels reference in France, Spain and Portugal.

Make sure to check out their website: www.yellohvillage.co.uk (their site is also available in French, Spanish, German, Italian and Dutch, scroll all the way to the bottom of the site to switch to your local website).

 

Some of their glamping options include:

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Travelling to France, Spain and Portugal and looking for glamping options? Here is a fun selection from Yelloh! Village: 

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The Yelloh! Village glamping accommodation range from air-conditioned cottages to furnished and perfectly decorated tents, tree cabins, mobile homes for couples or all the family. Each campsite is unique, due to their settings as well as to their aquatic areas and the activities available.

With their glamping camp sites, you can combine the benefits of an authentic stay in the heart of the countryside, without the disadvantages, and with the comfort and luxury of a quality hotel. Sounds great, right? Have you been glamping before? Let me know!

 

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Essential Camping Equipment

If you’ve decided that camping is something for you, the next step is to think about what to bring camping with you. And you have to be selective in how many camping supplies you’re going to bring, especially if you’re just travelling with a backpack and have to carry everything yourself.

When you have a car, it’s tempting to just throw everything and the kitchen sink into it as well, but think about the space you need to sitting in your car and tent comfortably as well.

 

Here are some items that I recommend bringing at all times:

  • A Quality Tent

This is one of the most important buys for your camping trip, so you want to think it over well. Start by thinking exactly for what type of camping holiday you want to use it, what to weather conditions in your destination are and how many people you need to fit in it.

Consider the shape, material, poles and pegs you will need: tunnel tents are usually easier to pitch, geodesic tents are better for heavy wind conditions, soggy ground requires and extra groundsheet. Cotton tents are sturdy but heavy, polyester is light, but can become quite hot due to condensation, simple skewer pegs are weak but cheap, metal stakes are gripping better, but heavy and need a hammer, and so on and so forth.

Getting advice from an expert at your local outdoor shop is the best way to start!

 

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Road Tripping and Camping with Family in East Australia (read the blog)

 

  • A Good Sleeping Bag

Just like having a good tent, you really don’t want to cut yourself short on buying a quality sleeping bag. Being cold at night in a tent is the worst! There is a wide range of sleeping bags available these days, suited for every body type and climate. Check ratings, insulation material, lining fabric and the shape of the sleeping bag.

The ratings of a sleeping bag will tell you how the bag should perform in certain weather conditions, so that is a good start to look at. Of course, how colder the weather, the thicker and heavier the sleeping bag will get.

As you probably know, there are sleeping bags in various shapes, from envelope to mummy-style. This affects the bags ability to trap heat. I’m always a fan of the mummy bags, as you can put your pillow into it and really close it off around your head and be warmer, but not everyone will like this. Again, get advice on what is the best for your situation.

  • A Pair of Flip Flops

I never, ever, travel without flip flops. Even if the destination isn’t even hot. I use them mostly when taking a shower in the public bathhouses. With some many happy campers walking around there, I don’t want to risk any germs or molds sticking to my feet, so I flip flop happily around the camp site. And it’s always easier to put these on after a damp shower than socks, anyways.

  • A Cooler Box

This was our life-saver during Nick and my camping road trip through Australia. We filled it up with ice every time we had the chance, keeping our meat and dairy nice and fresh. It doesn’t have to be massive, but if you are travelling with a car, I would definitely bring at least one of about 25+ liter.

If you’re just backpacking, I suggest to see if you can buy a smaller, portable cooler bag. They come in many different sizes! I always had a small cooler bag the size of a lunchbox with me when I was solo backpacking around the world, just enough for on a long bus journey.

 

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Cooler Box (or ‘eskie’ as they say in Australia) in the back of our car

Download Your FREE Camping Checklist

No more asking yourself: ‘What do I need for camping?’. Here is the easy answer.

Download my Camping Checklist and make sure not to forget the most important things on your next camping trip.

 

DOWNLOAD THE COMPLETE CHECKLIST AS A PRINTABLE .PDF FILE

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Are you a fan of camping – or does it make you shiver just thinking about it alone? Let me know either way :) And if you’ve used the checklist, I’d love to hear it as well!

 

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More Camping Tips & Survival Skills

Can’t get enough of camping? Here are some in-depth guides on brushing up your survival skills and tips on how to get the most out of your next camping trip:

 

Camping Cooking Tips

Not a chef in real-life and wondering how you’re going to feed yourself and your family while camping with limited resources? Here are some great resources for you:

 

Campfire Songs

Here are some great songs you can listen, or even better: sing along to, during your next camping trip:

 

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Sleeping in the back of our car… not ideal, but it worked! 

 

Camping Pinterest Boards

Here are some great camping-related Pinterest boards & accounts that I found:

 

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Disclaimer: This post was created in collaboration with Yelloh! Village. All words and opinions are 100% our own, as always!

 

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  • Thanks for all of these great camping tips! Your advice to buy a quality tent really caught my eye. You suggest that cotton tents are sturdy and polyester is light, so knowing the location you’re going to camp at will definitely help you to know what kind of tent you’ll need. I was wondering, however, if you have any suggestion on how to pack your trailer for a camping trip. One of my friends has a trailer, but I want to be sure that I am packing it with everything that I need. Any suggestions? Thanks for all your help and insights!

  • This is really an informative blog about camping and it is a great tip for camping for the beginner. The basic requirement is a tent and it is better if I can practice putting tent before going out for camping. we have to keep track of our need during camping.

  • Tip 4 sounds like a pretty good advice to give out when camping and using the right gear. For me it sure is because of my plans to take a caravan out at a camping grounds in Provo, Utah. The thing that my family and I will probably need to start finding are the gears and the caravan supplies to pack for our week long stay there.

  • I have camped a few times, but I’ve always tagged along with others. This next summer will be my first time planning our camping trip on my own. I’m nervous I’ll forget something important! Thanks for the tip to practice pitching the tent. I definitely wouldn’t have thought to do that, but I think already knowing exactly how and where everything fits together will help make it pretty quick once we get to our campsite!

  • These are some really helpful tips! The number one camping tip I give people who are new to the outdoors is not to skimp on camping equipment. You always want to have a sturdy, reliable tent, a good pack, comfortable chairs, etc. Nothing ruins a camping trip faster than being cold or wet (or both). This article has some really great info, and I would recommend reading this to anyone looking at getting into camping or the outdoors.

  • I really appreciated all of the camping trips. I just barely got into camping myself, and I don’t know much about how to make sure I have the right equipment for the trip. That being said, you talk about how you should have a quality tent, which I can see would be a really important consideration. Things like shape, material, and durability will help you to ensure that you’re protected and secure while you’re camping. Additionally, I know that some of my friends have small trailers that they like to bring along. Do you have any tips about the accessories that we can buy to make sure that those vehicles are prepared, too?

    • Hey Lauren, I always go to my local outdoor shop for advice on the best equipment to buy, they always know best, so that’s probably what I would recommend to do and ask them about items to bring for the trailers as well. I would say the basics are the quality tent, warm sleeping gear and of course something to carry water with you for the trip. Depending on the destination, weather and length on your trip, you can invest in accessories like tarps, table/chairs, coolerbox, etc. I hope you have a great trip!

  • Thank you for such helpful tips, I really appreciated all of the campaign tips. Those are the great tips for campaign beginners. According to me, the basic needs would be the water, food, tents & first-aid box. Without that, you cannot imagine your campaign successful & secure as well. So,yeah thank you for some additional tips. Keep sharing your experience and tips.

  • Camping is an activity which most of people have been doing when summer comes. It’s where you go for an adventure and tell stories with each other. But before that, finding where you can set your tent will be a great idea. If you don’t have enough idea about camping, these helpful tips will give you idea with your problems. Just remember choosing the perfect tent that will keep you warm in cold places is the best thing to do.

  • You have right about tents and sleeping bags. They are the most important gear because they can destroy your camping in really fast way. From that reason please choose it wisely and with clear understanding what yu need exactly.

  • Number 3 is a must. Practice, practice and then practice some more. What may seem a simple task is never easy when its getting dark and lashing down with rain.

    Great post.
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  • If you are travelling by car, I’ll suggest try hammock camping once instead of pitching a tent. Lot of people have concerns around using a hammock whether it is stable or not, is it big enough. There is no way knowing it unless you give it a try.

    Your camping checklist is awesome as well, thanks for sharing.

  • Wow! Nienke, these camping tips are really helpful. I’m going on a camping outside of the city and I really learned a lot from this. Awesome post. Thanks!

  • I’ve been camping a lot of times in my life, especially since I’m an Eagle Scout, and I definitely agree with what you’ve said about having the right gear. You want to make sure you have equipment that suits your needs while also making sure you have all the basics covered in case of an emergency. I really do like some of the suggestions you make, there really isn’t anything that a good roll of duct tape can’t fix during a camping emergency.

  • You have some wonderful tips here – I think having a positive outlook and being happy to go camping is always such a fun and good way to start. I definitely think having a portable stove is important especially when trying to cook those yummy campfire foods!

  • This is a great camping post. When I go camping I like to find a spot that is away from the crowds so that I can hear the peace and quiet of nature.
    Thanks for sharing:)
    Melissa

  • This was a great read! I really enjoyed your tips. Your essential guide was spot-on. Those flip-flops are a must!

  • Great advice! Camping for the first time can be a real eye opening experience, but if you’ve got the right equipment, it can be a lot of fun!

  • I am a frequent flyer and I do go travelling a lot. Yet recently, I usually take my daughter with me. We both love nature and being a part of nature. In deed, in this early Jan 2017, we plan to take a trip to enjoy the atmostphere when the spring comes.
    Thank you for sharing these info and please keep it up

  • I love the idea to practice setting up your tent before taking it on a real trip. It’s saved me from fumbling around numerous times when I’m in the rain or wind.

    I’ve also found you can use this practice opportunity to seal the seams of your tent with silicon, so it’s a win-win!

  • These tips are beneficial and one thing’s for sure in camping is the learning experience you gotta have to share with people. Great post!

  • Hi Nienke Krook,
    Thank you for your post. I think it is a well-informed post I have read before.
    I believe that I will get numerous unforgettable memories when I apply these useful things in my journey.

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