Family Camping Tips

Family Camping Tips

Set off on an adventure to see the great outdoors this summer! Camping is high on the list of fun things to do as families look to enjoy themselves during the holiday season. Nothing beats the fresh air, freedom and fun that camping can offer.

Camping tips for the family - before you set off

Preparation is key for a hassle-free camping trip, so we have provided some tips for you to follow:

  • Buy a family tent that's large enough to accommodate you all comfortably. It's a good idea to practise putting it up and down in the back garden before you go to help avoid those campsite aguments! See our family tents buyer's guide for help picking a tent.
  • Research the facilities on your campsite before going - for instance, does it have a play area, shop, toilets, and baby changing room? Also, check the rules on pets if you want to take your four-legged friend along too.
  • It's a good idea to not venture too far from home for your very first camping trip. Once you're more experienced you'll feel confident in heading further afield.
  • If you're going camping in the school holidays or on a bank holiday weekend, book in advance as popular campsites can get very busy.

Packing tips for camping with the family

It's important to take the right stuff with you on your trip. Here are a few tips on what to pack:

  • Make sure you have the basics like your tent
  • Take warm, waterproof clothing as it can get very cold at night.
  • Keep your clothes dry in your tent by storing them in plastic bags or waterproof storage bags - putting on wet socks in the middle of a soggy campsite isn't much fun!
  • Pack some items to keep the family entertained like toys, games, and books.
  • Buy a coolbox to bring your own food and drink.

You can use our family camping equipment list for more tips on what to pack in your bags.

Family camping tips for a great value holiday

Here's one for you! A great way to save money is to buy a tent pack, which includes a tent and other basic equipment such as airbeds and sleeping bags.

Halfords sell a wide range of tents, camping equipment and anything else you might need to ensure you have the best family holiday ever!

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