If you’re anything like us, you’re probably counting down the days until your next camping trip. Whether you’re checking out the sights at one of Europe’s best camping destinations or staying closer to home, there’s nothing quite like the excitement of preparing for your trip and heading off to a relaxing haven.
However, without taking the time to ensure you have packed everything you’ll need, your dream getaway can quickly turn into a disaster. It doesn’t take a genius to realise that a week camping is not quite as luxurious as a stay at The Ritz, so getting your hands on essential items before you travel can make all the difference to a fantastic holiday with the family.
At Snooper Ventura, we’ve come up with some of the most common (and sometimes humorous) camping disasters in a bid to help our loyal followers avoid them. And we want to hear from you if you’ve ever experienced the less appealing side of the great outdoors while camping…
Picking the right spot
Whether you’re in a tent, caravan or a motorhome, finding the right place to camp is essential for the enjoyment of your trip. Yes, it may be quieter at the bottom of that hill or next to the river, but there’s usually a reason why no one else has pitched there.
Look for somewhere with even ground and enough space for you to erect all of your equipment (such as a gazebo or awning), but far enough away from other campers to avoid getting too close for comfort. Also be wary of setting up too close to water - it may look great on pictures, but you don’t want to risk waking up in the middle of a lake! We’d advise selecting a spot that is close enough to running water, however, to ensure you can conveniently clean dishes and fill up drinking water.
We’ve all been there, sat outside for a few hours longer than we should during the warmer summer months, ending up covered in insect bites - and the chance of this happening while camping is seriously increased. As we all know, insect bites are no fun, so take some repellent with you. If you want to avoid being bitten, you could also:
Stay in the sun, instead of basking in the shade (but wear sun cream of course)
Wear light-coloured clothing
Avoid sitting out early in the morning or late in the evening
It has also been suggested that eating Marmite regularly for several weeks beforehand could help to prevent bites. Great news if you love this sandwich filler!
It should probably go without saying that if you don’t want to be caught out by the smell of other people’s toilet use, be careful where you go to the loo. Don’t be tempted to use fresh water, or anywhere downwind from the campsite, ensuring you have a bit of courtesy for those around you.
We know that lighting a campfire is one of the most exciting parts of any trip in the great outdoors. Now, we don’t want to be a buzzkill, but safety really is essential when there are other people around. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realise the potential dangers that fires bring when you’re in open air, so it is vital you have the means to put it out should things get out of hand. You must also be able to contain it, making sure nobody’s lives are put at risk.
It’s your turn…
We want to hear from you, have you ever had any funny camping disasters or essential camping tips?