Brits might be keeping a close eye on their finances but this doesn’t mean they are giving up on their summer holidays. Instead of heading overseas, many are choosing to stay in the UK – and despite the rain!
One of the biggest trends of recent years for money-saving families is camping. Tourism insiders have seen an unprecedented demand for the back-to-basics style holiday.
At the Camping and Caravanning Club advanced bookings have reached record highs, while some campsites are completely full for the summer holiday months.
At on-line campsite directory Scottish Camping there has also been a huge boost in the number of people visiting the site. Year-on-year there has been an upwards trend for interest in camping.
Why camping is great for families
Family holidays can be expensive, especially if you have two or more children, but camping is good value for money. Once you have bought your tent and basic equipment – which, of course, you’ll own for years to come – a campsite pitch is relatively cheap – see a range of tents here.
Campers pay on average £15 to £20 per night for a family-sized tent pitch at most campsites.
Many families prefer not to rough it and one of the biggest growth areas is in “camping comforts”.
Many campers also buy tables and chairs, stoves, fridges, larders and even a kitchen sink. The list is endless.
How to get started on a family camping holiday
What to take: The list is endless but the basics include:
Tent: Go for a family sized with space and rooms for everyone, or a tent for mum and dad and smaller tents for the kids.
Sleeping bag: There is a huge variety in all sizes, shapes and warmths. For a summer holiday go for at least a “two-season” bag and buy to fit height and size.
Sleeping mats: Again the range is big, including foam mats, thermarests, blow-up mattresses, camp beds and even bag-and-mattress combinations.
Torch: An essential so choose from lanterns, head torches and wind-up torches.
Stove: The choice depends on how much campsite cooking you plan to do. Two- ring gas stoves are ideal for a family holiday, or a throwaway barbecue for one-off occasions.
Eating equipment: If you plan to eat alfresco you’ll need a good range of camp-safe plates, cups and cutlery. You’ll even find plastic wine glasses so you don’t have to rough it when you’re drinking your favourite bottle!
Clothing: Camping can be wet and cool. Don’t forget to bring waterproofs and warm clothes for evenings or overcast days.
Added extras: So many items now come in the portable camping range including chairs, tables, showers, toilets and radios. And don’t forget your camping pillows, rugs, wine cooler. The list is endless.