I’ve recently enjoyed a lovely, long weekend away in the Lakes for my Fiancé’s birthday. I suggested a nice 5* B&B but Nah, boys will be boys, and he chose camping.
Still, I have to admit, with this being my very first time sleeping outside on (well let’s face it) ‘nothingness’ rather than in the comfort of my plush sheets and dreamy memory foam mattress. I think I embraced it rather well.Now, I’m not going to pretend like I’m an expert at this sort of thing – because I’m just not! However, I am going to share with you what I learned on the few nights I spent under the stars, in the hopes that you too can embrace the great outdoors and all the fun it has to offer!
Now it’s no surprise that sleeping outside is undeniably colder than sleeping indoors. Fewer layers and no insulation, so it’s bound to be right?
So prepare the right equipment in order to combat these undesirable conditions. Even if the forecast for your site claims to be blue skies and sunny spells, nighttime is always a different ‘kettle of fish’, and without the correct sleeping arrangements, you are guaranteed to feel the unpleasantries of the night.
Get an adequate tent
Similar to the above, I cannot stress this enough. Make sure you are packing to suit your requirement.
If there are 7 people going on your trip, then make sure there is adequate space in your tent to comfortably house 7 people – Trust me, the weather can well and truly turn ‘on its head‘ at any time (speaking from experience here) and The moment it does, you’re going to want to live in your little tent for the next few hours or until the weather passes, so it has to be a comfortable space for everyone.
Your holiday will be as good as you make it, so invest in not only a little more effort, but also money so you have the reassurance that you’re getting the best bang for your buck!
Yes, it’s true that you’re already out in the great outdoors, but (trust me) if you stay put in just your little campsite then you will more than likely go insane. So travel and venture forth, there’s obviously a reason why you chose the location you’re at. For me, it was to experience all the picturesque views the Lakes had to offer; We found Britain’s smallest church, St Olaf and the deepest lake in England, Wast Waters.
At almost 3 miles long, and more than one-third of a mile wide, this lake is not to be missed. Truly serene and beautiful (even with the heavy rain.)
Drive where the GOOD weather is
The beauty of camping means you have the absolute freedom to roam.
However, you wouldn’t book an all-inclusive holiday knowing that when you get there the weather was going to be dreadful right? Right. So why travel all that way only to arrive at disappointment? Make sure the destination of choice is a sunny one or the very least a dry one!
Fail to prepare. Prepare to fail!
This step requires common sense and is easy to do.
Let’s face it. What are you doing in the run-up to your holiday? Well, if you’re anything like me, then you’ll either be doing the ‘headless chicken’ or ultimately, Santa’s job – ‘Checkin’ that list, checkin’ it twice’ to make sure you’ve got all the necessary bits you’ll need.
As much as it is nice to stare at the hills, beach, sea, cows – Whatever it is you’ve decided to grace your eyes on. You need something as a fallback plan, just in case those views ever become monotonous.
Now, this doesn’t have to be fancy – My entertainment of choice was ‘Limbo’ – As who doesn’t like to see their family members struggle to merge themselves into small shapes whilst they shimmy under a stick?
However, if you want to amplify your social experience, and get noticed for all the right reasons, then I highly recommend the POW Audio for the ultimate camping/festival experience. (Link to review here)
Ultimately you go camping in order to have an experience like no other. Did I enjoy it? Absolutely.
Do you enjoy camping? If so, what has been your most cringe-worthy camping experience? Ours was when the sleeping pod we used flooded and wet all our warm-weather clothing..