GET COOL, GET CAMPING!

– LOCAL CAMPING EVENTS & CAMPING HOLIDAY CHECKLIST

Once perceived as a pastime for scouts & pensioners, camping is the new cool ☺! Thanks to the increasing number of modern campsites with top notch facilities; more people are packing their bags and heading to the hills to explore the great outdoors & enjoy the simple life!

campingCamping has evolved and there are so many choices both in terms of places to go (see below for some suggestions) and ways to camp including yurts to full-service glamping. Even at its most luxurious, camping offers good value for money plus a lifetime of happy memories. Cooking over a campfire, sleeping under the stars, letting the kids run wild & enjoying natural free play – what more could you want from a family holiday? (a butler, a personal chef, king size bed…..) ☺

Holidaying with kids though usually means luggage overload, so we’ve created a camping holiday check list of what to pack, to help you along the way ☺

CAMPING ESSENTIALS

Tent
Mallot
Table & chairs
Cooking stove & gas
Clothes line & pegs
Throw away BBQ (check first to see if your campsite allows BBQs)
Front door mat to prevent tent becoming muddy
Dustpan & brush
Plastic backed picnic blanket
Towels
Rucksack
Torch
Wind up lamp
Citronella candles
Batteries
Storage – pop up crates or hangable storage dividers with lots of pockets

KITCHEN SUPPLIES

Kettle
Pans
Cutlery & crockery
Chopping board and sharp knife
Cooking utensils
Plastic / enamel plates, bowls & cups (for cold/ hot drinks and wine ☺)
Toilet roll
Kitchen roll
Aluminium foil
Bin bags
Plastic bags
Disinfecting wipes
Washing up bowl, liquid & dish cloth
Tea towel
Washing liquid/powder
Matches / lighter
Can opener
Cork screw

TOILETRIES

Deodorant
Shampoo & conditioner
Hairbrush
Toothbrush / tooth paste
Soap / shower gel
Face cream
Hand Sanitizer
Baby wipes
Suncream/Aftersun
First Aid – Plasters, Sudocream, Thermometer, Calpol, Insect repellant & insect bite cream.

CLOTHES

Take extra clothes and shoes – prepare for the worst you will get wet & dirty!
Underwear
Socks
Shorts
T-shirts
Fleeces
Cap/sun hat
Swimming gear
PJ’s
Waterproofs
Wellies
Crocs
Flip flops
Trainers

BEDDING

Pillows
Sleeping bags
Something comfy to sleep on eg blow up beds and don’t forget the pump
Sleeping mats
Extra blankets

FOOD ESSENTIALS

Cereals
Bread / brioche
Pasta
Pesto
Tin sweetcorn
Tins baked beans / spaghetti
Tin soup
Tins tuna
Snacks eg crisps, raisins, cheese biscuits
Stir in cooking sauces
Tea / Coffee
Milk (Buy 2% milk in tetra packs that don’t need to be refrigerated until they’re open)
Squash
Apple / Orange juice
Box of wine ☺
Marshmallows & sticks

PLAYTIME

Paper, pens, pencils and sharpener
Small toys
Football
Frisbee
Bubbles
Boules
Books
Bat & ball
Ipad & iphone
DS
Scooters / bikes
Favourite stuffed animals
Playing cards

If you think we’ve missed something off our check list please do drop us a line to let us know and we’ll update it.

LOCAL CAMPING EVENTS 

Of course camping outdoors doesn’t have to involve a long stressful journey before you even arrive at the campsite. There’s plenty of local camping events taking place this summer, as well as some local camp site to visit.

JORDANS VILLAGE BIG CAMP

Date: 2nd – 3rd July

Join the fun at the 6th annual Big Camp at Jordans Village. Enjoy games of football, rounders, cricket and treasure hunts, there’s plenty to keep the kids entertained. Bring you tent and cook up a feast on the communal BBQ’s while catching up with friends and locals. Booking essential. See here for more details. 

FAMILY CAMPING @ CLIVEDEN

Date: 8th, 9th July & 15th – 16th July

Long after other visitors have gone home, discover the wildlife that comes out at night before falling asleep under canvas in the middle of the historic woods. Tickets sold out. See website for more details.

BIG CAMP AT ASHRIDGE ESTATE

Date: 16th July & 20th August

A chance to camp for one night at Ashridge and take part in a number of different activities from bat walks to art workshops and watch the sunset from the Bridgewater Monument. Booking essential. Cost: All tickets £40 per pitch. See website for more details.

PLACES TO TRY LOCALLY

Swiss Farm, Henley on Thames: http://www.swissfarmcamping.co.uk Read reviews on Chiltern Chatter here.

Town Farm Camping, nr Tring: http://www.townfarmcamping.co.uk/home

FURTHER AFIELD

If after trying out camping somewhere close to home you fancy trying somewhere further afield, make sure you check out Cool Camping http://www.coolcamping.co.uk to find the best campsites and camping grounds in England, Scotland, Wales and France.

If you’re not ready to get back to basics and you like your creature comforts (don’t we all ☺) check out Feather Down Farm Holidays. You get to stay in a luxury tent whilst enjoying the great outdoor farm life with your children! There are 31 Feather Down Farms in England, Cornwall, Hampshire, Devon, Kent, Norfolk, Yorkshire, Dorset, Wales and more! See http://www.featherdown.co.uk for more info.

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