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A beginner’s Guide to Family Camping

If you’re interested in camping with the family but don’t know where to start, you’ve come to the right place. Camping is an excellent way to get some fresh air and spend time with your family in the great outdoors. Although, camping can seem like a daunting adventure without the right equipment and guidance. That’s why we want to assist you on your first family camping adventure, by providing you with an overview of top tips, to help you enjoy your first camping trip.

Decide on a location

There are numerous destinations and campsites to choose from, which may seem like a minefield. If you decide what you want out of your holiday, it will help you to decide on a location. Decide if you want to be close to a beach or if you’d rather get out into the hills and how far you’d like to travel. This will make your prospective areas smaller. Use a site like Pitchup to filter your requirements and choose a destination/campsite.

It is important to keep an eye on the campsite’s rules and facilities. For example, are children/dogs allowed? The campsite should also have good quality facilities, like toilets, showers, and on-site shops, to give you the little luxuries.

As a newcomer to the camping world, it is a good idea to choose campsites that are close to towns, allowing you to find plenty of places to eat and purchase supplies that may have been forgotten.

Pick your tent

There are many tents to choose from, all of which come in a variety of sizes with different features to accommodate all your family members, including the furry variety. The Zonda range of tents are perfect for beginner family campers; featuring an innovative design that uses air poles to allow for a hassle-free setup. The Zonda tents provide ample storage and feature a porch to sit in during bad weather.

Once you have chosen your tent it is a good idea to familiarise yourself with the setup process to make it easy once you get to your destination. Find detailed set-up tutorials on our YouTube channel to assist you with this process.

Choose your equipment

Now that you have chosen your campsite and tent, it is important to make sure you have the right equipment for the conditions and environment you will be in. Our extensive list of what to pack will help with this. Check the weather before you start packing to ensure you are prepared for the right conditions in order to enjoy your first experience in the camping world.

Decide on your sleeping bags

It is important to take a good sleeping bag with you as the temperature can drop at night. Make sure to look at the season and temperature rating of the sleeping bag to make sure it is suitable for the environment you and your family will be in. Our range of single and double sleeping bags are ideal for family camping.

Plan your meals

Now it is time to plan your meals for the family camping holiday. Work out who, and how many you are cooking for, making sure every meal is planned. It can be beneficial to write a list of what every meal entails and how to cook it. This will help to take the stress out of cooking at your tent. Set aside some time to go shopping one or two days before setting off so that the food is fresh, and make sure everything is packed. Be sure to include fruit and snacks for in-between meals!

Be a smart camper and organise all of your equipment and food before you set off on your adventure and you’re good to go!