How to Plan a Camping Trip

Camping trips are a must for every young family. They’re cheap when you need a break but haven’t got the money to go abroad. They’re great for bonding with the family and making happy memories. You can take the dogs with you if you want to and you get the benefit of being outdoors in the fresh air. Of course, just like any other holiday, a camping trip takes a good amount of planning and organising. Here’s how to make sure your trip goes off without a hitch.

Take a Test Drive

Before you start packing for your camping trip, there’s a few things you’ll need to test out first. It’s a good idea to get the tents out and erect them before you go. This way you can make sure there’s no holes, water damage or mould on the tents. The last thing you’ll want to find out is you’re missing pegs or your tent has a hole in the roof while you’re away for a rainy week.

Decide Where to Go

Do you want to stay somewhere close to the beach or would you prefer to camp in woodland? Do you need to have toilet facilities and nearby shops or are you planning on fending for yourself while you’re away? If you want to take dogs with you, you’ll have to enquire whether dogs are allowed on the camping sites that take your fancy. Once you’ve decided, you’ll need to have clear directions so items like maps of Big Bend National Park will come in handy. You may also want to do your research on local attractions.


Packing for a camping holiday can be just as stressful as packing for a holiday abroad. When it comes to camping, you’ll need to be prepared for all weathers. Having said that, it’s always essential to take extra pairs of socks, a light rain coat and a few blankets. While you’re away you’ll want to be comfortable so take things that you know will make it extra cosy, like pillows and night lights for children. Camping can be an active holiday, so you’ll all need good walking shoes, active wear and possibly, swimwear.


Cooking while your camping will depend on how long you intend on staying. You can’t survive on beans and s’mores for a whole week, so may have to make some other plans. Cooking on a campfire will only take you so far. If you’re on a campsite, you may be lucky enough to have a restaurant nearby. If you’re near the beach, there are always take-outs you can make the most of. If you need some inspiration, here’s a list of things you can cook while camping.

Keeping Clean

If you’re not lucky enough to have shower blocks nearby, you’ll need to be creative when it comes to staying clean. Make sure to take plenty of bottled water with you, or a tank if possible. You can also use baby wipes to keep your hands, feet and face clean.

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