For most families, camping is an amazing experience where many memories can be made. Surveys suggest that more than 15 million UK residents embark on a camping trip each year, hoping to be at one with nature and wake up to the crisp early morning air with birds tweeting.
However, some families haven't warmed to the idea of camping, preferring to spend their holidays in a luxury hotel instead. But when done right, camping can be a great experience for everyone as long as you ensure each family member is feeling comfortable and safe.
Select an Exotic Location
If you've only experienced camping in a rain when the temperature is bitterly cold, it's unsurprising that you or your family didn’t enjoy it. Broaden your travel horizons and don't limit yourself to only camping in local areas; why not travel overseas and camp in an exciting country where the weather is hot?
Camping in the outback of New Zealand will be an unforgettable experience as you and your family can take in the beautiful and expansive landscape and immerse yourself in the culture of the country. You can pull up a tent or caravan for free at a lot of places in New Zealand but, according to Ben Groundwater at 1Cover, it's a common misconception that you can camp absolutely anywhere, so be considerate.
Plan Lots of Activities
It's a myth that families on camping holidays are left with nothing to do, as there is so much to explore in your chosen country, especially if you're going abroad. Adrenaline seekers can hit the water and try their hand at white water rafting or kayaking; if you find yourself in Italy, there are many canals and rivers in Venice for water sports.
If you're looking for a more tranquil holiday, why not combine your camping holiday with a hiking trip and explore the national parks and mountainous regions in your country of choice?
Make Camping a Learning Experience
Treat camping as a learning experience so that each family member can come home feeling like they have accomplished something. Becoming a true back-to-basics camper can be an exciting challenge for any family, as you can learn how to start a fire from scratch or even put up a tent successfully.
Relax on the water and master the art of fishing; you could even have a competition with one another to see who can hook the biggest catch. A safari camping experience would be a true adventure and more educational for your children than a geography lesson in school.
Keep Their Stomachs Full
Food is the key to anyone's heart and if camping grub doesn't change your family's opinion on the matter, nothing will. While tinned beans and milky tea are the go-to camping food in England, each country and culture will have a different custom.
Whichever country you decide to visit, do your research beforehand and make sure to sample the foods they traditionally cook on the campfire. Smores are a popular American camping snack, consisting of melted chocolate and marshmallow sandwiched between two crackers – they're sure to be a crowd-pleaser for the kids.
If you follow these tips, your family are sure to fall in love with camping and won't want to come home. Once your family has experienced all the best things that camping has to offer, you can make it an annual event which you can all look forward to.