Thursday 2 June 2016

Halfords Ultimate Camping Guide*

Summer is right around the corner and what better way to celebrate by going on holiday. Holidays can be expensive but there is a cheaper way to get away for a few days and that’s by going camping. If you’ve never been camping before then have no fear, Halfords have brought out a really handy camping guide which you can download for free and contains plenty of information, advice on local attractions, cycle routes and hints and tips you’ll need for the perfect camping trip this summer. I’ll also be bringing you some great tips in this post too so read on for more information.

I received the Halfords Camping Guide in paper form and I cannot recommend it enough. I used it for my recent camping trip and it helped me out no end and ensured I was completely prepared for my trip.

The guide has pages on tourism hotspots from Scotland to Yorkshire and I decided to check out the Norfolk section as that’s the most local to me. You don’t have to go far to have a good time, the whole camping experience in itself is fantastic regardless of where you are in the country or even the world, sometimes it’s just great to get out of the house! Some of the tourism hotspots of Norfolk include Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach, Sandringham Estate and The Broads. Having been to all three of those places I can definitely recommend them for a great day out.  If you’re looking for a good cycle route in Norfolk then Marriot’s Way is a great place to go. The 15 mile stretch is completely traffic free and surrounded by trees and is a lovely atmosphere. Take a picnic with you and stop at one of the many benches on route.

The guide also contains great ways to entertain the little ones and beginners camping tips. Some of the tips I picked up in the guide that sat well with me from experience were:

Check the forecast – I have had many a soggy camping trip because I simply didn’t check the weather. Most campsites will allow you to pitch up without advance booking but check before you go. This way you can make a last minute decision. Checking the weather on a pre-booked trip allows you to pack accordingly and bring your waterproofs if there’s a chance of rain!

Practice pitching your tent – There is nothing worse than arriving at the campsite and not having a clue how to pitch your tent. I once went on a camping trip and it was so windy and we had no idea how the tent went up. Teamed with the strong gusts and trying to figure out what poles went where was an absolute nightmare. If only we had practiced at home beforehand it would have made the whole process a lot smoother.

Prep your food beforehand – It’s a good idea to prep as much food as you can before you go to save you time and effort. Chop any veggies you need and store in re-sealable bags. Pre-cook some pasta or rice. These can be added to campfire meals to bulk them out and feed hungry campers!

Bring plenty of warm clothing – Even if the temperature is set to be nice and hot during the day it can soon drop during the night. Bring lots of blankets and warm clothing for the evening. It is better to have too many layers to take off than not enough!

I hope you’ve enjoyed these top tips but please check out Halfords Camping Guide for further advice - it’s free after all! If you’re feeling inspired to go camping after reading this post, then check out all the information you need and view the extensive range of tents available at Halfords here.

*In collaboration with Halfords

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