It’s Autumn, schools are back, the mornings are chillier and conkers are dropping from our local horse chestnut trees. But that needn’t mean holidays are over. September and October can be a lovely time of year for a family camping trip. Weekends away in the country, soaking up rich autumn colours, scrunching through leaves on woodland walks or catching a glowing sunset at the seaside are a brilliant antidote to term time stress.
Halfords got in touch to tell us about the new family camping guide on their website. It includes places to stay, recipes for campfire cooking, even a playlist, with tips for beach lovers, sightseers and adventurous families.
The Essential Family Camping Checklist
I’ve got to confess here, we’ve haven’t done much camping as a family, unless you count campervanning, which arguably is a tiny bit cheating as it doesn’t involve a tent. However, some of Map and Family’s contributors are practically professional! So with their help I’ve drawn up the ultimate everything-but-the-kitchen-sink checklist for a family camping holiday of a week or more.
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This isn’t any old checklist either. It’s a tried and true result of years of camping in the UK and Europe with children and teens. And it’s been road-tested this summer during one of Cornwall’s famous four-seasons-in-one-day weeks – we’ve added some items accordingly. Here are a few tips to give you a taster:
Family Camping Checklist Top Tip #1
If you’re camping in the UK always pack wellies for everyone. No matter how sunny it might be when you’re loading the car.
Family Camping Checklist Top Tip #2
Prepare your first meal in advance so you can eat effortlessly when you arrive at the campsite.
Family Camping Checklist Top Tip #3
Pack a big flask of hot water so that when you arrive you can have a decent cup of tea before you set about pitching the tent.
Family Camping Checklist
Packing can be stressful in itself but a proper checklist will go a long way to speeding up the process and making sure you don’t leave the essential torches or wet wipes behind. Use it as a checklist before you go shopping and then on departure day to tick off items as you load them into the car.
For online shopping help, Halfords stocks lots of camping essentials too.
Is there anything we’ve forgotten? Please do check out our list and tell us in the comments below.
With special thanks to Rachel and family and to Yvonne and family who road-tested the finished list.
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