You are in the right place for trusty camping ideas and advice. We have camped in Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa. We even camped on our honeymoon!
I love to camp! I love everything about camping - getting close to nature, cooking on a camp stove, waking with the sun. My own little house under the stars! - Gemma
Camping is a great way to travel and for you budget focused travelers, a cheap way to travel!
Camping will save you loads of money and is heaps of fun! But be prepared for some hard work too! It can be quite a challenge to 'pack-up' and 'set-up' each time you move and the weather may not always be perfect either. We have put together some of the tips and tricks to help you love your camping holiday as much as we love ours.
The number one reason we choose to camp is because we love it and because you can stay in some remote places that's not possible without a tent.
And wouldn't you like to wake up here!
Left: Camping in the Alps while following the Tour de France!
When deciding whether to camp ask yourself why you are choosing to camp?
Camping in comfort requires having the right gear for your destination, the season and knowing how to use it. I mean the right tent, stove, sleeping mat, sleeping bag, head torch etc. Having the right gear will make a huge difference to your vacation. It could be the difference between a leaking tent, a cold night spent shivering or a cozy night under the stars!
It is also very important that the weight and size of your camping gear is right for you. Will you have a car or do you have to carry it all in your backpack?
If you are camping out of a backpack, you should really think about lightweight options. There are many lightweight options available for all camping accessories from tents and stoves to your sleeping bag and sleeping mat.
But just because you have a car with you, it doesn't mean you need to bring all the niceties from home.
Camping on the Greek Islands - Beautiful!
The other big issue when choosing location is the weather. Camping on Santorini is a slice of heaven with the sun and beaches. However, camping in below zero temperatures and pouring rain is not quite so fun! Think about the weather at your chosen location and find out if camping is suitable. Make sure you have the right camping equipment to stay warm, dry and have more fun!
If your budget is really tight, you might even think of free camping. Free camping is acceptable in some countries and even encouraged, but others it is illegal.
Free camping in a tent is a lot different than sleeping in your motorhome or campervan for free. It requires a bit more planning and lateral thinking on your behalf. Here are some of our free camping ideas:
Be careful trying to free camp in actual paid campsites, by getting there late and leaving early. Most owners are quit savvy to that behavior and you might find yourself in spot of bother.
Five things we never go camping without are some a Swiss army pocket knife, a travel clothesline, a head torch, a first aid kit and a good book. Make sure you don't forget anything with our camping packing checklists.