Camping in Style

How to do camping in style

Camping doesn’t have to be all about ‘roughing it’ and going back to basics. These days there are more and more sites which are all about the ‘glamping’ so here’s a guide to camping in style.

Camping in Europe

Coleman Fast Pitch tent

Camping in Europe offers some quality campsites with entertainment, a la carte restaurants, in season cabarets. Fully functioning and ultra clean shower and ablution blocks, equipped with hair dryers and cabinets for privacy. Still cheaper than spending a week in a hotel there should be no need to sacrifice standards and comfort.

Choosing the right site

Kevledon Hatch Camping and Caravanning Club Site

Before setting off on your camping expedition carefully choose a site that meets your demands. A heated pool, sauna and quiet areas to relax, followed by location and position of restaurants, scenery and areas for children and animals to play and exercise well away from the pitches and plots. On some sites, it is possible to have a massage, reflexology, beauty treatments and hair coiffured. Who said that camping was ‘roughing it’?

Choose your season carefully

Beach

Admittedly camping isn’t as much fun if you don’t good weather and a good nights sleep. The first can be minimised by only camping when the sun shines, hold your head up high and never be ashamed to admit you will only get under canvas if the weather is hot, sunny and stable. If you find yourself in a period of inclement weather, pack up and go home!

Sleep

For the second ensure that you have a mattress so thick that any indentations stay in the ground and not your backside. Kids fold out foam chairs used in their rooms on sleepovers are ideal and fit into the back a family estate. Try to organise your camping gear so that everything fits into the car, this challenges skills (learnt playing tetra) and yours in creating a capsule wardrobe that meets the requirements of camping and maintains your self-esteem.

Packing the essentials

Picnic basket

Only pack the essentials, a self-contained wicker picnic basket with all the cutlery, crockery and glasses you will need for the evening aperitif. A cool box for milk, cheese, wine and champagne. No more than a two ring stove, the idea of camping is to save money on the accommodation so you can indulge in eating out every night! Candles for ambience are essential so is a good torch to see you to the ablutions in the middle of the night.

Sensible footwear for forays into the night and a stylish set of pyjamas that can be worn on the beach, a couple of kaftans and clothes that can be rolled and need no ironing along with three swimsuits are in my view essential. Feeling good and looking great will enhance your mood and keep the whole experience of camping positive. He can indulge his hunter-gatherer instincts (yes finding fine wines and good food does count) build a bonfire and you can maintain the standards of civilisation and indulge in the warm afterglow of his approval for going camping!

Camping in style

16 Comments

  • Jon | The Money Shed (@themoneyshed)

    July 8, 2019 at 9:45 am

    Great post this! I often say to the wife I’d love to just hire a VW Campervan for a week and go off camping all around Europe!!

    1. Sabina Green

      July 8, 2019 at 12:51 pm

      I have seriously been pondering the idea of hiring a motorhome and doing a road trip but I’m not sure how well that would work with 6 of us?

  • motherhoodtherealdeal

    July 8, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    I’d love to go camping in Europe – I hear it’s amazing. We are going camping on the last day of term and can’t wait!

    1. Sabina Green

      July 8, 2019 at 8:50 pm

      Oh wow, that’s great. We have a few more camping trips to look forward to and are looking forward to them too 🙂

  • Mandi Morrison

    July 8, 2019 at 4:51 pm

    Camping isn’t as rough as some people think. There is so much equipment now and lots of sites have great facilities to use.

    1. Sabina Green

      July 8, 2019 at 8:51 pm

      Exactly, camping is very different from that of my childhood 😉

  • Miranda (Anosa)

    July 8, 2019 at 5:12 pm

    I wouldn’t even know where to begin with finding the right places to camp but thanks for the tips

    1. Sabina Green

      July 8, 2019 at 8:52 pm

      There are so many great sites and camping groups now that you would be spoilt for choice 🙂

  • Lyndsey O’Halloran

    July 8, 2019 at 8:29 pm

    I really wish we could go camping but not being able to drive makes it so hard.

    1. Sabina Green

      July 8, 2019 at 8:54 pm

      My friends go to Ready Camps which can be booked for short weeks and long weekends so you would only need to take your clothes 🙂

  • forkwardthinkingfoodinista

    July 9, 2019 at 10:34 am

    Aw looks like you had a fab time camping. We have not camped in yearsss so may have to give it a go xx

    1. Sabina Green

      July 9, 2019 at 1:34 pm

      We always enjoy a good camping trip, obviously, the weather can spoil it a little but you have to make the most of it x

  • Jenn

    July 10, 2019 at 6:50 am

    I have to confess, I have never ever been camping before. But not I have two boys who keep begging to go camping, so I may need to bite the bullet.

    1. Sabina Green

      July 15, 2019 at 11:25 am

      Camping is such a great way to bond as a family x

  • kerry norris

    July 10, 2019 at 8:14 pm

    Great tips. We love camping and I agree a mattress is a must so you don’t get those indentations x

    1. Sabina Green

      July 15, 2019 at 11:28 am

      Camping is such a lovely way to holiday as a family x

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