Family camping tips for beginners

Posted: 7th Jan

Camping is one of the best types of holidays for getting the whole family together. It’s a great way for families to bond, make wonderful memories and learn new skills together.


However, the planning stage can seem a little overwhelming, especially when you put children into the mix. Will they get bored? Will they freeze? Will they be too uncomfortable to sleep? If you’re having these worries you’re not alone. But just remember that all you really need is a solid plan, sturdy gear and a sense of adventure. The rest will take care of itself. Here’s some top tips from our experienced team of campers at the Scottish Caravan and Motorhome Show to help get your plans in motion.


Location, location, location


If you’re new to the world of camping, we would recommend a full-service campground. This will remove some of the pressure as you will have access to the essentials – a bathroom, shower and fresh water. Also opt for a campground which is close to a small town or village because if things don’t go to plan you have the comfort of a wee café or shop to grab some bits and bobs.


Popular locations do book up fast, so reserve your spot at least 2 – 4 months in advance. The Camping and Caravanning Club who will be exhibiting at the show can help you with some excellent recommendations.


All the gear…no idea


Keep things simple. While you might be inspired to start a fire with a stone like Bear Grylls does on TV, try and resist the urge until you have mastered the basics. Invest in a good tent which you are able to pitch and pack-up easily, buy a good-sized BBQ or gas stove and make sure your first aid kit is fully stocked. To add a cosy touch, pack some pillows, blankets and lots of socks – trust us on this one.


Pop down to our show to have a look around the Vango Village and speak to the experts, including the team from PJ Outdoors who will make sure you have everything you need without overdoing it.



Preparation is key


Cooking for a family in the wild has its challenges but you can make it easier for yourself. Prep before you go. Cook the pasta, chop the veggies and plan your meals. Make sure you bring along extra snacks, bin bags and kitchen roll as well.  


Check the weather forecast before you go but to be on the safe side pack for all seasons – you can never be too careful when it comes to UK weather.


Get the kids involved


Getting ready for a camping trip is part of the fun and a great way to get the kids excited for their upcoming holiday. Take them along to our show, let them practice pitching the tent in the garden and have them decide on a few meals and snacks.


Go with the flow


One of the main perks of camping and touring in general is that you don’t need to stick to a rigid itinerary. Of course, have a few walks in mind and key sights that you would like to visit but also just enjoy sitting next to the campfire, gazing at the stars, observing wildlife and making up silly games. If you forget a few things, or it rains don’t worry – it’s all part of the experience.


If you’ve been on a family camping trip, we would love to know your top tips. Join the conversation across on our social media pages.


Tickets are available to buy for the Scottish caravan and Motorhome Show from 6-9 February. Find out more here.

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