10 reasons you should go camping this summer (even if it’s not your kind of thing)

📷 : Trevor Cleveland

📷: Trevor Cleveland

We all have that friend who, quite frankly, dreads the thought of going camping. If that’s you, we’re here to change your mind or if you’re an avid camper trying to get more people on board here’s a list of reasons that just can’t be ignored.

Right, no more persuasion, we’ll get down to the facts.

 

1.      Let’s debunk the myth that it’s cold and uncomfortable.

Going camping doesn’t mean sleeping on the floor, oh no, you can live in luxury. With an air bed, a lovely cosy sleeping bag, inflatable pillow (a must), and even a fleece blanket if you’re a person who’s constantly cold, there’s nothing more satisfying than getting snug in your tent when it’s time to go to bed.

 

2.      Common misconception: you can’t have a shower. Wrong!

Many campsites offer showering facilities but if it’s the communal experience that makes you want to run a mile there’s only one thing to do, bring your own. Yes, that’s right, a camping shower and it’s very own shower tent. Who said camping can’t be glamorous?

 

3.      Everyone should experience a campsite dinner.

There are few things more gratifying than cooking a meal with your friends/family outside on a stove and then settling down around a fire with your camping stool and mess sets to enjoy it. It’s the simple things in life! (Remember pots and pans or you may come unstuck.)

If that still doesn’t tickle your fancy, head to the closest pub for some grub!

 

📷 : Yuriy Rzhemovskiy

📷: Yuriy Rzhemovskiy

4.      It’s easy if you know how.

The prospect of setting up camp and taking it all down again can seem daunting, but not if you have the tools to make it easier!

Handy things to take…

·         Rubber mallet

·         Guy ropes

·         Tent pegs

·         Tent peg extractor

 Or you can get the above items in a bundle.

·         A pump for the air bed is essential.

·         As is a pop up tent, actually.

 

5.      Embrace exploration.

We’ve heard many people say, ‘camping seems boring’ and we can assure you it’s the furthest thing from boring. If you love a challenge don’t hesitate to explore the surrounding areas and terrain. Go old school and grab a map (and a map case to ensure it stays dry), a compass and the necessary essentials (inc. water bottle and torch) and head off into the wilderness for a real adventure.

 

6.      Hammocks are life.

What more could you want than to laze in the comfort of a hammock watching the world go by? That’s all we have to say, no more convincing needed, and they’re coincidentally perfect for that ‘plandid’ Instagram picture too.

 

📷 : Spring Fed Images

📷: Spring Fed Images

7.      Smores, smores, smores.

The staple of any evening spent camping. Marshmallows, skewers and chocolate digestives (a great tip) should be top of your list so you can get toasting on the barbecue or fire as soon as it’s time for some dessert – or even for breakfast, anything goes when you’re camping!

 

📷 : Alex Holt

📷: Alex Holt

8.      Say no to damp socks!

As always, we wish for a summer of wall to wall sunshine, but the rain clouds just seem to love the UK. Rain never stops us campers, but nobody wants damp clothes, so keeping them in dry sacks solves all of your problems, then you can continue having a great time.

 

9.      Let there be light.

For some, the idea of being in the countryside in the dark is enough to make them run for the closest B&B, but with the help of lanterns, torches and head lamps we’ll ensure you’re never left in the dark. If you’re very paranoid then a LED lantern is the option for you, it’ll never run out of charge as long as you’re there to wind it up.

 

10.  It’s great to take a break and reconnect.

Submerge yourself in the tranquillity of nature, turn your phone off and embrace the experience. You’ll go home feeling content, relaxed and connected. We don’t think there’s any other holiday that can have the same effect.

 

One final note…

Milestone Camping asks you to be aware of the natural habitats in which you’re residing, recycle where possible and leave no trace of your visit as you head off home. Happy environments mean happy camping. 

 

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