Get ready for your outdoor adventure with our camping tips
2020 has been dubbed the year of the staycation, with many people travelling to different parts of the country to relax, unwind and spend quality time with loved ones. This increase in domestic travel has led to many more people going camping all over the country, and it’s no surprise why! Not only is camping excellent value for money, it allows you to bond with your loved ones in a gorgeous natural setting and enjoy the great outdoors that Ireland has to offer.
Never camped before? Don’t be put off by stories of wet tents, sleepless nights and burnt sausages. Check out our top 10 camping tips to ensure you’re ready for action and have an unforgettable time, no matter what the weather!
1. Do a trial run
We can’t stress enough the importance of constructing your tent before you set off. This is the only way to make sure that you can actually put it together and that everything is in working order. You don’t want to have to figure this out when you arrive at the campsite! Pack extra tent pegs in case some break or go missing – better to be safe than sorry!
2. Buy high-quality equipment
Contrary to popular belief, tents can actually be really comfortable if you have the right supplies. Invest in a decent sleeping mat and sleeping bag to ensure you get your much-needed beauty sleep under the stars. It’s worth getting a bigger tent so you have lots of room for your belongings. Remember, a cramped tent equals cranky campers!
3. Be prepared for rain
Even if the sun is shining and a lengthy stretch of good weather is promised, make sure your tent is waterproof. You never know when the heavens might open, especially if you’re in Ireland. It’s worth lining the inside with bin bags or a plastic sheet so your belongings remain dry throughout your stay.
4. Research campsites
Google is your best friend when it comes to finding the perfect campsite to suit your needs. Read reviews from previous holiday-makers to get a feel for the site before you arrive. Are there enough facilities? Is it child-friendly? Can you buy supplies nearby? These are all things to be considered before you book a place.
5. Pitch perfect
Pitching a tent can be awkward enough – don’t do it in the dark! Give yourself plenty of time to unpack the car and get everything set up before the sun sets. Think about the best place to base yourself for your adventure. Ideally you want to be setting up camp on level ground that isn’t too far from facilities. Look out for wasp nests, insect trails, nettles, poison ivy or anything else that could seriously threaten your happiness.
6. Pack appropriate clothes
When it comes to camping attire, it’s all about layers. The Irish weather is known for being unpredictable and the temperature will drop at night. So, make sure you have some comfy socks and a thermal fleece to throw on. Even if you’re just away for one night, bring a change of clothes and a rain jacket. In the unfortunate event that it’s a wash out at least you’ll have some comfortable clothes to drive home in.
7. Leave no trace
Recently in Ireland, an increase in the number of campers has led to a huge rise in littering levels. It is crucial to respect Mother Nature and leave your campsite as you found it. Bring bin bags with you to gather up rubbish and make sure you dispose of these correctly. ‘Leave no trace’ principles are embraced by campsites all around the country. This also involves being mindful of other visitors and wildlife. For more information please visit www.leavenotraceireland.org
8. Consider glamping
Want to experience nature without roughing it? Glamping, or ‘glamourous camping’, could be for you! In recent years, there has been a huge increase in the number of bell tents and micro-lodges popping up around the country. Everything is set up before you arrive which takes the hassle out of your escapade. And you have the pleasure of knowing you’ll get an amazing night’s sleep in a proper bed.
9. Be careful with food
One of the best things about camping has got to be the food! Barbequed sausages, tinned beans, smores – it’s all part and parcel of the adventure. Bring snacks with you that won’t go off, such as crackers and nuts. Only barbeque in the designated area and cook food through thoroughly. You don’t want to spend your whole trip being sick!
10. Get permission
Planning on going rogue and camping in the middle of nowhere? Remember that you need to have the permission of the local council or landowner beforehand. Some people won’t take kindly to you popping up unannounced. And you never know what wild animals or dangers lie nearby.
These tips will have you camping like a champ in no time at all. Make the effort and get out into nature before the summer ends – believe us, it’ll be more than worth it!
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