Carry on Camping!

More and more Britons are looking for holidays offering the best value for money especially in this economic climate. Many people are opting for a camping holiday this summer. What better way to enjoy a relaxing and friendly setting and wake up to some of the best views in the UK or further afield in Europe. In this blog we’ll look at what essential camping equipment you will need…along with your 24/7 travel insurance for a great camping trip!

The Great Outdoors
As people tighten their belts and seek cheaper holidays you can benefit from reduced accommodation costs by sleeping under the stars on a camping holiday. Sian Brenchley from Enjoy England commented that the number of people choosing camping holidays is rising. “The current economic climate is going to add to that. In 2006 Brits made 4.7 million camping trips in the UK and that rose to 4.8 million in 2007.”

*Source BBC

The most popular camping destinations for UK holidaymakers include France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Holland. A camping trip to the continent is by far cheaper than shelling out for hotel costs. You can either research and follow your own itinerary or enlist the help of a camping specialist such as Eurocamp, Keycamp or the Camping and Caravanning Club.

Many campsites include facilities for eating, drinking, washing, cooking and swimming. If you are travelling with children you can take advantage of the exciting activities often on offer nearby as many campsites boast attractions such as surfing, walking, canoeing, kayaking and horse riding.

Camping Checklist:
Check your camping equipment is still in good working order. If you’ve had it stored away in your garage then do a test check in advance before you leave for your holiday – better to be safe than sorry! Most campsites also provide refreshments in on-site restaurants, cafes and takeaway food spots so find out what’s there before you go and adapt your camping kit accordingly:

Sleeping – Tent (with pegs and guy ropes), groundsheet, flysheet, mallet, sleeping bags/blankets, roll mats, pillows.

Cooking equipment – Stove, gas, matches/lighter, cool box, pans, pots, plates, cutlery, cups, cooking utensils, tin opener, bottle opener, knife, foil, washing-up kit, basic food.

Personal hygiene – Soap, shampoo, toothbrush and paste, deodorant, toilet roll, wet wipes.

Clothes – Jumper, waterproofs, t-shirts, shirt, long trousers, shorts, boots/walking shoes, flip flops, swimsuit, sun hat.

First aid – Insect repellent, sun cream, antihistamines, antiseptic, plasters/bandages, pain relief.

Miscellaneous – Torch, phone, camera, radio, backpack, fold-up chairs and table, sewing kit, duct tape, spare rope, map.

Don’t forget your travel insurance!
Wherever it is that you may be planning to go camping, don’t forget to take out travel insurance before you go. 24/7 travel insurance offers great deals, for example if you happen to be camping in Europe for 2 weeks the cost is only £10.64* – a small price to pay for peace of mind!

* £10.64 includes Insurance Premium Tax; based on an individual traveller aged under 55 taking out a Standard single-trip policy for 14 days in Europe excluding personal possessions cover and purchased within 14 days of departure date. Cover details and prices are correct at time of going to press (May 2009) and are subject to change.