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‘Sense of achievement’: Wild camper explains why she always goes back to camping

‘Sense of achievement’: Wild camper explains why she always goes back to camping

CAMPING holidays are very popular staycation options. While wild camping is illegal in many places around the UK, it is still possible in some places, and there are legal options too. Express.co.uk spoke to Grace Kelly from Graces Adventures about why wild camping is such a fantastic option.‘Sense of achievement’: Wild camper explains why she always goes back to camping

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Camping equipment packing – a simple ‘very easy’ ingredient to remove rust

Camping equipment packing – a simple ‘very easy’ ingredient to remove rust

THE SUMMER holidays saw many Britons head to the great British outdoors and enjoy a camping holiday. With summer now over, camping equipment will be stored away until next year. But how should campers clean, pack and store their camping gears to keep them in top shape for another holiday?Camping equipment packing – a simple ‘very easy’ ingredient to remove rust

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‘Wild camping is illegal’: Camper on how to do it without breaking the law – ‘really nice’

'Wild camping is illegal': Camper on how to do it without breaking the law - 'really nice'

CAMPING is a popular option for a UK holiday, and wild camping is gathering support too. However, it’s illegal to wild camp in most places in England and Wales. Express.co.uk spoke to Grace Kelly of Grace’s Adventures about the legal way to wild camp.'Wild camping is illegal': Camper on how to do it without breaking the law - 'really nice'

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Camping, caravan & holidays: Scotland & north east beat south for last-minute summer stay

Camping, caravan & holidays: Scotland & north east beat south for last-minute summer stay

Although July and August promise the warmest temperatures in the North East and Scotland, with the average highs hitting 18 and 17 degrees Celsius respectively, the later months can offer decent weather too.

“September usually delivers some lovely weather, and a lot of our customers enjoy breaks well into Autumn,” he said.

“And with local indoor tourist attractions opening there are lots of things to do even on rainy days.”

However, while he acknowledges this isn’t an option for everyone, Mr Hodgson insists there are still ways to save during the busy summer months.

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Camping: Expert on common mistakes to avoid on holiday – and what you should ‘always’ do

Camping: Expert on common mistakes to avoid on holiday - and what you should 'always' do

Booking a UK holiday could be a safer choice as travel restrictions abroad continue to change. Popular ways people will do this is by choosing a camping or caravan holiday.

Before heading to a destination, it is important to check all the rules of the site, he commented.

The expert said: “All campsites have their own set of amenities and rules.

“Some pitches have electrical hook-ups and some permit fires whereas others don’t.

“Checking this information informs you of what’s necessary to pack and what to leave at home.”

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Pick the right tent

A tent becomes home during a camping holiday so picking the right one is key, David added.

He explained: “For campsite and festival trips, always select a tent that is one or two berths bigger than what you need so you have ample space for people and belongings.”

The expert offered suggestions of the best tent to get depending on the type of camping trip.

“If you’re wild camping or doing multi-day hikes that require you to carry your equipment, you’ll want to consider the weight and opt for a lighter model,” David continued.

“Campsite trips can be made much more efficient with an air tent, which is erected by inflating instead of using poles.

“This means huge family tents can be pitched in just 10 minutes, plus the air ‘poles’ are robust and reliable so you don’t have to worry about the tent deflating.

“Air tents are also disassembled by using the same pump to deflate the tent, which can then easily be packed away.”

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Failing to do this could lead to problems at the campsite that may not be easy to fix.

“As camping equipment gets more high-tech, it’s important that you know how it works and any attachments required for a smooth setup,” David warned.

“For example, a manual foot pump for your airbed isn’t going to cut it for inflating your airbeam tent and likely won’t even be compatible.

“You need to make sure you have the right tools for the job.

“It’s better you know that everything works as it should, rather than getting to the campsite and panicking.”

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Everything you need to know about camping with your dog

And don’t be fooled, you can’t simply rock up to any old site with a tent in tow and expect everything to fall into place.

If you and your dog are going to have a camping holiday to remember, you need to get organised:

1. Don’t presume you’re welcome

It might sound ridiculous, but make sure the campsite is dog-friendly before you pack up everything bar the kitchen sink and head out on the road.

Most sites welcome dogs, but it’s best to play it safe, so do your research beforehand. The last thing you want to do is pull up with your excited pup only to be turned away. Just imagine the devastated look on your dog’s face, let alone the rest of the family.

2. Find the right site

Just because a site says it’s dog friendly doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the right fit for you and your pup. Check out the reviews. Is there plenty of space or are people crammed in? Is it likely to be noisy? What are the rules relating to dogs? Are there dog friendly pubs and cafes in the area? And what are the nearby walks like?

Also, many sites charge extra for dogs. It won’t be much, maybe a couple of pounds per night, but it’s something to consider.

Everything you need to know about camping with your dog
A dog in a tent (hollyoh7)

3. Make a list, check it twice

Dogs may be (relatively) small but just like kids, they do not travel light. Before you head out on your trip, make sure you’ve covered all the essentials.

Items on the list should include a travel bed, water bottle and dog bowls (collapsible ones come in handy when you’re out during the day), plenty of doggy bags, a pup-focused first aid kit along with any specific medication, leads, more food than you think you’ll need, and some sturdy storage for it so your pup doesn’t get tempted to rummage.

Camping shouldn’t be an endurance test, unless that’s what you’ve signed up for, so don’t forget their favourite toys and a blanket as anything that smells like home could be a comfort in a strange new place.

Everything you need to know about camping with your dog
Make sure you’ve covered all the essentials when camping with your dog

4. Acclimatise your dog

We all know that feeling of excitement when you’ve just arrived on your hols and it’s no different for your dog, but all the sights, sounds and smells of a campsite can be overwhelming.

As soon as you can, give your pup the chance to get used to their surroundings by taking them for a walk on an extendable leash (don’t forget their collar too).

They can have a good sniff about, stretch their legs and no doubt go for a much-needed pee, and feel a lot more comfortable for it.

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5. Get yourself a ground stake

As much as you love your dog, try pitching a tent with them and that love will be tested to its limits. Whether they think they’re helping, or presuming it’s play time, your pup can be a hindrance when you’re trying to work out which pole goes where.

You can keep your dog in the car while you get the tent up, as long as it’s cool, but they shouldn’t have to miss out on all the fun, so look into getting a ground stake to keep your dog safe, secure and out of your hair while you crack on. It can also come in handy throughout the trip.

6. Keep a close eye on your pup

There might be rules on site which means your dog has to be kept on a leash at all times. Or it might be more relaxed, so your dog can roam free, if you and they are happy with that.

Just be mindful of your neighbours. You might adore that ball of fur, but other people might not feel the love.

Be aware your pup might try to go off on the quiet to scrounge for food from other campers with their puppy dog eyes, but you won’t know what or how much they’re eating. And don’t forget to keep your own food carefully packed.

One sniff of the sausages and you’ll have none left for the BBQ.

Everything you need to know about camping with your dog
Camping means dogs don’t have to miss out on the family holiday (Anybetty’s pics)

7. Sleeping arrangements

Cushing up with your dog in a small tent might sound lovely and cosy but the reality can be very different, especially if you’re camping for more than a few days. Everyone needs their space, including your dog, and it’s something to think about when you’re buying a tent.

Ideally, you’ll have space aside from the sleeping area where everyone can lounge out, especially if the weather takes a turn for the worse, and your dog might choose this spot to make themselves comfy.

Choose a bed that’s well-insulated and waterproof and don’t forget a carabiner clip, ideally an LED one, to fasten the tent zip closed and stop your dog making an escape in the middle of the night.

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Camping and caravan: UK ‘hidden gems’ where Britons can still bag a summer holiday

Camping and caravan: UK 'hidden gems' where Britons can still bag a summer holiday

As the summer holidays rapidly approach, ever-changing travel restrictions has caused more and more Britons to give up on international vacation plans in favour of something closer to home. However, this surge camping, caravan and UK staycation demand means numerous accommodation providers across the nation are already booked up during the peak season.

Luckily, according to Ed Bassett, UK Country Manager for Camptoo, this doesn’t mean a holiday is completely off the cards.

In fact, Mr Bassett revealed to Express.co.uk that there are still a number of ways to embark on a unique UK adventure.

The key, he says, is to “think outside the box”.

“While staycation bookings are at a record high, there is still availability across the summer months for those wishing to rent a campervan or motorhome with Camptoo,” Mr Bassett told Express.co.uk.

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According to data from Cornwall’s tourism board Visit Cornwall, the May half term alone saw an estimated 390,630 trips within bookings up 70 percent on the previous year before lockdown restrictions had even eased.

Searches for holidays in Scotland during the same period, meanwhile, were reportedly up 255 percent compared to 2019 according to data from holiday rentals search engine HomeToGo.

“Think outside the box when it comes to locations to visit,” continued Mr Bassett.

“We suggest expanding your search to other destinations such as Norfolk, Dorset, Somerset, or the North Yorkshire coast, where you’ll likely find more space and campsite availability.”

However, Britons who are still toying with their summer holiday plans need to act fast.

“Campsites across the country are booking up fast, however, so we advise booking sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment,” Mr Bassett explained.

Britons are also spending more time on their camping and caravan breaks than in previous years, according to Camptoo’s data.

“On average, our customers are booking trips for around five days, which shows that people are seeking longer trips instead of short weekend breaks,” he said.

And while there may still be space available in some campsites, for now, the Camptoo boss says last-minute bookings have become something of a trend this year.

“We expect that July and August are going to be very busy this year, particularly August half-term,” he said.

“We’re seeing a lot of short-lead bookings made just a few weeks in advance of travelling, which is likely due to the very small ‘Green List’ for international destinations Brits can visit.

“Bookings over the past 30 days have been consistently higher compared to the same time period last year, so we expect an even busier staycation market this summer than last.”

Author: Aimee Robinson
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