How can I organize a camping trip

Outdoor & Camping Magazine

Are you planning your very first camping trip and would like to acquire a sound basic knowledge as quickly as possible, with which no one can expose you as a bloody camping beginner? Whether it is finding the right accommodation, planning the camping menu or getting along with the next-door pitch - here you will get a camping crash course that will make you an expert.

1. Find the right camping accommodation

The right tent

What would a camping trip be without the right tent? With the immense range of tents in different variations, sizes, equipment and price ranges, beginners in particular quickly lose track of things.

So that you can calmly consider which type of tent is suitable for you and your camping trip, we have one for you Overview of the different tent shapes:

· Dome tents

Suitable for: Trekkers and mountaineers

With their light weight and stable shape, dome tents are ideal for steep terrain interspersed with rocks. Dome tents do not take up much space, so the limited space in the mountains is not a problem for this type of tent.

A dome tent is ideal for mountain terrain.

· Tunnel tents

Suitable for: Hikers in flat areas

The big advantage of this type of tent: They offer a lot of space and at the same time weigh very little. However, since they take up a lot of space to set up, they are difficult to use in hilly or stony terrain.

Tunnel tents are suitable for large areas of grass.

· Geodesic tents

Suitable for: Hikers in stormy areas

With their extremely robust frame, which is supported by several poles, these are among the most stable of all tent shapes. The only disadvantage: the high weight and the long assembly time.

· Family tents or comfort tents

Suitable for: Large families and campsite campers

Rather unsuitable for overnight stays in both stormy and hilly areas, they offer one thing above all else: space and comfort. When buying, it's better to be too big than too small! Because a lot of storage space is also required for family luggage as well as camping and leisure equipment. (Source)

The right tent is the basis of a successful camping holiday.

The right caravan

The purchase of a caravan is associated with high costs and a lot of effort. You should therefore keep a cool head and carefully consider which caravan is the right one for you before buying. The following aspects should be considered:

· Price range and financing

How much do you want to spend on the caravan? Is enough for you used caravan or do you want one right away New car indulge?

Is there enough budget for you? cash purchase or do you prefer one financing? For beginners who want to test out camper life first, this can also be done Rent a caravan can be recommended.

· Size and features

How big your caravan should be and what equipment it includes depends on the following factors:

  • Number of people traveling
  • Scope of camping accessories and luggage
  • Way of life: rather minimalist, comfortable or luxurious?
  • Travel time: Are you planning a weekend trip, a tour of several weeks with the caravan or is it to be used as permanent camping accommodation?
  • Purpose of the caravan: Is it only used as a place to sleep or do you also want to cook, eat and wash in it?

Camping is most comfortable with a caravan.

2. These pitches are suitable

For families

For families with children, we recommend child-friendly campsites that offer one thing above all else: as many leisure activities as possible for children - whether it's children's entertainment or playgrounds! Ideally, the parking space should be in a natural area that has little to no traffic - so you don't have to keep an eye on your protégés and you can also allow yourself some relaxation.

Quiet natural areas are ideal for camping families.

For single travelers or couples

If you are not one of those absolutely bloody newbies to camping, you have complete freedom in choosing the campsite and can choose according to your own preferences. Without children, you are more flexible, freer and more independent - so why settle in only one place? A camping tour through Europe also has its charm!

It doesn't always have to be the classic campsite - how about wild camping in the middle of the Himalayas?

For dog owners

Four-legged friends especially feel at home in quiet natural areas, where they can let off steam undisturbed and neither have to be considerate of large crowds nor fear speeding motorists. Otherwise, it is better to choose a parking space that is not too far from your home town, because long car journeys are a horror for most dogs.

Where are dogs welcome?

It's easy to find out: You can use the ADAC camping guide's search function "Dogs allowed" to find all the places where campers with four paws are allowed.

The four-legged friends also like the camper life.

3. This is part of the basic equipment

The most elementary question before the first camping trip is: What do you have to take with you? As inexperienced beginners in particular, it is difficult to assess what is needed for a vacation. So that the fear of having forgotten something does not overshadow your entire camping tour, we have listed the most important things for you that definitely belong in your camping equipment:

  • Basic equipment for tent or mobile home (pegs, tow rope ...)
  • Sanitary (toilet paper, camping toilet, possibly solar shower ...)
  • Hygiene and personal hygiene (hygiene spray, soap ...)
  • Sleep (sleeping bag, sleeping mat ...)
  • Cooking (camping stove, pot, camping utensils ...)
  • Weatherproof clothing (rubber boots, rain poncho, sun hat ...)

=> So that you really think of everything when packing for your first camping holiday, we recommend a detailed checklist that you can work through piece by piece.

Tip: familiarize yourself with the camping equipment!

For inexperienced beginners, it can be helpful to test the equipment before the first camping trip and slowly get used to it. Be it a night in a sleeping bag, setting up a tent in the garden or practicing backward parking with the caravan - you are slowly getting to grips with your new role as a camper! Not only can you avoid nasty surprises, but you can also get alternatives in good time in the event of bad purchases.

Practice makes perfect - the correct tent construction has to be learned.

4. The meal planning

This point is often neglected by camping beginners in the misconception that a few tinned food and a gas stove would have done it. But an unbalanced diet while on holiday is not only unhealthy, it can also spoil camping fun. After all, who would want to be satisfied with ready-made meals à la canned ravioli and instant noodles on a holiday lasting several days or even several weeks?

You don't have to either, because delicious little menus can be conjured up with just a few basic foods. So pack a few basic ingredients right from the start and plan where and when you can buy more groceries if necessary.

This belongs in the basic food equipment:

  • milk
  • Pasta
  • Canned tomatoes
  • oil
  • Spices (salt, pepper)
  • Sausage cheese
  • loaf
  • Snacks for the small hunger (especially when children are with you)

It is also advisable to determine the camping menu beforehand or at least to collect recipe ideas that can be quickly and easily prepared on the camping stove - like these tasty and healthy treats for the camping kitchen.

There's nothing like a balanced camping menu.

5. Get along with your neighbor: 5 tips

Once at the campsite, the next big challenge awaits those new to camping: social coexistence with the other campers. But according to the two camping experts Nele and Jalil from the CamperStyle blog, you don't have to worry about this:

At the campsite, you quickly come into contact with each other, campers are usually a sociable crowd. "

We asked both of them for their personal tips, which guarantee a peaceful and sociable coexistence with the pitch neighbors:

1. The art of small talk

“A friendly little small talk is often enough to forge the first tender bonds. Then it usually doesn't take long until you're invited to a barbecue or a beer in the evening. Incidentally, the 'you' is still used among campers. "

In the sociable camper community, you can usually quickly make friends.

2. Greeting is half the battle

“Greetings are a good thing in the camper community. Therefore, as a precaution, you should always give your neighbors a 'hello' or at least a nod of the head. If this is not answered, do not take it personally - many new campers may be a bit shy. "

3. Comply with the parking space limits

Even if campers are very uncomplicated in most cases, some of them watch over “their” plots with a strict hand. Unauthorized crossing, for example to get to the shower faster, can attract angry looks! Therefore, it is better to take small detours and avoid unfamiliar terrain ... ”

4. One hand washes the other

“Willingness to help is very important at the campsite. If you see someone struggling with their caravan, awning or their new gas grill, just lend a hand without a lot of words. "

5. Be considerate

“Mutual consideration is essential. For example, you should avoid unnecessary noise. Also very important: Please empty your camping toilet regularly. Because especially when the outside temperature is higher, nobody wants to have a "miniature manure pit" next to their bedroom window. "

Willingness to help and a friendly approach is very important to campers.

We wish you a lot of success and fun on your first camping holiday and thank Nele and Jalil for their great tips!

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