It’s been Summer for a while and now it’s finally stopped raining. It’s time to get out that tent, rolled up sleeping bag and foldable table and chairs that you stashed away in storage and head out into the wilderness (well, the UK countryside) – and enjoy that camping trip you’ve had to put off all year.
These warm months are the perfect time to get outdoors, go for hikes, explore the beach and cook food on a hilariously small cooker. Camping is full of activities that are perfect for the whole family.
So, here’s our ultimate outdoor guide to going camping so you can make the most of this summer:
Put Your Winter Things in Storage
First things first; it’s time to put all that winter gear into storage so it’s not taking up valuable space in your home. You’re not going to need those skis, snow boots or large overcoats for a while yet, so why keep them around? Then take out the camping gear and get ready for fun-filled days out in nature.
At Smart Storage, we provide storage in Liverpool, storage in Preston, storage in the Wirral, storage in Warrington, storage in Widnes and storage in Altrincham so, if you’re looking for space to clear away whatever it is that you don’t need right now, we’ve got you covered.
Incredible Campsites in the North West
Now you’ve got out your tent and found your walking boots – thanks to all that space you’ve cleared away – you’ll need to pick a destination. The North West of England is a beautiful part of the country to go camping, teeming with wonderful wildlife and fantastic views. Here’s our top pick of campsites to choose from in the North West:
Manor Wood Country Caravan Park
This award-winning countryside park is just 12 miles from Chester and is perfect for those with families wanting to camp somewhere close to excellent leisure facilities and places to visit for fun family days out.
Manor Wood Country Park is situated in green Cheshire countryside, with plenty to do onsite including a heated outdoor swimming pool, climbing frame, onsite fishing, a lakeside café, a tennis court and a games room. And this site is also an accessible 25-minute drive from Chester, Chester Castle and, of course, Chester Zoo (where tickets can even be purchased onsite). This site is ideal for those looking for a camping experience with plenty to do.
Ashton Hall Caravan Park
Ashton Hall Caravan Park is located in the heart of the peaceful and spacious wildlife haven in the swish Ashton Hall Estate. Journey here for a restful retreat in the grounds with access to an 11-hole golf course, woodland walks and fishing in the Lune. Should you venture off site, you’re within just six miles of the Forest of Bowland, the Lune Estuary and the city of Lancaster. However, onsite you’ll be engrossed with the nature trails and cycle paths and the adjoining forest for serene woodland walking and you’ve direct access to the Lancaster Costal Way.
Dearden Wood is perfect for families looking to spend time in the woods yet wanting to remain close to links to the cities for fun-filled days out. The peaceful site is in 11 acres of woodland in the Plunge Valley and is surrounded by walking trails yet just a 40-minute bus ride from Manchester and a 10-minute walk from the village of Edenfield. There is plenty of space onsite for the kids to run around and explore, as well as space for setting up a barbeque and enjoying the tranquil surroundings of nature.
Poplar Grove Farm Caravan Park
In a scenic rural location on a 160-acre working farm, Poplar Grove is just a 20-minute drive from both Blackpool and Lancaster. It’s perfectly located for a relaxing camping getaway with plenty of things to do close by. The unspoiled countryside of the Forest of Bowland and the Bowland Fells is just 10 minutes away, perfect for hikers and bikers seeking fantastic views, or you can even head out to the surrounding Lancashire countryside for miles of walks and bike trails.
Camping Tricks and Tips
So, now you’ve got your camping gear sorted and you’ve picked a great spot to pitch your tent or park the motorhome, what’s next? Well, if you’re not an experienced camper, here are some tips for how to make the most out of your time outdoors, as well as ways to make the experience even better:
- Plan meals in advance; this will help you to know exactly what to pack and what you’re going to be eating on certain days. It’ll also mean you might be able to do some food prep in advance to save on time and convenience.
- Freeze some food and drink before putting it in your cool box. This will extend the life of your perishables, and the stuff that can’t be frozen will be kept nice and sufficiently cold by the surrounding frozen items.
- Use oil spray for cooking. These sprays are much smaller than taking a large bottle of oil with you, and you won’t overdo it on the oil when cooking. You’ll also avoid the chance of a spill.
- If you’re camping in a tent, don’t pitch it tent under a tree. It might seem tempting when the sun is out, but in the morning your tent will be covered with sticky sap droplets that will make packing it away a nightmare.
- Test your gear. Before you leave, you should make sure everything from your air bed, sleeping bag, camping stove or gas cylinder has been tried and tested so you don’t run into problems when you’re miles from home.
- Invest in a good quality sleeping bag. Don’t skimp on this, as the UK can get very chilly at night, even during the summer. And don’t forget the extra blankets. And, if you’re in the car or caravan you could even bring your duvet.
- If travelling to the site by car, pack your tent last so that it’s easily accessible when you get there and you can set it up straight away.
- Pack a first aid kit. You never know when you might need one.
- Bring a torch or a lantern. You will need light to navigate the dark countryside during night-time trips to the toilets, and don’t forget spare batteries – or, even better, opt for a windup torch or lantern.
We hope these tips and ideas for the ultimate camping trip have been helpful. We can help you pack away any winter gear you don’t need with our boxes and packaging, and, if you have any questions about any of our self-storage facilities, do not hesitate to contact us.