Top tips for the best home camping experience
By Heligan on the May 18th, 2020 in Camping
Camping at home is a great way to keep your children entertained during lockdown. It’s a chance to introduce them to the experience, without the worry of being so far away from home. It’s also a perfect opportunity to test out some new equipment before exposing them to the elements. Then there’s no nasty surprises when your tent goes up in the rain for the first time!
We think it’s an experience everyone should try and now is the perfect time to give it a go.
Here are just a few little tips on how to make your home camp out an experience the whole family can enjoy together.
Like with any camping holiday, preparation is key! Decide what you’re going to eat and drink and make sure you’re stocked up on supplies. Pack up your bags as if you’re going to leave the house, then there’s no temptation to head back inside if you forget anything.
Find the best spot
The best place to pitch your tent is on a clear, flat patch of lawn. Find a sheltered spot in your garden where you’re out of the wind and make sure you have enough room for your tent and all your gear.
If you have a campervan or caravan you might find the best spot is on your drive!
Create some fun garden games and activities
Think about what you want to do to pass the time. Some of our favourites include badminton, French boules and garden football, but once the sun starts to go down its fun to play board games or cards by torchlight.
Food glorious food!
Probably one of the most important things to do is prepare your camping food! It could be a barbecue dinner, or a campfire stew but if it needs kitchen preparation, make sure you do it in advance so you can enjoy spending as much time as possible outside and not in your kitchen.
Don’t forget breakfast! Pack a cool bag and create a traditional English fry up on your camping stove in the morning – a proper treat!
Make it magical
Bring as many blankets, fairly lights and lanterns as possible and make your tent a haven of cosiness! If you have a projector, you can create an outdoor cinema experience by hanging a sheet over your washing line. You can even use the side of your house and be the envy of all your neighbours.
You won’t want to go inside!
This is the most important tip on our list - try as much as possible to stay outside all night. If you do, you won’t feel like you’re at home at all!
TOP TIP – these are all tips you can use again on your stay at Heligan Caravan and Camping once we are open to the public again. We can’t wait!
Thank you to Emma Sargent who sent over a photo of her gorgeous set up at home!