Updated: May 25, 2018
What To Consider When Picking A Campsite
Once you have found the perfect tent, gathered the troops and stocked up on camping accessories there is only one thing left to do before you start your big adventure - find your campsite. Having a bell tent from #TheVintageTentCompany opens up the entire UK and beyond that. There are many amazing #campsites in the UK and there are also some stunning ones all within driving distance in Europe. Once you come to picking out the perfect campsite for you and your camping crew there are a few things you may wish to take into consideration.
You’ll need to ensure the pitch size can accommodate your #belltent but it is also worth noting you need to pick a campsite that is the appropriate size for your needs. Although you may have a beautiful bell tent to put up if you are camping with the kids it is unlikely you will be able to walk miles to the toilet block. Unless the site can point blank guarantee that you will be close to it you may want to pick a smaller site. If you are a couple or just in a group that values privacy then you my opt for a larger site with more spaces in-between pitches.
A decent pitch size is something you will need to look for if you want to ensure that you can park right next to your #tent or have a #campfire. Most will give you the pitch sizes online and tell you whether you can have a parking space or fire pit.
For the seasoned adventurer a slight hill when camping is all part of the fun. Granted you don’t want to be on a slope so bad you slide out of your tent in the middle of the night but a slight incline is unlikely to do any serious damage. Just make sure you sleep with your head at the top of the slope if you do find yourself on uneven ground. One of the main reasons you may need to ensure you have level ground is it rain is likely, so if it is not guaranteed try to go during a period where the weather will be dry.
The Great #British weather doesn’t exactly give you a reason to look out for shade wherever you go but if you are camping in the summer it is important. As #luxurious as bell tents are they can get hot if the sunlight is on them for long periods of time during the day so you may want to seek some shade elsewhere on the campsite.
If you have people in your group that do not fare well in the hot weather then it is likely you will consider getting a pitch under a tree so that your tent has some natural shade. Campsites expect requests like this and if you contact them they should be able to tell you if they have a pitch like this available or not.
4. Pitch Location
There probably aren’t a lot of people out there who enjoy long strolls in the dark to the toilet block but the majority of people also won’t let it ruin their camping experience. Choosing a smaller campsite can ensure you don’t have to walk for too long to get to all of the amenities, but if you are on a larger site there are things you can do to make sure you do not have far to go if you are caught short at 2 am.
Many campsite websites now have interactive maps where you can see your pitch and how close by it is to things like toilets and showers. Find out if your site has a portaloo as many will have them in the fields that do not have a toilet block.
5. Site location
Most campers go camping to get away from the hustle and bustle. It is an outdoor enthusiasts dream to be in the middle of a field with only nature to provide for them. As romantic as that is it is highly inconvenient when you pitch up and realize you have forgotten an essential item like tape. Depending on how ‘away from it all’ you want to get if you are on holiday for more than a couple of days it is likely you will need a shop at some point. Even if your campsite does have one it will probably be small and not stocked very often.