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Plan a camping trip for a bank holiday to remember

Whether it’s the May bank holiday or Jubilee bank holiday, there are plenty of opportunities coming up to take a break. And if you choose to take advantage of the long weekends and get away from it all, one of our favourite bank holiday activities is to plan a camping trip.

Somewhere no more than a couple of hours away from home is a good distance to travel so that we make the most of the extra days out of the office. A bank holiday weekend camping is an opportunity for rustic cooked breakfasts, playing games with the kids, and star gazing. A total switch off from day-to-day life!

From packing to activities

Once we’ve booked our pitch, it’s time to get organised. Apart from gathering the tent, sleeping bags and other essentials, we start to plan a camping trip that will suit the whole family.

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What else do you need?

We’ll be taking kitchen utensils with us.

We like to take some ‘home from home’ items with us. Some are essential, some are nice to have! We’re not wild campers so the electric sockets for the hook up is one of those essential items. Kitchen items, such as utensils, pots and pans, a kettle and washing up gear all make the list too.

What to wear whilst camping?

Wellies are handy for trudging across muddy fields.

Depending on the weather forecast, we’ll be able to judge what we’ll need. But we like to plan for all weathers! We’ll make sure we’ve packed waterproofs, including our wide calf wellies! Wellies are great in all weathers, particularly if you need to make a late-night trip to the loo and the grass is full of dew!

Meal plan for camping trip

Plan easy to cook meals for your camping trip.

Cooking whilst camping is normally lots of fun. We try and make it as simple as possible. For breakfasts it’s cereal or pastries, picnic sandwiches for lunches and evening meals vary. We’ll plan to reheat a pre-cooked meal one evening, cook burgers on buns another, and possibly treat ourselves to a takeaway on the third night (we particularly love a chippy tea if we’re staying near the seaside!) We also make sure that we have plenty of ready to eat snacks to squash those hunger pangs.

Bank holiday camping activities

Get outdoors and play family games together.

There are so many activities to enjoy when camping. You can take the family off on a stroll, visit country parks for a picnic, or head to the beach and build sandcastles. Our favourite memories have been made simply spending time near our tent. We play ball games or hide and seek with the kids – there giggles are infectious and it makes us realise why it’s so good to get away from it all!

Of course, if the weather isn’t great, we can pop on our wide legged wellies and waterproofs and find a nearby attraction. We find that local Facebook groups are great for finding out about events and attractions to visit. Alternatively, there’s nothing better than snuggling up in our tent and playing card games. Uno has become a family favourite, along with Dobble.

Have fun if you plan a camping trip

If you’re planning a bank holiday camping trip, we hope our tales above will give you an insight in things you can do on your break.

Enjoy the fresh air and relaxation!

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