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Family Camping Guide for Camping in Europe

Submitted by on Wednesday, May 9, 20122 Comments

family camping in EuropeA camping holiday is a great way to provide your family with a break from the rat race without breaking the bank. And do not worry, the days of shivering around a one ring gas cooker while standing in the mud are long gone.

Campsites have come a long way since the old days and are more than welcoming to families of all sizes.

Bear in mind if you are taking the whole family camping you will need to do a little bit of homework before you start. It goes without saying that you need to have all the right equipment, starting with tents through to sleeping bags and cooking equipment. You should also check out the difference in seasons and check the sites are open and offering everything they would in high season.

If you think camping is something you and the family will do regularly there are associations you can join that if you are a member you can get discounts and perks.

To avoid being caught out it is worth writing a quick checklist to run through before you leave.  This list should include but not be limited to a mallet, pump, torch, lamps, chairs and cutlery. It might also be useful to take a first aid kit in case of emergencies.

There are also a few tips that will make the holiday run without a hitch. Always check the campsites you are booked with are appropriate for families. You don`t want to be surrounded by young and noisy students.

If you have active children make sure ball games and running around is accepted at the site. Some areas aim at an older market and frown on this kind of fun.

Plan a meal menu for the whole time you are away. This will save any last minute changes and panic rushes to the supermarket. Don`t forget you can always prepare things before you go.

If you plan on making camping a regular occurrence for your family, when you are on the holiday and you realize you need something useful, write it down. That way you will bring it next time.

Now that you are prepared and forearmed you are ready to go and enjoy the beauty of nature and the budget friendly holidays that the whole family will love. All you need is to visit Park Resorts Barmston Beach Holiday Park and see for yourself how great camping can be. With Scarborough Sealife Centre on the doorstep complete with seal pups, sea turtles and other fish that are sure to keep the family happy, a great trip is assured.

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  • Jeannie says:

    Good points about making sure that they sites you want to use are family friendly. Children will need room to run and play, and will be somewhat noisy.

    One can buy food kits that can be re hydrated to make some tasty meals and I am certainly thinking about using some of these next time I go camping. I would rather bring some along for variety and fill in, rather than go hungry. Kids tend to eat more, when they are really active.

  • Greg says:

    I have been camping and traveling around Europe for the last 40 years to say so. I have young twins of my own and my wife and I took them camping with our camper van when they were barely three months old for the first time.

    The twins celebrated their first birthday in one of the camping sites in Croatia this year.

    Yeah, with kids you won’t be exactly relaxing yourself in the shade anymore, but the whole camping experience get’s a new perspective.

    I believe there are people who find kids annoying. But they usually look for quieter places anyway.

    As far as the food goes, I always try to make sure there is a fresh fruit& vegetable market somewhere around. I always have some pasta and rice in stock anyway and only with these ingredients you can do wonders if you know how to cook of course.

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