Looking for a low cost summer break? Sure, many of us may enjoy jetting off to all inclusive resorts or beach front B&Bs or hotels, but they can often be paired with a big price tag – especially during peak summer seasons. For something more affordable, but still extremely enjoyable, you may be considering going camping. Camping allows you a getaway from your day to day life and routine, visiting beauty spots, immersing yourself in nature and spending some quality time with friends or family, depending on who you decide to go with. Of course, many of us haven’t been on a full blown camping trip any time recently, so if this is your chosen getaway, you may be wondering what you need to take away with you. Here are some suggestions that you may find useful.
Packing for Glamping
Glamping is becoming increasingly popular, allowing you to enjoy all of the benefits of camping – looking up at the stars, access to electrics and warm water and even comfortable beds. If you go glamping, the good news is that you can probably pack in the same way that you would for any other trip. You can take quality clothes from POL Clothing, you could take your usual makeup and hair products and you can leave your tent looking the same as you might if you got ready in a hotel room. Just make sure to take any extras you might benefit from, such as extra layers in case the tent grows cold in the night. Layers are generally best, as this allows you to add and take away to suit fluctuating weather and temperatures.
Packing for Camping
Of course, if you’re going on a regular camping trip, chances are, you will need to take an entirely different type of luggage. You’re going to have to be a lot more practical. Here are some items to purchase and pack away in time!
Flip Flops or Sliders
If you’ve ever stopped in a tent, chances are, you’re familiar with how frustrating it can be having to put socks and shoes on and off each time you need to exit the tent to use the bathroom, get more water or other things you may need to do throughout the night. Having flip flops or sliders readily available will allow you to go in and out of your tent more easily.
Another useful item for night time trips from your tent is a headlamp. This will ensure that you can see where you’re walking. If yours runs on batteries, make sure to have spare batteries too.
Plenty of Underwear and Socks
Chances are, you’re not going to have all too much access to washing machines or launderettes during your trip. This means you should take more than enough underwear to have a fresh pair each day of your trip. The same goes for socks.
A Sleep Mask
Getting your eight hours of sleep a night is still important while you’re away. If you’re sensitive to light, you may find that you wake much earlier in the mornings, as the sun rises and filters through your tent. A sleep mask can help to block this out, allowing you to get up when you want to.
Hopefully, the weather is pleasant for your trip. But it is always best to be prepared. Packing waterproofs can make sure that you have the protection you need if you’re going to have to head in and out of your tent while it’s raining. Try to ensure you have a waterproof jacket and trousers at the very least. There are lightweight waterproofs that are ideal for warmer climates. Other clothes that have fast drying materials are recommended too.
Going to be walking a lot? It’s best to pack some hiking boots. Hiking boots or walking boots are specially designed to support your feet through longer journeys and to provide grip on less stable terrain. Choose options that are waterproof and well reviewed.
Moisture Wicking T-Shirts
As we mentioned earlier, you’re unlikely to have easy and constant access to a washing machine while you’re away, so chances are, you’re going to need to rewear some of your clothing. Moisture wicking t-shirts are a good option, as you don’t have to worry as much about sweating in them.
Of course, everyone’s going to want to pack different things for their trip, but some of the options outlined above should help you to pack away some of the basics and the essentials. Remember to add them to your to-pack list!