Out of the two of us, Justin is the one who enjoys camping. While I love exploring nature and hiking, I’m not so keen on sleeping in a tent outdoors. However, camping certainly has its perks: feeling more connected to the outdoors, trekking further into nature over a multi-day trip, and even saving money on accommodations. And sleeping under the stars is very appealing as I love gazing off into the night sky for hours on end.
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Perhaps taking camping holidays abroad makes the trip more tempting than one in my own backyard. Planning camping holidays in the UK is a brilliant choice for summer adventures. The temperatures are manageable and there’s no shortage of stunning landscapes. Here are a collection of tips to help you organize your trip.
Getting From Heathrow to London
Heathrow Airport is approximately 30 minutes to an hour away from Central London. There are a number of ways to travel between Heathrow Airport and London city center. Taking the Heathrow Express train is the fastest way to get to the city as the journey time is only 15 minutes. However, it is a bit more expensive to do so.
To save money, I took the London Underground from Heathrow to London. It was far cheaper, but takes between 50 and 60 minutes. If money is no option, you can also book a taxi for an easy and pleasant experience as you won’t need to fumble with your luggage on the train. I suggest booking a private transfer ahead of time to save any hassles.
If you’re spending a short amount of time in London, such as a day trip or a layover, check out my favorite London layover tour. You can see a surprising amount of things in London within only a few hours. Make the most of your lengthy layovers and get into the city!
Essential Tips for Planning a Camping Trip
I recommend carefully choosing your date for camping holidays in the UK. Campsites can become crowded on weekends and holidays, especially during the busy summer months. If you’re aiming to take camping holidays in Europe during these dates, it’s best to plan ahead of time. Leave early to avoid the traffic and be able to find a great campsite for you, your family, and your friends. If you are booking a camping trip during the shoulder seasons or colder months, I recommend looking into tent heating for a more enjoyable experience.
I also suggest that you plan and prepare your food prior to your camping holidays in the UK. Aside from the camping packing checklist below, it’s best to make a separate checklist for the food. As we follow a vegan diet, we’re used to researching our food options ahead of time. I recommend that everyone prepares their grocery list and plans ahead because you don’t want to go hungry while camping! It’s a good idea to bring a cooler to ensure that your meals stay fresh on your journey.
Plan meals before you go that are both yummy and easy to cook on site. I also recommend bringing supplies to brew your own coffee on the road, especially if you love coffee as much as I do. Here are the best ways to brew coffee while camping.
Camping Holidays in the UK – South of England
England has so many incredible campsites to explore. You can many of the best campsites in England in the south of England, particularly in Kent and Sussex. Here are some to add to your camping bucket list.
Hawthorn Farm Caravan Park
Hawthorn Farm Caravan Park in Dover, Kent has approximately 28 acres of green gardens with almost 5,000 kinds of trees. These are some of the best campsites in England with extremely well serviced facilities, such as award winning showers. I didn’t even know that you could win awards for having clean showers, but their bathrooms are top of the line. If I’m going to get into camping holidays in Europe (or anywhere), staying somewhere with clean bathrooms is high on my list.
Quex Caravan Park
Quex Caravan Park in Birchington, Kent is one of the best places for family camping in South England. It’s partially wooded with a small grocery store, cafe, and laundry facilities near the campsite. Book your stay here for one of the best camping holidays in the UK as you’ll feel like it’s your home away from home. Furthermore, Quex Caravan Park is only 15 minutes away from magnificent sandy beaches and a picturesque harbor.
Copthorne Caravan is situated in Bognor Regis, West Sussex. It is a family owned and operated camping park. It’s near many landmarks and popular places for tourists in Sussex, such as the Pagham Nature Reserve and the Chichester Festival Theatre. Therefore, it’s the perfect home base for your travels and explorations. Furthermore, there’s free Wi-Fi throughout the campsite, which is a huge bonus (especially if you’re a travel blogger like me!).
Fairfields Farm Caravan
Fairfields Farm Caravan in Pevensey, East Sussex lies on the Pevensey Levels, one of four National Nature Reserves in East Sussex. The region has a large marsh that’s home to many species of birds and wildlife. This is one of the best campsites in England, having won the award for Top 100 Sites – South East Winner. There’s complimentary Wi-Fi and impressive facilities. Take a stroll along the river, visit the nearby Pevensey Castle, or unwind in the vast countryside.
Camping Packing List
While surprise trips are exciting, planning ahead of time for a camping adventure is still the best way to ensure a successful and smooth running trip. Here is a camping checklist of what to bring:
- A tent
- Sleeping bag or pad for camper
- Repair kit for the tent
- Camping pillow
- Extra blankets
- Flashlight and extra batteries or a headlamp
- Camping Stove
- Cooking pan or pot
- Drinking water or Grayl Purifier Water Bottle
- Cups, mugs, cutlery, plates, bowls
- Paper towels
- Clothes: swimwear, rain gear, hats, gloves, shoes
- First aid kit with medications
- List of emergency numbers
Planning for your dream camping holidays abroad or camping holidays in Europe will take lots of hard work and patience. It can be stressful preparing all the food, tents and supplies. However, spending time in the great outdoors is always worthwhile, and your memories from this adventure will last a lifetime.