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Have You Considered Camping?

November 7, 2012

You’ve been waiting for your holiday since last summer, you’ve earned it and you saved as much as you could have, but considering the information you found on transportation and accommodation, you’re still somewhat far from the perfect budget.

But going on holiday doesn’t have to be all that expensive. Have you considered replacing the hotel with a tent? You might enjoy your hard earned money more if you spend more on yourself and entertainment. You’re probably thinking that you won’t be comfortable; but quite frankly, modern equipment and camping sites are not what they used to be. Anyway, let’s face it, how much time were you going to spend in your room anyway? Holidays are about experiencing the places you’re visiting, right? So basically you only need a place to crash, and a tent with an inflatable mattress might be just what you need.

And if you thought that camping sites are exclusively located near mountain or forest areas, you were wrong. For example, even the great Ibiza has 7 different camping sites on the island, and there’s actually something called Discobus that can transport you all night from all the major resorts to their famous dance floors.

However, camping has its own specifics, and there are a couple of things that you should consider before packing. First of all, thanks to the all-knowing Internet these days, you can find out exactly what every campsite has to offer, and you should choose one that fits your needs regarding setting and possible activities.

Once you’ve made your choice, it’s a good idea to make a reservation, because during the season every good place is booked.

As for luggage, there are a couple of things that are absolute “musts”. You’ll definitely need a tent, and a sleeping bag, or an inflatable mattress. Also on the advisable “musts” list should be: a flashlight, extra batteries, a toothbrush (and other toiletries), appropriate clothes (warm weather, cold weather, waterproof), trash bags, a pocket knife and cooking supplies (although elaborate cooking is usually not a good idea).

In addition to these, there are a couple of items that you’ll find very useful, although you might manage without them: wet wipes, bug repellent, a cooler, a first aid kit and camp chairs.

When you get there, make sure you still have a couple of hours of daylight, because installing a tent might be tricky, especially if you’re new to this. You’d better bring some water with you and food. The quantity of food and water should depend on how long your holiday will be, your budget, and the options available near you. For example, if you’re planning to get to your tent only for sleep, you’ll probably take your meals in different places throughout the resort, so there’s no need to bring too much food.

Camping can be a great experience, provided your research on the place is thorough enough. There are things you can replace with a little creativity, but you should also have enough with you to be prepared in a number of scenarios.

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