If you love being immersed in nature, connecting with the great outdoors, and being in the heart of nature’s beauty, then a camping holiday could be your dream vacation. Whether you are a seasoned camping veteran or are trying it out for the first time, every camping holiday requires preparation. From ideas for cooking outdoors to tips for sleeping under the stars, there are many ways to ensure your camping holiday is a success. That’s why we’ve put together this list to help you prepare!

Find the perfect location

Camping is all about enjoying nature, so make sure you find a truly beautiful area for your holiday. Nature reserves and national parks often have designated camping areas and are likely to be clean. If you’re traveling in Europe, there are some wonderful camping resorts and beaches, so be sure to pack a tent. Germany has some beautiful national parks with camping areas, like Müritz National Park, which is a stunning location with breathtaking views and a lake where you can canoe and swim. There are also some great camping spots in France, where you can spend the night by the sea and sleep on sand dunes at one of the family-friendly campsites on the west coast of France. Ile de Noirmoutier is particularly beautiful, as a visit feels like traveling back in time to the 1960s, where locals dig for clams, and cycle through the picturesque Mediterranean villages.

The US also has its fair share of beautiful places to pitch a tent. You could camp surrounded by pine trees in The Acadia National Park in Maine, or up a peak at White Mountain New Hampshire. Camping in the US will guarantee a wild experience – perfect for those not afraid to get back to nature. Wherever you decide to camp, make sure it is surrounded by breathtaking natural sights that will promise a relaxing holiday in the wild. It is generally advisable to camp in designated areas rather than wild camping.

Trailers or tent

Whether you are camping in a trailer (sometimes called a caravan) or a tent, there are plenty of options. Tents come in a variety of styles and sizes, from tipis to yurts or just a regular tent, there is a lot of choice. Depending on how many people you are traveling with, you may want to get a large tent to ensure you have a comfortable night’s sleep (small tents are not fun to sleep in). Tipis make for a cool and unusual camping experience, and there are some campsites in Canada where you can rent a tipi and camp in the forest. If you are planning on doing a lot of traveling on your trip and don’t have a car, then make sure you get a lightweight tent, as some tents can be very heavy.

If the idea of sleeping in a tent doesn’t appeal to you, then a trailer is a good alternative and will provide a bit of extra comfort on a camping trip. Trailers, as well as RVs, can be rented easily from places like Campanda, and are available in America, Europe, and Australia. The great thing about renting a trailer is that you can soak up more nature and travel to more than one camping spot easily.

Outdoor cooking

One of the most exciting and romantic aspects of camping is the experience of cooking on an open fire and dining under the stars. BBQ food works well when camping, so it’s a good idea to pack a BBQ or choose a campsite that provides one. If you are feeling adventurous, you could make your own fire and cook on the open flame. You could make crescent rolls on the campfires, using a stick and dough. These simple rolls taste delicious with hot dogs or filled with Nutella. Get the directions here.

The most important tip for a camping trip is to relax and enjoy the great outdoors! Happy camping.