The campsite is currently experiencing a great comeback. Not so long ago, camping was considered boring and old-fashioned, but today a wide variety of age groups enjoy time in nature and the simple life. Life is often very stressful on a daily basis, so it is all the more pleasant to enjoy the simple life by a beautiful lake, in the mountains or on the beach and to take some time for yourself.
Camping offers the opportunity to explore a new place each day while still sleeping in your own bed.
What to think about?
Although camping offers a lot of freedom and spontaneity, a little preparation is necessary before leaving. You should find out about the specific regulations and laws that apply where you are going to camp.
In Germany, for example, motorized wild camping is prohibited and wild camping is not allowed in all parts of the country. However, if you have to resort to it (for example, to rest before continuing to drive), it is generally tolerated in Germany if you observe a few basic rules:
Don’t leave trash behind
There are also plenty of great campsites left in their natural state, so you almost feel like you’re in the wilderness. Many brochures, travel guides and camping holiday apps offer you all kinds of campsites, most of them with photos and prices. You can thus select the campsites you like in advance and not have to search, late at night and stressed, for a place to spend the night.
Tips and tricks for camping newbies
Remember to find out about the regulations and laws that apply at your destination (or en route to it). Are there specific or different traffic rules? Other speed limits? A vignette is perhaps necessary? Are there tolls?
Download apps and/or get travel guides. They can make your life as a camper much easier. You will find campsites much faster and you can usually find everything you need to know there. You can also find information on walks to do, activities to do, things to see and practical advice.
When camping, space is limited, so you have to pack your bags smartly and above all not take too many things with you. It’s best to pack weatherproof clothing and plan for multi-layered gear, so you’re prepared for any weather. Camping is being outside in all weathers and all winds.
Not carrying too many things is an essential form of wisdom. We quickly tend to pack an extra sweater and jacket, plus half of our household items. In the end, you won’t need most of this and it will only serve to annoy you because you’ll always have to move stuff from side to side to get something.
In general, when camping, space is limited and ultimately what you want is to enjoy the simple life. That’s what motivates you, isn’t it?
Also make sure everything is tidy. It is best to put heavy luggage on the bottom and light luggage on the top. Everything must also be tidy, because nothing is more annoying than drawers that open on the fly or cutlery that clashes.
Remember to always have spare change on hand. You will certainly need it for a parking meter, the laundry, the disposal of waste water or to treat yourself to a delicious ice cream.
Do not blindly trust the navigation system. Of course, almost everyone drives with the help of GPS, but on the way you should always pay attention to signs and carefully check the route beforehand. Because it can happen that the navigation system sends you on roads that are not listed or that have not existed for a long time.
Often the nights are long when camping. Doing the dishes, putting things away inside or running to the toilet… If you have to do this at night, a headlamp can be very useful, because some campsites are not well lit at night.
Remember to have something to eat or snack with you. We are often out and about and the fresh air makes us hungry. Seeberger nut mixes and bars are perfect snacks for travel and walks. Practical and tasty, they provide plenty of energy for the day.
If you’re not the type to start a fire with flints or if you haven’t been a scout, you definitely need a lighter or matches. You will surely want to make a campfire.
If you are out all day, there will always end up being sand, dirt or pebbles in the tent or camper. To get rid of it, a brush will be your best ally.
If you feel close to nature and like to shower outdoors, you should be mindful of the environment and use biodegradable soap. The same goes for the dishes, of course.
In nature there are often mosquitoes. This can quickly become a problem. Mosquito spray should therefore not be missing in your luggage.
If you want to be able to keep busy in the evening or on rainy days, it would be good to think of a good book or an entertaining board game.