More and more brits are opting to stay grounded for holidaymaking this year – many of us are escaping to hidden campsites, golden beaches, and relaxing getaways across the UK. Whether you’re an experienced expeditioner, or someone who prefers solid walls and loves their plumbing, you may be pitching the idea of a camping trip to your friends or loved ones 

The Hubbub team have gladly done some research to bring you some of our tried-and-tested tips to make your camping holiday more enjoyable, easier to plan and better for the planets .   

1) Getting there 

Getting there is part of the adventure  where possible consider reaching your destination by train, public transport or sharing your journey with others. Giving you more time to relax, opportunities to discover local treasures, and reduce the carbon impact of your getaway – a triple wig-whammy! If your company is signed up to the ‘Climate Perks’ scheme this could also net you some extra holiday as a reward for your sustainable choices, it’s always worth checking or asking your employer if you can sign up.  

2) Getting what you need 

If you don’t have all the equipment you need, check with friends, neighbours or family to see if it’s something you can borrow or rent – it doesn’t yurt to ask! If you do need to buy anything, consider equipment that is multi-purpose and long-lasting for future camping trips. high-quality tent will not only be cheaper in the long run, but it will also ensure you stay dry whatever the weather – making your home-from-home feel a bit more luxurious.  

3) Practice before you get there 

Does the thought of pitching your campsite make you tents-up? Practicing putting up your tent in a garden or local park before your trip helps you know what to do when you get there. This also gives you chance to run through the basics of pitching, sleeping, cooking, washing, and packing away to make sure you have everything you need.  

4) Pitching up  

When you get to your site, try and pick an area where the grass isn’t already dead or yellow to pitch up. This will give those wilted areas a chance to regrow and replenish, rather than wearing them out further.  

5Days out 

Even if you’re the kind of person who likes to explore when you get there, it’s always worth having a look at the local area to plan a day trip in advance. Especially if you’re planning to use public transport. Stick to the footpaths where possible to protect verges and wildlife and ask around to see where locals recommend you visit.  

6Keeping clean   

If you’re concerned about using plastic and don’t want to use wet wipes that can easily blow away, consider switching to a reusable flannel and biodegradable soap instead. Leaving a covered bucket or tub of water near your tent can also warm it up during the day giving you warm water to wash with (winning).  

7Remember your reusables 

Reusables are easy to carry around and take home with you. Simply wash them out at the campsite and remember them for day trips so you don’t need to buy bottled water or food and drink in single-use containers. This will reduce the amount of waste you produce and save you some cash too. It also means you’re never without something to drink out of if you wake up thirsty in the dark.  

8) Considering a campfire?

Lighting fires near wooded areas can be dangerous and can disturb wildlife, and the smoke means it’s not great for air quality either. Putting your torches and lamps together could make a glowy area to huddle around instead, and a hot water bottle could keep you warm! If you do decide to make a fire, double-check it’s allowed and the area is safe.  

9Take home trash  

Many campsites have limited facilities to recycle and collect litter. Where possible, take it home with you. Bins that are overflowing can often be ambushed by seagulls and foxes or the contents could be blown away by the wind. Only use bins that have plenty of room.  

10Packing up

Whilst it can be tempting to bundle your tent away and forget about it until your next trip it’s very important to look after your equipment. If your tent is wet or damp when you put it away – make sure to get it back out to dry when you get home to help it last longer and avoid mildew. If your tent has seen a lot of use, consider re-waterproofing with a water repellent spray. Especially with the British weather, you never know when it will be teepee-ing it down next! 

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If you're all packed for your trip, think about unpacking your fridge before you go! Every year Brits throw away £500 million of edible food when going on holiday - here are 3 easy steps to follow instead, and help reduce food waste.