CSleeping in and staying cozy indoors might be your idea of how to spend a good long weekend, but do not knock off the idea of spending some time in the great outdoors until you have tried it. Sure,being one with nature can take up more effort and preparation, especially if you are doing it for the first time, but the feel-good vibe of spending a weekend under the stars is worth all the hassle.
For the non-outdoorsy type, the logistics of spending the night in a campsite can be quite perplexing – but fret not! In this article, we will discuss the various options available to those who want to spend some time outdoors. More specifically, we will talk about the basics of camping, caravanning, and staying in motor homes. Each of these options come with their own advantages and disadvantages, so their merits really depend on each particular person. To help you choose which option is perfect for you, here is a rundown of each one.
For those who really want to rough it out and put their boy or girl scout training to use, camping is the best way to enjoy the outdoors. Note, however, that this is very hands on – from setting up your camping tents to starting a fire – so some skills and knowledge are necessary. That said, here are some tips to help you make sure to have a great camping experience even if you are a first-timer.
- Take some time to choose a campsite.Camping is quite popular nowadays, so it is easy to find great camping grounds.Make sure to check the specifics of your chosen campsite, such as if it is child-friendly, pet-friendly, or has available toilet and shower facilities.For beginners, it is better to find a campsite not too far from the town center just in case you might need some last-minute supplies.
- Bring the right supplies.Take the time to purchase a good quality tent (preferably one that is easy to set up),sleeping bags appropriate for the season (opt for insulated sleeping bags during colder seasons and thinner ones during warmer times), camping lights with extra batteries, and cooking equipment. Also make sure to bring something to start a fire with, as well as food items that do not cooking.
- Keep the camping short. For your first camping venture, it is better to plan a short one. Also, plan your travel to make sure that you are already at the campsite by early afternoon. This way,you will have enough time to set up camp and deal with any problems that may arise. An overnight camping trip will be a lot more manageable for beginners.
Caravanning and Motor Homes
If you prefer a more comfortable and fuss-free travel, or if you are traveling with your family, then it might be better to opt for a caravan or a motor home. Unlike traditional camping, going caravanning or on a motorhome affords you all the benefits of being outdoors while at the same time giving you the comfort of staying indoors. Moreover,even beginners can easily adapt to caravanning or travelling on a motor home as there is no longer a need to set up tent, build a campfire, and cook everything outdoors. With a caravan or a motor home, you can find a campsite, do outdoor activities and explore nature, then go back inside the vehicle to make dinner and to sleep. Moreover, it is easier to find a campsite and plan long trips when caravanning or driving a motorhome since you have an indoor toilet and kitchen. No need to confine yourselves to campsites near the town proper.
Now that we have discussed the advantages of caravanning and motorhomes, let us tackle this important question: how do you decide whether to get a caravan or a motor home? Here are some factors to consider:
- Your itinerary. If you intend to visit various camping sites or locations, then a motor home is ideal since you can drive to wherever you want to go. If you intend to come back to the same area several times, then a caravan is the better option. You can just set up your caravan at a certain location then come and go with your towed vehicle.
- Your budget.This is where camping trumps both caravanning and motor homes. You can go camping with just your car, but you will really need to shell out good cash if you intend to purchase a caravanor a motor home. Motor homes are generally more expensive than caravans. In fact, a used motor home and a brand-new caravan are on the same price point. In addition, you also have to consider the amount you have to spend on insurance.Since motor homes are vehicles, insurance coverage is necessary. This is not the case with caravans as they are not vehicles. In terms of price, however,their insurance coverage is roughly the same, so the difference is negligible if you want insurance coverage anyway.
- People you are traveling with. The differences between a caravan and a motorhome are negligible if you are traveling alone or with one or two persons only, but careful consideration is necessary if you are traveling with a large group. For those traveling with children, pets, or a large group, a motor home might be a better fit as it provides more seating options. A smaller company, or at least one with no children or pets, should do just fine in a caravan.
Of course, there are other factors you should take into consideration when camping, caravanning, or travelling on a motor home, but these pointers are a good place to start. Setting expectations and knowing how much and effort go into each of the options will let you plan your trip better, as well as decide which mode is the perfect fit for you. Bear in mind that while spending time outdoors is wonderful, it also requires preparation if you want the experience to be fun and stress-free.