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Top tips for first-time camping holidays

Camping at Hendra holiday park So, you’ve decided that 2019 is the year you’re going to give camping a go for the first time (or for the first time in a very long time…)

Our Cornwall holiday park is a popular choice for camping holidays – and it’s easy to see why! We’ve got a huge range of camping pitches available for your stay – and all at great value for money.

When trying something new there’s always a little bit of trepidation but we’re here to help! We’ve put together some top tips for camping holidays, which we think will help you plan your trip and make it as enjoyable as possible!

Tip 1. Don’t spend a fortune!
When trying something for the first time there’s always a temptation to go a little crazy and buy top of the range gear including the latest tent that will keep you warm down to -30 degrees. There’s really no need, unless you’re planning to do a trek to Everest Base Camp in the winter… Keep your costs to a minimum; if you find you love camping in Cornwall then you can always invest in something bigger and better for future trips.

Tip 2. Buy a bigger tent than you think you’ll need
Related loosely to the first tip is to make sure you buy the right tent for you (and your family). It can be tempting to just get what you need – but don’t buy something that doesn’t allow you room to enjoy your stay. Once you’ve unpacked your car with all your clothes, food and belongings then you may find that space in your small tent quickly fills up…

Tip 3. Buy out of season
Like most things in life it pays to shop around and to be savvy about when you part with your hard-earned cash. There are great deals to be had on camping gear out of season – don’t wait until July or you may find you pay a little more.

Tip 4. Keep warm – be happy
The summer of 2018 may have been almost unprecedented, with weeks on end of scorching heat and dry weather – but we all know that British summers can be unpredictable! With clear nights, temperatures can drop so pack warm clothes and portable heating to keep you toasty after the sun goes down.

Top 5 – let there be light
One torch is never enough. Pack plenty of portable lighting options, with gas or LED lantern lamps also a great option (especially handy for any late night trips to the loo…)

Top 6 – don’t forget those creature comforts!
You can treat camping in one of two ways. Many people use it as a complete detox from all forms of the modern world, switching off their mobiles and leaving behind their iPads, Spotify and Facebook. Or you can bring them all with you and stay connected! Here at Hendra we have a range of pitches with electric hook-ups, so you can plug in and share your holiday memories on as many social media platforms as you wish (including our own Guestbook feature, of course!)

Tip 7. Plan your trip
Cornwall is a fantastic holiday destination and there is simply so much to see and do. So, before you arrive, why not spend a few hours planning out the places and attractions you’d like to visit and the activities you might want to try. It’s also a good idea to come up with a few ideas for rainy days, just in case the weather isn’t being so kind… The team here at Hendra can always point you in the right direction too!