Top tips for happy camping
09 October 2019
Looking forward to your next big camping trip or new to camping and not sure what to pack? We thought we’d share some tips to help you get the most from your trip.
What do you do if the weather is bad? What are the essentials? We’ve got it all covered in this blog.
1. Test your equipment before you leave home.
Before embarking on any camping trip, make sure you learn the ropes on how to put up your tent. This simple tip will save you time in figuring out when you arrive, making it quicker when you get to your destination. You can also make sure there are no faults or damage, taking the drama out of your set-up.
Also make sure you check any electronics, lighting equipment and airbeds at the same time.
2. Pack strategically
When packing always try to pack the least important stuff first so that all the must haves are within easy reach.
Your tent, possibly the most important part of your camping trip should be the very last thing you load into your car, so it can be the first thing you take out and pitch up when you arrive.
Other camping essentials include:
- Camp chairs – Some trusty fold-out chairs are a must, perfect for camping comfort and preventing a muddy bottom.
- Camp box – A simple storage box can be used time and time again. It may not be the first thing you think of but you certainly won’t regret it. Store all your camping goodies in one place, include your utensils, matches, torches, spare batteries, suncream, toilet paper, insect spray, spare pegs, tomato sauce, coffee, tea bags, cling film, foil and long life food. Throw it in your car and your well on your way.
- Sleeping bags camp beds or airbeds – If the nights are chilly, getting a quality nights sleep in a tent can be tricky. Make sure you pack a quality sleeping bag, a camp bed or even an airbed. Our recommendation if opting for an airbed is avoiding cheap airbeds you can buy everywhere and opting for a specialist camping brand.
- Footwear – Two absolute essentials, first something slip-on and preferably waterproof like a flip flop or a sandal. This is essential for those late night toilet trips. Also pack something absolutely waterproof, preparing you for the mud and preventing soggy socks.
- Clothing – Layers, layers and more layers so you are prepared for warm days and the coldest evenings.
- First aid kit – always a good idea to take headache/anti-inflammatory pills, plasters, antiseptic cream, eyewash etc.
3. Ensure you have sufficient lighting
Headlamps, lamps and torches and spare batteries. It may sound obvious but the number of people who rock up to our campsites with one torch and flat batteries is incredible.
Lanterns will give you 360° light and headlamps are great when you want to keep both of your hands free, making tasks much easier. Don’t forget to always take spare batteries.
4. Take spares
Always take spare tent pegs, guy ropes and tent poles as you never know what might decide to break at the wrong time. It can be a nightmare when something breaks half way through your trip, so be prepared.
5. Arrive during daylight
Pitching a tent is near impossible in the nights darkness, arrive with as much daylight to spare as possible to avoid any pitching mishaps.
6. Be prepared
Attitude is everything on a camping trip, there is nothing worse than being stuck in a small tent with an absolute grump. Bring a wicked camping playlist, bring games and then even in the rain camping can be full of fun.
7. Be realistic about the weather
Don’t forget to bring your umbrella, we have no control over the weather, but if you pack effectively camping can be fun rain or shine.
If you have any questions about your camping trip, feel free to ask one of our friendly team at Cofton or take a look at our FAQ’s.
Do not fear! If you happen to forget any of your camping essentials there is always a plan B and at Cofton we pride ourselves on keeping our onsite shop stocked with those things you may have forgotten you need.
Some of your kind words...
A brilliant stay as always. We stayed in a cottage this time which was beautiful and very well equipped. Lots of lovely little touches with a welcome hamper and lots of board games. Hubbie was well impressed with the huge TV too. Loved the courtyard and we were lucky enough to have the weather to BBQ 2 of the days. All the staff from reception to the shop to the entertainment were friendly and very accommodating of both my girls. Used the chippy which has recently changed hands and the food was still great. There is lots to do, loved the swimming, the zip wire, the park and walk in the woods and around the fishing lake. Have to be honest though we missed the caravan...... will definitely be back, hopefully in the Fernworthy van with the hot tub.
Had an amazing weeks holiday. The park was immaculate, the outdoor pool was spotless and the cleaning blocks were cleaned regularly. All the staff were very helpful and the shop on site was reasonably priced. We went with two kids (aged 6 and 7) and our dog, the kids were never bored and had an amazing holiday. We will definitely be returning next year!
My family and I stayed for 5 nights in July, aged between 13 and 40 and we all had a brilliant family stay. The teenagers loved the outdoor pool and the woods and we all loved the donkeys. I’ve been coming here since I was a child and it’s still got a lovely relaxing atmosphere and has all the facilities you could want for a camping holiday. I must say the fish and chip shop is the best we have ever had at a holiday park, reasonable prices and good sized portions. We have booked to come back again on 25th August for a week and can’t wait!
I visited when my relatives came over from Canada and fell in love. I was lucky enough to stay for a week last August for my sons 2nd birthday. It has got to be one of my favourite places to go. Absolutely beautiful, quiet, good facilities, lovely restaurants. The staff are outstanding. I can't wait to come back again this year!
Stayed in campervan for a weekend. Great campsite good location, plenty of things for all to do. Great fishing lakes all in a short walk through the woodland to the lovely Dawlish Warren and Dawlish. Couldn't fault.
Highbridge, United Kingdom
We have had a wonderful experience, the site is very clean, ALL the staff were friendly and helpful especially the bar supervisor, entertainment was second to none, we'll 100% return...
The Warren Family
I just want to say how impressed my fellow Motorhomers and Caravaners were with the welcome and service we received during our stay. Staff in the office were polite and helpful at all times. Scott the restaurant manager was most accommodating when I enquired about reserving space for 25 to 30 of us for lunch after a walk. The service in the restaurant was speedy the food hot and varied. We were very pleased with the standards. Staff in the restaurant were cheerful and polite and helped make our meal most enjoyable. We had such a good time that we will be returning again next year for our Xmas Rally.
The best holiday park we've been to in our motorhome. Our children aged 2 and 4 loved it. Great facilities, entertainment and activities in one of the best parts of Devon!
Delicious fish and chips, friendly and helpful staff and delightful woodland.
Suze - Cornwall
Good location and dog walking, we'll be back and it can't come quick enough.
David - Portsmouth.
Loved the Zumba class! Can't wait to come back!
Elise - Exeter.
A* facilities, always very clean. The pool and food offer great value for money!
Stayed in Honeysuckle Cottage, stunning views over the Exe Estuary.. fantastic place for a family holiday
Ian - Australia.
My little girls aged 2,3 and 5 loved the entertainment.. all they can remember is fun, fun and more fun!
Anonymous - Cheshire.
Quiet and relaxing in a stunning location.. Can't wait to return
Ethan R, Burnham-on-Sea
We usually camp 3 times a year and hire a caravan after the Christmas break at Cofton, and will continue to do so. We thoroughly recommend staying there. Great for families or just the 2 of you.
Jilly B, Cheltenham
Go for swimming and food at this fabulous holiday camp... facilities A-star so clean and just great value for money would defo use over and over again which I do.... I'm a regular visitor. Dip and dine always good option as the food and snacks are fantastic in the bar cafe area near swimming pool!
Excellent toilet block and lovely hot showers. The on site pub was spot on with really friendly staff..
Joan L, Bromsgrove
The superbly equipped Woodside Cottage was beautifully clean with a fantastic Hot Tub. Waking up to horses and cows in the rear field.. stunning!
So friendly and clean, it’s a home from home and we couldn’t go a year with a visit!
Bernice Procter, Swindon
I always pay a visit to Amelia's Pantry, you can just Relax, Indulge and Enjoy!
‘Wonderful facilities, especially the swimming pools! In a lovely setting, for us it is simply the best campsite we have found.’
Margaret Hayes, Leeds
We have been coming to Cofton since 2009 and have stayed at least 12 times. We love everything about Cofton: the location and scenery in and around the park, the quality and cleanliness of accommodation, the friendly welcoming atmosphere; Everything about Cofton is great!
Ethan Robinson, Somerset
‘Dog walks, cycling, lovely country pubs… It suits our every need’
Kay Hancock, Bristol