Well, as I mentioned, my trip in Dorset was my first camping experience, actually it was the fist time for the 3 of us but it was so intense that I can tell now I'm very close to be a pro ( I went camping two times Ish)
Camping is something that you must do, it doesn't matter if you are with your family or with friends but it is an experience that brings people together. Every single person has a role when is time to camp and this can go from putting the tent together, setting up the barbecue, inflating the mattress and a lot of other things, that you are trying to do at the same time. You need help each other and not just because you are friends but because you have the same goal in common... survive! And then of course, let's not forget about the amazing confidential talk that you have around the fire before go to sleep (our fire was a disposable barbecue with 3 burgers on it)
So let's stop with the jokes and start with the amazing tips for a beginner to survive camping:
1- Choose the right person to go with
This is the most important thing and I'm not saying that you should go camping with someone that did it before, no! I'm talking about go camping with someone that you know good enough to trust that will not scare you every 5 minutes with the consequences of not sleeping at all during the night because you are too paranoid. (Yes, this happened for real)
2- Go shopping before arriving to the camp site
Short sad story, we arrived to the camp site around 11 o'clock in the night and this was quite far from everything so our earlier clever idea of having meat for dinner, was not that clever after all because it was to late to go shopping. So our dinner ended up being Haribo and crisps that we had as leftovers from the road trip... and gin, let's not forget the gin, God save the gin.
3- Don't panic! Is Just A Rope
A camp site is in the middle of the nature and there are a lot of people camping specially families, and where there are families there are kids, and what are kids good for? losing stuff.
If it's dark and you need to go to the toilet and you see something long in the middle of the field, don't start screaming "there's a huge snake!" while running away waking up the whole camp site. Take a few seconds, think and if the snake is not moving that means that is only a rope from a bathrobe that someone lost on their way to the shower. (and yes, this also happened for real)
4- Bring as much torches as you can
Don't be lazy when it comes to lights, don't count only with the torch of your phone because first of all you need to save the battery and second because you need to use your hands. In a camp site you are in the middle of a field, away from the town, if you are lucky that the sky is clear, the only light that you have is the moon so you need lights. Best tip that I can give is to have at least 1 light each to put on your foreheads for when you are cooking, setting the tent, going to the toilets or simply looking for something inside your bag, your hands are free and the light is always in the direction that you are looking into.
An extra light is good to hang on the tent and you can move it inside and outside to create some ambience around the fire (or again... disposable barbecue)
5- Salt, pepper and sauces
If you are planning to go camping, a few days before go to Pret a Manger, McDonalds or any kind of fast food restaurant and steal the mono portions of ketchup, mayo, mustard, salt, pepper and oil, trust me, it will be useful and buying the full box for just a few days is not worth it. We are backpacking, we need to travel light (don't forget to take all you trash with you. This king of things are very light and with a little bit of wind they can fly away very early, please throw it straight away in the bin).
Last but not the least, Booze!
Hey, don't forget you are on holiday and again, you are in the middle of nowhere so bring some booze to partying but do not exaggerate! Remember to always respect the people around you so if you are a loud person when you are drinking, maybe don't! Also the sun will be your alarm so hangover or not you will wake up very early which is good because you need to explore! Go sleep later on the beach, that is much better.
Where to go camping
You should know that in England wild camping is illegal so if you want to be safe, specially if you are not an expert, you should go to a camp site, all of them have showers and toilets and if you are not a pro these are necessary.
We found Osmington Mills Corner Camp Site, in Dorset, very close to the Jurassic Coast. The camp site is open from may until September, they have all the necessary and most importantly dogs are allowed, all of this within a reasonable price.
Having said that, don't forget your clothes, flipflops for the shower, some cutlery for your dinner, swimming suit, and all the things that you usually need when you are traveling.
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