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Heading off camping

Welcome to Pitchup.com’s camping guide, where we delve into the nitty-gritty of how to nail a hol spent outdoors – whether your chosen accommodation is a tent, lodge, caravan, yurt, or something else entirely…

What is camping?

If you’re a beginner at all this, let’s get back to basics. Camping doesn’t just cover grabbing a tent and taking to the wilds nowadays (although you’re very welcome to do just that). 

The practice of holidaying alfresco can be very handily split into four main categories:

  • Staying at a pitch on a campsite or holiday park with your own tent
  • Rolling up at a campsite or holiday park with your touring caravan, motorhome or campervan
  • Booking a caravan, lodge, cabin, pod or hut at a campsite or holiday park
  • Renting a tent – whether a tipi, yurt, wigwam, safari tent or bell tent – at a holiday park or campsite

Some of these options come with everything plus the kitchen sink, while others expect you to bring the whole shebang along yourself.

What is glamping?

Glamping is essentially a posher form of camping. At a glampsite, the accommodation tends to be provided by the owners and set up ahead of your arrival. Typically, a few fancy add-ons are chucked into the mix with this sort of hol – think kitchenettes, welcome hampers and even hot tubs.

Beginner or seasoned camper?

Whether you’re a newbie glamper or camping connoisseur, there’s a site to suit you depending on your preferences, family situation and the type of trip you’re after.

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Our beginner guides:

Camping gear and budget

Now you're up to speed on what camping is, it's time to prep for your break. From staying under budget to choosing a tent, delve into these guides for all sorts of holiday hacks.

Camping with kids and pets

Travelling with younger travellers in tow? There are a few extra things to keep in mind for planning a tip-top family camping trip.

Handy camping hacks

Explore campsite options

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