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Pitchup.com's camping guide

Heading off camping

Welcome to Pitchup.com’s camping guide, where we delve into the nitty-gritty of how to have a holiday 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) – there are also all sorts of other options, including smart glamping sites and cosy camping pods. 

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 all sorts of facilities (and even some luxuries) provided, while others expect you to bring along everything you'll need for your stay.

What is glamping?

Glamping is essentially a posher form of camping. At a glampsite, the accommodation will 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 break – 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, your travelling companions and the type of trip you’re after.

Guides for beginners

New to camping? Get to grips with the basics here. 

Tents

Now you're up to speed on what camping is, it's time to prep for your break. 

Buying guides 

Caring for your tent

Learn how and why to look after your camping kit.  

Caravans

Touring caravans

Static caravans

Motorhomes

Camping accessories 

Camping on a budget

If you're trying to work out the numbers or want to keep costs down, this is the section for you. 

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

Skills and knowledge that could be helpful once you've arrived on site. 

Campfire hacks

Camping in bad weather

Seasonal camping guides

Glamping

Camping experiences

Activities, camping options and destinations that are all just a little bit different. 

Camping experiences in England

Camping experiences in Wales

Camping experiences in Scotland

Best campsites

UK camping guides

Camping guides for the rest of the world

Check out some of the best camping-friendly countries across the globe.