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10 camping tips not only for beginners
Since Corona, camping has felt more popular than ever before. Tens of thousands of new registrations, fully booked campsites, full rental calendars. And that’s understandable, after all, you always have your hotel room with you, the distances to the neighbours are regulated by the size of the plot and the danger of catching an infection while queuing at the buffet simply doesn’t exist.
Would you like to go on holiday with a camper van for the first time this summer? Then we have the best tips for a relaxed holiday for you here:
- Your camping to-do list
- 1. Before travelling with the motorhome, first check the driving licence class
- 2. Rent a motorhome or caravan
- 3. Pack the right things
- 4. Load the caravan correctly
- 5. Find a campsite
- 6. Life on the campsite
- 7. Free standing – not welcome everywhere
- 8. Food on camping holidays
- 9. Cool camping gadgets
- 10. Relaxed camping with Corona
- Our great camping handbook for beginners
Your camping to-do list
1. Before travelling with the motorhome, first check the driving licence class
You want to take off with your partner, three children and a dog, but you got your Class B driving licence after 1999? Then you’ll have to change your plans, because the maximum permissible weight you can drive with is 3.5 tonnes. To avoid any unpleasant surprises with your driving licence, you should take a close look at the information in these two articles:
2. Rent a motorhome or caravan
If money is a secondary consideration for you because you have so much of it and have bought your own camper straight away – congratulations! For most beginners, however, it will make more sense to rent a vehicle first. Especially to find out which vehicle suits you best. There are numerous options for this: Quite classically at local dealers or rental companies or on the internet – either on a booking platform for private vehicles (e.g. PaulCamper, ShareACamper, Campanda, Yescapa or for commercial rental vehicles (e.g. DRM Deutsche Reisemobil Vermietung, McRent and many others).
It is important that the providers offer a wide selection of vehicles and models, very good service and a comprehensive safety package. Read more about this in our article on renting a motorhome.
3. Pack the right things
Clothes, toiletries bag and books – that’s about the contents of a package tourist’s suitcase. On a camping holiday, this is just one item among many on the checklist. If you rent a camper, basics such as gas bottles, tools and maybe even a few camping chairs and a table are likely to be on board. But you still have to think of everything from bedding to pasta strainer to toilet paper. To help you with this, we have compiled a checklist for your first equipment. There is also a camping packing list for your personal equipment.
4. Load the caravan correctly
Even if beginners often shy away from it: Driving in a caravan is not witchcraft and can be done in a relaxed manner – if you take a few safety aspects to heart. One important point is the correct loading of the caravan. If you are careless, you risk rolling and, in the worst case, serious accidents.
We have compiled an overview of the points you should pay attention to for your own safety. In these articles you will find out what is particularly important when loading:
5. Find a campsite
Great campsites are a dime a dozen in Germany and throughout Europe: from simple to luxurious, from small to huge, from quiet to active and from close to nature to ultra-modern. Are you travelling with your children and/or your dog? There are great offers here too. But how do I find a place that really suits me? We get asked this question again and again, especially by camping beginners. That’s why we’ve collected everything that could be important from our experience, and hope that this will make it a little easier for you to choose. Here we show you how to find the best campsite for you.
By the way, if you’re smart about it, you can save a lot of money even in the high season – many campsites offer discounts. Find out exactly how this works in our article Camping cards 2021 in comparison: Save like the pros.
6. Life on the campsite
Going on holiday at a campsite for the first time is exciting and not without its pitfalls. So that you don’t have any surprises, you can find out what to expect in our campsite 1×1 – from the reservation to the correct disposal.
7. Free standing – not welcome everywhere
Wild camping or free standing is probably the freest form of enjoying the land and nature. But even here there are restrictions and regulations. Some of them are clearly defined, while others are considered silent signposts of the obvious. What do you need to camp in the wilderness? Relatively little equipment, but a lot of sense. We have taken a critical look at wild camping.
8. Food on camping holidays
Yes, there’s no need for the unloved queue at the buffet, but what’s on the table for dinner on a camping holiday instead? How about “goat cheese burger with caramel onions” or “cod fillets with potato wedges” and banana pancakes and an oatmeal date shake for breakfast? Here you can download our free e-book “Camping recipes. Simple and delicious” here. Whether meat or fish, vegetarian or vegan, sweet or savoury – you can easily prepare the colourful selection of dishes on your trip.
9. Cool camping gadgets
Campers are a bit crazy. This is no secret and you may notice it when you find yourself struggling to find your way between hunter’s fences, garden gnomes and the extensive site regulations at some campsites – or, at the other extreme, you find yourself in a small, leaky tent in rainy weather and find this to be the great freedom. When preparing for your first trip, you may find yourself in a camping accessories shop and discover things you’ve never heard of before, let alone their usefulness. Some of these unusual gadgets are presented here. You can find suitable camping bargains here.
10. Relaxed camping with Corona
Finally, here’s a reminder: this year’s camping holiday is also a little different from the norm. This starts with the fact that you should book urgently. It can be assumed that, as in the previous year, occupancy restrictions will apply. Whether and when the borders to neighbouring countries will be opened and closed will certainly depend on the respective incidence levels or vaccination progress. Together with the general camping boom, this will result in fully booked campsites in many places, especially in Germany.
The usual hygiene and distance rules apply everywhere, of course, but it still makes sense to ask about the local regulations. Some campsites, for example, do not open their sanitary facilities at all or only to a limited extent. This is an important point if the rented caravan does not have a shower or toilet.
Our great camping handbook for beginners
We have compiled many more tips for beginners, information on technology, construction and floor plans, interesting facts about equipment and travel planning as well as practical checklists and experiences from our everyday camping life in our first book “Camping. The big handbook” for you. On 400 pages there are also lots of pictures from our travels and “camping dictionaries” for each chapter – so you’ll get fit quickly and can talk shop with other campers. :)
You can order the book in local bookshops and on these online portals, among others:
- Signed by Nele directly from the publisher (limited edition)
- Directly from the publisher as normal version
- Pre-order at Amazon
- Pre-order at Thalia
- Pre-order at buecher.de
- Pre-order at Hugendubel
- Pre-order at Weltbild
- Pre-order at Beck-Shop
- Switzerland: Pre-order at Buchhaus.ch
So, now nothing stands in the way of a fantastic first camping holiday! Have fun and stay healthy!