Unless you’ve never gotten past backyard camping, it’s easy to think that getting your family out for a camping experience is expensive, stressful, and uncomfortable. In reality, however, it’s actually the other way around, especially if you know the basic tips and tricks of family camping. Camping in Cornwall can be an extremely fun adventure for families. But it can also be a bit pricey. Here are 10 tips on having budget-friendly camping in Cornwall.
And if you’re eyeing Cornwall for your first family camping experience, then here are 10 easy ways you can get the best out of camping in Cornwall without breaking the bank.
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10 Tips for Camping in Cornwall
1. Food Storage
Taking your own electric cool box filled with beverages to your family camping can save you tons of money, particularly if your family enjoys drinking soda. You can also load it up with big ice blocks, but make sure you place it out of direct sunlight. The awesome thing about these cool boxes, like the Waeco Mobicool G35 Electric Cool Box, is that you can conveniently move them around with their wheels. Make sure to store your food and drinks properly for camping.
2. Old Camping supplies
Raid your kids’ camping supplies, and you’ll surely find camp towels, sleeping pads, and camp kitchen equipment you can re-use for your upcoming trip. Aside from saving, it can also encourage participation from your kids.
3. Know your camping style
Be familiar with your camping style as well as your family’s preferences. This will help you get just the right equipment and materials. It’s also a good idea to role-play your camping experience for one night to figure out the exact things your family will need.
4. Try out the equipment first
It’s helpful if you can test actual camping equipment first, such as your sleeping bags and pads. You can borrow items from a friend or relative and if these items make you comfortable enough, you’re sure to get your money’s worth when you go buy your own.
5. Practice your camping skills
The more self-reliant you mean, the less expensive the trip will be. This involves enhancing your camping skills, such as choosing the right tools, tying various types of knots, and setting your own camp, instead of buying high-end camping equipment. Putting your camping skills into practice can also make the experience a lot more memorable.
6. Plan your meals
Prepare ahead of time, so you can stack your storage with simple meals. Instead of gourmet and complicated food items, you can prepare peanut butter and jelly sandwiches or bring chips and hotdogs your kids can cook by the campfire. You can also bring along easy-to-cook meals, such as those in pouches, which can easily be reheated.
7. Use items from your home
You can save a lot of money if you use items that are already in your home. You can bring old pots and pans to the campsite instead of purchasing an entirely new kitchen set for your trip.
8. Think of free recreations
Kids can get bored easily. To make sure they don’t drag the rest of the family to the nearest recreation center, you can keep them entertained with activities like looking for nature trails, rock climbing, or playing card and board games.
9. Pack smart
You don’t need to bring everything to your trip. If you pack heavy, it can increase your gas costs. It will also take too much room that you won’t have enough space for the other essential items you need for your camping trip.
10. Prepare your own first aid kit
The farther you are on your travel, the fewer stores there’ll be. And if there are stores on your camping site, there’s a good chance that you won’t be able to buy first aid medicines cheap from them. Instead of trying out your luck, you should stock up on your first aid kit and make sure to include all the essentials. Antibacterial ointment, insect repellent, pain relief medications and antihistamines are some of the must-have items you require in your kit. You can also include splinter tweezers, bandages, and safety pins.
Bonus Tip – Trekking Poles – this has been such a huge help for me and my family. Interestingly enough, not only do they help you with balance, but also when you are feeling drained, that extra push from them truly makes the hike easier and more doable.
Have you ever gone Camping in Cornwall?