Being a Doncaster man myself I can tell you everyone here likes top quality products at low costs (doesn’t everyone?). Reviews online allow us to see what other people think of a certain product, whether it’s good or bad, whether it’s worth the cost etc. A good site to check out is http://www.gooutdoors.co.uk/ Go Outdoors has just opened up a shop near Doncaster so if you’re planning to camp near us it’s worth checking out.
When going camping in the wild (or over your local field) it is important you let people know where you’re going. Why you might ask? If you have an accident and you don’t inform people where you’re going they’ll have a hard time locating you. Make sure you let people know which route you’re planning to take, what time you’re leaving, what time you’re planning to return etc. By having a little document set up with vital information it makes it easier for people to locate you if something goes wrong.
It’s important to check the campsites policy in regards to pets. It’s no good showing up to a campsite with your labradoodle only to find out that you aren’t allowed dogs on the site. I know for a fact most campsites near Scunthorpe and surrounding area allow dogs so if you’re in the area be sure the check them out. Here at Epworth, we allow pets even in our cottages.
Some campsites in the UK allow you to make a fire so you can roast up some marshmallows or cook up some meat. Make sure you check the sites fire procedure as you could be endangering yourself and others by creating a fire on the campsite without permission. If campsites allow you to create a fire make sure you properly extinguish it so that it doesn’t burn anything or anyone whilst you sleep.
It’s also important that if you camp in the wilderness (probably your local football field) that you properly stoke a fire throughout the evening to ward off any potential animals (or thieves) such as badgers and foxes. Make sure when you leave to properly extinguish your fire so that you don’t set fire to the surrounding area.
There’s nothing worse than arriving late to a campsite, it’s a barbaric act that won’t go unpunished. Arriving late limits your ability to explore the campsite and surrounding without disturbing local residents (it also annoys your local campers). Arriving early allows you to make the most of the day and get a bearing for your surroundings.
Respecting your fellow campers is essential (especially in Doncaster, we’re all hardcases so watch it!) to having the best camping experience. Nobody likes the loudmouths who stay up until 12 am shouting and playing music. Don’t be a loudmouth. You need to be considerate and think about who’s on site. If it’s a family-friendly campsite you don’t want to be shouting explicit language.
Equally, you should treat the site with respect as well. The owners put great care and effort into making their site as clean and friendly as possible so make sure it stays that way!
This one ties into treating people with respect, don’t make too much noise. Like stated, nobody likes a loud mouth. It ruins everyone’s time, the site’s reputation and your reputation.
This one mainly applies to camping out in the wild but it can also be important on campsites. Whilst out camping it’s important you keep your food bagged up in trees to avoid attracting the wonderful wildlife in the area. If you’re interested in the fauna I recommend going for a walk around your local area (if you’re stuck for ideas Discovering Britain have plenty of good walks) or if you’re looking to see animals in a more preserved habitat Potteric Carr Nature Reserve is a great place to visit.
Limiting your food variety is basically camping suicide. Don’t get caught out with boring food, taking food that can be used to create different meals is essential. Simple things like beef mince, bacon, cheese and spices can create delicious burgers, chilli beef, bacon sandwiches and a lot more.
Don’t be the person to leave the camping essentials at home, you won’t hear the end of it. Leaving stuff at home is a disaster waiting to happen so make sure you have a checklist on hand. If you haven’t checked it off you’ve probably left it.
Whether out in the middle of nature or in the middle of a campsite being clean and tidy. Don’t be a messy bugger and litter, it’s not acceptable (I’ll also report you to the council, it’s a £75 fine)!
That’s all for this blog, I hope you enjoyed it! Stay posted for more content in the future.