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Camping in the UK – Making the Best of Bad Weather

Camping holidays have long been a favourite of the Brits and, surprisingly, so many people choose to spend their camping holidays in the UK where the weather certainly can’t be guaranteed in the summer (let alone at any other time of the year).  Most of us have work commitments and have to book our annual leave well in advance, without the benefit of being able to check the weather forecast (as if that would do much good anyway!).  However, it is possible to go camping in the UK and make the best of the bad weather so that the break is memorable and enjoyable – you just need to be prepared to use a bit of imagination.

READ THE REVIEWS

The first consideration is to get online and check out the campsitesin the area you intend visiting.  Look at the online reviews to make sure that the campsites aren’t too exposed to the winds or prone to flooding.  Online reviews are a great way of getting a true picture of what you can expect when it comes to camping (or indeed any other activity, product or service).

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CHOOSE YOUR SPOT CAREFULLY

Once you’ve booked a campsite where you won’t end up mired in mud or blow off a windy hillside, you’ll need to choose a good place to pitch your tent or park your caravan.  Once you’re settled in, it’s time to enjoy your holiday, come rain or shine.  If it does happen to get wet and windy during your holiday, then there are a few things you can do to make life a little easier.

TAKE PLENTY OF DRY CLOTHES

Make sure that you have plenty of clothes so that you can change if you do get wet.  Drying wet clothing in a tent or caravan is practically impossible, especially if the rain continues (this is where it might stand you in good stead to book a campsite with laundry facilities – you could then just chuck everything into a dryer).

MIND THE MUD

Mud is another huge problem on campsites during rainy weather – it gets everywhere and the last thing you want is for everything in your tent to get covered in mud.  A great way of avoiding this is to lay a couple of old towels on top of an open newspaper at the entrance to your tent/caravan and then make sure everybody who comes in removes their shoes and leaves them on the towels.

HOW TO ENJOY THE RAIN

The worst part of camping in bad weather though is being stuck inside, unable to enjoy the area you’re visiting.  You could try visiting some local towns to check out their museums, cinemas and other indoor facilities.  If you’re on a large campsite, it may have an entertainment complex where you can enjoy yourself and shelter from the rain.  If not, then why not visit a nearby town and spend the day at the leisure centre – there will be so many activities on offer that you’re bound to find something that everybody can enjoy.  Some leisure centres run playschemes during the school holidays, so if there are kids in your camping party, that would be a great choice.

IF YOU CAN’T BEAT IT (THE RAIN) – JOIN IT

For the most intrepid campers (and, let’s face it, we Brits need to be pretty intrepid considering the weather we get hit with), wrap up warm, put on your waterproofs and wellies and get yourself out for a wild and wet walk in the great British countryside.  Camping in the UK is unique and enjoyable if you’re prepared to make the best of the bad weather – and, on a positive note, you’re not likely to suffer from bad sunburn!

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