Happy New Year! Have you made any New Year Resolutions? More importantly, are you sticking to them?! According to the Caravan, Camping & Motorhome Show 2018, everybody should put “Spend 24 Hours Outdoors” on their New Year Resolutions list. Various researches from organisations such as The Camping and Caravanning Club and the World Health Organisation have revealed that camping is generally good for your your mental health; it makes people feel happier; it’s a great social leveller; it’s a great way to make new friends (especially for children); and children are more than likely to encounter new experiences eg kite flying, tree climbing, den making and cooking on a campfire.
Location, location, location …. there are many different types of campsites in the UK from the glamping spots; the really deserted one tent in a field spots; adapted farms that have become campsites in idyllic locations, with modern shower blocks & facilities such as a pool, shop, restaurant, launderette, bar; and some which are part of a holiday village with full entertainment & other amenities.
So, your children have persuaded you to buy a tent and book a camping holiday … put the tent up beforehand to practise and to check that it is in fact waterproof … (we’ve had to buy a new tent day 2 into our 14 day camping holiday when a torrential downpour overnight left our old tent uninhabitable! Thank goodness our site had a launderette and I was able to use the dryers to dry our damp clothes & bedding!)
And here’s some tips to help you pack those all important fashion & beauty essentials:
1. FOOTWEAR. Hiking/Walking Boots. To wear all the time when you are not in the tent. I use my motorbike boots. Camping fields can get extremely muddy, especially if it rains. Make sure the boots are comfortable, sturdy & waterproof. For tent wear: slip on trainers, ballet shoes or flip flops.
2. ONESIE. I’m cringing as I type this. I rarely feel the cold but I must say, that even in August, it was cold and damp at night in the tent. I did wrap up under a duvet but I couldn’t help but think that wearing a onesie would have been preferable at that moment in time. I did visit a local store looking for a onesie but being August, and it was warm during the day, the shelves were full of swimming costumes not fleeces.
3. MAKE UP/BEAUTY PRODUCTS. Being outdoors gives you a healthy glow. Being on a campsite means that the shower facilities/lighting/mirrors are not really ideal to perform your normal make up and skincare morning and evening routines. I would suggest packing shower gel, 2 in 1 shampoo, moisturiser, BB cream (to replace primer, toner & foundation), waterproof mascara, lip gloss and eye make up remover pads.
4. COMPACT MIRROR. At night you should really take off make up but when camping, it is rather off putting to go to a dimly lit shower block armed with your torch to help you navigate your way. Having a compact mirror means that you can take your make up off in your tent ( and apply your morning make up after your shower in privacy, if you wish). I used my mirror to make sure I didn’t have too bad bed head hair in the morning as I travelled across the field to the shower block!
5. HAIR PRODUCTS. Your brush. Ditch the straighteners, hairdryer, tongs, hairspray … go for the tousled look instead.
With those essentials packed, you are ready to fully embrace the outdoor life with your family – we walked for miles, went shell collecting on the beach, visited the local swannery, did some kite flying, rope swinging…
Are you going to add “24 Hours Outdoors” to your list this year? Are you a camping guru… or newbie? Any camping stories you can share? Do tell …
The Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show 2018 takes place at Birmingham’s NEC from 20 to 25 February. Prices are from £7 for adults; children under 15 go free. Tickets are on sale now – for more details check their website: www.ccmshow.co.uk
All photos are by Linda Hobden.