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Alternatives to a Motorhome

When it comes to camping and travelling, a motorhome is not the only option. Although a motorhome does provide a lot of comfort, they can be very expensive and costly to insure.

Taking this into account, below are some of the best alternatives to a motorhome.

Campervan

A campervan is the most obvious alternative to a motorhome. Although campervans and motorhomes are very similar, they are not one and the same. Typically campervans are more compact and most of them will not have a bathroom. Whether a campervan is a good fit for you or not will depend on how many home comforts you like to have when camping. If you’re happy to have the basics but can do without a lot of space, running water etc. then a campervan might be the perfect choice.

Caravan

Another alternative to getting a motorhome is buying a caravan. Caravans are very popular in the UK and there are many excellent caravan sites where you can stay. The main difference with a caravan and a motorhome is that you have to tow a caravan using another vehicle, whether it’s a car, 4×4 etc. Not everyone is a fan of this since it can make driving more hazardous, especially when turning corners or reversing.

Minibus

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Although a minibus would not necessarily be considered a camping vehicle, it can be a very useful form of transport to get to camping holidays if you have a large family/group and have alternative accommodation arranged.

With a minibus, you don’t have any living facilities so speak of since it’s main purpose is transportation. You can get minibuses that range from 9-17 seats and there are plenty of places where you can buy a used minibus for a reasonable price.

When you own a minibus, you’ll need to get the right type of minibus insurance policy. The type of policy you need will depend on how you use your vehicle. For example a lot of minibus owners work as private hire taxi drivers and in this case you need to get a private hire taxi minibus insurance policy.

5 Best Camping Tips

If you’re new to camping then the video below has some great tips to help you.

Tent Commandments

If you’re planning on going on your first camping trip soon then you should find the infographic below extremely useful.

5 Tips for Your First Camping Trip

If you’re planning on taking your first camping trip soon then you want to make sure you’re properly prepared.

Below are 5 key tips to make your first camping trip an enjoyable one.

1. Come prepared

Although the unpredictable nature of camping is part of what makes it fun, you still want to make sure that you have everything you need with you in order to be safe and to enjoy your trip.

This means you should always pack essential items, such as batteries, a pen knife, first aid kit, warm clothes etc etc.

Being properly prepared will help to make your first trip much more enjoyable.

2. Leave electrical devices at home

One of the main benefits of going camping is to get out in nature and leave the stresses of modern life behind. Although you might think bringing your tablet or laptop with you on your camping trip will add to the experience, in truth it could just make it more stressful.

Going camping is the perfect excuse to do a digital detox and leave all your electronic devices at home.

3. Choose campsite carefully

Picking the right campsite is key when you’re going on your first camping trip. Not all campsites are the same – some are very basic and only have the absolute bare essentials while others have a lot of facilities such as showers, baby changing etc.

You also want to think about the surrounding area and whether there’s anything to see or do nearby. Just because you’re camping at night doesn’t mean you’ll necessarily want to spend the whole day at the campsite, especially if it’s your first camping trip.

4. Plan for extreme weather

It’s always a good idea to plan for extreme weather when going on your first camping trip. Nights in the UK can be a lot colder than you think, even during summer.

If you’re going in a motorhome then it’s not as big of a priority since you can sleep indoors if need be, but if you’re planning on sleeping in a tent then you want to make sure you have a thick sleeping bag and enough blankets.

5. Get a good tent

Having a good tent is one of the most fundamental parts of a successful camping trip. Make sure you get a tent bigger than you think you’ll need and that you do a few test set-ups before you get to the campsite.