Tips for Camping in Europe

Taking a trip to Europe can be as rural or as traditional as one would like. Camping in Europe offers the best of both choices. There are campgrounds all along backpacking trails. Likewise, in the vacationist or more developed areas camping is also an option.

What Gear Should One Take?

Decide if pitching a tent is a preference or using more static accommodations such as yurts, bungalows or caravans, which are commonly found at campsites in Europe, is preferred. If pitching a tent, consider purchasing one when in Europe as these too are readily available. Doing so will also save on luggage fees and reduce the chance of the tent not arriving on time or at all. However, don’t leave home without the necessities such as toilet paper, hand soap and hand sanitizer because at many campsites in Europe these items are hit or miss.

Europe has varying climates so dress in layers. Pack thermals for cold climates and peel off layers as needed for warmer climates.

To Go Alone or with a Group

Whether a person is traveling alone, with another person or a group of people it can have an impact on how successful the camping trip is. Everyone has his or her ideal trip in mind and traveling with those with similar ideas increases the likelihood that the camping trip is memorable. If traveling with children, camping can be a more family-friendly option then staying in a hotel. Look for the campsites that promote family-friendly activities,

Day Hikes

Camping is still an option for those lodging in an urban area. For instance, Paris and London offer camping enthusiasts a way to experience day hikes that are only a train or bus ride away. For many, camping for a day is considered a better option than hostels.

For the urban camper, many places in Europe offer camping stations within walking distances to a popular city. Planning out the trip is critical. Who to go with and what gear to take can make or break a camping trip. Part of a successful planning effort might include reading a back packing blog first. In addition, carry an easy to read map of the area and a language book that offers common phrases.