In today’s fast-paced society, getting away from the hustle and bustle every now and then is an essential part of a healthy and happy life.
Where better to reconnect with peace and nature than in a national park? From the jaw-dropping beauty of Yosemite to the exhilarating reserves of Kruger National Park, the options for a memorable camping trip are endless.
If you’re looking to stay closer to home, the UK boasts a raft of beautiful spots to take advantage of. We peek at the ins and outs of camping in a national park.
Good to Know
Most campers opt for ready-made campsites when exploring areas of natural beauty, which usually offer facilities, such as toilets and showers, for a bit more convenience. If you fancy going rogue, you can head off the beaten track and pitch up where your heart desires.
But first, check the restrictions before venturing out. For example, in the UK, wild camping is only actually legal in Scotland and Dartmoor National Park.
Always prepare for every weather. If this is your first camping trip, avoid the winter months, and bring waterproofs even during summer. Make sure all your gear is reliable and in good condition.
Perform a test run by pitching up and sleeping in your garden before your trip, or consider inviting along an experienced camper for your first outing.
If sleeping beneath a starry sky is a prerequisite, you’ll have to veer away from the lights and keep your fingers crossed for a cloudless night. Remote parts of the UK, such as practically any Scottish island, will offer the best opportunities for enjoying celestial wonders.
Further afield, Scandinavia is an obvious choice with its stunning, vast expanses and the added bonus of witnessing the Northern Lights to top off an unforgettable camping adventure.