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You might think that the camping season is over now that the rain has started to set in, however as long as you are fully prepared, camping can be enjoyable at any time of the year!

Camping trips are a favourite pastime for lovers of the outdoors. But for the wider population, it’s an experience that attracts mixed reviews. It can be an exhilarating experience if you are prepared, or quite an overwhelming experience for those embark on one without proper planning. Some of the best places There are a lot of factors to consider when planning a camping trip. Here are a few important factors which should be taken into consideration prior to embarking on any camping adventure.

Climate and Weather Forecast

This is the first and most crucial consideration. You must think about the climate at the location where you intend to camp. This should inform your choice of clothing as in extreme conditions these choices could be the difference between a heat stroke and hypothermia. Always endeavour to check the weather forecast for the duration of your camping trip as many a camper has been known to end up stranded or lost due to unexpected changes in weather conditions. As a rule of thumb it is advisable to pack several layers of clothing, as keeping warm is more difficult than cooling down.


Travelling by foot and by car each has its own merits. Two of the most important considerations which should inform your decision are the amount of gear you will need and the size of your party. Travelling by foot is a great option if you are travelling alone or with very little equipment. However, if you are travelling with a group of people, perhaps a family with the need for lots of gear, driving is a more convenient option. In any case, driving provides you with an easy transport should there be an emergency. If you do not own a car, Avis offers affordable car hire services including 4×4 perfect for camping expeditions in our Avis Select Series and Avis Prestige fleet.


Simplicity is advised when it comes to food. While fresh foods can be packed, it should be consumed as soon as possible as it will not stay fresh for long. If you are taking a gas or stove, ensure you have enough gas or fuel for the duration of your camping trip. Remember to pack nutritious processed food which will last longer and less sensitive to the climate in which it is stored.


It is important to have a clear idea of where you intend to camp. Recreational campground or off the beaten track, it is important to know the level of facilities and support that is available. Water should be off utmost important – always know where the closest water access is located. Ensure that you know the rules and regulations of your intended camping site as there are usually rule concerning animals, fires, cooking, warmth, emergency procedures and so on. Some of the best campsites in the UK found in Cotsworld, Cornwall, Lake District, New Forest Camping and Devon. Find campsites in the UK


As will all outdoor adventures, accidents are inevitable so a first aid kit is a MUST HAVE, and knowing how to make the most of its contents is just as important as having it in your possession. It is also important to have an emergency plan should a major accident occur.

Plan! Plan! Plan!

This cannot be reiterated enough. To aid the process, creating a checklist is the best way to ensure that nothing is left to chance. All parties taking part in the camping trip should be involved in its planning to ensure that all bases are covered. And ticking off your check list before your embark on your trip.

Plan for Emergencies

Camping trips involve an element of risk by their very nature, so ensure you to share your itinerary with a friend or family member and check in with them on a regular basis so that in the event that you are in difficulty and cannot contact them they can alert the authorities and inform them of your location at you last point of contact.

Though planning camping adventures can be a very tasking and daunting affair, for most lovers of nature and the outdoor, it is absolutely worth it and there are loads to see, do and experience plus the occasional ‘right place at the right time’ opportunity to witness some of nature’s wonders.

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The West Country is the perfect location for a driving break; with long roads passing through wonderful countryside and the sea breeze coming through the window where could be better? The Atlantic Highway, the A39 stretches from the pretty market town of Barnstaple in north Devon along the northern craggy coastline of the South West peninsula before weaving inland and down to the harbour town of Falmouth in south Cornwall.

The drive from start to finish will take just over two and a half hours to complete if you tackle it in one go. The road however, passes through some enchanting and mythical places which may just stop you from wanting to get to your destination in a hurry.

There are a number of Avis locations throughout the West Country including Newquay , Plymouth, Looe and Truro.

The A39 cuts its tarmac path through two counties and as such you can appreciate the diversity of the landscape as it changes from rolling green hills dotted with the obligatory cow or herd of sheep to plummeting rocky headlands and foaming seas. Ruined shaft engine houses are scattered like pins on a map standing as a quiet reminder of the proud mining heritage of this coast. Driving through the small towns and villages is a real pleasure as you pass through quaint market towns, sweet villages and traditional stone buildings, longhouses and converted barns.

The north Cornwall run of the Atlantic Highway is bound to make you want to stop and explore thanks in part to how bound to Arthurian Legend the area seems to be. The legendary Tintagel Castle, supposed birthplace of King Arthur sits in ruins proudly overlooking the Celtic Sea which merges its waters with the Atlantic Ocean. A short deviation from the Atlantic Highway along some windy Cornish roads will lead you into Tintagel where you can park up and take a brisk coast path walk out to see the powerful ruins.

If you follow the B3263 for just eight minutes you will be able to take in the beautiful National Trust owned harbour of Boscastle. Boscastle is an ancient fishing port with an unusual S shaped Elizabethan harbour which is very sheltered from the crashing Atlantic rollers. If you are lucky you will get to hear the Boscastle Busker, take in the Boscastle Museum of Witchcraft or see the gorgeous waterfall of St Nectan’s Glen.

Once you are back on the Atlantic Highway you will pass through Wadebridge, a perfect place for lunch or, veer off to Padstow and take fish and chips by the sea in this trendy seaside town. The last leg of the journey to Falmouth passes through the Cornish countryside after a short stint on the A30. Once this far drivers should be aware that the Cornish are very keen on double roundabouts!

Once you pass through Truro with its cobbled square and pretty shopping area you will soon be in Falmouth with its narrow streets and fishing harbour. Further south on the same stretch of coast along roads that serpentine the cliff edge stands the fairy-tale castle island of St Michael’s Mount, to the far west you will find Land’s End, the hand carved Minack Theatre and the Isles of Scilly.

If the countryside and coastline of Devon and Cornwall sound appealing and the myth and legend surrounding King Arthur intrigue why not spend some time in the West Country in one of the wonderful holiday cottages where you can explore the area in greater detail and let the legend and folklore inspire.

And don’t forget that if you are looking to visit the West Country then Avis can provide you with a car rental for your journey and in some circumstances they can even deliver your car rental straight to your holiday cottage door with the Avis home delivery service!

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