Travel this summer has changed for many as COVID has spread across the globe. Less flights, less hotels, less meals out and many people are choosing to stay closer to home and explore the serenity and even isolation of camping.
Even before this year, camping has been very popular among Europeans. You won’t find a shortage of where and how to camp in Europe! Beautiful deserts, beach or lake fronts, mountains and forests. With a varied landscape that includes everything from glorious coastlines to towering mountains, this easily accessible continent is also one of the most impressive for an unbelievable campaign experience!
Camping in Europe is a wonderful way to explore the many countries of this continent, and whether you travel by car, RV or by rail, the main attractions are easy to get to. What you will need is a plan of where to go, and also a collection of camping essentials for your backpack!
Here’s some camping locations in Europe to help inspire you, but then you’ve got to think about what are the essentials you need to pack for your European camping trip? We’ve put together a list for you, so get these items together and you’re ready to go!
The Essential Camping Packing List
The following are items we consider absolutely essential for your camping trip. You will, of course, have sourced the tent and a suitable backpack so we will not dwell on those:
Mobile Phone and Power Pack
You need your mobile phone with you at all times. You may be getting away from it all, but there can be emergency situations in which a phone will be vital.
You or one of your party may have a fall, for example, and need medical help, and a phone can get you seen to and found quickly when you are in a remote area. Also, we recommend you take a power pack – or more than one – that is kept fully charged, as you may be in locations where you have no access to mains electricity. If you want to splurge, you can also buy a solar charger or solar power pack to charge your phone.
Torch or Flashlight
Make sure you have a portable light source as you may be staying in places where it gets very dark at night. It’s not just to see with but also to be seen, so ensure you have one that is suitably powerful for the purpose. Also, ensure you have spare batteries if it is battery powered, as you never know when you may need them.
You may eat out at some stages during your journey, but there is nothing like cooking for yourself in the great wide open, especially when you’re in a beautiful location.
The modern portable stove is a long way removed from those you may remember and can be very compact and light when not in use, but also very capable and easy to use when operational. Look also for knives and forks, disposable plates and even camping tables that are surprisingly small and useful.
Change of Clothes
You may be going to Spain or Portugal, or perhaps the countries in central Europe like Italy that can get very hot. That doesn’t mean you’ll be blessed with great weather, so take waterproofs with you whatever the forecast. There’s always a chance of storms across Europe and they can be very severe.
We recommend you spend a sensible amount on a quality sleeping bag, as cheap examples are uncomfortable and don’t always provide enough insulation for cooler evenings, especially when campaign in the mountains.
There are some very good and well-known brands to choose from so it is certainly worth checking online reviews for sleeping bags and choosing one that suits your budget.
While your phone will have a camera, it’s worth investing in one that is dedicated to the job, as there will be photo occasions that really deserve a decent picture. This may not seem like an essential, but you will miss it if you don’t tale one! Like when joining one of our food tours, you want to hold on to these memories forever!
That’s a few essentials for your camping trip to start with, all you need to do now is check out the places you can visit and start arranging your trip to or within Europe!
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If I mention an island escape you’re probably going to be thinking of idyllic Caribbean beaches with white sands and swaying palms. Yes, these are gorgeous but don’t dismiss the islands we have on our very own doorstep here in Britain. You’d be pressed to find an array […]
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As with so much in the city’s cultural landscape, Sundance Film Festival: London has had to adapt to the new realities of life in 2020. Instead of decamping to Picturehouse Central for its annual three-day celebration of great new indie movies, it will be decamping to, well, the internet for a pared-down virtual version of the festival from August 7-9.
There are UK premieres on the slate: ‘Boys State’, a lacerating documentary about the state of American democracy; ‘Luxor’, a timely drama about a British aid worker (Andrea Riseborough) in Egypt; and ‘Uncle Frank’, a ’70s-set comedy-drama starring Paul Bettany as a closeted gay professor confronting his past. Individual passes for each of them have just onsale at £5.99.
Look out, too, for exclusive online Q&As with the filmmakers, as well as a short-film programme and two hot-button panel discussions: Transatlantic: Directors in Conversation, featuring Emerald Fennell, Julie Taymor and Romola Garai, and (Re)Imagining the Future of Independent Film, which should offer an insight-filled inside track on the future of indie cinema post you-know-what.
Passes for the whole shebang work out at £20 (£14 for Picturehouse and Cineworld Unlimited members), although Time Out readers can snag a handy £5 discount by quoting TIMEOUT2020 when booking. The panels are free.
All of it will be streaming on Sundance’s own platform, although only for viewers in the UK. Head to the official Sundance site for all the information.
The BFI London Film Festival is going nationwide – and virtual – this year.
Today’s Hidden Gem has been sent in by Jessica Friend from The Weekend Tourist as she’d like to share more about The Rollright Stones, a hidden gem in Oxfordshire and the county’s answer to Stonehenge! The Rollright Stones are always the first place that […]
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Before making your trip to Italy, there are a few things you should know. Not because Italy is such a large country, but because its rich diversity and culture can cause travelers to feel in over their heads. Take a look at these travel tips for Italy!
*Note: this post was originally published in January 2014 and updated for accuracy*
8 of the best travel tips for Italy
Be prepared for public transportation.
Or, if you’re driving, get ready for Italian traffic. Each city in Italy has its own public transportation system that usually includes buses, trams or metro. It’s a good idea to read a little about how to get around the city you’re visiting if you want to depend on more than your two feet. Doing some research can also save money as many cities offer a day pass. As for the train system, it connects all the major cities and several smaller ones. The Trenitalia website should answer any questions you may have.
Have reasonable expectations for where you can go and what you can see.
By keeping your travel itinerary within reasonable bounds and leaving free afternoons to wander at will, you’ll find that you can prevent yourself from becoming an overwhelmed tourist. I know, there are just too many places to visit in Italy and too many interesting sites, museums, shops, and restaurants in each of these cities. But before you go, siphon off the most interesting places onto your must-see list, and in the spaces between allow yourself the luxury of discovering Italy as it comes.
Get off the tourist trail!
It isn’t only Florence, Rome, and Venice. Small towns throughout every region are lovely places, and a visit to them is a sure way to see what Italy is really like. Slip into any town’s main square at about 5 pm and watch the locals as they enjoy their daily passeggiata.
Know busy times from slow times.
Avoiding the metro at rush hour and the Colosseum on Sunday mornings is a key way to making your trip to Italy more enjoyable. Also good to know is if the restaurant you’ve been dying to try requires reservations. Restaurants are busiest between 1 pm and 2 pm for lunch and the busiest hour for dinner is 9 pm.
Learn a little about Italian regions.
The regional differences between say Lazio and Campania are a joy to explore and can add depth to your trip to Italy. The best way to discover a region is to stay in an agriturismo, which is most often in the countryside. Agriturismos usually also offer regional fare produced on-site, and the owners are often happy to talk about where they live and why it is the best region in Italy.
The last thing you want to do is to lug a heavy suitcase up a hundred stairs in Amalfi or over the jittering cobblestones of every Italian city. Always pack less than what you think you need, as you will probably do some shopping while you’re here! Also, watch the weather. Though the temperature remains steadily hot in summer and cool in winter, be prepared for flux if you’re coming in autumn or spring. And do know that it does get cold—shorts are impossible all year round!
Italy is known for its food and part of the pride Italians have for their cuisine comes from its simple ingredients. So what better way to get to know Italian food than to be exposed to its building blocks? At the markets, great bunches of intertwining cicoria sit besides pyramids of round artichokes in winter; while in summer the glistening or marbled eggplant and the various coloured fruits will have you salivating. If you’re a real foodie, they are definitely the best places to visit in Italy!
Pick up some Italian.
Many Italians speak English, but a sure way to win an Italian’s favour is by speaking a few choice words in their language. Italian is a language of nuance and flourish, traits that are appreciated when foreigners try their hands at them. If you know a little French, Spanish, or Portuguese (or even better, Latin!) then you won’t have much trouble at all. A good trick is to listen to the pronunciations of the Italians around you and try to mimic it. Extra points are awarded for correct gesticulations!
And finally: Have fun traveling in Italy!
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