British summertime is valiantly peeping through the drizzle, so now’s the time to pack up the tent and embrace the teachings of Bear Grylls. Below, we’ve selected the top five tips to keep in mind when taking a camping holiday, to help you stay safe as you chase the sunshine.
But you’ll need to be quick…
No accidents, please, we’re British
Holidaying in Britain should not, generally speaking, expose you to hazardous, dry conditions.
Should you be so fortunate, however, or you’ve escaped to hotter climes, do NOT build a fire.
Your native UK pelt will manage beautifully without the extra warmth, and this is your opportunity to wander afield to the local pub and eat there.
In any case: no naked flames inside your tent. Just don’t chance it.
Tents are waterproof, not flameproof, and make spectacular fireballs if given the chance. Instead, embrace the outdoors you’ve come so far to see!
Cook safely away from your sleeping tent, take a long walk if you need a cigarette, remember to pack a torch, and never use candles.
Location is everything
The campground or event area may prohibit campfires, so be mindful of any rules onsite. But if the area allows it, then pick your spot carefully.
Fires should be at least fifteen feet away from tent walls, shrubs, low-hanging branches, small kids and other flammable objects.
Keep a small extinguisher on standby, however, as a breeze can pick up swiftly and send sparks flying in unexpected directions.
Man vs. Food
You’re guaranteed an admiring audience when put in charge of the barbecue, but don’t get distracted.
Locate the barbecue on as flat a surface as possible, at least five feet from any tents and away from low-hanging branches.
A handy bucket of sand or flamezorb will stop any uncontrolled flames, should you get carried away.
Home away from Home
Taking the caravan? Mobile home safety is just as crucial, and just as simple.
Small smoke and carbon monoxide detectors can be easily affixed to the ceiling, or placed up high, and fully charged water or dry powder extinguishers should be located by the exit door.
Pop a fire blanket by the cooking area, and you’re golden.
Them’s the rules
Lastly, remember you’re on holiday, so enjoy yourself!
Find out what the firefighting arrangements are onsite to avoid all that unnecessary stress, and don’t risk ruining the adventure by causing an accident.
Many sites prohibit open fires and have pretty clear rules on fireworks and cooking equipment, but will also have a muster point and firefighting gear nearby.