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Exploring nature close to home: where to go in Europe this camping season

Exploring nature close to home: where to go in Europe this camping season

Are you ready to hit the trails and breathe in that fresh air? With camping season just around the corner, now is the time to start getting ready for your next outdoor adventure. In this article, you'll learn all about preparing for a camping trip in Euro

Exploring nature close to home: where to go in Europe this camping season

No matter what type of camper you are, Campspace has you covered. So lace up those hiking boots and get ready to explore some of the best camping spots Europe has to offer!

Why local tourism?

Local tourism is defined as travelling to and within a community or region to support the local economy. When done right, local tourism can be a powerful force for good, promoting sustainable development and helping to preserve traditional culture and heritage. There are many benefits of local tourism, both for the traveller and the community they visit. 

  • For travellers, supporting local businesses and choosing eco-friendly accommodations help reduce their carbon footprint. 

  • Travellers get to experience a destination in a more authentic way, often meeting locals and learning about the culture and history firsthand.

  • For communities, local tourism helps promote economic growth and job creation while also preserving cultural traditions. When done sustainably, it can help alleviate poverty and improve quality of life.

  •  Local tourism also supports environmental conservation efforts by providing alternative livelihoods for communities that might otherwise turn to detrimental activities such as illegal logging or mining.

With so many potential benefits, it’s no wonder that local tourism is on the rise worldwide. As more travellers seek authentic experiences, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) become increasingly important.

Every year, millions of people travel to different parts of the world to see the sights and sounds of nature. Unfortunately, this often comes at the expense of the environment. This is where Campspace enters the equation. Campspace enables you to find unique camping spots in your local area, and different parts of the world, that are off the beaten path. This means that you won’t be contributing to the pollution and congestion that plague popular tourist destinations. What’s more, Campspace is a great way to meet new people and connect with nature. You can find like-minded people who are interested in sustainable travel and learn about new cultures. Plus, camping is a great way to disconnect from technology and clear your mind. If you’re looking for a sustainable and eco-friendly way to travel, then why not browse Campspace to find the perfect local nature stay for you?

Camping in Europe: Our top picks

The start of the camping season is the perfect time to start planning your next camping trip. Europe is a great continent for camping, with plenty of options for both campervans and tent camping. 

  • The Netherlands is a great country for camping, with plenty of scenic spots to choose from. Here are some of our top picks:

  1. 🎍Frits’ space - Eco camping

  2. 🌳Eric’s space - Forest camping

  3. 👨‍👩‍👦‍👦Laura’s space - Family-friendly camping

  4. 🐶Willy’s space - Pet-friendly camping

  5. ⛺Menno’s space - Glamping

Want more options in the Netherlands? Click here

Frits' campsite in Groningen

  • Germany is a beautiful country with plenty of camping spots to choose from. Whether you’re looking for a quiet spot in the woods or a more lively location near a lake or river, there’s sure to be a perfect camping spot for you in Germany. Here are some of the top camping spots in Germany that are available to book this March:

  1. 🎍Ernst’s space - Eco camping

  2. 🌳Lukas und Cornelius - Forest camping

  3.  👨‍👩‍👧‍👦Anja’s space - Family-friendly camping
  4.  🐶Frank and Dorreth - Pet-friendly camping
  5.  ⛺Anna’s space - Glamping

Want more options in Germany? Click here

Glamping at the lake Germany

  • In Belgium there are many great camping spots, but here are some that you can book as soon as the first sunny day arrives in March:

  1. 🎍Suzie’s space - Eco camping

  2. 👩‍🌾Lien’s space - Farm camping

  3. 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦Jac’s space - Family-friendly camping

  4. 🐶Esther’s space - Pet friendly camping

  5. ⛺Ellen and Nico’ space - Glamping

Want more options in Belgium? Click here.

Family friendly camping in Belgium

  • France is one of the most popular camping destinations in Europe, and for good reason! With its beautiful countryside, stunning coastal regions and rich history and culture, there is something for everyone in France. Here are our top picks for camping spots in France that open in March:

  1. 🎍Zoe’s space - Eco camping

  2. 👩‍🌾Marie’s space - Farm camping

  3. 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦Stephanie’s space - Family-friendly camping

  4. 🐶Silke’s space - Pet-friendly camping

  5. ⛺Emilie’s space - Glamping

Want more options in France? Click here.

Farm campsite at Marie's France

Preparing for the European camping season: what to pack?

Now that we have chosen a campsite, it’s important that we pack all the essentials for our camping adventure. From sleeping bags and tents to first aid kits and cooking utensils, make sure you don't get caught out by forgetting any of your crucial items before embarking on your trip!

Here is a list of the most important things to pack:

  1. Tent: A good quality tent is essential for any camping trip. Make sure to choose one that is suitable for the weather conditions in the country you will be visiting.

  2. Sleeping bag: A warm and comfortable sleeping bag is a must-have for any camping trip. Choose one that is rated for the lowest temperatures you expect to encounter.

  3. Camping stove: A portable stove is a necessity for cooking meals while camping. Choose one that is easy to set up and use.

  4. Lantern: A lantern or flashlight is essential for lighting your campsite at night. Choose one that is bright and durable.

  5. First aid kit: Be prepared for any minor injuries or illnesses by packing a small first aid kit. Include basic items like bandages, antiseptic cream, and pain medication.

  6. Food and water: Don't forget to pack enough food and water for your entire trip! Bring non-perishable food items as well as a water filter or purifier if you'll be camping in areas without clean drinking water.

  7. Toiletries: Remember to pack your toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, and any other toiletries you may need. It's also a good idea to bring along some extra contact lenses or glasses if you wear them.

For a more in-depth list, check out our blog on what to pack when camping in a tent

Site selection and location research

There are a few key things to consider when choosing the perfect camping spot in Europe. Here are some essential tips to help you select the best site for your needs:

  1.  Consider the climate and weather conditions of the area you're visiting in springtime. You'll want to pick a spot that is comfortable for both daytime and nighttime temperatures.

  2.  Make sure there is plenty of space for your group and that everyone is aware of the challenges that early springtime camping can bring. You'll need to account for tents, sleeping bags, and other gear that will keep you warm during the cold nights.

  3. Research the amenities that are available at potential campspaces. Some basics like bathrooms and showers are a must, but you may also want additional features like a playground or hot tub.

  4. Read reviews from other campers to get an idea of what others have loved (or not loved) about specific sites. This can be a great way to narrow down your options.

  5. Once you've selected a few potential spots, it's time to start planning your route! Map out your journey and make sure you allow enough time to enjoy all that Europe has to offer.

Tent pitch Europe

Activities for your trip

  1. Visit local markets for fresh produce and souvenirs.

  2. Hike through forests and mountains – there’s nothing like getting back to nature just as spring is hitting.

  3. Stop by quaint villages and towns, and explore their charming narrow streets.

  4. Sample the local cuisine – from mouth watering desserts to hearty dishes, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

  5. Take plenty of pictures to capture all your memories!

  6. Carry board or card games with you to keep yourself entertained. 

Essential safety considerations

There are a few key things to keep in mind when it comes to safety while camping in Europe. First and foremost, be aware of your surroundings at all times. If you're hiking, pay attention to the trail and don't wander off. Be sure to tell someone else in your group where you're going and what time you expect to return. Also, be familiar with the area's wildlife and plant life before setting out - know what to avoid and how to handle any encounters.

Another big safety consideration is the weather. Always check the forecast before heading out and be prepared for whatever conditions you may encounter. Bring appropriate clothing and gear, and know how to build a shelter if necessary. 

Finally, always practise good campfire safety and think twice before starting one. Campfires have an impact on your health and that of the planet. If you do decide to light one, remember to never leave a fire unattended, make sure it's completely extinguished before going to bed or leaving the area, and be careful not to start any wildfires. By following these simple safety tips, you can ensure that your camping trip in Europe will be enjoyable and safe for everyone involved.

As the camping season approaches, now is a great time to get your camping plans and gear ready and start planning trips to explore some of Europe's -beautiful landscapes. From breathtaking mountain views in the Alps and beautiful coastlines in the Netherlands to charming towns in Belgium, there is something for everyone. Whether it’s a unique glamping experience in a tipi tent or a traditional camping in the beautiful outdoors, you are sure to experience something incredible when you go on a camping adventure with Campspace.

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