Summer 2020 in Ireland became the year of the staycation, when Covid-19 halted foreign travel plans. Ireland’s hospitality sector enjoyed a huge surge in Irish support as we all “holidayed at home”.
It wasn’t just hotels and B&Bs who benefited from this rise in demand, as camping (or glamping if you’re that way inclined) also enjoyed a boost in popularity.
Camping should not be overlooked for variety, as there is a wealth of options to choose from. Most first time campers may travel to established campsites and caravan parks, and as such avail of existing facilities. However, if you’re a little bit like me and more adventure inclined, you may prefer to experience Ireland’s rugged beauty and venture to a more isolated woodland spot to camp. For those who gawk(Cork slang for vomit) at the thought of slumming it in the wild, the altogether unique offering of “glamping” was created.
Ireland is enjoying a rise in popularity of glampsites as star-gazing domes and cosy pods become a modern addition to the camping scene.
Whether you’re as seasoned as Bear Grylls or a total virgin to the great outdoors and what it might bring, we’ve put together an essentials list as a handy guide to what you may need.
- Remember the basics. It’s often the most important things we overlook (tent, sleeping bag, pillow, camping mat)…so remember to pack the important items first.
- Invest in a good camping stove for cooking. If this is outside of your budget, remember to bring matches for any homemade evening fires/mini barbeques.
- Food, utensils and cutlery.
- The “just in case” items. First Aid kit, bug repellant spray.
- Plan ahead…Plan for all eventualities and what could go wrong, in Ireland that usually means one thing…the weather! Waterproof everything. Double up on layers of clothes, always have a spare set of walking shoes.
- Get to know your environment…Most campsites/glampsites will have good amenities to avail of, but if you’ll be camping in woodland with no access to electricity, it’s important to remember torches, batteries, pen knives etc.
- It’s super important to let someone know where you’re going. So why not give your itinerary to a trusted friend.
- A camping chair, booze and snacks for evening time.
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Our Leave No Trace policy is very important to us, so please remember to respect your environment and remove all litter when leaving. Enjoy the experience for what it is and bond with your fellow campers. If your phone dies it might not be all that bad so make the most of a digital detox and connect with nature. What’s seldom is wonderful, right?