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How to Camp Safely Amid COVID Pandemic

How to Camp Safely Amid COVID Pandemic

With the government easing the lockdown rules and allowing campsites to re-open from the 4th July, many of us will be rejoicing at the idea of pitching our tent again. However, as with most aspects of everyday life now, things are certainly going to be different. Campsites in the UK will have to follow strict guidelines set by the government in order to ensure social distancing and infection prevention, ensuring that we all stay safe, but as campers, what can we do to keep ourselves safe? Whether you’re pitching your tent or setting off in your caravan, today we’re looking at how you can safely enjoy a camping trip this summer, along with a few of the measures that campsites will have in place for us. 

 

How You Can Stay Safe on Your Camping Trip

Visit Campsites Closer to Home

While many of us will be desperate for a change of scenery, it can be a good idea to visit campsites that are closer to where you live. Popular campsites will inevitably attract people from all over the country, and this has the potential to increase the risk of the virus spreading. Plus, if you’re able to stay close to home, it’s a great way to support your local businesses, which will have no doubt experienced a few very difficult months. 

Bring Your Face Mask

We all know it’s now compulsory to wear face coverings on public transport, but what does that mean for us campers? While you won’t be needing to wear a face covering in outdoor spaces, some campsites may require you to wear them in communal areas, such as washblocks. Check with your campsite before you head off on what their rules are, but to be honest, making sure that everyone in your party has a face mask is definitely worth doing. 

Pack the Anti-Bac

We’re now more cautious than ever when it comes to hygiene, so how can you keep that up when you’re camping? Undoubtedly, washblocks and toilets will be fully equipped with antibacterial soap, and many campsites will have hand sanitising stations too, but for extra peace of mind, it’s always worth bringing your own supply. 

Consider a Utility Tent

Even though communal facilities are likely to have extra cleaning procedures in place, it’s only natural that some of us might still be reluctant to use them. This is where it can be worth investing in a utility tent if you haven’t already, as this can be a useful and more private alternative to using communal washrooms and toilets. 

Stick to Small Groups/Your Household

From the 4th July, two households will be able to meet in any setting. While this technically means you’ll be able to go camping with your friends or another family, it’s important to bear in mind the rules around this change. The first thing is if you’re camping with another family, remember that they will have to all be from the same household. You should only be sharing a tent with people in your household too, so this is worth bearing in mind if you camp with another family and say, the children share a tent together. In addition, while people from different households will be allowed to meet outdoors, this is still only allowed for up to six people, so bear this in mind! It’s also worth mentioning that some campsites may also have limits on how many people they allow in group bookings too, so be sure to check this. 

What Are Campsites Doing to Keep Us Safe? 

Like all supermarkets, shops and other places, campsites have a set of government guidelines to follow when they reopen on the 4th of July to ensure everyone’s safety. But what can we expect exactly?

Contactless Check In

Pretty much everything is going contactless as a result of the pandemic, and that also goes for campsites too. Of course, this will depend on the check-in process of each individual site, but many will now have procedures in place designed to minimise physical contact. 

Social Distancing

We should all be familiar with social distancing by now, and things we’re now used to seeing in public places such as floor markers and signs will be common across campsites, encouraging us to keep to a safe distance, especially when it comes to communal areas such as toilets and wash blocks. We can also expect campsites to be increasing the distance between pitches too. 

Additional Hygiene Measures

In addition to extra cleaning procedures on communal areas, many campsites will have installed additional hand sanitising stations and handwashing facilities throughout. It’s also likely that you’ll be seeing quite a few signs encouraging you to sanitise your hands too, some of which will be in areas where we’re not always used to seeing them, such as reception areas, so make sure you pay attention to them and do as you’re told!

Reduced Numbers

As we will have experienced in shops, campsites will also be reducing their numbers to make sure that social distancing can be followed properly. As we mentioned earlier, some may even have restrictions on group bookings too, so be sure to check this out. Of course, that’s not necessarily a bad thing, what can be better than a relaxing break in the outdoors with just your partner?

Queuing Systems & Time Slots for Showers and Toilets

Of course camping means that we make use of communal showers and toilets, but how will this work when it comes to social distancing? The official advice from the government is that campsites should assign separate showers to each household group, but this may not always be possible. In these cases, they advise deep cleaning procedures and a system to ensure that facilities aren’t overcrowded - this can be in the form of staggered entry or even time slots for shower facilities, and one-way systems in toilets. 

 

Where Can We Go? 

There’s plenty of choice out there when it comes to where you can pitch your tent this summer, so we’ve listed some of our picks below, along with the measures they’ve got in place. For further details on the measures each campsite has in place, check out their websites.

 

Whitlingham Broad Campsite - East Anglia

Located in a gorgeous 80 acre country park, Whitlingham Broad Campsite is ideal for anyone wanting to explore the famous Norfolk Broads. Measures they’ll be having in place include:

  • Reduced capacity to allow for social distancing and more space between pitches

  • More frequent cleaning and sanitisation, including deep cleaning of glamping facilities and communal areas

  • Hand sanitiser points with no contact dispensers outside certain areas

  • Reduced numbers on entering facilities 

 

Tremorvu Campsite - South West

A gorgeous family run campsite, Tremorvu Campsite is located between the beautiful Cornish beaches of Praa Sands and Porthleven, making it the ideal place for surfers! 

  • Contactless check in

  • Extra spacing for pitches

  • Distance markers for communal facilities

  • Deep cleaning for glamping facilities and communal areas

 

North Lees, Hathersage - East Midlands

Set in a romantic woodland setting, North Lees is the ideal campsite for couples and is wonderfully spacious. 

  • The site itself is ‘pitch free,’ so visitors are able to choose their camping location, but are asked that they pitch at least 2 metres away from others when setting up.

  • Reduced numbers to a maximum of 60 people

  • Limited amount of guests in washroom and toilet facilities 

  • Increased daily deep cleans of toilets and showers 

 

Bodiam Camping - South East

Surrounded by plenty of trees and wildlife, Bodiam Campsite is perfect for getting away from it all, and is just a leisurely walk away from Bodiam Castle. 

  • Opening additional fields to allow for more spacious pitches

  • Limit of one person at a time in toilets and showers (except for parents and children)

  • Regular deep cleaning of toilet blocks

  • Hand sanitiser provided outside of toilet blocks and must be used upon entrance and exit

 

The Old School Campsite - West Midlands

Ideal for those who love to keep busy, The Old School Campsite is a small camping and glamping site that is packed with a range of fantastic on-site activities with everything from adventure sports to crafting workshops.

  • Staggered time slots for showers

  • Daily deep cleans on communal areas

  • Glamping facilities deep cleaned in between guests

  • Distance markers on shower and toilet facilities

 

Here at OLPRO, we’re over the moon that we can officially start camping again from the 4th July, and we’re sure that you are too! We hope our guide has given you plenty of tips on how you can camp safely, but if you take away only one piece of advice, it’s this - make sure you follow the rules! Campsites will have worked incredibly hard putting their measures in place, and at the end of the day, they’re there to keep us all safe. Stick to the new rules along with the usual government advice we’re now so used to following, and together we can start to enjoy a summer of camping adventures. 


Written by Amy Jackson - Content Writer at Discount Promo Codes - 26th June 2020

Use AR to visualise products in your garden

Use AR to visualise products in your garden

OLPRO has implemented a new augmented reality service that enables you to see how tents, campervan and caravan awnings would fit in your own garden.
 
The feature, provided by size.link allows users to see OLPRO’s products through their phone in real size. This is particularly useful for people who are looking to use their products in the garden while socially distancing, but are unsure as to whether the product would fit in the space available.
 
When visiting the ‘Dimensions & Details’ section of the OLPRO products, users will be able to complete a simple 3 stage process that will allow them to visualise their product through augmented reality. Users simply need to click the button ‘see the size now’, open the weblink or QR code that appears and then select ‘view in your space’.
 
Daniel Walton, Founder of OLPRO, said: “The idea of camping out in the garden has been hugely popular throughout this lockdown period and has been a clear sign that 2020 will be the year of the staycation.”
 
“As countries from across Europe begin to ease their lockdown restrictions, we’re beginning to see a huge increase in demand for our products. However, we are still encouraging our customers to be extra careful in planning their travels away and remain safe at all times.”
 
“Our new augmented reality service will be perfect for those who are taking part in the Stay Home National Camping and Caravanning Week, and for those who will prefer to keep a social distance and camp in the garden.”
 
To see a video on how to use this new feature, visit the OLPRO YouTube account here.
 
New Products for 2020

New Products for 2020

Growing Our Range for 2020

More New Products Than Ever Before.

2020 sees the release of some of the most exciting products in the 8-year history of OLPRO.  

At OLPRO, one of the few UK based camping & campervan brands, we have added significantly to our range of tents and campervan awnings for 2020 as well as introducing our first ever Caravan Awning – again with a typical OLPRO twist.

One of the most exciting developments and something we’ve been working on for some years is the introduction of two backpacking tents.  We are all walkers and this year OLPRO’s founder, Daniel Walton, has been involved in some pretty big adventures – firstly walking 187 miles around the border of our county, Worcestershire, and then finding his way back to Malvern from Oxfordshire without money or electronic devices. 

We all love a good adventure and the launch of Pioneer and the Voyager tents from OLPRO means you and a friend can go and explore somewhere new and have some where to stay overnight.  Incredibly at only £89 & £99, respectively, these tents are 1.9kg in weight with light 400g Alloy poles and 210T ripstop polyester fabric.

These are high end tents available straight from OLPRO at incredible prices. 

For families wanting to take longer breaks we’ve got the Wichenford Breeze back in stock for 2020 and we’re launching the incredible new Explorer 4 berth inflatable tent (above). 
 
It’s a tent that many have called our best already. 

It is fully inflatable, has a large bedroom at the rear, that can be split into two to give two bedrooms and the entire tent has windows and blinds on every panel.  We’ve also put skylights on the roof panels with a blind that can be pulled back or used to cover the skylights – giving you the option to let in more light during the day or be able to stargaze on an evening.

It has a large canopy at the front and is a no-holds barred quality tent for, incredibly, only £499.
 
You can see the video for the Explorer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n94qMrgAVN8

Within our poled range of tents, we’ve added the very adaptable Orion 6 berth and the Spacious 7 berth Endeavour. 
 
As with all OLPRO tents now they’re ripstop OLTech Polyester 5,000 H/H and for 2020 will come with a 2-year warranty as standard.
Beyond tents we’re launching a poled version of our best-selling inflatable campervan awning – The Cocoon (below), for which we’ve already received enough forward orders to sell out the first delivery.  We’re advising customers to place orders for the Poled Cocoon Campervan awning as quickly as they can to guarantee they get theirs in 2020.
And for the first time ever we’ve ventured into Caravan Awnings by launching The View Caravan Awning in two sizes.  This inflatable awning fits all caravans, and everyone comes with it’s on attachable annex so you can give yourself more room when needed.  The front panels can all be removed, and it’s supplied with curtains and tinted skylights.

We’ve been creating campervan awnings for a long time now and using this experience and the experience of the team, who have created award winning caravan awnings in the past, we knew it would be good to put something out there for caravanners who wanted something different and, again, well priced.
 
With these products and many more 2020 is going to be an exciting year for OLPRO.