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.
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!
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
The National Caravan Club Rally 2013By the end of the first day of the Caravan Club National Rally I needed new footwear. I should have worn wellies any way but in the rush to get here, as it always is, I managed to forget them along with any reasonable waterproofs. Ive been doing shows for around 13 years. Firstly, in my time at Towsure, then with Blue Diamond – usually supporting retailers at outdoor shows or at the NEC, a little with Discover and very occasionally with Maypole.
OLPRO is much more an outdoor company and being an Outdoor group of people we love these shows.
The Caravan Club National Rally happens every year. Last year was an exception when the event, on our doorstep in Worcestershire, was cancelled due to the lack of summer and the incredible amount of rain we experienced over that Jubilee weekend.
This year we’ve been at the Newark Motorhome Show, where there was a lot of snow, at the Peterborough Motorhome show and this weekend at the Caravan Club National Rally at Belvoir Castle in Grantham. For us it’s important to be at these shows and not least this one because its a great show for a good club with lots of members and members who appreciate quality camping and Caravanning product.
The event starts on Friday and finishes at the end of Bank Holiday Monday. During that time there is entertainment for everyone on site during the day and then through the evenings. This weekend we’ve got Martin Daniels, the magician, Scissors Sisters tribute band and an Elton John alike amongst others. Saturday nights main act was a Shadows tribute band.
The entertainment during the day involves competitions between different areas of the Caravan Club and groups of entertainers such as bands, axe men displays, horse displays and the like. We then make up an alleyway of traders who through the mud, as it was on Saturday, the visitors venture out to see us and it gives us a chance to speak to them and answer questions.
We are here to talk about our products and we have a limited range on offer, particularly chemical products such as Bottom & Top, Inside & Out and Fresh & Clear. It’s great already because so many people already know the products and many know us so it’s good to catch up with people. People we know well and work with are here selling products, such as Yorkshire Caravans, Towsure, Thetford, Specialised Accessories, Capital Stores and others who like us are talking to customers about their products and Truma and Dometic.
There are 2300 caravans on site. Because its a club event they are divided into sections or districts so all those from particular counties are grouped together.
We booked the show three months ago and a month ago started to think about what we would bring and how we would set up. We’ve still got to invest in the way we present at these type of shows but in effect, at the moment, we set up a marquee and place product on tables to sell the product. We don’t need more than a van full of product to start with but top up during the weekend with deliveries.
On the day before the show the van key disappeared! And so we had a last minute panic which ended in a call to locksmith and a large bill for a new key. This meant we turned up late on the Thursday, but in doing so missed the rain and the worst of the wind. We set up the stand and got ready for Friday.
Friday was awful straight away. The rain was coming down hard and blowing across into our marquee. For the first time I can remember we had to close early. The paths were very, very muddy and people couldn’t get around so we didn’t see any body and everything was getting very wet.
Saturday was very different. I got to the marquee first, at around 7am and inside was wet still from the day before and around it was muddy. We managed to dry things out and re-set up and the day just got warmer and warmer. Other stands were able to set up properly too and our neighbours, Specialised Accessories, who had lost their gazebo the day before had bought a new marquee and set up the best looking stand at the show – not bad given that they’d lost everything the day previous.
It started busier and got better and better. We’d spoken to lots of people about the OLPRO range of chemicals and sales of Bottom & Top , Inside & Out and Fresh & Clear were incredible. There are always lots of toilet chemicals at the outdoor shows and rally’s but Bottom & Top is a two in one product. All we do is inform potential customers that they can that single bottle of fluid and it works in both their top tank and bottom tank, so saving space. That it gives you more concentrated chemical than any other toilet fluid – so it’s two litres as opposed to 1 litre products and effectively is better value at £9.99 a bottle.
Caravan and Motorhome cleaning products are even more competitive. Lots of people bring cleaning products to the market, usually from other markets but Inside & Out is made for caravans and motorhomes. Designed to be a caravan cleaner, black streak remover, window cleaner, wheel cleaner, bathroom cleaner, plastic cleaner and fabric cleaner. We know that everyone who has used Inside and Out have continued to use it.
It’s important to us that people do try all of our range because as they say the proof of the pudding etc.
Our new chemical product is Fresh & Clear, for pipes and drains to clean, sterilise and remove lime scale from water systems. Fresh and Clear will effectively clean and sanitise clean water systems in caravans, motorhomes and also in boats. Fresh & Clear is non-staining and non-tainting.
Alot of the caravan cleaners on show here are really for cars or motorbikes which makes Inside & Out really different.
They are also all British made. The important thing to us is that we design all of our products.
Whether it be our toilet chemical, cleaner, or tents, windbreaks etc we design them all.
Sunday has started well too and lots of people are out again in the sun.
For us all it feels like about three years since we last had a summer but we’ve now had two good bank holidays in a row. Unfortunately, there are no campers in the Caravan Club so we don’t get to speak to people about ours tents but all in all a great show.
They have forecast rain for tomorrow but you never know! Fingers crossed be okay and the next stop for us on the road is the Midsummer Motorhome and Caravan Show in Exeter, at Westpoint between the 13th and 16th June. As well as weekend passes to the show there are also day passes available.
We are then at the Stratford Motorhome Show towards the end of June.
See you soon,