What Type of Camper are You?
Before anything else, you need to decide on the kind of camping trip that you want to have. This will largely depend on who you are and how you like to camp. If you’re a water fanatic and your idea of fun involves the likes of fishing, swimming and surfing, then you’ll want to veer towards lakes and coastal camping locations. Maybe you’re more into off road driving and venturing off the beaten track? Check out exciting terrain and varied driving trails. Perhaps, you're looking for a chilled out location that has something for the whole family? National Parks are a fantastic option because they have plenty of bush, interesting wildlife, lakes and walking trails. Consult your family or mates to make a democratic decision.
Once you're all settled on the kind of area you’d like to spend your outdoor adventure in, you’ll need to spend some time researching your options for sites. A great way of determining which ground is going to be right for you is taking a look at the variety of amenities on offer. Everyone has different requirements, consider whether essentials such as flushing toilets, running water, showers or kitchen facilities are a must for you and your group. If you’ve invested in a comfortable and convenient camper trailer, then you don’t have to worry about this one so much - simply look for a campground that offers powered sites for a perfect trip with every creature comfort you could possibly need.
Consider the Area as a Whole
Don’t ignore the wider location of your prospective camping spot! If you pick an area that’s surrounded by interesting scenery, a local town or village, or even extra beautiful natural features to explore, you might get more out of that camping spot than you originally bargained for! If you plan on hitting up different areas around your site, then it’s a good idea to visit a location that’s going to be able to give you the most out of your trip. This is especially good if you're travelling a long way to your perfect campground. The more stops on your road trip, the better the adventure!
Look at Entertainment
This is (again) going to be largely linked with the kind of camper that you are. Many campgrounds have different forms of entertainment on offer. You'll find everything from water sports to camp classes and everything in between. Factor in what your group usually likes to get up to in order to find a location that works for everyone.
When in Doubt, Stay Local
If you're a first time camper or relatively new to the scene and you’re feeling apprehensive about heading to a new camping spot, it is best to keep things relatively local. Staying close to home means that you always have a safety net just in case anything doesn't work for you. Keep it short and sweet and build your way up to longer more expansive adventures, there’s nothing wrong with starting slow.
Are you ready to find your perfect spot? Get researching different camping grounds now!