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Budget gap year accommodation for Backpackers - Campsites and Camping

Campsite accommodation is about as basic as you can get, but it is definitely the best choice if you want to save some money. Most campsites offer basic facilities, such as toilets, sinks and showers and some may also offer laundry facilities and small shops (usually much more expensive than local supermarkets though!). There can also be kitchen facilities and TV rooms, and swimming pools on the more luxurious campsites. There are often communal areas where you can socialise with your fellow campers, so you should get the chance to meet up with other travellers.

Campsites aren’t always situated deep in the countryside – most cities and towns will have campsites that are within walking distance or on a public transport route. This might not be as handy as staying in the city centre, but it does mean you will see more of the area.

You will need to think about packing some extra gear for camping. You will need to take your own tent to sleep in, plus a sleeping bag and mat. If you are planning on doing a lot of camping you may also need a Trangia camping stove and cooking utensils, plus supplies (tea, breakfast).

Keep safe on a campsite - avoid wandering around in the dark on your own. Make sure you know how to find the way back to your tent – not a laughing matter if you get lost on a busy site in the middle of the night! Don’t leave valuables lying around your tent. If the campsite doesn’t have a secure area or lockers where you can leave your valuables, make sure you keep them with you at all times.

Most campsites will have basic rules that you should be aware of, regarding curfews, noise and the use of fire. It is very important that you follow rules regarding lighting fires – you wouldn’t want to be responsible for starting a forest fire!