Camping holidays are prepared like any other trip. So to find the best deals and be sure not to be fooled, discover our guide to the perfect little camper.
Nights under the stars, swimming, family activities, evening aperitifs, … With friends or family, the campsite is the ideal place to have a good time. But still it is necessary that these good moments do not ruin you. Because yes, camping can be cheap, but you still have to avoid scams and respect certain basic rules so as not to find yourself penniless at the end of the holidays.
Sort out your stuff
Before launching headlong into the adventure, take the time to sort through your belongings. Depending on the equipment you own or not (tents, mattresses, stoves, etc.), you will not pay the same thing. Some campsites offer, for example, to rent you missing equipment. Best to avoid as it is usually quite expensive. The best thing is still to see if your loved ones can help you out. You won't have to pay anything. And in case your friends aren't camping enthusiasts, don't hesitate to go to garage sales. There is a good chance that you will find what you need there, and all at a lower price.
Comparing campsites increases your chances of finding the rare pearl. For that, no need to call all the campsites in the area. Go to campingfrance.com instead. This site is a reference. It offers you to compare the price of campsites in a region but also to compare the equipment and activities offered. You will therefore be able to select the campsite best suited to your situation. If, for example, you are going with your children and want to enroll them in activities for the day, you can find out the prices and plan your budget in advance. On the contrary, if you don't want to spend too much money, you will find very basic campsites where you will only be charged for your pitch.
Book in advance
Also note that, as with any trip, it is better to book your location in advance. As a reminder: more than 8 million French people go camping each year. So for a successful summer camping holiday, we advise you to start at the end of winter, in February or March. Why so early? It is in summer, and especially during the period from July 15 to August 15, that the campsites fill up. To avoid having to pay the high price because all the cheap campsites are full, plan ahead. On the one hand, you will have more choices. On the other hand, prices will not yet be as high as when summer approaches.
Avoid mobile homes
The mobile home is rather practical. You will have a shower just for you, a comfortable bed, a fridge and light at all hours of the day and night. But why go to the campsite to book a mobile home? Be adventurous. And above all, be economical. Renting a mobile home will sometimes cost you more than 10 times the price of a single pitch. So better think twice. Remember this basic rule when it comes to camping: the wilder it is, the cheaper it is.
Don't forget the essentials
Before you leave, make a list of all the things you absolutely need to take with you. For a camping trip, remember to bring the essentials: a tent, sleeping bags, mattresses, a cooler, a flashlight and cooking utensils. With all this in your pocket, you should be ready to spend a vacation in peace and above all... not expensive!