For the purists, "real" camping is done in a tent, as close to nature as possible. Are you ready to try it? Here are some tips to get you started!
Why go tent camping?
Camping in a tent is an adventure! The tent is the oldest form of human habitation, a light, mobile dwelling designed to meet the needs of nomadic populations. It's not really complicated to set up and you can do it just about anywhere where wild camping is not prohibited.
Camping also makes you feel completely at home. You get nature and vitamin D, you breathe fresh air, you clear your mind, which increases the production of serotonin (the happiness hormone!). It's also the favourite way for children to go on holiday. You are sure to please them!
Which camping tent should I choose?
For camping to be a real pleasure, the choice of tent is crucial. There are many different models, for all types of campers: Canadian or igloo tents, with poles, pop-up or inflatable.
The family tent
If you're camping with your family, choose a tent that offers enough space and comfort to accommodate your entire tribe. The family tent (for 4 to 8 people) usually has a living room with one or more separate bedrooms. This means that you can cook, eat and shelter from the rain.
If you like to travel light, you need to consider the weight and size of the tent. The weight of a family tent varies between 10 and 25 kilos depending on the number of places. It is also possible to have two tents, one for the parents and one for the children, each with its own privacy.
The Quechua "2 seconds" tent
Does it still need to be introduced? The iconic Quechua tent can be set up in a flash and works on the same principle as a child's cot. Tip: it is important to test it before you go camping, to avoid the hassle of putting it up, taking it down and folding it. Not as easy as it sounds...
The inflatable tent
Easier and quicker to put up than a traditional tent, the inflatable tent is distinguished by its lightness. Inflated with an air pump, the bladders replace the poles. However, it is a little more bulky than a traditional tent.
The trekking tent
Light and compact, the trekking tent (for trekking or bivouac) is designed for those who go on an adventure with a backpack or a bicycle. It has to be pitched every evening and dismantled every morning. Lighter, but less comfortable, this model remains very spartan.
Things to remember when camping
Although simple and rudimentary, camping under canvas is not something you can improvise. Here's a quick overview of what you need to bring for a successful camping holiday:
- A tent (make sure you bring all the necessary accessories: ropes, mallet for tent pegs)
- A sleeping bag, an inflatable mattress (don't forget the inflator), a waterproof ground sheet, a blanket (for those who are a bit chilly)
- A mosquito net to avoid bites
- A complete cooking kit (gas stove, lighter or matches, portable kitchen utensils, can opener, corkscrew, thermos flask, aluminium foil, tupperware, paper towels, sponge, washing up liquid, etc.)
- A torch or headlamp
- A multi-function pocket knife, such as a Swiss Army knife
- A first aid kit
- Garbage bags
- Clothing suitable for the weather (including rain gear if necessary)
- Toilet paper (if the campsite has not had time to restock overnight)
Where to pitch your tent in the Landes?
Are you interested in camping in the Landes? Friendly campers, welcome to the 4-star Eurosol campsite in Saint-Girons-Plage! You have a 100 to 120 m2 pitch to set up your camp in the heart of the Landes forest and a stone's throw from the beach. Pitches with or without electricity, water and drainage, and even private sanitary facilities for some (toilet, shower, washbasin and sink). Perfect for a first camping experience!