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Make your upcoming camping getaway a perfect family holiday

TIPS AND TRICKS  |  OCT 27, 2020


It’s camping season! And with that comes the responsibility of preparing for a successful trip with the family. Let’s be real here, planning a camping trip on any ordinary day, even before the global pandemic, wasn’t an easy endeavour. Now, the challenge is even greater. But that’s why we’re here to tell you that it’s all possible.

In this article, we’ll discuss tips on how to prepare for a relaxing and fun glamping experience with your family. We’ll also touch on top-rated camping sites in Cape Town, as well as which adventure shop in Cape Town to visit, to find all the camping equipment and camping essentials you need. 

Why do we say opt for glamping?

Traditional camping is great, but adding a touch of comfort takes the experience to the next level. And that’s what glamping is. But you don’t have to go all out with a luxury-style resort to make it glam; simply including luxury accessories can do the trick. If you’re wondering how to glamp your tent, keep reading below as we’ll share some tent glamping ideas.

How to glamp your tent

Turning a camping tent into a comfortable bedroom away from home doesn’t have to be overwhelming. All you need to do is bring a few things with you. These include cosy clothing items and bedding, bedroom accessories, outdoor furniture, cooking supplies, and lots of entertainment. Now, we’re not suggesting that you bring your entire house to a camping spot. 

What we are suggesting is to collect items you can carefully fold and package. These are items that won’t require too much admin to unpack. Think along the lines of inflatable airbeds that don’t need electricity, pillows, soft sheets, rugs, solar-powered lanterns, candles, camp chairs and foldable side tables. 

Make sure you don’t forget outdoor cooking supplies and a lot of food because no one wants to be “hangry” during a vacation, especially if there are kids in the family. Set up cute little stations for snacks and drinks so that everyone has easy access when the craving arises. Bringing entertainment is a no-brainer since sitting around and having chats can become a bit boring. 

You know your family better than anyone, so use that knowledge to pick entertainment that will cater to everyone’s interest. It can be anything from music equipment, to board games such as 30 Seconds, Monopoly, Scrabble, and even playing cards. Don’t forget to bring toys for the little ones to play around with.

Where to buy camping accessories

When you’re in search of a camping shop in Cape Town, where you can purchase all of the essentials that you will need on your trip, you’ll have to visit Canal Walk. At our shopping centre, you’re guaranteed to find comfortable outdoor clothing items at stores like AsicsDue SouthCape Union MartSportsmans Warehouse and more. 

For equipment, you can visit GameCheckers, and Cape Union Mart Adventure Centre, where you can purchase tents, chairs, tables, mattresses, hammocks, storages pieces and camping kitchen essentials. 

Now that you’re all set with tools to bring, it’s time to narrow down camping sites to visit. Cape Town is filled with a long list of beautiful sites such as Gansbaai, Greyton, Oudtshoorn and more. Do yourself a favour and do some research. 

Final Thoughts

We hope this information makes you feel confident that you can pull off this family camping trip! The trick is to plan long enough in advance and create a checklist of everything you need. That way, when you head to any outdoor shop in Cape Town’s Canal Walk mall, you know exactly what to buy. 

Once you’ve got all of the clothing and gear, it’s time to pack and enjoy the journey. Don’t forget masks, extra masks, and sanitisers. Happy glamping!

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