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We collected the most essential information for those who are interested in the details of camping. You will discover below the basics of camping and how to do it along with a list of required equipments. Make sure to read through our camping guide to explore the best locations for camping in Turkey and around the world. 

What is Camping?

what is camping

Camping is an outdoor activity that involves staying the night/more than one night in a protective shelter out in nature. Camping is a broad term but in its essence, camping is a way of getting away from the hassle of urban life, to a more natural environment for a limited time. Recreational camping started in the late 19th century and became one of the most common outdoor activities all around the world. 

How to Camp?

Camping is a recreational activity and there is no competition. You just need to learn to enjoy yourself and the nature that surrounds you. 

Camping Training: What are the Basics?

  • Always bring appropriate clothing for unexpected weather conditions
  • It is good to have a shelter that is resilient to rain, snow, or excessive sunlight. 
  • Camping can be a tiring activity and you don’t want to be exhausted or dehydrated, so try to have plenty of calories and water.
  • Dress for utility, not to impress.

Before You Go: Stuff You Need to Know

  • Health benefits of regular camping are countless. Camping reduces stress, decreases depression & anxiety, lowers blood pressure, improves digestion and boosts the immune system through fresh and clean air.
  • You can go camping by yourself but it is much more fun with your family, friends or colleagues.

Camping Equipment List: What Equipment is Needed for Camping?

camping equipment list

Camping is all about being in away from the convenience of urban life thus it is important to plan thoroughly what to bring to your camping trip. There are many essential pieces of equipment needed for camping as well as other varied equipment that you can bring depending on the location, duration and your particular goal.

Camping Bag

Camping bag is one of the most important pieces of equipment during your camping trip. It needs to be durable, waterproof and lightweight. 

Sleeping Bag

A good sleeping bag will help you to have a warm and comfortable sleep since nights are usually much colder in nature. 

Flashlight

The flashlight is a must-have item on your camping trip and it is good to have one for each member of your camping party.

Wet Wipes

Probably there will be no shower or even running water in sight during your camping trip so it is good to have a couple of boxes of wet wipes for hygiene purposes.    

Tent

You are going to need a tent for shelter in the nature. You need to have a sturdy tent that can withhold in varied weather conditions. 

Camping Chair

The camping chair is the essential relaxation item for camping. Eating, sitting, or just enjoying the campfire on a camping chair is much more convenient and comfortable than sitting on the ground. 

Camp Stove

A camp stove is a reliable and faster way to cook food when the weather is too wet/ moist to make a campfire.

Trash Bags

Being a good camper requires a well-adjusted sense of nature conservation. It is good to bring a couple of trash bags with you leave the campsite  clean.

First Aid Kit

A first aid kit is something smart to have in your camping trip. You can include painkillers, antibiotic cream, bandages, gauze, and mosquito sprays in your first aid kit.  If you are planning to travel with your equipment, there might be additional costs. You can click here to check the extra services price table. 

When is the Best Time for Camping?

when is the best time for camping

Camping can be enjoyed throughout all four seasons, but summers are the most popular season for camping since the weather is generally warm and dry. 

Best Locations for Camping in Turkey

Muğla

Muğla is located in the most southwestern part of Turkey and one of the most popular tourism destinations of the country with its worldly recognized districts like Marmaris, Fethiye, and Bodrum. Despite its popularity, the city has many amazing secluded areas suitable for camping. Most of the camping locations in Muğla are also have spectacular sceneries and natural surroundings. Kayaköy Art Camp, Kelebekler Valley, Katrancı Natural Park, Dalyan Camping, Faralya Camping or Aktaş Beach Camping are famous sites to do camping especially during warm summer days. A flight ticket to Muğla is the first step to experience its all-around natural beauties.

İzmir

İzmir is one of the largest and most influential cities of western Turkey. The city is a prominent summer destination with millions of local and international tourists annually. İzmir is also home to many top-notch camping sites and untouched bays in the middle of the nature such as Delikli Koy Camping Site, Ilıca Beach Camping, Çanak Koyu Camping and Kaynaklar Camping. An amazing İzmir experience is awaiting you in here.

Hatay

Hatay is located in the most southern part of Turkey and an underrated tourism destination with its gorgeous beaches, camping locations and cultural heritage. You can choose Samandağ Teknepınarı, Dörtyol Topraktaş Plateau or Belen Güzelyayla for free camping sites nearby Hatay. Esenbahçe Camping Site and Orient Camping are also good alternatives within easy reach from the city center. A flight ticket to Hatay is the perfect first step to a joyful holiday. 

Nevşehir

Nevşehir is located in the central part of Turkey and is one of the most-visited global attractions of the country with mostly thanks to Cappadocia. In Nevşehir, there are also many areas to camp freely, in which you can also enjoy the scenery with amazing hot balloon rides during sunrise. Panorama Camping, Göreme Camping Aqua Park and Avanos Ada Camping are pleasant venues to experience outdoor camping with a small fee.  A plane ticket to Nevşehir will help you experience this scene firsthand.  

Balıkesir

Balıkesir is located in the southern coast of Marmara Sea and is home to many amazing natural parks, lakes and mountains. A Balıkesir plane ticket is a great way to enjoy what the city has to offer ranging from relaxing camping sites to vibrant seaside attractions.

Erdek district and Kapıdağ Peninsula are famous locations for camping in the region. Kapıdağ Camping, Erdek Ant Camping, Abant Camping, Mysia Beach Camping and Çamlıkaltı Picnic & Camping are preferred spots in summertime. 

Best Locations for Camping in the World

Amsterdam

Amsterdam is one of the most visited cities of Western Europe with countless attractions. The city is home to numerous camping sites that offer varied outdoor accommodation options such as bungalows, tents, caravans and self-catering accommodation. Amsterdam is a must-go city for everyone, so book a plane ticket to Amsterdam and enjoy this beautiful city.

Top campsites of Amsterdam include Vliegenbos and Gaasper Camping that are located within fifteen minutes away from the city center. You can take the ferry from Vliegenbos to Central Train Station. On the other hand, Gaasper Camping is easily accessed by train. 

Geneva

Geneva is the largest city of Western Switzerland and located on the shores of the amazing Lake Geneva. The city is known for its unique atmosphere and beautiful scenery. Camping in Geneva is one of the best camping experiences you can have and this experience is awaiting you here

Lake Geneva situated at the border between Switzerland France is a famous spot for camping. Haute-Savoie, Publier, Thonon-les-Bains, Lugrin or Messery are home to nice campsites near Geneva. The most comfortable way to travel in the surrounding region is problably by car. 

Zurich

Zurich is located in the northern part of Switzerland just next to the Lake Zurich and is a camping haven for nature enthusiasts. Many of the camping sites in Zurich have a direct lakeside location which makes your camping trip refreshing and fun. Book your flight ticket to Zurich not only for a nature trip, but also to enjoy this amazing city. 

Campsite Am Schützenweiher is a preferred place for camping near Zurich. You can reach there in about half an hour by taking the train to Winthertur and then the bus to Schützenhaus. Campsite Reussbrücke is another great spot located at Ottenbach. It is connected to Zurich central train station within one hour. 

Tbilisi

Tbilisi is the capital city of Georgia and located in the eastern part of the country. Its camping sites are mostly around the well-preserved Tbilisi Sea with affordable prices. You can book your flight to Tbilisi and start preparing for a relaxing vacation.

You can enjoy the beautiful landscape of Georgia at GeoCamp Tblisi where a bunch of options for campers with caravans or motorhomes are available. Camping tours throughout Georgia are also organized. The best way to reach GeoCamp Tblisi camping ground is probably by personal car. 

Almaty

Almaty is the largest city of Kazakhstan and located on the foothills of the famous Kok Tobe. Almaty has amazing camping sites that have a direct view of the city from Kok Tobe. A plane ticket to Almaty is not only a great way to have a nature-filled experience but also the first step to discover the cultural heritage of the city. 

Trekking Club campsite is located within a natural park in about two hours distance from Almaty. If you are not travelling by car, you can get on a bus to Issyk or Turgen and then take the taxi. The campsite offers everything you will need ranging from fully furnished spacious tents and rentals to excellent buffet meals.

If you are planning to travel with your equipment, there might be additional costs. You can click here to check the extra services price table.

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