For the half-dozen or so regular readers of this site (I’m not looking for sympathy here – having ANY regular visitors is more than I deserve, based on the infrequency of my posting) you will know that I’ve been posting about my adventures in camping for the last couple of years. I took the slight left-turn into camping when I realised that my days as a ‘parent blogger’ were over, and I’ve not looked back since. Camping is a subject I enjoy – both the activity, and the topic as a writer – so I figured I’d give it a good stab.
Fast forward a few years and the world clearly threw a few challenges in my path – most notably, a global pandemic that meant our camping trips were drastically slashed for 18 months or so. Now that things are (relatively) back to normal, though, I want to try to get back to some kind of regular posting – if for no other reason than it’s one of the few forms of ‘creative writing’ I regularly get to do, these days.
However, if you’re reading my blog for the camping advice, you MIGHT find that my once-every-few-months, lazy posting schedule isn’t quite scratching that itch – so I figured I might as well point you in the direction of a few other good camping blogs that I follow. So, without further ado, here are 8 other camping blogs – but if you’ve got suggestions of others that I might like, PLEASE let me know!
As the name would suggest, Shell Robshaw-Bryan and the team at ‘Camping with Style’ enjoy the finer things in camping – though they’re not afraid to rough-it in the tent with the rest of us. Shell and her team spend a lot of time reviewing different campsites, glamping and other outdoorsy retreats, all across the UK – but they cover other topics too. From wellbeing and health to other camp-adjacent topics like walking and outdoor activities – their camping recommendations have helped me out on more than one occasion. Give them a follow on Twitter too, if you’re so inclined.
Run by camping-couple Megan and Michael over in the States, Fresh of the Grid has one particular aspect that sets it apart from other camping blogs you might follow: Namely, their AMAZING camping recipes. I don’t know if the food was the original reason they started the blog or whether it was a happy accident, but their database (we’re talking HUNDREDS) of camping-friendly food ideas is out of this world. A few examples to start you off: 18 Camping Breakfast Ideas (this amazes me, since we mostly have the same breakfast every time we go camping…!); 79 (!!) Backpacking Food Ideas; And it’s not just recipes either – their guide to creating the ultimate camping kitchen is FULL of amazing ideas, too.
While I’m talking mostly about blogs in this post, it would be remiss of me to highlight the fact that GOWTK is actually an entire (and very comprehensive) camping-focused website, with more information than you can shake a tent pole at. They do have a great blog too, though, where they review the latest tents, attend camping meetups and events and discover the world around them. They’ve also got a fantastic selection of videos on their YouTube channel, if you prefer your information in 24 fps. Mainly UK based, they’re not afraid to travel abroad – so there’s something for all levels here.
If your preferred type of camping involves four wheels and a cosy bed to curl up in, Camping Secrets might be the ideal blog for you. While Alison and Marc aren’t afraid to cover the canvas-variety of camping too, I’m always impressed by their knowledge of the campervan scene – and the benefits that the built-in transport offers you. Namely: A lot more room for gadgets! If you want an example of the level of detail they go into, check out this post reviewing the various portable solar-power options you can get for camping. These guys know their onions.
Mark Yates – the ‘Big Man’ in question – is a seasoned camper, with a particular focus on the Scouting movement. And as anyone whose child has attended cubs/scouts will tell you, those guys LOVE their camping. Mark (a Scout leader, naturally) covers all kinds of camp-related topics, from the history of the movement right up to survival tips and tricks. Want to learn how to start a campfire with nothing but twigs and rocks? Mark is your man. Want to know which female celebrities were once Girl Guides? Mark has you covered.
So there you have it – five other camping blogs to get your fix, while I sort my shizzle out. If you’ve got a recommendation of any other camping blogs I should be following, let me know in the comments!