Top Tips for Camping this June Bank Holiday From Camping Ireland

The June Bank Holiday is traditionally one of the busiest times for caravan and camping parks around the country and this coming weekend is looking no different. The Irish Caravan and Camping Council (ICC) has some advice for first-timers to help them get the most from their camping experience.

“Some of the tips may seem like common sense, but you would be surprised at some of the simple mistakes people make,” said Con Quill, ICC Chairperson. “We want people to really get the most from their holiday and with the right planning and preparation, camping is a fantastic way for the whole family to enjoy time together.”

Con has some simple tips and advice for first-time campers.

Backyard camping: “Before you take the family away camping, why not try a night under the canvas in your backyard,” advises Con. “It not only gets everyone excited and gives a feel for what camping entails but also gives you a trial run putting up the new tent and makes sure you have everything you need.”

Bring the essentials: “This is Ireland so expect the unexpected when it comes to the weather. Make sure to pack good rain gear and a warm fleece or hoodie as well as a good sunscreen, you never know what the Irish summer holds,” he said. “And don’t forget some board games, first aid kit, matches to get the BBQ going and your camera to capture those unforgettable moments.”

Plan, plan and plan: Con advises that campers should take the time to make a checklist and plan your trip, especially if you are taking the kids camping. “Decide on where you are going and how you are going to get there. Pick the parks that suit your holiday needs and ring ahead to book early. Check out for a full list of caravan and camping parks or download our Camping Ireland app and use it as your routeplanner,” he says.

Don’t invite night-time visitors: “Make sure to clear up after your BBQ and don’t throw food scraps on the ground as they will attract some unwanted night-time visitors. And always make sure to store your food in the car or in the fridges provided at the parks,” advises Con.

He also reminds campers not to BBQ inside or too near your tent to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.

Respect other campers: “Get to know your camping neighbours and lend a hand if you see them in difficulty trying to pitch their tent,” Con said. “And, leave your pitch as you found it; don’t dig holes for BBQ-ing, use disposable ones and make sure not to leave any rubbish behind.”

To enhance the camping experience, ICC has launched Camping Key Europe, the largest camping benefits scheme in Europe. The card, which is recognised by over 2,500 parks across 20 countries, offers holders great discounts at visitor centres, tourist attractions, camping parks and ferries at home and abroad. It is also valid ID when checking in to parks and offers the camper insurance while in the caravan and camping park.

Camping Key Europe cards are available to buy for €16 at

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