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What to Expect on most Campsites
Using campsites to tour parts of the country can be very cost effective and can make your holiday unique and fun, as well as being very liberating. Most campsites do not have a minimum stay period, however it is worth booking during peak periods to avoid any disappointments.
Plan your route in advance and then search for campsites in the area, whether you are touring with a campervan or whether you prefer the security of your little tent, it is sometimes possible to get a pitch with electric hook-up which makes your stay a little more luxurious, as you can have lights and make tea.
What you will Find
Most campsites will have a toilet block, which will normally be kept to a high standard of cleanliness, plus a shower block, which may be part of the same room as the toilet block, or maybe separate, but normally consists of showers for males and females, and if you are taking small children who cannot be left to shower alone, some even offer family shower rooms.
Family shower rooms are ideal for small and growing children who cannot be left alone, or if you have a disabled child, as this means that you do not have to worry about a male child being in the female shower room, which not all campsite residents are comfortable with, plus family shower rooms are normally bigger to allow for adult accompaniment.
Many camp sites will also offer a washing up area for those who want to prepare and cook food onsite, this means there will be a series of sinks designated for washing dishes, although at busy times you may have to queue, and you will need to take your own washing up liquid and drying cloth, and a bowl if you want one.
A laundry block is also common on many campsites, and similar to a public laundrette you can hire a washing machine, or possibly more useful, a tumble drier, enabling you to rinse and get swimming kit dry again for the next day, or if you are staying longer, do some clothes washing. The machines tend to be coin operated.
Finally some larger campsites will have a small shop, where you can purchase such items as milk and bread, or maybe tea and coffee, which means should you run out you wont need to leave the site to get them. They can be more expensive this way, but you can also get things like ice-creams and sweets if you are having a quiet afternoon on site enjoying the sun and need to keep the kids quiet for ten minutes.