Those who enjoy wild camping will tell you, it’s the best thing you can do with your motorhome. Those that don’t may tell you that’s it’s actually illegal. In some places it may be, but on the whole it isn’t necessarily. So what do you think? Would you be keen to give it a try?
First off, let’s define exactly what wild camping is?
Wild camping vs. Free camping
Those that wild camp will tell you that there’s a massive difference between it and free camping. Wild camping is finding a quaint spot in the wilderness which you can call home for a day or so, with your campervan or motorhome. It’s about the isolation; being at one with nature. Not about getting it for free. Free camping on the other hand is simply getting your camping for free. It’s not about the scenery or the views, simply the cost.
For those in the know, there’s a big difference.
Is it illegal?
In some countries it’s illegal, but in others it’s a little bit of a grey area. In the UK, for example there is no single law that prohibits it in the manner of a blanket ban, it all depends on the law of the individual locality. So if you’re up for it, it’s best to check any signs that are around. If there are, you shouldn’t wild camp. There are some very irresponsible people in the motorhome community who ignore signs and camp where they wish. Practices like this do not help the wild camping community.
Tips and tricks
Whilst it may not be illegal, in some quarters it can be frowned upon so if you decide to go for it, there are a few tips and tricks you should always make sure you do.
• One night - no matter how picturesque the spot, it’s advisable to stay for one night only. It’s all about keeping your profile low and not attracting attention to yourself. If you find a spot that you really want to stay in for a couple of nights, consider moving somewhere else during the day and going back at night.
• Think security – security is essential. You may have covered your vehicle with campervan insurance from Safeguard for example, but you still need to be security conscious. Sometimes remote areas can bring problems with security.
• Respect the country and don’t damage anything – BBQs are a no no. Never ever leave any litter.
• Don’t draw too much attention to yourself by making a full camp with deckchairs, awning and windbreaks.
• Don’t let waste drip on the ground and dispose of any sewer waste responsibly.
So, what do you think? Is it something that interests you or a practice you think should be governed by law? Tell us what you think.