- Pack the things you'll need for the first night in a separate bag so it's all together and you don't have to go searching in everyone's bags.
- Arrive as close to your check in time as possible if holidaying in Autumn/Spring. It really isn't easy trying to unpack and make beds in candlelight!
- Talking of candles, take plenty. We bought church candles from Tesco which were brilliant and lasted for days. We left a big candle from Tesco burning in the toilet all the time and it lasted at least 2 full days, if not 3.
We also bought a pack of six from Asda for £5 and they lasted really long as well.
We bought tealights from tesco that we used in the holders above the dining table every night at dinner and they were great value for money.
We also took the hurricane lamps that use lamp oil. They gave off a lovely glow but Ant said if you want brighter light, a gas or petrol lantern would be better.
- Make sure you have designated places for things like hats/scarves/gloves etc and make sure everyone uses those places because it gets really annoying hearing, 'muuuum, where's my gloves?' for the twentieth time.
The amount of times we lost the warm weather gear was ridiculous in a space so small!
- We bought small LED torches from Asda for £1.50 each and they were brilliant. Next time we'll make sure we have one for each person so they don't have to try and share when they want to read in the evening.
- Take a clothes horse. You'll need somewhere to hang wet and muddy clothes and coats. Ant also did some hand washing which we wouldn't have been able to do if we didn't have the clothes horse. There was a small one in the shower block but we didn't know about that until one of the other guests put it back there when they left!
- A flask is a must if you want coffee straight away in the morning. Ant filled ours every night so he could have coffee while getting the fire going the next morning.
- And finally, make sure you take your own, 'Ant' who will get up earlier than everyone else and light the fire! It's much nicer to wake up to a lovely warm stove than to a freezing cold tent.
If you have any tips of your own for a family going glamping or indeed, camping, please feel free to share them in the comments :)