How to enjoy and protect Wild Camping Adventures
Wild camping is one of the great perks of travelling with a motorhome, camper van or van – falling asleep in the great outdoors, waking up in jaw-dropping sceneries, enjoying the remoteness, the peaceful privacy and solitude. HOWEVER, often wild campers leave traces and trespass private land (sometimes without knowing) leading to bans and limitations in many countries. Yet, if you obey certain rules and regulations, you will still be able to embark on wild camping adventures.
German motorhome brand SUNLIGHT presents six essential wild camping regulations and tips to minimize our impact on nature and to ensure we will be able to enjoy the magical (and legal) wild spots in the years to come.
1. Check the regulations
Every country has its own wild camping regulations: in some countries (e.g. in Slovenia or the Scandinavian countries) wild camping is more or less tolerated, in other places it is advised to seek the landowner’s permission and countries like Spain or Italy are rather strict with their bans. So, before embarking on your camping trip take a look at your chosen destination and learn about the local regulations (for example on caravanya.com or on the carvanya app). MIND: In protected areas or national parks and preserves wild camping is strictly prohibited.
2. Use digital helpers
We live in a digital world, and it seems there is hardly any challenge that cannot be solved with an app – and fortunately that’s also the case for legal camping spots. Park4Night is a free app (available in six languages) and one of the most popular. Besides listing parking spots (free as well as charged), it integrates useful info, experiences, ratings, and pictures by other campers. Another helpful online platform is Campspace, a sort of Airbnb for campers: here, people from around the globe list their private property for campers to rent – from yards to gardens or land.
3. Respect the wildlife
It’s the privacy and remoteness that makes wild camping such a unique, special experience. So, let’s get out the beer and turn up the music. Please don’t! Nothing could be more disrespectful and inappropriate. You are a guest in the habitat of wild animals – and it’s your responsibility to respect and protect it. Preserve the peace and quiet: avoid loud noises, keep your voices down and let nature’s sounds prevail. Preserve your voice for singing along to the coolest playlists on the road.