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Camping BBQs - Top Tips from The Club

The Camping and Caravanning Club is the world's largest and oldest Club for all forms of camping; whether you prefer tents, caravans, campervans or motorhomes! The Club's history dates back to August 1901 when Tailor, Thomas Hiran Holding, went camping with just six people in attendance. Since then, The Camping and Caravanning Club has grown to have over 500,000 members and 110 Club campsites, not to mention 1,600 smaller, certified sites across the UK. With all this in mind, we couldn't think of anyone better to ask for some top tips for barbecuing whilst camping!

  • BBQs are welcome at all Club campsites, however they must be purpose-built and portable gas or charcoal BBQs. When setting up camp, make sure that your BBQ stands clear of the ground so that there is no possibility of damage to the Club site. 
  • No matter how dreary the Great British weather gets, never bring your BBQ inside, even if your windows or tent doors are left open as there won't be enough ventilation to prevent CO poisining. Your BBQ should only be brought inside once completely cool, 3 hours or more after it was put out. 
  • If using a disposable BBQ, be aware that they can release carbon monoxide even when cool, so you must never store used disposable barbecues inside your tent, caravan, campervan or any enclosed area.
  • Prepare ingredients and pack them in a cool box before you head off on your camping holiday. By prepping veg, meat and salad in advance, you will save time when cooking on the campsite.
  • Nobody enjoys washing up, especially on holiday, so by preparing ingredients in advance, you will also keep the amount of dirty dishes and utensils to a minimum meaning fewer trips to the campsite dishwashing area.
  • Make sure the BBQ you buy is an appropriate size for your unit; a large gas BBQ isn’t ideal for tent camping, but likewise if you are family of four travelling in a motorhome, you will have more space to store a larger BBQ!

​We hope that you find these tips from The Camping and Caravanning Club useful. To find out more about staying safe on campsite, or even joining The Club, visit their website: