Wild camping, as we all know, is a cheap ticket to nature’s call. If you have a motorhome, probably you are planning to hit the road soon. Traveling becomes much easier on a motorhome. No bills to pay, to rules to follow. Most importantly you can plan you’re trip as per your wish.
If owning a motorhome is out of the question, renting one is the next best option in touring places like Iceland. A fully furnished 4×4 camper rental offers the same flexibility and freedom for a budget-friendly price. Next on your research will be the weather, road conditions, and designated campsites.
Before you hit the road, here is everything that you would need to know about wild camping on a motorhome. We have also suggested a few of our favorite wild camping spots across Europe. Read on to make the best itinerary.
What is motorhome wild camping?
Motorhome wild camping means overnight parking without any cost. Many travelers opt for a motorhome or a campervan wild camping. Some travelers use a tent for overnight camping. However, when it comes to safety, motorhome camping is more secured. Park in the middle of nowhere and enjoy the beauty of nature, as long as you want. This is motorhome wild camping in a nutshell.
Where to go for wild camping in Europe?
Even though the pandemic has hit hard, our love to travel has not gone anywhere. Most of the international flights have stopped working. International travel is also a cold mess. Motorhome wild camping is the best way to explore Europe. Here are our favorite places for motorhome wild camping, check them out.
Le Clos du Lac, Provence, France
Le Clos du Lac is one of the best camping sites in France. The wild camping site is on the edge of the famous Ecrins National Park. It is a mountain campsite. You will wake up to a wonderful serene sight. There are many hiking trails nearby. You can park your motorhome at the camping site and try some of the trails at Boscodon Forest. There is a play arena with a volleyball court at the site where you will park your motorhome.
Activities: Swimming, Fishing, Butterfly Chasing, Hiking
Landgoed de Barendonk, Beers, Netherlands
This place is well equipped for camping at night. They have a special area for tents, but you can easily park your motorhome somewhere close by. It is more secluded than the tent area. They have a sitting room for you all to take shelter during bad weather. Barendonk estate’s lush green is suitable for a serene family camping holiday.
Activities: Geocaching, hiking, cycling
Zur Mühle, Black Forest, Germany
No clubhouse, no play arena, just a lush green hilly area, this is my dream campsite. Zur Mühle is a strong contender of the dream campsite list. If you are thinking of a site without any kind of distraction other than nature’s beauty, visit Zur Mühle. There are many cycling and hiking trails that you might give a try. Find a spot to park your motorhome and keep exploring.
Activities: Hiking, Cycling
Campsite Nature Ferie, Hals, Denmark
Not far from the sea, Campsite Nature Ferie is one of the best sites for wild camping in Denmark. Not all private beaches are for lavish five-star hotels. Some of them are for those you pack their van to explore the scenic beauty. If you were expecting a free motorhome parking, you are wrong. You need to pay about €10 for the night camping. Try the North Sea cycle route if you are there.
Activities: Swimming, cycling, canoeing.
Camping Val d’Or, Enscherange, Luxembourg
Camping is done best at a secluded yet serene place. Even you think so, right? Camping at Val d’Or in Luxembourg is exactly a similar one. It is not a known spot, so it is not overcrowded by the tourist. IT is located by the side of the Clerve river.
Activities: Cycling, Paddling, etc.
Where would you find free overnight stops for motorhomes for wild camping?
If you plan to go to the interior of the countryside, you will easily find a spot to park your motorhome. However, there are platforms like Park4Night, Campercontact, Searchforsite, Camperstop.com, and others to assist you. Pay a nominal fee to get better access to routes and stops.
Travel Tips to Remember
Spot the free zone
Assess the free spot for parking your motorhome for wild camping beforehand. It is always advisable to have a prior idea of where to park your motorhome. For example, there are many free overnight motorhome parking in the UK. But illegal parking can cause you the trouble here.
Beware of the thieves
There are gangs of motorhome thieves all around Europe. Make sure you have a proper security lock system. Lock your doors and windows before going to sleep. If you leave the motorhome for a trail or something, make sure you park in a designated area with proper security.
Do not park in a residential area
It is quite rude to park suddenly in a residential area, just to save money. You might block someone’s gate. You might invade someone’s privacy unknowingly. It is better to avoid such a situation.
It is okay for a campervan to be parked for three days or four, parking the van for an indefinite period is not good. Someone may want to park there. Wild camping means wandering like wild. Parking at one spot for long will kill the joy.
Have adequate food
Wild camping can take you to distant places where buying food might not be an option. You must keep the food bank in mind. Store if you need to. Buy some canned food. Remember checking on the storage situation every day and spent wisely.
Wild camping is fun as long as you want it to be. You need to be careful while wild camping in the middle of nowhere. Carry all the important stuff that you might need. A first aid box with basic medicines is a must carry. Enjoy your holidays amidst the greenery and mountain. It is a therapy to refresh your soul. Google ‘campsite near me’ and start short trips around your countryside to get the nag of it.