1970s Camping Holidays Are Back But They Can Be Comfortable Thanks to Modern Gadgets Like Steam Mops

Camping has never been as popular, with The Camping and Caravanning Club announcing that all their British campsites are full during these hard economic times. For those brought up on camping and caravanning in the 1970s, the global financial meltdown has meant many are having to revisit their nostalgic past. Those memories of long hot summers, when they used to get up early to visit local farms for milk, are flooding back. Memories too of rambling through beautiful Devon countryside without seemingly a care in the world, perhaps finding an ancient oak tree to climb.

Those children brought up on camping thirty years ago are now in their late 30s. Many now have their own kids. Like their parents, they are investing in family tents. Some are hiring or buying caravans and setting off to re-kindle a past which has long been forgotten. But are these 30 year – olds seeing their past through rose-tinted spectacles?

These new parents will find that much is the same as the 1970s, the weather for instance is still as unpredictable in Britain as it always was. A sunny British holiday is simply delightful but one that rains everyday is truly ghastly. As they will soon remember, you never quite get dry again when you’re camping.

Camping And Caravan Pitches Now Equipped With Electricity

Perhaps the major difference over the last thirty years is that nearly all camping and caravan pitches now come equipped with access to the electricity. This makes for a much more comfortable holiday than in the 1970s for several reasons.

All caravans come with electrical sockets, which are handy for plugging into mobile phones and laptops. They are fitted out with carpets as standard so no more mopping out cold lino floors. Instead caravan carpets can be cleaned with compatible electric,steam mops. Some things are the same as they were in the 1970s caravan, including a fridge and hob. These days, however, carvan owners now install microwaves into their ‘mobile’ homes. They are even showers in today’s caravans and water doesn’t have to be pumped before flowing into a sink. These days are simple turn of a tap does the trick.

Awnings too have also been overhauled. These tent-like structures,attached to caravans, now come with plastic windows. Thirty somethings can even watch how to put awnings up on YouTube on the internet, many camping and caravan sites now have Wi -Fi access.

Modern tents are much easier to erect with only several long poles. Tents are compact but cleverly are much larger when put up then their predecessors. There’s room for several ‘bedrooms’ and many tents have an extensive lobby area with porch. A wonderful change is that there’s little danger of water pouring in as side walls and ground sheets now come stitched together. That means no more mopping up pools of water after a heavy rainfall. Instead simple, steam mops, which plug in to the supplied electric socket, can be very effective at keeping the tent clean.


Simple text messages or tweets can now fill in relatives and friends with how the families are enjoying their holidays. But somehow these modern communication methods are not the same as picture postcards.

So when your friends in their 30s announce that they are going camping or caravanning, just like it was in the 1970s, remember that thanks to modern technology, it won’t be the quite the same. They’ll undoubtedly be taking appliances that weren’t invented all those years ago such as the internet, mobile phones and perhaps even, steam mops. And why shouldn’t they revisit their past but with today’s modern conveniences, just expect a tweet rather than a postcard.

Tim Mitchell