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What clothes do I need for camping near beach in Brittany?
We don't usually do beach-y summer holidays and I've never been camping. Do I just need some shorts, vest tops, swimsuit (and some warmer clothes)? Or is there a secret beach or camping dress code?
And where can I get cotton shorts in small sizes (M&S or similar are too big on me)? H&M and Mango have a lot of polyester/jersey. And loose fitting vests in cotton - not really long or tight ones - do they exist?
Yes shorts but it may not be that warm - Brittany in August last year we all needed hoodies in the evening. Uniqlo for cotton basics. And there is no secret dress code - you'll see everything from Fr super-glam mamans to lumpy Brits in Boden Breton stripes and crocs [ie me]
Nb put names in children's crocs /sandals for when you leave them at the gate of the campsite pool. 15 pairs identical pink Clarks...
some pyjamas? you may get lovely weather or it could rain - so be prepared for both. everythings pretty casual on campsites. the ones we've been to have washing machines. flip flops - useful in shower blocks as well as beach.
Not clothing, but don't forget insect repellent and antihistamine tablets. There can be hordes of buzzy bitey critters near beaches, especially at dusk. We are allergic and swell up, so it can make or break the holiday for us.
For loose fitting vests, it may be worth a look at American Eagle. Mine came from there, a long time ago and I am dreading them falling apart.
Brittany may not be that warm, it's exposed and right on the Atlantic and can be very windy, and especially chilly at night (for summer). I wouldn't go thinking this was a wafting about in a kaftan and bikini type affair. To that end my biggest tip would not be clothes, but to pack a wind break, for both the beach and your pitch, it will make a huge difference to how long you spend at either.
Camping generally is not a fashion event, especially if you're in a tent and car with limited packing space. Even in the evening at campsite bars and restaurants it will be very casual. I'd pack mix and match shorts, vests and t-shirts, t-shirt tunic dresses for beach cover ups and general out and about, and longer jersey dresses or cargo/chino style trousers for evening, with sweatshirts or hoodies for warmth. Sounds boring, but you can find nice versions of all these in the usual shops you like, doesn't have to special camping stuff.
Def not Ibiza, more Cornwall. Leave the kaftans and sparkly sandals at home!
Rash vests might be good for ease, even if temps aren't high, being in sun+wind will burn. Plus the sea will be choppy being the atlantic so they might feel more protected. On that note, depending on their ages, body boards are good. Or if they are really young save the sea for when the tide is out for paddling and rock pooling in the evening.
Basically northern France is pretty much the same as south coast England, just separated by the sea, so do anything you'd do for a trip to the beach here. There are certainly no new forms of insects, just the usual gnats and beachy critters you get here. No mosquitos.
(My 'things we wish we'd taken' list from last year's eurocamp in Brittany:
Wetsuits Ping pong (table was free but it cost to hire bats and balls) Badminton (ditto) 1 Euro coins (for trollies and vending machines) Coffee cone (we prefer it to cafetière) Pool toys / inflatables Boule Walkie talkies
North or south coast? Only ask because if north think Cornish weather and if south, add 10 degrees to the temperature. Lorient, Vannes, Auray are a micro-climate and can be quite different to Brest and Roscoff. For northern Brittany, I'd take a wetsuit (maybe a shortie); for south, a UV vest.
Looks like we need to pack for all eventualities...
Where does everyone buy their shorts from? I have some old ones from Gap and DP but I think I bought them when I was pregnant and they're too big. And immensely unflattering. I think I need to buy in a shop to try on rather than online.
We went to Carnac in half term and it was nice weather really. Take light weight waterproofs for when it's warm but suddenly starts raining. We also took wetsuits for kids. Hoodies for when it cools off. We like to get off the beaten track a bit and go to beaches that aren't as busy and this year we took one of those beach trolley things for all of our stuff and it was brilliant! We also needed a sun umbrella and windbreak but we bought them out there as there was lots of choice. Brittany is the home of the Breton stripe after all so can't go wrong with that! Nice baggy clothes for eating all the bread, crepes and Breton cake! Layers and comfy casual is the way to go. Take a big bag (ikea blue bag ideal) to put all sandy shoes and items in so they can be kept together and don't get sand everywhere!
Try Peacocks for the shorts. They have about 83 different varieties and all at very reasonable prices so there could well be something to suit you. I'm living in their knee length narrow denim ones at the moment.