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Started by Ricolas on Apr 3, 2017 3:55:51 PM
I'm going Camping

I have decided to take the family camping at the weekend. I last went camping twenty years ago, and it was before a family. I've obviously gone mad right?

Shower me with advice.

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Ricolas - 03 Apr 2017 16:00:09 (#1 of 530)

I have a tent, before any comedian suggests it

Tenesmus - 03 Apr 2017 16:00:43 (#2 of 530)

I advise that you are quite correct.

You have gone mad.

HTH.

Agaliarept - 03 Apr 2017 16:01:59 (#3 of 530)

Air beds and duvets. Forget sleeping bags.

HouseOfLametta - 03 Apr 2017 16:02:14 (#4 of 530)

Literally all you need to know;

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=tI2SgQ5I28Q

Take a lot of pairs of tights.

Cordelia - 03 Apr 2017 16:02:51 (#5 of 530)

Have you practised putting up the tent recently? If not, I should. And check for missing bits.

Gotout - 03 Apr 2017 16:03:42 (#6 of 530)

Have a look on Gumtree and Preloved for people who had the same idea as you but gave up after the first night away. You'll get the equipment at a fraction of the cost.

widenation - 03 Apr 2017 16:03:45 (#7 of 530)

Don't camp on MOD land.

LittleMissMuffet - 03 Apr 2017 16:03:55 (#8 of 530)

Buy a few of the connectable foam kids play tiles to make a mud proof path into your mighty camping abode.

Second the advice around duvets.

If you're feeling super lazy, consider getting a couple of 2 man popup tents rather than a big 4+ family affair that can take ages to put up / pack away.

LittleMissMuffet - 03 Apr 2017 16:04:42 (#9 of 530)

Or forget tents entirely and go with a camping pod instead.

Cormorant - 03 Apr 2017 16:05:31 (#10 of 530)

Or a nice B&B.

HouseOfLametta - 03 Apr 2017 16:09:59 (#11 of 530)

Stick up your pole and slip into the old bag.

Brookes - 03 Apr 2017 16:11:46 (#12 of 530)

Now I'm older I find that necessities include camping chairs, pillows and a table.

We have yet to find a comfortable surface to sleep on, having tried air mattress, bed rolls and so-called self-inflating mattresses.

Brookes - 03 Apr 2017 16:14:09 (#13 of 530)

That YouTube video is bonkers!

pmcblonde - 03 Apr 2017 16:16:54 (#14 of 530)

Don't try and cook with a Trangea stove - they take YEARS

Tagyourit - 03 Apr 2017 16:20:10 (#15 of 530)

Camping is why God invented 5 star hotels.

Eligelis - 03 Apr 2017 16:28:02 (#16 of 530)

what cordy said in #5: make sure you know in advance that you have the entire tent, and that you've had practice putting it up and taking it down.

Have a checklist that is written several days before trip for kit - sperate ones for seperate family members if necessary. and tick things off only when you know (for ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN) that they're packed.

know what facilities are at the campsite in advance, and plan time accordingly. Is there enough there to keep kids amused, and (if not) have you got enough to fill in the "I'm bored!" gaps.

Is there a shop on-site? If so, is there stuff that you might not need to bring as it will be available there?

Expect the best, prepare for the worst; if it spends the time pissing down with rain, do you have contingency plans? addendum to this: bring waterproofs for everyone - JUST IN CASE.

Are you going deviceless? if not, does the campsite have wifi? worth knowing in advance.

Think about how many pairs of socks you might need for the worst of situations, and then add a pair per person. Simelarly, spare pairs of shoes if a pair gets sodden wet.

baddams - 03 Apr 2017 16:28:53 (#17 of 530)

Camping is why God invented 5 star hotels.

This. Camping is a weekend of ballache, discomfort and hassle for (if you're lucky) about 8 minutes in the middle when you're sat quietly having a beer.

If someone invented camping tomorrow and suggested trying it you'd tell them to fuck right off.

Gotout - 03 Apr 2017 16:29:47 (#18 of 530)

Study 'Carry on Camping' for hints and tits tips.

baddams - 03 Apr 2017 16:30:03 (#19 of 530)

Eligelis has just rested my case.

Eligelis - 03 Apr 2017 16:31:36 (#20 of 530)

hey - Scoutleader. I do this Semi-professionally*.

*the semi part is that we don't get paid.

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