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Camping – my top tips

I am no expert at camping. Far from it. Our first experience of camping outside of childhood camping in the back garden happened about eighteen years ago. My now husband and I made a rushed purchase of what looking back was probably a tent to be used for very small children to play in. It was an orange triangular tent with the need for six tent pegs, we put it up – even with our lack of experience in about five minutes. In our inexperience we pitched on a hill. Near a bin. It was far from ideal. I am 5’8 and my husband a little over six foot. Looking back I imagine we provided some hilarity to the other campers as we climbed out the following morning something akin to Mary Poppins’s handbag.

On our next camping trip we upgraded to a tent almost three times the size. It has provided us with some lovely adventures but now with the addition of a child and a dog we are on the look out for something bigger.

If you follow me on Instagram you will see that we went camping this weekend and I thought it would be helpful – if not a reminder to myself – to have a list of some of the things it is helpful to remember.

A flask full of hot water. We traveled from work on a Friday night and by the time we had pitched the tent and sorted dinner it was easier to have a flask of hot water already made for the hot water bottles. We have a huge flask so there was enough for a hot chocolate too.

An easy meal for the first night. Spag Bol is something that we all eat. I would prepare the meal in advance so I only have to heat it up and cook the pasta.

A table. We have the dogs cage which she sleeps in and this whilst taking up a lot of the indoor space does provide a good table. It is also nice to have a table for outside as the little holes for drinks in the camping chairs do not hold glasses very well.

Camping stove. To heat up dinner, hot water for coffee and hot water bottles. Spare gas is also essential.

Camping packing list – a couple of helpful things

  • Just add water hot chocolate
  • Hot water bottle
  • Flask of hot water
  • Pillow
  • Blankets / sleeping bags
  • Rubbish bag
  • Crocs / shoes that you can easily slip on for toilet trips
  • Water
  • Soft drinks
  • Iced coffee
  • Bin bags
  • Towels
  • Washing up bowl
  • Tea / coffee / milk
  • Towels
  • Hammer
  • A one or two pot meal. Spag Bol, chilli – anything that can be heater up easily.

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