I agree with the down sizing option - out new tent is much smaller and perfectly formed than the last one & it does mean that we seem to take less 'stuff' with us too. Useful space saving ideas / essentials include. A nesting pan set. Plastic box with ALL crockery/ cutlery / pans in. The lid can also be used as a tray. A single burner stove & gas BBQ - where we camp we can't use charcoal and the gas BBQ is a great additional burner. I need a chair- basic though with a cushion that the kids also use as a pillow. Clothes in hold alls. Small pop up containers about 10cm high to keep personal essentials in in the tent - book/ glasses / car keys etc. we each have one. Kindle - I could fill the boot with books for our 3 week sojourns a la continent. Less stuff going means more space for wine on the way home
WE used a trailer, keep it all packed and ready to go, then we bought a cheap caravan £100, it was warmer, dryer and easy to set up. after several caravans we now have a small campervan but stay in hotels Have a look at roof boxes, we all tend to take too much stuff whilst camping, so have a good re think as often you dont need half of it
I love it when we go for short weekend camping, so much less hassle than the Great Safari Expedition Kit.
We take Two good solid plastic boxes (eg Really Useful Boxes) can double as table or stool. All cooking stuff and food and bits and bobs have to fit in them (use sporks etc) Roll up table and two folding armchairs. Couple of stools like these stool/table/footrest things. Stove can go on the floor Small-stuffing (but efficient) sleeping bags and good SIMS. Better one super-warm down sleeping bag than dozens of blankets. Pillows for me or cushions for everyone else Picnic blanket Small trug for washing up Holdalls of clothes Tent
We have had to move from a massive car to a small car. Our previous camping style was best described as 'Bring Everything'; we had an Outwell Vermont XL, for starters, and numerous nice-to-have accessories. We need a radical re-think.