So what's new in the way of camping gadgets?!

(114 Posts)
Uppermid Sun 17-Feb-13 17:31:25

The nights are getting lighter, so surely it's about time to start seeing what stuff is new and essential this year! Have the bunting and fairy and fairy lights ;o) so what do I need this year?!

colleysmill Sun 17-Feb-13 18:19:40

I'm not sure how new it is (but its new to us!) but before Christmas I happened across a small table (about 30 x 30cm) which has a pole and spike which detach - perfect size for 2 drinks and a bottle of wine. My drink is always the one that gets knocked over on the grass or out the camping chair but for weekends we don't tend to take a separate table (table in the van) so I was quite excited!

Ive also bought 3 camping pillows that wiggle up really small but that's not revolutionary and only exciting to me smile

Lovecat Sun 17-Feb-13 18:50:00

I found a collapsible silicon-in-bright-colours-with-a-hard-rim washing up bowl in TK Maxx last week. I can't begin to tell you how ridiculously pleased I was smile

Uppermid Sun 17-Feb-13 18:59:48

Glad it's not just me!!!

They sound great, any pictures or links?

And any more, come on its nearly camping season!!!

MrsMc82 Sun 17-Feb-13 19:07:12

Should really move away from this thread. ..... been told not to buy any more essential camping gadgets crap.......

Uppermid Sun 17-Feb-13 19:09:10

No mrsb, come join us on the dark side!!

Uppermid Sun 17-Feb-13 19:09:26

Mrs m sorry!

hillbilly Sun 17-Feb-13 20:51:39

Colleysmill - I like the sound of the table. Is there a link?

Matildaduck Sun 17-Feb-13 21:21:28

Does anyone have an inflatable sofa? Quite liked the one i sat on today.....

IwishIwasmoreorganised Sun 17-Feb-13 21:46:55

I'm sure that we don't need anything new for this year, but I will just watch this thread in case!

Uppermid Sun 17-Feb-13 22:14:30

Need? Need? Of course there's always something you need!!!

colleysmill Sun 17-Feb-13 22:41:08

Will just check the website to see if its still there hill

colleysmill Sun 17-Feb-13 22:53:56

Ok this is similar to the table we got its the camping beach table on a stick

colleysmill Sun 17-Feb-13 22:57:17

Ignore that link! Forgot part of the address (on phone)

its camping beach table on a stick

erowid Mon 18-Feb-13 17:01:51

Matildaduck We have a inflatable sofa (cheap £10 from ebay) but to be honest we prefer proper camping chairs.

They're not that heavy when inflated and tend to blow away in a bit of wind so you can't really leave them outside when you're not using them. So you need space to put them somewhere or go through the hassle of blowing them up and letting them back down again every time you want to use it. Plus we often go to campsites that allow fires which isn't such a great idea with flammable plastic.

Nice idea and certainly comfy, just not very practical for us where we go camping. smile

Matildaduck Mon 18-Feb-13 17:48:45

Thank you, i was thinking for inside the bell tent. Might have a think about it now.

Lovecat Mon 18-Feb-13 19:02:23

We have an inflatable chair that's like half a sofa, DD used to sleep on it unfolded as she used to roll and the arms prevented that. It was very comfy as a chair. I'm currently eyeing up the sofa version in Wilko's for £30 for inside the Bell, but it's a hideous orange flock...

CaveyLovesPendleton Tue 05-Mar-13 18:54:40

I have my eye on this. No laughing at the back.

tattychicken Tue 05-Mar-13 19:42:04

That is fab!!! I need one!grin

CaveyLovesPendleton Tue 05-Mar-13 20:17:15

grin and not sooo expensive.

UptoapointLordCopper Tue 05-Mar-13 20:25:07

Sorry I am laughing at the snack stand ... But it is very jolly. grin

nottersgotterdonkey Tue 05-Mar-13 20:27:59

That's a lovely snack stand CaveylovesPendleton.

Bramblesinafield Tue 05-Mar-13 21:03:39

It Los as if it might be a little unstable if perched on a hillock. May I suggest balancing one side with a stack of hobnobs or pink wafer biscuits?

CaveyLovesPendleton Tue 05-Mar-13 21:06:31

you need to picture it, with morsels of fromage in one compartment, olives in another, maybe caperberries and some poppadums. A glass or two of pinot. Good company. A welsh sunset.
I'm not sure I can live without it, now I know it exists <sigh>

Crikeyblimey Tue 05-Mar-13 21:20:08

That snack stand is simply fabulous! I did snigger and then the voice in my head said "but think how lovely it would be". I'm sure it would raise a smile every time it was used.

Our friends (well the female of the couple - cos no man would ever think it necessary) have the fold up bright coloured washing up bowl. It is lovely, useful and made my friend smile ridiculously every time she used it last summer.

A bit off the wall but THE best accessory we took to France last year was a cheap kettle from Wilkos (not really in the camping spirit and you do need ehu but making tea was so much quicker and easier than on the stove).

Abzs Tue 05-Mar-13 21:41:36

This kettle just came to my work - it's ace! We spent a happy while unpacking the whole range and playing with it. Yes, we are gear freak saddos, but we work in an outdoor shop, it's our raison d'etre grin

UptoapointLordCopper Tue 05-Mar-13 21:49:26

That kettle is amazing. Can you also try it out and let us know?

Bramblesinafield Tue 05-Mar-13 22:14:22

Oh I am loving those collaps things vehr naice.

Mmm picturing snacks by the campfire, with olives protected from the flies by the lids.

Is there a hobnob space?,or one for some Brie?

Bramblesinafield Wed 06-Mar-13 07:04:15
Quenelle Wed 06-Mar-13 10:13:36

Abzs I'm very envy of you working in an outdoor shop. Mind you, I'd be permanently skint if I did.

I bought the Outwell collapsible bowls last year and they are great. When DH used them to collect the takeaway frites and salad from the campsite cafe he said he had many admiring glances, and I'm pretty sure they were looking at the bowls, not DH.

Have you tried the kettle out? I am quite tempted but it is expensive so would have to be good.

I adore that snack table Cavey. If we had one though it would be filled with jellybabies and Doritos. Or it could be very handy for paints when I put DS's easel up in the garden...

Abzs Wed 06-Mar-13 11:22:26

Sadly, we are not allowed to actually fire up a stove and boil a kettle sad

Quenelle Wed 06-Mar-13 11:52:50

sad That is probably infringing on your workers' rights Abzs. How can anyone be expected to work in an outdoor shop and not play with try out the gadgets all day?

Blu Wed 06-Mar-13 12:39:00

Ha ha at that snack stand I will be looking out for thos on campsites as a surefire MNer signifier!

Things I have not got, don't really need, but hanker after:
Cobb oven. Are they now SO 2011?
Tripod and Dutch oven cookpot
Pie iron

Quenelle Wed 06-Mar-13 12:55:15

I think I would like a Cobb. I described one to DH the other day and his response was surprisingly positive. He doesn't know how much they cost though.

hillbilly Wed 06-Mar-13 12:55:43

Oooh this thread is really ramping up a gear now! Love the collapsible kettle and pots but although they seem fine far a gas stove I'm not so sure they would survive Mr Hillbilly's campfires!

I have everything I need already unfortunately but always open to new stuff.

troutsprout Wed 06-Mar-13 14:47:59

Oooo that stove is pure porn . Blardy gorgeous

Pmsl at the snack stand Cavey. God it's almost worth getting to sneak in the car just to see dh's face when I set it up! grin

I have a collapsible kettle already.. It is a thing of beauty

troutsprout Wed 06-Mar-13 14:49:05

Snack stand... Could be like our secret handshake?

rubytutu Wed 06-Mar-13 19:12:10

oh I really want that snack stand now. think the dcs may love it too. would it be wrong to convince them to spend their pocket money ........

rubytutu Wed 06-Mar-13 19:16:59

just tried to buy one its sold out. to bloody mumsnetters no doubt grin grin grin

troutsprout Wed 06-Mar-13 19:34:12

What do we think of these ?

troutsprout Wed 06-Mar-13 19:41:41

Love the pic too. Knickers that give you leaping ability !

That biolite stove looks amazing!! <adds to OFRS list>

Bramblesinafield Wed 06-Mar-13 22:18:46

I'm a bit worried about those pants. Is it for women with stress incontinence?
The plastic bite would be scratchy too!

I want a snack stand.

MrsMc82 Thu 07-Mar-13 08:15:01

I love camping gadgets..... but can't imagine a time when those knickers could be needed. .... can honestly say don't know of any instance when ive found changing my pants too onerous!!!!!

VictorTango Thu 07-Mar-13 09:39:05

I want a biolite stove!

rubytutu Thu 07-Mar-13 11:03:00

oh I want the stove too it's just that the snack stand is more achievable. if (when) I buy the snack stand I will have to smuggle it on board! we also took an electric kettle last year was v useful for tea
,hot water bottles and water for pasta,
rice etc

Quenelle Thu 07-Mar-13 11:24:31

Those Pop&Go knickers look like the solution to a problem that nobody has ever had.

troutsprout Thu 07-Mar-13 13:42:24

Those knickers were in a top 10 of new camping gadgets for 2013. hmm

If I was ever in a situation where I would be incluned to change my knickers without removing my trousers, I think my fist instinct would be to go home!
No showers?... Go home
Too cold ?.... Go home
Tent has mysteriously disappeared overnight and you have no belongings?...Go home

I think they are not for middle aged boring people like me. They are for young things trekking their way across somewhere or other .Or perhaps festival goers who are taking nothing with them.
Actually I'm still not sure who they are for

troutsprout Thu 07-Mar-13 13:43:42

Oh fgs!
* inclined*
* first * instinct

Quenelle Thu 07-Mar-13 13:49:06

How's that marketing role at Pop&Go going troutsprout? wink

MummyPigsFatTummy Thu 07-Mar-13 15:20:31

I know I must be being thick but I don't get how those pants work. When are you going to be in a position where it is too public to take your trousers off but not too public to be seen unpopping and yanking out an old pair of pants and writhing around in your trousers stuffing a new pair in, under your crotch and up and then popping them together again. Or am I over (or more likely under) thinking this?

Clearly I am also too old and stupid for them confused

Quenelle Thu 07-Mar-13 16:35:48

I certainly wouldn't like to risk changing them after a few ciders.

CaveyLovesPendleton Thu 07-Mar-13 18:51:17

Too true Quenelle grin

YouBrokeMySmoulder Thu 07-Mar-13 20:23:18

I am always cold when camping unless I am somewhere properly hot so can see the benefit of such knickers but even so they are still rather silly.

Bramblesinafield Thu 07-Mar-13 20:45:20

I feel a party challenge coming on with those knickers (in a bell tent)

FannyBazaar Thu 07-Mar-13 21:17:17

That stove! I think I need that. Those knickers confused, well, they've got me thinking but I'm still not sure why. Maybe it's just for winning bets, 'I bet £50 I can take my knickers off without taking my trousers off'? Could be a good earner.

tattychicken Thu 07-Mar-13 22:51:55

Can't believe the snack stand is sold out...confused You bastards are going to be flaunting yours at me at campsites all over Britain this summer. Different flavoured Pombears in each little section.angry

troutsprout Fri 08-Mar-13 13:24:16

grin Tatty

RedPencils Fri 08-Mar-13 13:46:24

I don't get the point of those knickers. When I'm in a situation where I need to remove my knickers quickly I'm usually keen to get out of trousers too wink

hillbilly Fri 08-Mar-13 14:50:41

You would have to buy the knickers in pairs, otherwise once you took one pair off what would you do next if you only had conventional ones?

rubytutu Tue 12-Mar-13 21:06:17

just in case you are still yearning for the snack stand they are now back in stock.

NettleTea Wed 13-Mar-13 18:04:47

I have one of the biolite stoves and its great. we use it on our glampsite to impress guests who want to charge up their phones or ipads. They are always VERY excited about the whole concept of it

NonnyMuss Sun 24-Mar-13 14:10:29

Don't know how new this is but I've just invested in one of these in the unlikely event we get camping weather sometime this year <waah>

It's amazing, keeps the coffee scaldingly hot for ages with the lid on and stops it cooling too quickly with the lid off. I can have nice coffee instead of crappy instant (no point buying a proper cafetiere because dh prefers crappy instant to filter hmm ) Just need winter to bog off and we're away!

blondefriend Fri 29-Mar-13 21:25:22

I love the snack stand.

We send a group of students out to the arctic every 2 years (Greenland or Swalbard) so will recommend the knickers to them as it might just be useful. Bit of a niche market though!

blondefriend Fri 29-Mar-13 21:27:25

What about this for those middle-of-the-night dashes to the toilet in this British cold weather.

Milliways Sun 31-Mar-13 19:32:19

I want a lotus grill but DH says too expensive (which they are). Being able to cook a real BBQ within a few minutes of lighting it is great, and they use soo little fuel.

SeaShellsMyDogTrulySmells Tue 02-Apr-13 21:47:28

Cavey I'm still laughing at that bloody snack stand!!! So awesome. It would suit a welsh sunset perfectly.

TheFowlAndThePussycat Sun 07-Apr-13 08:25:49

Milliways, we've got one, it's wicked, we love it. Worth the money. It is soooo quick!

Milliways Sun 07-Apr-13 13:17:36

Ooh - makes me want one more now! Where did you get yours? Does it still look good/clean easily?
I can have another try with DH at the next Motorhome show (seen them there before)

TheFowlAndThePussycat Sun 07-Apr-13 19:05:38

At the BBC good food show. Yes it still looks great & all the bits go through the dishwasher. Although that's not v relevant to camping grin.

Is that the motor home show in P'boro? Is it good? I was thinking of going.

Quenelle Sun 07-Apr-13 20:23:59

Motor home show in Peterborough???

Tell me more.

Milliways Mon 08-Apr-13 17:51:11

Peterborough show is 19th-21st April smile

We go to the Newbury one (and also did Birmingham a few months ago)

TheFowlAndThePussycat Tue 09-Apr-13 10:29:10

Is it suitable for 4/5 yr olds? Quite keen to go but don't want to be dragging bored whiny kids around if there's not much for them.

On the other hand, they'd be quite happy to go in & out of motor homes all day opening all the cupboards, so as long as that's acceptable I think we'll be ok grin

Milliways Tue 09-Apr-13 16:32:05

Yep, lots ok kids testing the bunk beds etc. There are also lots of stalls selliing gadgets and things to look at. Some of the Huge Coach conversions are limited viewing, but the 5th Wheelers are fun to play in grin

You will still be very outnumbered by the retired brigade though!

I found my dream Motorhome at the Birmingham show, but haven't quite got the £70k they wanted for it.

TheFowlAndThePussycat Tue 09-Apr-13 19:45:48

Great, I'm going! I bet I can find something even more expensive to covet!

Milliways Tue 09-Apr-13 20:13:31

Have fun. you certainly will! We will be at the Newbury one in May and I will be drooling over Island Beds (no more climbing over DH to get out of bed in the morning!) grin

AvrilPoisson Tue 09-Apr-13 23:26:46

That snack stand is utterly hilarious!

I can see how it would fit in on some campsites though...

Milliways Mon 15-Apr-13 19:32:20

Yay, DH is buying me the Lotus Grill as they are now cheaper on Amazon smile

TheFowlAndThePussycat Tue 16-Apr-13 16:52:32

Gah! Don't tell me how much, I don't want to know! [fingers in ears]

Milliways Tue 16-Apr-13 17:32:41

Not much cheaper, but anything cheaper than the shows lets DH feel he has a bargain. It also helps that he wanted to BBQ on Sunday, and I said, OK if you are happy to wait a few hours for your food. That video shows he could have his steak in about 15 mins! Sold!

So now what else can I find at the shows.......

TheFowlAndThePussycat Mon 22-Apr-13 14:11:31

Dd2 and I had a great day at the motorhome show in P'boro - didn't buy any gadgets, only some jumpers! Dd2 left saying, 'we need a campervan to go camping - I don't like the tent any more'.

Milliways Tue 23-Apr-13 23:07:24

Glad you enjoyed it.

We have just bought a fab set of nesting Tefal Ingenio saucepans and lids for the van, They are seriously better quality than the ones in my kitchen!

Blu Wed 24-Apr-13 15:04:06

The 99p Stores have collapsible silicone/plastic colanders...for 99p!
And luminous tent pegs, 6 for 99p

Quenelle Wed 24-Apr-13 17:35:20

I love things that nest. Or collapse.

CaveyLovesPendleton Thu 25-Apr-13 06:33:28

I pondered those pans in France on holiday a couple of years ago milliway. They seemed very good quality.

Milliways Thu 25-Apr-13 16:21:47

They are, I am very impressed - and they are cheaper in France too as only on Amazon or ebay over here (we phoned Tefal to ask!)

WadsCollop Thu 25-Apr-13 16:29:58

Just to say we have an inflatable sofa bed, is amazingly thick as a bed and good sofa too

Blu Thu 25-Apr-13 16:46:28

I nest, and collapse.

More collapsing than nesting, probably.

Quenelle Thu 25-Apr-13 18:49:06

I'm collapsed right now.

CaveyLovesPendleton Fri 26-Apr-13 15:47:26


TheTragicClam Mon 06-May-13 15:10:10

Absolutely roaring with laughter re. the pants!! Might wake DD up, shhhh.

Should really be out enjoying the BH sunshine, but instead I am here coveting a biostove, tsk

TheTragicClam Mon 06-May-13 15:12:03

Also, am seriously considering a she-wee, I bet it feels majestic to piss like a racehorse!

pausingforbreath Wed 08-May-13 17:33:48

I got a 'jetboil zip' from my Sil this week. (Birthday pressie)

I wasn't even aware of them before I unwrapped it - but now I have one of course it's fantastic ! [ wink ]

Tried it out in the garden, had a steaming cuppa really quick and it's so small and light.

I also really like the snack stand .....

Considering some short legs for my cadac, then I have the option of sticking it on the table rather than its legs ( would then loose the condiment tray and big legs from the pack size ) .

pausingforbreath Wed 08-May-13 17:34:24


CaveyLovesPendleton Sat 11-May-13 08:35:12

Oooh pausing - link please for the Jetboil?

pausingforbreath Sat 11-May-13 15:43:06
pausingforbreath Sat 11-May-13 15:46:18
pausingforbreath Sat 11-May-13 15:46:53

Sorry not sooty shock

PigletJohn Sat 11-May-13 15:48:09

I got a wind-up lantern recently, has LEDs and a battery that you charge up by winding the handle. Looks like great idea but haven't used it in RL yet.

CaveyLovesPendleton Sun 12-May-13 13:37:20

grin Thanks pausing

Wiggletastic Sun 12-May-13 13:58:29

We went to Decathlon yesterday to get a new SIM for DD as she is too big for her little inflatable bed now and it was torture resisting all the lovely new camping gear. We did get a couple of pop up lights that seem quite useful but I was dragged away from everything else. sad My favourite bit of camping kit is still my Storm Kettle, its much quicker than the stove for boiling water and great for sites or festivals with no EHU for my travel kettle.

Quenelle Sun 12-May-13 17:03:41

Pop up lights?

Blu Sun 12-May-13 19:50:12

I'd love a storm kettle envy. Need to find a way to justify the cost in addition to BBQ, 2 burner stove, Campfire Grill.

Wind up lanterns are ok though they don't give out a great beam, and you need to wind it before everyone goes to bed as the winding makes a high pitched VREEEEeeeremVreeeEeeeemVreeem.

Blu Tue 14-May-13 14:01:07

I bought one of these yesterday and am very excited about it as a good reading light - I could attach it to a tree branch or my camping chair or an overhead loop or pole in the tent, or stand it up...the new alternative to the Tiny Light I have been using - saves wasting batteries in a big lantern, and is discreet enough to use in the tent without waking DS.

CaveyLovesPendleton Mon 20-May-13 20:32:36

Looks good that Blu

Sleepyoto Tue 21-May-13 18:06:40

Can't believe it, I can't stop thinking about that snack stand (I know I need a life) - I just went to have another look and someone's given it a terrible review! Has anyone got one and tried it out yet?

Wiggletastic Tue 21-May-13 18:47:12

Here be the pop-up light

Wiggletastic Tue 21-May-13 18:48:53

My 'notebook' style fold-up barbecue is another favourite bit of kit. We paid £40 for ours a couple of years ago but I saw them last week in BM Home Store for £12.99!!! Bargainous!

CaveyLovesPendleton Tue 21-May-13 21:06:03

Oooh good spot Wiggle - I shall peruse my B&M on Friday grin

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Quenelle Wed 22-May-13 14:56:30

Excellent grin Will she use it? It might turn out to be the new must-have. The new Icey Tek...

MummyPigsFatTummy Wed 22-May-13 15:07:20

I'm liking this From LIDL and £20 less than the lakeland version. Both cool (IMHO) and bargainous (if bulky to transport).

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