I've convinced a very reluctant DH that we should try camping. He camped a fair bit with 'the lads' when he was in his late teens (at Moto X events) but they did it very basic, and it was a means of cheap accommodation for the events they attended, rather than camping for fun iyswim? Think 6 lads in mouldy sleeping bags squashed up on the floor of an ancient, leaking, four man tent in a field with no facilities and you'd be on the right lines....
So to make our first ever camping trip enjoyable for me, DH and DS aged 8, I've picked a lovely site, not too far from home in case it rains. I think I'm going to be a fair weather camper with plenty of facilities, and we are starting out with two nights as a taster.
What would you experienced campers recommend that we take as a minimum, bearing in mind that if we all hate it we won't have wasted too much money. I've thought of the following stuff:
Tent (obviously) Looking at the Outwell Virginia 5? Airbeds Duvets and Pillows, or should we really get sleeping bags? Folding chairs Camping stove - which type? and pans and kettle Cool Box Torch/Lights
Obviously if we love it and become regulars we'll then splash out on some decent kit bell tent and extras to make it more luxurious, but is what I've listed enough to get us started for our first weekend or are there other things that really make a difference to the whole experience or that you just couldn't manage without?
tent airbeds sleeping bags water carrier folding chairs table wind up lantern head torches washing up bowl plus tea towel etc. Plates, cups, knives, forks, spoons cool bag food wine cooker clothes toiletries outdoor and indoor toys pack of cards
Things I take (that I've not seen mentioned): Towels First Aid Kit including plenty of anti bacterial gel Mallet for tent pegs. Plastic backed rug or two as a super cheap alternative to tent carpet Storage box for food or use cool box (as much as a love sheep they are buggers for breaking into the tent for open food).
As for cooker. The twin hob with grill efforts are useful but with the gas bottle too are cumbersome. We take two of the single stoves in cases which run of easily obtainable small canisters.
Have a look at the ukcampsite website, lots of good advice there. In case no-one else says it, take lots of duct tape and far warmer bedding than you think you need (or else several layers of clothes for sleeping in)
Sacrificial towels - love it! Now I have a name for those manly old towels I hang on to and take on ski trips to wipe down my boots and skis or to stuff the home made washable inco mats for when DS wet the bed or as a door mat when camping etc etc