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Camping for one night - tips for cutting down and making it hassle-free please!

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Ceolas Wed 20-Jul-11 21:37:59

We have been invited to join friends camping this weekend but I'm working on Saturday night. We could go for Friday night only but I don't know if it's worth the hassle. It's a 2 hour drive but to one of my favourite parts of the country.

Any tips for bare-minimum packing and general encouragement gratefully received smile

JetLi Wed 20-Jul-11 21:58:00

Could you doss down in friends tent perhaps?

Ceolas Wed 20-Jul-11 22:07:06

If only. I have 5 kids! grin

Beamur Wed 20-Jul-11 22:10:20

How old are your kids? Do you all sleep together in some mega-tent?

Ceolas Wed 20-Jul-11 22:18:12

They are 11, 9, 8, 4 and 2. Our tent isn't massive at all but we set it up as one big sleeping area rather than separate rooms. It's a Campus Yale. Not been made for a good few years.

During the day we pile all the airbeds up at one end to give us space.

I'd love to get something more suitable, but DH is not a camping enthusiast and won't agree to a new tent for now.

Beamur Wed 20-Jul-11 22:33:18

Tent, beds, bags, minimal clothes, take food ready made (I've just made chilli tonight in prep for camping next week) or eat out, no towels, miminal wash stuff (would they tolerate a baby wipe/dry shampoo wash?). No table or chairs.
I hate to say it, but I think the problem is you need almost as much stuff for one night as 5!

JetLi Thu 21-Jul-11 08:09:15

Ah! Tent essential then... grin

Bedding essential too. Cereal for breakfast I guess, but you'd still need stove for a brew.

bigTillyMint Thu 21-Jul-11 08:12:13

I wouldn't bother TBH - by the time you get there after school, and then you have to pack up again to go to work the next day. 2 nights is a minimum for me!

threefeethighandrising Thu 21-Jul-11 08:21:02

If you get to hang out with them in the day then it would be worth it IMO. Time is much longer to children isn't it?! A 2 hour drive isn't that far either, some people commute that every day don't they? (Although I don't envy them that).

Tent, torch, bedding, minimal clothes, food. You've got a car you'll be fine! I went camping with my ex in France for a summer. No DCs then, but we took everything we needed for 5 weeks including the tent, on a motorbike!

Assuming the weather's nice I expect it'll be great fun for the DCs, enjoy smile

chicaguapa Thu 21-Jul-11 08:30:41

How much of your friend's camping equipment can you use, eg stove, pans, BBQ, cool box? It would help you cut down if you just needed to take enough plates, cutlery for your family and could cook with your friends. You could also ask to chip in for the food so you don't have to take much yourself.

You could get changed after school then wear those clothes on Sat. Only need to take change of underwear then, and another top at the most. No need for showers, hence no towels, shampoo etc. You can have one when you get home on Sat.

Then you'd be down to tent, airbeds, bedding (put duvets on the bottom and pack everything on top, it flattens them), coats, change of underwear, crockery and wash stuff.

You could also ask the campsite if you could leave late afternoon if there's no-one expected on your pitch on Sat. It'd give you more time there on Saturday and make it more worthwhile.

I'm sure I've forgotten something vital. grin

Ceolas Thu 21-Jul-11 08:48:00

Thanks for the tips. We are in Scotland, so no school grin. We'd be there by three (after golf lessons, etc in the morning).

I'll see my friend today so we'll discuss sharing equipment, etc. Think we'll go!

Fennel Thu 21-Jul-11 11:21:49

You don't really need airbeds for just one night. the floor will do.

you don't really need a stove, just heat a bit of water for coffee on a friend's stove and take picnic food.

One tip though, we go backpacking for just a night at a time, last time I took just one pair of trousers. got up to go to the loo at 5am and fell in the stream. Had to walk home in soaking trousers. not idea. You can get too minimal.

threefeethighandrising Thu 21-Jul-11 13:08:56

Oh Scotland. You'll be needing Avon skin-so-soft (as midge repellent) then, but I expect you know that already!

Beamur Thu 21-Jul-11 13:30:17

No airbeds! Thats crazy talk. (The sort of thing my DP thinks would be ok..)

Fennel Thu 21-Jul-11 13:31:07

Scotland has lovely soft ground, all mud and heather grin.

Beamur Thu 21-Jul-11 13:37:49

Wasn't that soft and springy last time I was there..
Nice soft rain though which was surprisingly pleasant.

threefeethighandrising Thu 21-Jul-11 13:51:01

I wish I was going camping in Scotland this weekend smile

Ceolas Thu 21-Jul-11 18:01:49

We're going! East coast so not so many midges. Let the (minimalist) packing begin smile

threefeethighandrising Thu 21-Jul-11 20:26:05

Have fun grin

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