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What is your favourite camping accessory/gadget??

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PisforPeter Sun 10-Aug-14 23:16:24

Thanks for all the tips on here and especially the 'lists'. Any other advice as starting to collect things for our first family camping holiday thanks

ArcheryAnnie Sun 10-Aug-14 23:46:26

I don't know what you are planning to cook on - camping stoves? Campfire?

If you are going in fine weather, and like a cuppa, a kelly kettle is really useful - endless cups of tea and water for washing without having to make a campfire:

If you are willing to spend, biolite does camping stoves that also recharge your mobiles/ipads etc! If I had the money I'd get their new BaseCamp model:

FrozenAteMyDaughter Mon 11-Aug-14 00:02:41

Most useful is head torch. Favourite though, hmm, maybe my collapsible kettle? Or my wine glass holder gadget for the arm of the camping chair?

It used to be my chandelier and pole table for the bell tent but we haven't been away in the bell all this year for good, practical, reasons. I am missing it a bit I must say.

Pootlingalong Mon 11-Aug-14 06:24:14

collapsible coffee cone with filters and proper coffee

riskit4abiskit Mon 11-Aug-14 09:45:29

Cheap as chips collapsable shelving, think it was from a poundworld type place.


a quick dry backpacking towel to dry off body first after shower before using usual towel so it doesn't get too wet and take forever to dry.

a cheap clip on light for kindle that can illuminate tent when going for pee in night.

FrozenAteMyDaughter Mon 11-Aug-14 14:14:50

Actually, thinking about it, the thing that made camping most bearable was a loo bucket. We just use a regular bucket lined with black bags and with poo powder to absorb the wee and turn it into a gel (and stop any unpleasant aroma) - some people just use cat litter though which is no doubt a LOT cheaper.

Now I don't have to think about nightime expeditions to the loo, I can drink as much wine as I like round the fire. grin

Cereal0ffender Mon 11-Aug-14 14:16:37

Micro fibre towels

Thumbcat Mon 11-Aug-14 15:54:11

My Quechua tarp is my favourite accessory. I put it up as an awning on the front of my tent and can now come and go when it's raining without getting a tent full of water. And it packs up really small.

I second the loo bucket suggestion too.

Thumbcat Mon 11-Aug-14 15:55:56

Another one is my Gelert sleeping pod. It's lovely to have a sleeping bag that I can actually move around in as I love a good fidget. It's just a shame they don't do them with cotton lining.

youbethemummylion Mon 11-Aug-14 15:55:57

Wine and a plentiful selection of plastic bags

SalomeD Mon 11-Aug-14 17:48:19

Frozen: absolutely agree - my Kampa Khazi is a life saver!

NotMrsTumble Mon 11-Aug-14 17:51:11

My electric hook up grin.... It means I can plug in a mini cool box fridge and have cold white wine

FrozenAteMyDaughter Mon 11-Aug-14 18:25:05

Ooh NotMrsTumble has made me think of another - our 3 way fridge. Bit pricey but it keeps everything properly cold. We used it in France on EHU and in Eweleaze on gas. Then in the car on 12 volt. Brilliant.

ViviPru Mon 11-Aug-14 18:26:51

Oooh I've got loads.

TravelJohn disposable urinals are my #1 camping must have.
Bright sparks toaster, makes perfect toast on a camping stove.
I like having a collapsible nylon travel bin that I line with regular pedal binbags and hang from one of the velcro tabs in the tent
Outwell Collaps kettle
Washable doormats
Portable rechargable mini DAB and UEBoom bluetooth speaker
Scouts battery powered traditional lantern
Battery powered festoon lights

I could go on.....

PisforPeter Mon 11-Aug-14 21:17:20

Nobody has mentioned an Icey- Tek grin

Pootlingalong Mon 11-Aug-14 22:08:52

Don't mention the icey tek, all hell will break loose grin

PisforPeter Tue 12-Aug-14 16:52:14

He he

Stopmithering Tue 12-Aug-14 17:19:11

Hot water bottle
Pool shoes, 3.99 from Decathlon in case showers are yummy under foot
Dustpan and brush
Solar lights 60p each from sainsbury's

Stopmithering Tue 12-Aug-14 17:19:48

Yucky not yummy

PisforPeter Tue 12-Aug-14 17:28:02

What are the solar lights like stopmithering??

Ineedmorepatience Tue 12-Aug-14 19:21:16

My kit is massive so its hard to think of 1 favourite but I have just bought a griddle for the top of my double burner stove, it is fab. I cooked sausage and bacon for 8 the other day and it was all cooked at the same time smile

Microfibre towels are great, hot water bottles, head torch, Ikea bags[mini ones for shower stuff and large for any kind of storage]

Have fun smile

AppleSnapple Tue 12-Aug-14 20:12:16

As a newbie both to camping and to this section of mumsnet... Dare I ask what is an icytek?!

Ineedmorepatience Tue 12-Aug-14 20:41:15

Stopmithering Tue 12-Aug-14 21:55:23

Pisforpeter they are just stick in the ground things. We bought 3 just to see if they worked and they were great. They aren't made to last for 10 years and one got broken by a stray football but lit up really nicely after dark.

darkness Mon 18-Aug-14 21:19:16

I have a camping kitchen - so a table and a separate cooker stand - a wire shelf - utensils rack and hanging hooks and a tall lantern stand - that folds up into a large briefcase
OMG why does everyone not have one? it is the most tardis like piece of equipment !

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