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What new camping kit for 2015?

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Blu Sun 18-Jan-15 18:46:16

Time to get excited about the new season!

I have got off to a good start having ordered a new tent. I am now considering a waffle iron

Though my campfire cooking kit is getting a little over-extensive. I would use this at home, too, I think.

Would be nice for breakfasts, though, wouldn't it?

I'd also like an Outell Collaps Kettle, but that cannot be justified - I have a nice little stainless steel camp kettle (don't like aluminium).

scrappydappydoo Sun 18-Jan-15 18:51:25

Not planning on backpacking then? grin

Blu Sun 18-Jan-15 20:14:29

Not without Sherpas!

But I could put together an alternative backpacking kit......

winewolfhowls Sun 18-Jan-15 21:02:32

We have bought a new weekend tent and a tarp. 2015 will be the year i get to grips with tarps!

Really fancy some solar fairy lights

Blu Sun 18-Jan-15 21:13:52

What tent did you get?

I have a tarp, but find it a bit poley and guy liney, and you are always ducking under the edge or tripping over the guys. Better when it can be attached to a tree branch.

winewolfhowls Mon 19-Jan-15 08:39:29

We got a 3 man pop up. Already have an outwell.

Its my birthday soon so i think i will get a new penknife (living the dream!)

nilbyname Mon 19-Jan-15 08:43:45

Oooh I like the idea of a waffle iron! But heavy though?!

I need some fairy lights and have to make some more bunting, as the last stuff is falling to bits.

We are also getting a wall paper pasting table as they fold flat to nothing and are great as a long communal table. I recommend!

highlighta Mon 19-Jan-15 09:01:49

Get yourself one of these Skottel Braai

You can get them in the UK. No camping kit is complete without one of these in SA. You haven't had a fry up breakfast until you have had one made on a Skottel wink

We have the paella pan attachment for ours, gets used for everything.

Blu Mon 19-Jan-15 09:38:01

That looks good, Highlighta!
Does it do away with the need for a gas burner for a kettle?

highlighta Mon 19-Jan-15 09:53:18

Blu, yes you can stand the kettle on the base of the skottel (without the pan on it), and boil the kettle, or put a pot on it. There are lots of attachments, there is probably a proper attachment to hold a pot properly, but we don't use one.

What do you use to boil your kettle now? If you have a pot stand for a normal gas bottle (which uses a shorter pole), you can just remove the skottel pole which is longer and use the same bottle.

Have been camping for years and years. We have a caravan though. I like reading up on how others in other countries do things. wink.

We only ever take the skottel and a portable bbq with us camping. Most of our sites have a built in bbq on the site, but we take one just in case. We have a micro in the caravan which blew up on our last camping trip, so the skottel was used for everything. We do have an electric kettle though....

Blu Mon 19-Jan-15 10:29:58

I have the ubiquitous 2 burner CampingGaz stove,but it irritates me, as it is rattly and fiddly to pack away and hard to move with gas bottle attached into the tent at night if it is raining.

Depending, I cook on the campfire - using a campfire grill - and a kettle can stand on that -or a Weber GoAnywhere BBQ or the two ring stove. Sometimes I leave the 2-ring and just take one of those little briefcase single burners, but I have heard some bad tales of them blowing up.

FrozenAteMyDaughter Mon 19-Jan-15 11:13:47

We have got this tent from Decathlon in the sale (or being discontinued - don't know): We don't need it but at that price I couldn't resist.

I also have an Outwell Collaps kettle and a Vango storage thingy:, both from my birthday in September, neither of which I have used as we haven't been camping since then.

V excited for the new season! Checking out sites already.

winewolfhowls Mon 19-Jan-15 14:23:01

Nilbyname is your bunting made out of that oilcloth? type fabric. If so where do you get smaller amounts to make bunting from?

Blu Mon 19-Jan-15 14:26:00

Frozen, that tent is a complete bargain!
Storage unit very nifty, too.

FrozenAteMyDaughter Mon 19-Jan-15 16:01:08

I know Blu. We so didn't need another tent but I would never have forgiven myself if we hadn't got it at that price. Particularly as our old Family 4.1 is starting to look a bit the worse for wear.

The storage organiser actually doesn't get great reviews, but again, I couldn't resist asking for it for my birthday. I will report back on it once it has been used in anger.

Blu Mon 19-Jan-15 16:36:59


A storage organiser is probably a step too far for us, but I was wondering if it was waterproof and could be left outside with various kit in it?

I have now ordered a footprint for my new tent - persuaded by the 'keeping the SIG clean and dry for a quicker pack up' argument.

nilbyname Mon 19-Jan-15 22:25:46

I make bunting from any old fabric but make sure it's double sided, so a bit sturdier.

highlighta Tue 20-Jan-15 08:07:14

What do you do with bunting?

Blu Tue 20-Jan-15 08:24:03

Bunting and EHU are crucial in defining your identity as a camper.

highlighta Tue 20-Jan-15 08:41:04

Nooooo, I am suffering with FOMO now. What is EHU???? And is SIG also secret code wink

So you string the bunting up on your site?? Why? grin.
Is it to mark out your territory on site?
So you can find your tent easily on the way back from the loo in the night?
For the dc when they make new friends. "oh we are Blu'sdc at the green and white bunting spot"?

I don't understand... !!


If they aren't right, they are good ideas for bunting aren't they??

ladymalfoy Tue 20-Jan-15 09:02:18

Got a Robins tent last year. Brilliant. Built in groundsheet and loads of room for 3 of us. We have 2 ta tanka oilcloth tarps now.
We have a flat gas burner that uses the thin canisters that are cheap as chips here and in the EU.
We took our Foreman grill last year and had toasties and even cooked pizza on it.
We only camp abroad though as the facilities are far superior imo.
Plastic boxes are easier than the hanging organisers as you can just pull them out of the car and whack them back in.
It's also satisfying to work ones way through the contents and fill the space with French and Italian skincare items. And Slovenian Honey Liquor.

MrsWembley Tue 20-Jan-15 09:04:11

<marking place>

hillbilly Tue 20-Jan-15 12:17:15

I can't justify getting anything new this year, although our fire pit was nicked last summer so at some point I'll have to replace it. Still have not found a water carrier that I like either so it will be the 5L bottle from the supermarket for us grin

FrozenAteMyDaughter Tue 20-Jan-15 13:31:16

Your firepit was nicked hillbilly? That is low.

I agree with you about water carriers though. They are all rubbish aren't they? I found a fabulous one in France last year but it wasn't refillable as the (brilliant, easy to us and non-leaking) top wouldn't come off. Very annoying as I haven't seen the same one over here anywhere.

pictish Tue 20-Jan-15 13:35:30

We're planning on adding an Iceytek or a Yeti to our gear this year.

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