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Please help me to find my mythical camping storage / transport solution!

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YellowDinosaur Sun 05-Jun-16 16:52:23

We are planning an extended camping holiday this summer in Northern Europe / Scandinavia. We are in the process of refining our kit so that repeated pitching / striking camp doesn't become a massive pain in the arse.

Step one was the purchase of a quechua pop up tent which was road tested successfully this weekend smile

Step 2 is where hopefully you can help. I'm looking for portable storage for our kitchen stuff so that we can lift out of our car ready to go. And I'm not sure that what I want actually exists.

One option is a plastic crate, like these really useful boxes. Would be perfect to keep everything together for transport and easy to get in and out of the car but I could see it being a bit of a rummage to find what we're looking for, especially for the smaller bits and pieces. They do plastic inserts for the boxes which I'd thought would get round this but don't seem to do them for the larger boxes that we'd need.

Another option would be to buy a smaller camping cupboard, like this one or similar: Which would be great to keep everything organised but I'm worried it would be difficult to lift in and out of the car and wouldn't be robust enough to transport stuff (this looked to be one of the more robust ones I've found).

Basically the convenience of the cupboard but the strength of the crate would be ideal.

Any suggestions / comments will be very gratefully received!

YellowDinosaur Sun 05-Jun-16 16:53:41

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Ikeatears Sun 05-Jun-16 16:59:34

What about something like this? They appear to be only in America and quite prices but if you know someone who is handy, perhaps you could have something similar made?

Ikeatears Sun 05-Jun-16 17:06:10

Or something like this? They're for tools really but you can get loads of sizes/combinations

YellowDinosaur Sun 05-Jun-16 17:07:11

That looks perfect. In fact I'd seen something similar a few years ago and paid to download plans and was all set to make one. Then we got a smaller car and it wouldn't have worked so I abandoned the idea. The problem was though that it would be fucking heavy if made from wood and also that we're going at the end of July so I was hoping to find something I could just lift off a shelf somewhere! (still have smaller car but also smaller kit hence why larger storage an option again)

YellowDinosaur Sun 05-Jun-16 17:08:18

Cross posted witg your second suggestion, that certainly looks interesting so off to have more of a look!

YellowDinosaur Sun 05-Jun-16 17:29:50

Those tool boxes look great. You may have sorted me out ikeatears! Now just to decide which variation will work best for us... smile

Ikeatears Sun 05-Jun-16 17:52:44

Glad to be of help smile

profpoopsnagle Sun 05-Jun-16 20:31:30

We have something like this from Lidl for cutlery/foil/gubbins and then another small plastic box with lid for plates etc. I arrange the box onsite so that it acts as a cupboard.

I like the idea of the trolley and it's reminded me of something else (I am not stalking you honest blush ) is that Danish campsites nearly always have a kitchen for campers to use. They can range from just a hob, to others with microwaves/kettles/toasters etc. You need to take plates/cutlery/pans with you as generally they are not provided and I would always travel with a gas stove anyway (if you wanted a brew at your tent) but the trolley would be ideal to trundle over to kitchens like that. There's usually a place to eat too. Saves on your fuel, plus is a good way to meet others.

Thumbcat Sun 05-Jun-16 20:39:52

I have an Outwell kitchen storer. I'm not sure if they do them any more but it sounds like it would fit the bill.

YellowDinosaur Sun 05-Jun-16 22:39:42

Ooh yes prof that would make sense to have that for Denmark (and loving having a mn stalker grin)

I've just checked out the Outwell kitchen storer though and that would have been perfect. It would even have kept dh happy add new thought a soft bag would make it easier to pack but I wasn't convinced! Gutted they don't make them anymore.

What they have led me to though is fishing tackle bags which look similar.

Clearly I have more options than I thought so will enjoy spending time researching it a bit more so thanks!

YellowDinosaur Sun 05-Jun-16 22:44:32

I do have one of these for my utensils which I've added to. What I'm looking for is for pots and pans, plates, bowls, mugs etc plus tin foil, ziploc bags, washing up stuff, and various other assorted shite...

AnnPerkins Mon 06-Jun-16 08:11:19

You could try eBay, preloved and gumtree for the Outwell thing.

It might seem unlikely but I found the exact awning I was looking for on preloved. Almost new and only £30.

poocatcherchampion Mon 06-Jun-16 08:13:51

How many of you and how much space in the car?

My worst thing is always rolling up Sims so if you can find a way to wedge them in it will help you!

YellowDinosaur Mon 06-Jun-16 12:27:45

Already tried Ann...

Have found a fishing tackle compact station which has got little side tables into the bargain which could for the bill though. Will have to check them out in go outdoors to see if it will be big enough.

Nice idea about the sims, however it's not an option because of space. We've had to go for lightweight inflatable mats because sims for us all (which we've used before boys were big enough to need footwells) would necessitate a trailer! We've started doing a bit of back packing camping too, meaning this isn't a waste of money though...

PopGoesTheWeaz Mon 06-Jun-16 23:16:58

I guess these are called "chuck boxes" in the US so there are a lot of DIY options if you google that.

We have a big trunk that we chuck all our stuff in and then we just have to pack and unpack one thing for everything other than bedding and clothes. Things aren't particularly well organised in there though.

RaisingSteam Mon 06-Jun-16 23:21:42

We camp with 35 litre really useful boxes. Things can disappear a bit but we put small stuff like cutlery in "lunchbox" size boxes. Because they are see through you can see what's in the bottom. They also are v sturdy so double as seat or table.

YellowDinosaur Tue 07-Jun-16 23:41:38

So for anyone who might be interested in the end this is what we've gone for:

I think it will be perfect for what we need and has the bonus of mini tables on the side smile

Thanks to everyone for posting and showing me some creative options which helped to lead me to this

AnnPerkins Wed 08-Jun-16 06:45:01

That looks brilliant. Let us know how it works out for you.

Thumbcat Wed 08-Jun-16 14:42:27

That looks great. Far too good for fishing I would have thought!

poocatcherchampion Wed 08-Jun-16 20:43:26

It looks great. So disappointing it is the inevitable green though.

Make sure there are no maggots in it grin

YellowDinosaur Thu 09-Jun-16 07:51:20

Love that someone else is as shallow as me poocatcher, the only thing that didn't have me hitting 'buy' immediately when it war obvious it was perfect for what I wanted was the colour!!! (DOI proud owner of pink iceytek)

SweepTheHalls Thu 09-Jun-16 08:02:54

I might have to buy one of those for camping this summer! When you get it report back on how much you can get in it!

YellowDinosaur Thu 09-Jun-16 19:33:51

Here you go...

Front pocket - washing up stuff

Main compartment - oven glove, pan set (this is pretty big - 2 pans plus lids plus frying pan), 4 bowls inside pans, 4 plates, collapsible kettle, it will have a stovetop espresso maker once it arrives.

Top shelf - foil, ziploc bags, matches, foil bags for cooking food in on bbq / Cobb, plastic bags for boil in bag type stuff, 2 wine glasses, 4 Mugs.

All pretty easy to access. I have a separate small bag with utensils / cutlery etc.

Really pleased with it!

YellowDinosaur Thu 09-Jun-16 19:38:40

It came with an assortment of plastic containers with dividers. Big pot (center and separate pic) could be useful for cutlery and utensils. You can remove some or all of the dividers. Other pots could be useful too. Soft divider on side of pic fits into the shelf bit if you needed it.

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