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Minimum Camping Requirements

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Tadpoletoatoad Sun 24-Jul-16 13:01:14

Hello oh wise ones.

So, you've helped me buy the tent, have great advice on SIMS/sleeping bags and a few other things along the way.

Due to a few things at work I've let the purchasing of items slide but really want to go camping in the summer holidays.

So I need to know what is the bare minimum we need. 2 adults and two DC (4&6).

I have -
DC sleeping bags and SIMS
2 x camp beds (which I picked up on eBay for £11 for two!)
Table to eat at
1 x light

I know I need to get -
2 x sleeping bags and SIMS for adults
Pans for cooking
Some sort of cool box
Table for cooker
Plates & Cutlery
More lights

So what else is totally needed?

We will only be going for 3 nights Max and most likely with other people we know.

AlpacaLypse Sun 24-Jul-16 13:04:24

I can't think of anything else either!

mallet to knock the tent pegs in?

Tadpoletoatoad Sun 24-Jul-16 13:47:24

Oh yes! Mallet definitely required smile

cudbywestrangers Sun 24-Jul-16 13:53:22

And a hook to pull pegs out! We always take normal cutlery and pans so just a kettle that's different. Have you got plastic crockery already? I would suggest something for carrying water from the tap to your tent, even if it's just a couple of empty squash bottles... if i think of anything else I'll be back! Have you got torches? Midge repellant?

SaucyJack Sun 24-Jul-16 13:58:41

Portable USB charger.

Tadpoletoatoad Sun 24-Jul-16 20:45:26

Added a hook and water container to my list. grin

CMOTDibbler Sun 24-Jul-16 20:49:04

A picnic blanket (with waterproof back) for kids to sit on/ lie on etc, and fleece blankets - they add warmth to your bed, can be wrapped round you in the evening to stop you getting cold and can be played on if the ground is dry

Tadpoletoatoad Sun 24-Jul-16 20:57:14

Ooo yes. Fleece blankets. I think I have some but will add to my 'to get' list. Picnic blanket already have but added to other list so I don't forget!

KeepOnPlodding Sun 24-Jul-16 22:03:18

Have you got...

- Flip flops, crocs or similar for the showers/trips to the loo?
- A box of kitchen stuff - washing up liquid, tea towels, sponge/scourer, anti-bac wipes, kitchen roll, matches, sharp knife?
- Things to amuse the DC if it's wet - card games, colouring, stickers etc.

TiggyOBE Sun 24-Jul-16 22:47:41

You can get a mallet with a hook at the unmallety end.

marmiteloversunite Sun 24-Jul-16 22:50:50

Matches for your stove!

Tadpoletoatoad Sun 24-Jul-16 22:51:07

Ooo, a mallet and hook thing!

Although I'd thought of all the things you mention Plodding, I will add to list so I don't forget blush

marmiteloversunite Sun 24-Jul-16 22:52:40

Bin bags. A citronella candle for the evenings.

Wolfiefan Sun 24-Jul-16 22:56:30

Take with you a frozen meal. (Spag Bol is good.) Put it in coolbag with milk and puddings. Dinner and breakfast done. Take tea. Always.

NattyTile Sun 24-Jul-16 22:59:34


Tadpoletoatoad Sun 24-Jul-16 23:05:38

I'm liking the way you think Natty!

TiggyOBE Sun 24-Jul-16 23:07:03

A mallet with a hook on the end kills two birds. If you throw it right.

Rubbish bags.
Clothes for cold and wet weather. Gets nippy in the evening.
Duct tape.

AlwaysTimeForWine Sun 24-Jul-16 23:08:33

Blow up mattress? You said you've got 2 camp beds but there are 4 of you going.
Washing up bowl to take to the sinks. Tea towels.
Head torches - invaluable for nighttime loo trips.
Water container.
Plastic wine glasses.
Take a Plastic chopping board, and a plastic bowl for salad etc.
We have "tent clothes". Trackie bottoms and fleece jumpers as it gets cold in the evening. They also stay dry and clean which is important if the weather is rubbish!
A broom/dustpan and brush as the tent gets grubby.
Corkscrew, tin opener, wooden spoon, sieve,
Pillow - don't forget it as it makes such a difference to how comfortable you are!
Duck tape - fixes any tent leaks, chair breakages etc!!

Tadpoletoatoad Sun 24-Jul-16 23:08:42

Lol Tiggy!

Duct tape - is that for keeping people quiet??wink

Wolfiefan Sun 24-Jul-16 23:08:46

Basket or doormat or newspaper. For wet shoes.

Lemond1fficult Sun 24-Jul-16 23:11:00

If you haven't bought a tent yet, make sure you buy one that's 'outer first'. i.e. One where the poles go on the outside, and the inner hangs from hooks inside. It's much better if it rains.

Andbabymakesthree Sun 24-Jul-16 23:11:39

Duct tape is emergency tent repairs

KeepOnPlodding Sun 24-Jul-16 23:13:42

Yes, definitely bin bags.

Other things that you may not have to buy but are useful to take...

- Washing up bowl (for transporting dirty dishes to the washing up area)
- Dustpan and brush (for getting rid of grass/muck particularly when you're packing up)
- Corkscrew/tin opener/bottle opener
- Something for an 'emergency middle-of-the-night wee' for DC (Bucket with disposable nappies in the bottom, she-wee, traveljohn, boginabag...)

Tadpoletoatoad Sun 24-Jul-16 23:14:08

Thanks Lemon, already have a Vango Icarus so it does as you say. We even put it up for a trial run without arguing!

rollonthesummer Sun 24-Jul-16 23:14:12

Frozen wine box which will gradually unfreeze and give you lovely wine slushies!

Glow sticks to keep the kids amused

Bin bags and a box for shoes to go in

A mini dustpan and brush to keep the inside of the tent clean and grass-free.

Pegs in case you need to peg bikinis or tra towels to the tent ropes to dry.

Bottle opener!

What is/are SIMS??

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