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i need to go camping.

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stitch Sun 27-Jul-08 23:08:37

i have never been. but i want to.
can someone tell me where to go? in the new forest perhaps?
and what equipment to buy?
and can i go for the first time ver, with two lo's on my own?
i have one kids sleeping bag, and one adult sleeping bag. and nothing else. but i do have lots of experience putting up tents for scouts, school etc.

gigglewitch Sun 27-Jul-08 23:16:30

c'mon then, stitch! Just got back from a weekend 'tin-tenting' as they call it on here, twas fab. grin

stitch Sun 27-Jul-08 23:18:07

[jealous emoticon]
tell me how to do it. and just walk me through it all.
i want to go. [stpmps foot]

what is tin tenting?

gigglewitch Sun 27-Jul-08 23:21:25

have you googled for this sort of stuff?
We have one rule <we are soft> The Place Must Have Showers. Thus loos etc. Civilisation. Do not claim to be 'ard, or wish to try my luck without facilities with three young DC in tow. We are in the Camping and caravanning club, which if you get truly addicted may be worth joining. We have been on one of theirs this weekend.

gigglewitch Sun 27-Jul-08 23:22:23

Tin-tenting=caravanning. <think it's a bit of a rude word actually>grin
But funny!

stitch Sun 27-Jul-08 23:25:30

ive googled, adn it seems like a different language.
i; just a scared wuss really.
i want someone to hold my hand and take me along. tell me i am not doing it all wrong. iyswim

sallystrawberry Sun 27-Jul-08 23:26:30

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stitch Sun 27-Jul-08 23:27:20

so, do i just go to tesco, buy a tent, drive to the campsite, and pitch it?

stitch Sun 27-Jul-08 23:29:15

sally, i have no friends who want to go.
most have said that they categorically do not want to go , ever.
tbh, i would be ok, just going for one night at first. i just want to go....

gigglewitch Sun 27-Jul-08 23:30:17

err, almost wink

sallystrawb's got it.

Dylansmum posted earlier that there are bargains to be had in Tesco for camping stuff. likewise Aldi, IIRC [recently, anyhow]

gigglewitch Sun 27-Jul-08 23:32:21

last week we were starting a bit of a campaign for a mn campsite meet-up grin

sallystrawberry Sun 27-Jul-08 23:36:07

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stitch Sun 27-Jul-08 23:45:23

that sounds as if i could do it.
trip to tesco's....

do i need to get a big tent, considering i have three dc, and dh unlikely to ever come camping?

gigglewitch Sun 27-Jul-08 23:48:34

Laugh if you wish, but our first trip was to the seaside, err, approx 12 miles from home grin grin
I can recommend it. Within comfort zone, and know where all the shops/hospitals/relatives are in case of panic!
Salstrawb's list is pretty much covering it all, imo the most tricky bit of it is the cooking, but if you've got a barbecue then that has it covered (hoping for semi-decent weather at least) with wet-weather back up of the nearest chippy wink
It is good fun, go on give it a go!
is this any help?

gigglewitch Sun 27-Jul-08 23:50:44

BTW, how old are the DC's?

And what is it with men????? My DH now trying to get himself out of the next trip away angry

sallystrawberry Sun 27-Jul-08 23:53:02

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gigglewitch Sun 27-Jul-08 23:54:00

Top tip from my way of doing things <very similar to SS> take a few stacker boxes, transport your stuff in the car in them, use them as cupboards / drawers/ wet weather gear store when you get there, and if needed then sit on 'em! wink

gigglewitch Sun 27-Jul-08 23:56:31

I think this is a good guide

sallystrawberry Sun 27-Jul-08 23:59:01

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gigglewitch Mon 28-Jul-08 00:02:24

ok i'm bombarding you with links blush

but checklist i couldn't resist. Not as good as salstrawb's tho wink

sallystrawberry Mon 28-Jul-08 00:14:50

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stitch Mon 28-Jul-08 00:15:25

i cant wait to get going.

handlemecarefully Mon 28-Jul-08 00:21:11

If you must camp, don't go to a campsite with too many facilities and social amenities - it attracts the 'wrong' type of people

Also Mon - Thurs makes for quieter nights

gigglewitch Mon 28-Jul-08 00:36:16

good point HMC. avoid with plague proportions those who claim 'leisure' facilities, swimming pools and such. Mad and rowdy.

stitch Mon 28-Jul-08 08:57:57

no, i dont particularly want, or need a swimming pool.
actually someone in rl said that to me as well. she said people who couldnt afford 'proper holidays' went to places like that. grin i kept my mouth shut at the time.

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