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What invaluable item would you always take camping........

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DrZeus Sun 10-Aug-08 18:58:21

Just asked DH (having just returned from our 5 rainy days) and he said:

Fan heater
Separate gazebo for cooking (or at the very least a sheltered cooking area - having tried to cook in a howling gale this morning)
Adequate lighting using electric hookup
Trailer to carry all the crap stuff

at which point I stopped listening!

sallystrawberry Tue 12-Aug-08 01:19:12

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CvQ Tue 12-Aug-08 01:20:16

prebooked receipt for nearest hotelgrin

Heartmum2Jamie Tue 12-Aug-08 09:00:55

Definately a heater for DS2 but also a bucket with lid or portable toilet. I learned my lesson the hard way with my ds's over the weekend. Ds1 was fine going off to the loo on his own during the day but I was not too happy when he told me he went at 5am on his own. Ds2 still has daytime wetting issues at 4 and we got through alot of pants/trousers/socks

anniebear Tue 12-Aug-08 09:02:00

Lol, I really wish I hadnt reas the camping section on here!!!!!!!!!!!!!

we just bought a tent and I really dont wanrt to go now!

sallystrawberry Tue 12-Aug-08 15:43:56

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MaureenMLove Tue 12-Aug-08 15:48:08

Hot water bottle, fleece blankets, waterproof trousers, coat and hat, a screw top bottle of wine and a straw. Job done!grin

nannyL Tue 12-Aug-08 19:19:51

wind up torch

Crunchie Tue 12-Aug-08 19:29:20

Gas powered frdge Wine warm jumper and rugs

anniebear Tue 12-Aug-08 19:45:26

lol, just reading all the things that people dont like!!!!!!

feel a bit better now after reading on my other thread the things that people do like grin

JuniorH Wed 13-Aug-08 00:00:25

Well I'm going tomorrow with 1L of Vodka and 2L of diet that a good ratio?

Make sure you take socks. Last year (our first family camping trip) we had nice weather the week we went and so I only had flipflops but had to buy socks halfway through the week because my feet were cold at night

GivePeasAChance Wed 13-Aug-08 00:02:25

A Husband/ A man. Camping involves lots of 'men's' jobs.

Overmydeadbody Wed 13-Aug-08 00:04:09

A sleeping bag.

It's the only thing you'd really need, although even that really isn't necessary if it's warm and you have a hammock.

These threads always remind me that not everyone is a proper minimalist camper grin

Overmydeadbody Wed 13-Aug-08 00:04:44

Bollocks GivePeas, utter utter bollocks.

expatinscotland Wed 13-Aug-08 00:04:50

My Buck knife. It goes EVERYWHERE with me.

Has a beer opener on it, too.

expatinscotland Wed 13-Aug-08 00:06:13

I must be a man then, GPB. hmm

I don't know how we managed it, me and my best pal Suzi, us two dainties, out there in the wilds of Colorado, backpacking, camping and climbing peaks all on our lonesome.

RedHead81 Wed 13-Aug-08 00:06:18

TENT - def need to remember a tent!

Overmydeadbody Wed 13-Aug-08 00:06:37

Heartmum why couldn't your DSs just pee in a bush?

Gosh even I wouldn't bother traipsing to the loo at night when camping.

Overmydeadbody Wed 13-Aug-08 00:07:01

nah Redhead, tents are luxury extras.

Overmydeadbody Wed 13-Aug-08 00:08:18

I must be a man too hmm, having survived and, in fact enjoyed, many succesful camping trips around the world as a single mum with no man in sight.

expatinscotland Wed 13-Aug-08 00:10:21

Oh, all those buckets with cat litter and shared latrines and that.


Find a friendly bush.

I never go without my metal fold up shovel.

Suzi'd always unfold it and stick it in the dirt when we'd found a place to camp and quip, 'There's the turdshack.'

Geezus, where are you people camping, The Four Seasons lobby? wink

cornsilk Wed 13-Aug-08 00:10:23

Pillows -- nothing like your own pillow.

GivePeasAChance Wed 13-Aug-08 00:10:27

Martyr camping - love it !

expatinscotland Wed 13-Aug-08 00:12:11

Nah, not martyr camping for us, we were forced to trek in that far just make sure we got away from all the posers. wink

Overmydeadbody Wed 13-Aug-08 00:18:29

no not martyr camping, real camping.

Do you really honestly think you need a man though GPC? Could you give examples?

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