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VanillaPumpkin Tue 19-May-09 12:41:44

We are off this weekend for our first family expedition. DD's are 6 and 3. What do we need to take? Am I missing anything? Is there a definitive list anywhere?

Tent
Footprint
Carpet grin
Mallet
Folding chairs
Sleeping bags
Matress / sleeping mat things
Gas hob
Spare gas canister
Kettle
Saucepans
Wooden spoons
Scissors
Sharp knife
Corkscrew
Chopping board
Salt pepper, ketchup
Portapotty thing (gift!)
Card games etc for children
Washing up bowl
Tea towels
Washing up liquid
Cutlery
Plastic crockery
Cups
Cool box (stocked)
Washbags and clothes
Torch
Lantern
Sunhat and Buff for bad hair

Am I missing anything obvious??

TIA

spokette Tue 19-May-09 12:50:22

Picnic mat
Food
Books
Wellington boots
Waterproofs
Footpump for mattress if not self-inflating
Radio and batteries
Camera
Earplugs

spokette Tue 19-May-09 12:51:55

Ball for children

I have also bought my DTS waterproof trousers so they can still play out on the grass even when it is wetgrin

mwff Tue 19-May-09 12:56:51

carpet
chairs
kettle (use pan)

to make room for

kites
balls
wetsuits/waterproofs
binbags
matches
spare blanket or 2
gaffer tape
string and clothes pegs

mwff Tue 19-May-09 13:11:45

oh and CAKE!

VanillaPumpkin Tue 19-May-09 15:35:47

Fab thank you! Cake is obviously very important. I cannot believe I missed it from my first list shock!

Ball and waterproofs top tip as are bin bags. I would have forgotten them.

Surfermum Tue 19-May-09 15:41:13

I always take a spare bag to put dirty clothes in. And one to carry all my clobber in to the shower block (useful for hanging while in the shower too).

I find babywipes invaluable for all sorts of things.

Are PJs included in clothes?

Pegs are useful too.

Surfermum Tue 19-May-09 15:42:03

I know this will come as a shock to anyone who knows me, but screw top wine is good in case you don't finish the whole bottle shock.

Milliways Tue 19-May-09 16:38:22

Bin Bags
Matches & Firelighters
Dustpan & Brush/broom - getting muck out of tent!
Table? Will need something for cooker if not for eating off of.
First Aid Kit
Fly spray/Insec reellant
Pillows! (Have forgotten ours before)
Hot water bottles

Once we forgot any clothes for DS! Left his packed bag in his room blush

mwff Tue 19-May-09 16:50:11

to save on cooking i precook casseroley/bolognesey type things and freeze them, they gradually defrost in the coolbox and you don't have to faff with icepacks (for short trips), also freeze cartons of juice and milk, they can last a couple of days before they defrost completely

mwff Tue 19-May-09 16:50:21

to save on cooking i precook casseroley/bolognesey type things and freeze them, they gradually defrost in the coolbox and you don't have to faff with icepacks (for short trips). also freeze cartons of juice and milk, they can last a couple of days before they defrost completely

mwff Tue 19-May-09 16:50:34

lol oops

Mercy Tue 19-May-09 16:56:21

Toilet roll
Wipes
Food bags/storageboxes
Clingfilm
Bin bags

Mercy Tue 19-May-09 16:57:52

Windbreak

Numberfour Tue 19-May-09 20:23:06

umbrellas - rain one and sun one!

Peachy Tue 19-May-09 20:41:14

cropped trousers

sounds bizarre but in the wet weather they dont drag in the mud; also crocs type shoes for same reason (they hose down easily, I take them as well as wellies)

Cocoa or similar for bedtime

VanillaPumpkin Tue 19-May-09 20:45:20

These are great tips, thank you. I am particularly pleased about the table being mentioned as I said we need one to DH and he thinks not yet.......(He is trying to restrain my spending till after this trial run so that we know what we really need.) I said crocs too as perfect for the shower block trudge.

mwff Tue 19-May-09 20:45:39

oh yes to cropped trousers/crocs

whiskey for bedtime

Overmydeadbody Tue 19-May-09 20:50:40

Millieways they're going away for a weekend not a month lol

You lot with your 'everything but the kitchen sink' make me chuckle grin

I heart you all though, and think of you when I see families in the campsites with their huge tents with multiple rooms, carpet, little kitchens set up, tables and chairs, bunting, whole playrooms for kids, washing lines etc etc etc

Surfermum Tue 19-May-09 20:52:49

Crocs? shock grin ..... some cool O'Neill flipflops maybe!

A table will definitely make things much easier. Apart from anything else, if you put your wine down on the grass it may be uneven and spill.

mwff Tue 19-May-09 20:53:22

washing lines essential imho - unless you have room to take a million changes of clothes/towels etc. - a ball of string and a few pegs takes up a lot less room!

VanillaPumpkin Tue 19-May-09 20:55:37

That is a good enough arguement for me!!!

DH is getting sleep mat things from his work and hopefully an extra sleeping bag. I wouldn't have taken pillows....still not sure I will??? Pegs though......

mwff Tue 19-May-09 20:55:37

although we do have a huge tent (well, frame ones, so tall) for which i thank my lucky stars every time it rains or the kids get up at 6 o'clock and we can turf them out of the bedroom :P

VanillaPumpkin Tue 19-May-09 20:57:07

Oh that comment was about the table. A washing line too??? Really.
If it is that bad I think we might just come home blush. I will be taking LOTS of clothes though to layer up.

Overmydeadbody Tue 19-May-09 20:58:29

I haven't evthought about what we'll be taking camping this weekend grin

Not a lot i guess.

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