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Footprints and carpets..... necessary or just nice?

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Alambil Wed 17-Jun-09 09:49:29

Very small budget for my tent expenses (well, £200 for the tent - not much for extras!)

Do I NEED a footprint and / or carpet? (for the Outwell carolina 3)

chevre Wed 17-Jun-09 09:50:05


Overmydeadbody Wed 17-Jun-09 09:53:23

No No No

They are just nice extra luxuries.

You definately don't need them.

A good alternative that I've heard people talking about round here is using picnic blankets instead.

Overmydeadbody Wed 17-Jun-09 09:55:10

When camping you want to spend most of your time outdoors and only use the tent to store stuff and sleep in, so no point wasting money pimping up the inside of the tent.

muffle Wed 17-Jun-09 09:56:23

No, our tent has sewn-in groundsheet and then I put down a few picnic mats - cheapo rush matting one that I got in H&M and a couple of tesco ones that were about £4 each. For even comfier lying around add the blankets / sleeping bags / duvets from your beds too.

muffle Wed 17-Jun-09 09:58:36

I actually disagree with OMDB in that I do like a nice pimped tent interior that looks like a bedouin palace with blankets and quilts everywhere and dangling lanterns! - but there's no need to spend money on the official carpet etc.

chevre Wed 17-Jun-09 10:00:13

loving the 'pimp up my tent' concept.

muffle Wed 17-Jun-09 10:04:46

I would even have cupcake bunting if it wasn't so naff. I secretly like it. blush

No, you certainlly don't need a carpet I am a ridiculously soft camper but even I draw the line at rolling out the Axminster, take a picnic rug then you can use it indoors and out.

If we had had a carpet in our tent it would now be stained with countless spilt drinks, mud, bubble mix and a full bottle of sun cream that bizarrely exploded last yearhmm. Groundsheets are wipeable much better.

Footprints are a tad different in that when your tent has a sig it's a bugger if it gets holes in and if it should be very muddy it means you have to get your whole tent out when you get home to clean the groundsheet.

So the footprint protects you from damage and faffy cleaning.

You can diy by just buying some tarp and cutting it to size, or just folding the edges under to make the right shape, it doesn't need to be the branded one.

Having said all that we don't have one yet, we tend to add bits every year, this year we got the canopy, will probably get the footprint next year.

Overmydeadbody Wed 17-Jun-09 10:06:12

lol muffle

if you're into the pimped up look you might as well sling the bunting up too grin

my tent is too small to pimp up anyway

chevre Wed 17-Jun-09 10:07:18


i have been pimping up my camper - new curtains. i might get some bunting - to hell with the naffness

Slubberdegullion Wed 17-Jun-09 10:08:49

Nope, absolutely not needed. Plastic backed picnic blanket does the job fine (and much easier to clean/shake out/squish somewhere in the car).

I'd max out you budget on your tent OR what you are sleeping on or in.

Slubberdegullion Wed 17-Jun-09 10:10:55

I pimp my tent with myself. I am vey glamorous and have a new, exceptionally tasteful camping hat which matches the canvas of my tent.

Overmydeadbody Wed 17-Jun-09 10:13:02

roffle slubber

Alambil Wed 17-Jun-09 10:14:00

I have everything else from my other camping escapades... just need a tent-upgrade!

the tent has a sig so I will get the footprint - the official one is £25 so is not too expensive

3rdnparty Wed 17-Jun-09 10:16:03

I would definately get a footprint/tarp to protect the base if a sewn in groundsheet as trying to clean off mud/twigs etc and dry off a wet tent at the same time in a small space is a nightmare but picnic rugs fine instead of carpet ...
and gives you something to buy next year smile

muffle Wed 17-Jun-09 10:16:16

Does your pitch look a bit like a white stuff catalogue slubber, with a chintzy tent with net curtains and you lolling seductively in the doorway?

Slubberdegullion Wed 17-Jun-09 10:17:01

I'd make your own for a builders tarp from B&Q (probably a fiver) and spend the left over £20 on ^nice wine or a tasteful camping hat.

Slubberdegullion Wed 17-Jun-09 10:19:33

shock it certainly does not muffle. White stuff my arse. My pitch looks very sensible and thrusting, with a very sensible, beautifully designed tent and sensible utility. Everything is in order and I NEVER loll about. I look industrious and capable, like a proper camper should.

FlappyTheBat Wed 17-Jun-09 10:19:58

Have both footprint and carpet for my tent, we do most of our camping in Scotland and first went when dd2 was just starting to crawl.

My excuse for getting the carpet was that it would be warmer for her to crawl on as invariably the ground is always cold and mushy.

muffle Wed 17-Jun-09 10:21:30

Ah slubber, take that pole out of your bum, come on over to my bunting-bedecked bedouin palace and have some gin.

Slubberdegullion Wed 17-Jun-09 10:24:11

grin Gin? shock Good Lord. I'll come and partake if the tonic is cold, otherwise I'll stick to my nice wine out of a beaker whilst tensioning my guys.

chevre Wed 17-Jun-09 10:24:55

can i come in my camper and give you some ice [needy]

muffle Wed 17-Jun-09 10:26:24

Of course it's cold! Courtesy of my camping fridge (bags of ice in a sainsbury's coolbag surrounding the gin, the tonic and the sausages)

muffle Wed 17-Jun-09 10:27:00

But you're welcome chevre

Mind your head on my bunting! <screams>

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