Camping was never Mummy’s style. She likes her super-kingsize bed with Hypnos mattress far too much to leave it without due care and consideration. But we have friends who
twisted her arm tempted her into giving it a try. We are just back from our 5th trip with them, and Mummy reckons she has finally got her Camping Packing List maximised for comfort. So for anyone wondering whether they can cope with a camping trip, here are our best tips for what to take. Click the link above for a tick list you can use for your own packing. If you want to know how I would pack, scroll down to the bottom for my own unique version!
(Clockwise from top left) The Quechua Base Seconds 4.2 tent: Ever stopped to laugh at the campers struggling with poles, yelling out their frustration in the rain as their tent refuses to co-operate? This is a brilliant tent for the inexperienced camper. It literally pops open, and all you have to do is secure the guy ropes. It has 2 zip-up sleeping pods to fit double blow up beds, and a middle section for everything else. Camping within 15 minutes!
Friends: This is essential. We took some for M&D, and one each for ourselves. This meant that we were free to get on with our own stuff – playing in haystacks, comparing sausages, squabbling over marshmallows – whilst the parents were safely occupied with drinking wine, building fires, and talking about boring stuff.
Sunhats and Suncream: Well you never know….
Hot Chocolate: Very useful at the end of an evening, when it’s beginning to get chilly. Also keeps us in our camping chairs for a while once it is so dark that no-one can see us beyond 1m distance!
Disposable BBQ Trays: These are genius! Basically just a disposable baking tray, they have slots cut into them, so that the smoke from the fire/bbq makes it through to the food, giving it the very essential bbq flavour. Oh, and a motivated adult who has researched his camping food recipes and is keen to do the cooking, is rather an asset too!
Marshmallows: Haribo Chamallow are obligatory. Don’t even consider a lesser marshmallow. You will need lots of wooden skewers too. There really is no point having a camp-fire if there are no marshmallows for roasting!
- Coffee – you must not ever approach Mummy before her morning latte, hence small cartons of UHT milk are advisable too, as are chocolate chip brioche.
- Portable Burner for making said coffee.
- Crocs – yes, they are ugly, but they go on and off really easily, and you will want to remember to always remove shoes before entering the tent, because if you get grass and mud inside you will need to make Mummy another coffee… Also handy for showering in if the facilities aren’t great.
- Bog in a Bag – we took the Bug’s old Potette portable potty for night-time emergencies, but the Mummy Whisperer, who has also written a post about essentials for a camping trip, recommends the Bog in a Bag. So much better than stumbling through cow pats to the dodgy camping toilets on site!
- Books/iPhone/DS – we will wake early. What do you expect with all that natural light and cheerful bird-tweeting? Mumble, switch on the iPhone, and leave us to it for an extra hour’s sleep. Headphones advisable.
- Bedsocks – nothing worse than cold feet at night.
- Duvets – you might think this is over the top, given the winter-weight sleeping bags (don’t think you can get away with lightweight bags). You may find you require duvets on top, and if you don’t they come in very handy to put underneath you, to stop the cold air which circulates inside your airbeds from causing joint seizures as the ground cools down throughout the night!
Things you won’t need:
- Jewellery and make-up – there are no mirrors on a campsite so you’ll forget what you look like, and won’t remember to care what anyone else thinks. Besides they’ll look just as rough as you!
- Anything requiring a power source; we ended up with a flat car battery from charging the iPhones!
Now, I promised you a packing list befitting the average 7 year old, and it all begins with a Trunki Suitcase. Here is the Bug, proudly modelling what the Gruffalo Trunki child’s suitcase can do, but I am a packing force to be reckoned with, and I quickly figured out what the Trunki was capable of!
Take a look at what I managed to fit into mine. Mummy said there was no way I would need my entire jewellery box, but I say, it pays to be prepared for every eventuality!
Disclosure: we were given the Trunki suitcases for the purposes of review, and we love them! All other links are simply there because we like them too!