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Message posted by Hunter30062352 on 24/4/2014 at 8:20pm
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mainly just a big hello to everyone!! firstly I hope I am doing this is the right section of forums,

I am ex military so I am no stranger to sleeping under canvas but myself and partner purchased our first family tent a few days ago (Vango Nile 600) just getting our camping stuff all ready and trying to learn as much as possible from all you all socks who have been camping for years.

first camping holiday booked for warren wood park in cromer... far too exited !!!

thanks for reading and hope to chat to you all :)

Tom!

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Hi Tom and welcome
Wont learn anything from us as we are a phantom camping forum and non of us have ever camped before we just pretend we have

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Message posted by Hunter30062352 on 24/4/2014 at 8:30pm
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phew I posted in the right place.. I hope to stay indoors and post on here as much as possible!

Message posted by arsenaldes on 24/4/2014 at 8:41pm
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Enjoy your first trip when are you going

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Message posted by ANGEDAWS on 24/4/2014 at 8:47pm
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Hi Tom, we have been camping for 20 odd years - and for the last 10 years have camped as a family. The kids have literally grown up with camping and even as teenagers they would rather go camping than do any other kind of holiday.

My advice would be to resist the temptation to go mad and buy too much stuff at once. Your main priority should be sleeping stuff, good airbeds/sims/camp beds (whatever takes your fancy) and decent sleeping bags. If the family are cold and uncomfortable on a night its going to be a disaster. Then take a little notebook and jot down ideas for things that would be handy while you are there.

Have a little walk round the site and discreetly have a nosy at how other people have got things set up. Once you have been camping a few times you will start to work out whats right for you and what you need.

Make sure you take plenty of warm clothes for everyone, even if the weather is good. Think about food in advance too, nothing worse than getting the tent up and finding out you need to trip off to the shops or find a pub that serves meals. We usually take something easy to heat up the first night.

Oh and talking about putting the tent up - give yourself plenty of time and dont try to rush it. Its all part of the holiday!

Any questions ask away and you will get loads of good advice on here.

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booked for 14th of may as still a bit to buy and also booked fforst fields for july as the reviews on here are so great

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ah thanks angedaws, yeah I am getting taken back by a lot just trying to read about EHU's and bits and pieces but really am looking forward to my baby (6mths at moment) growing up with camping !

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Message posted by MOWWD on 24/4/2014 at 8:54pm
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Welcome. Hope you and your family enjoy your holidays in your new tent. Off next tuesday in my new tent. Can't wait. Think this camping lark brings out the 'night before christmas' syndrome with us all.  

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I really am exited but just so unsure of what I need / don't need.. I have a Volvo estate so I have plenty of room and my first site is 15mile odd from a gooutdoors shop just incase!!!

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Hi, this is our 1st really proper camping year, one done and two more booked. We did go a couple of times when our kids where very small.
We have got the bug, we started off with very little, beds sleeping bags a stove and that was it, now we fill the boot of our 4x4 and are just about to buy a bigger roof box!

Enjoy your trip.

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Welcome to the mad house

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Welcome - I restarted camping 5 years ago and gone from a little simple decathlon tent, to a huge outwell tent now.
My daughter loves camping and would rather go in the tent than abroad as we have so much fun with our friends and their families.
I've just got my neighbour to come camping next week for the first time, and they're just sorting out what they do need, could need, and would like to have!
You will learn a lot from the great people on here and the main thing is to have a good time and don't spend a fortune as you can get by with lots of things from home to start with, and then decide what you need
Sammy

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Quote: Originally posted by RTS5 on 24/4/2014
Welcome to the mad house



Just what I was about to say...

Seriously, grab the tent, put it up, sort yourself out and learn from it. If there are things you don't have a clue about, look out for a few key people on here, jelboy, DK and mucker to name three. All brimming with knowledge, enthusiasm and a willingness to help anyone. Keep logging in and you'll soon have it all down to a 'T' :-)

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When you get back from your first camping trip lose all the stuff you haven't used then go out and buy a load of new stuff that you missed.
Bad weather and emergency equipment excluded, a tin opener is emergency equipment, the mini ration pack ones are best for camping.

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Enjoy the liveliness of the syntax.

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I think everybody would agree with me when i say (apart from alcohol) the most important thing to do is to insulate,you will honestly have the most miserable time if you are cold in bed,even with EHU.Put something under your bed and something else on top before you think of putting your sleeping bag on it.have a spare blanket to wrap round you sat outside at night time,you look an idiot but you will be toasty whilst the others will have to go to bed at 8pm to try and get warm

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Jan Lady Heyes
March Hardhurst farm
May charity farm
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JulyLady Heyes
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Welcome to UKCS Hunter....Enjoy your times on here...and all the excitement/preparation for your trip in May....

One thing I picked up on in your posts....The unbridled confidence that a Volvo estate will provide all the space you need for camping gear.........

Go have a look for all the other members who have recently taken up the pastime and made a similar comment....And see where they are now in relation to gear and "Stuff" they cram into an ever decreasing space.....

I'll wait a few months till I've seen all your posts on the space issue in the future till I say...."I told you so" Space....Like captain Kirk and his crew holds an endless attraction and obsession foe all of us on here.....

Jelboy.

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