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27/4/2011 at 2:54pm
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How long does it take you to pack up and leave the campsite? just got back from a 6 day camping trip but it took us 3.5 hours to pack up, we do have 3 young children who are always asking for one thing or another and taking the tent down dosesnt take us a long time its the packing everything up inside the tent, bedding, rolling up air bed, kitchen etc etc! I need some tips to shorten the lengh of time it akes us!!!

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27/4/2011 at 3:11pm
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Hi Kim

My main tip would be to have everything in storage boxes before it goes in the car. It not only means it's easier to unpack/find/store, but it also makes it easier to pack away when you're going home. You can chuck it all in if you're in a rush, and then sort it out when you get home. If there is something you don't need regular, then leave it in the box - you can cover the boxes with a blanket or cloth, and you have a handy little table.......or use an empty one as a laundry bin, or to store food etc. I am always fine tuning my set up to make it quicker to set up/pack away, and having everything in it's special box has definitely made the biggest difference.

Good luck with your quest!

Tracey


27/4/2011 at 3:12pm
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That's the down side to camping in comfort! It takes me about 2.5 hours with help from the kids but I usually keep stopping for a cuppa/chat with the neighbours making it more like 3 hours.

I think the only way of cutting down the time is by taking less!



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Apr - Drayton Manor - 1 day
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Aug - Saxdale - 4 days
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27/4/2011 at 4:17pm
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We usually start packing up the night before, packing away all our pots and pans that we won't use in the morning, packing clothes etc.  We put down any furniture we're not using and sometimes take down the porch or at least day tent if we are hoping, or have to be, off a site early.  That said, the time it took you is probably about our average too, and that's with two older children to help us!

It is my least favourite part of camping!



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27/4/2011 at 4:40pm
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It does not seem an excesively long time to pack up from scratch. But you can try the packing away as much as possible the evening before. Just keep out the clothes you need for night time and the next day and put all others away in bags. Pack up as much cooking stuff as possible and any bits of furniture you won't be needing. However the more you take, the longer it takes to set up and pack away, so have a really good think about your set up. Was there anything you really didn't need? Did you take too many clothes or cooking utensils ?

Good Luck next time !



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27/4/2011 at 4:46pm
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I am thinking of taking a plastic box with all the kitchen stuff inside it, instead of packing it all away on the kitchen shelves each trip, and again a stacking box for the towels, we each have a aldi bag for our clothes, so thats not a problem as they stay inside them at the end of our beds! we go away at the end of may so will try and get the time down abit this time!!

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27/4/2011 at 4:51pm
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I keep all my kitchen stuff, from pans to cutlery, in a large plastic crate with a lid. It keeps it all together and packing away is so simple. It is slightly awkward to keep opening up the box sometimes, when you are doing alot of cooking, but the convienience makes up for it.

And the box makes a handy table for wine and nibbles in the evening



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Sarah


27/4/2011 at 5:29pm
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I use 2 Ikea bags for clothes  - full of clean clothes and towels at the beginning of the trip but later on, all clean stuff goes in one and mucky in the other. Saves endlessly packing/unpacking!

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Mar - Milarrochy Bay - 9 days
Apr - Drayton Manor - 1 day
May - Saxdale - 4 days
May - Nantcol - 9 days
July - Weymouth - 1 day
July - Rozel Bay - 14 days
Aug - Corfe Castle - 2 days
Aug - Saxdale - 4 days
Sep - Stratford - 2 days
Oct - Stainforth - 2 days
Dec - Saxdale - 5 days
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27/4/2011 at 6:17pm
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I was surprised at how long it took us to pack away when we came home on Monday - nearly 4 hours!! But that was from scratch and we made the mistake of having a lie in (if you can call 8:30am a lie in?!) and then having a cooked breakfast...so then all the pots needed washing etc.

The breeze had picked up too which made the tent a nightmare to pack away, it kept billowing up like a parachute.

Next time we'll pack away as much as we can the night before, get up earlier and have cereals for breakfast I think!

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27/4/2011 at 6:56pm
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I try to avoid unpacking/repacking too much as I find it all tedious (one of the many reasons why I don't do furniture that has to be constructed and deconstructed!)

So where possible everything travels in the container that it is used in so we have a plastic drawer stack that we lift in and out of the trailer which contains all of the kitchen "stuff", we use tables rather than kitchen units, the food travels in coolbags and a plastic box. All our "spares and repairs" kits travel in coolbags as well and stay in the trailer most of the time.

We don't use carpets and often not a groundsheet, beds take a little bit of packing away, fleece blankets travel in a stuff sack of their own, sleeping bags back into stuff sacks and SIMS rolled up and put back in their bags.

We try to ensure that all pots etc are packed away the night before and plan to have a non cooked breakfast if we're heading off early'ish.   We tend to camp quite close to home on a CS so we often stay until later in the afternoon so we have a leisurely potter around packing, where possible ensuring that we don't have to pack/repack anything between trips (other than if the tent is wet).

For me the key is not taking too much crud and not having to unpack/repack food and/or pots/pans etc. on arrival and then again on leaving.

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27/4/2011 at 7:01pm
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I hate starting to pack up the night before - it makes it feel like the weekend is ending too soon! It takes us about 2 hours to pack up usually with the kids helping in a half hearted sort of way. I always have a problem getting everything back in the car the same way it came out and rushing to get it done does not help!

I confess to not washing the breakfast pots up after last weekend. They all got wrapped up in a bin bag and went in the dishwasher when I got home.

I need to start making more of an effort to keep the tent tidy and seriously need to rethink our storage. Just had a look at one of the photos I took and the tent looks like a bomb site! This would of course make it easier for us packing up too.

I always thought plastic storage boxes would be awkward to pack in the car but I am going to measure the boot and see if I can get some to fit neatly.


27/4/2011 at 7:32pm
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We had two nights away at the weekend, Sunday and Monday. On Tuesday we got up around 7.30, had bacon sarnies for breakfast, washed up and started packing up and were driving off the site by 10, which I was quite pleased with. It was a new tent too, so first time we had to pack it away.

I don't mind the packing up so much as taking it all out of the car once we get home. I do have most things in bags or boxes, it helps me to keep organised as well as making packing (and managing my list) easier.

We had the site to ourselves on Monday afternoon/night as well - fantastic!!


27/4/2011 at 8:16pm
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Quote: Originally posted by ANGEDAWS on 27/4/2011
I always thought plastic storage boxes would be awkward to pack in the car but I am going to measure the boot and see if I can get some to fit neatly.


They do take up a lot of boot space, we have a large trailer now so it's a lot easier. What we used to do before we had the trailer was to jam as much as we could in one storage box and stack that in another couple of empty storage boxes (with lids), that meant that we could spread things out on site into the other boxes and put food in the other boxes as well.   

Coolbags work well as they are squishable - M&S had some nice cube shaped ones a few years ago - and I bought a few of these (on offer!) which we still use.

I do share your issue of not packing too much the night before - it feels like going home!   My limit is returning things to where they ought to be so that we can then just pick up the box etc. and put it in the trailer in the morning.

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27/4/2011 at 8:51pm
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As I'm on my own, only do w/ends and usually have tight deadlines to meet because of ferry timetables, I tend to be up early. First port of call is the loo and a wash, then back to tent and pack up washthings, dirty clothes and bedding into the stuff sacks - my clothes go in a waterproof sailing bag - doubles up as a pillow and blankets, sleeping bag go into another one as this helps if it's chucking it down. Check the pockets and bring everything to porch of the tent. As I often camp with friends, suss out if my mate has had her first cup of coffee and join her for a cup - I need the caffeine by then. Maybe have second cup and by then hopefully others will be stirring so can open up the car and pack bedding, clothes and chair leaving access to cup/spoon etc bag.  Dirty pots, pans and plates go home to the dishwasher in a bin bag. Unpeg tent and then fun begins - I just can't find the knack of getting the b pop-up to fold down properly so usually get it into its circle and get in car behind front seats so it can't pop-up again. Put in my coolbox with my food for the way home. Have another cup of coffee; collect anything my friend wants taking back, visit the loo and away. Fastest is 30 minutes - no coffees!

Biggest problem I have is that, with limited ferries and a long journey and building in down time plus at least 1.5hours for detours/punctures/roadworks, you sometimes have to do all of this before 7am and quietly - that really slows you down. If that's the case, I'll boil water for a flask for coffee the night before to avoid clanking the stove/kettle in my semi-somnumbulent state!



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No more than a couple of hours. Last week we had had breakfast by 8 and were off site by 9.30am. The only items packed the night before are the clothes.

I don't start packing the car until everything is packed away then it is all loaded in one go.


27/4/2011 at 9:44pm
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Quote: Originally posted by daveyjp on 27/4/2011

I don't start packing the car until everything is packed away then it is all loaded in one go.


I tried that once and it started raining, so everything that was stacked "neatly" by the side of the car got soaked!!!



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