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28/4/2011 at 7:42pm
 Location: Cheshire
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I spent hours and hours striking camp this morning! This was for 2 reasons. Firstly it was a frosty night, so the canvas of my tent was pretty damn wet and I wanted it to be in the sun as long as I could before finally packing it. Second was I seem to have developed a very painful back / hip on this trip so I was having to work slowly with plenty of breaks. But it wasn't a bad way to work on a lovely sunny morning. Everything got a lovely airing in the sun and dd had plenty of time to play in between me giving her chores (I couldn't have rolled the sleep mats without her!)

I seem to be losing bags on every trip though! Today it was a stuff sack for a sleeping bag. Last time, it was the bag for my kitchen table. Where are my bags going?!


28/4/2011 at 8:00pm
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Also, if you have kids old enough, give everyone a job!  Just as when we are setting up, each of our kids (both teenagers) have a job to do, one assembles the beds, the other the rest of the furniture, once the beds are up i make them while OH and kids sort camp kitchen and everything out, or put up the day tent if we've got it with us. Same with coming home, everyone has a job.

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28/4/2011 at 8:34pm
 Location: South London
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Piggy and Lostdreamer have got it about right but here's my tuppence worth.

i) After a big family camp I get the "family stuff" all packed in the car, with luck the big frame tent dried and in the car as well and the family sent home a day or two before I go home.

I won't share a tent so I will have been in my Force Ten anyway so I just keep minimal stuff for myself for the last night or so which all packs away easily.

ii) I keep a couple of hessian shopping bags for "rummage" i.e. those odd bits that don't seem to fit anywhere, my back packing stove coffee and water for those last mugs of coffee while I'm packing up etc.

iii) I try to pack things in the car so as much as possible so it can come out of the car and straight into the cupboard when I get home.

Take care

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01/5/2011 at 11:24am
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We often start packing some things the night before like clothes and kitchen stuff (we either don't have breakfast the morning we leave, or we just have something simple like bread and butter). But on our trip last week we got back to the campsite about 5pm - just after hearing the weather forecast on the car radio. Forecast was rain the next day so, as we were sat with a cuppa talking, we decided to pack up and go that evening - take advantage of dry tent and traffic would be better.

We drove off the site at 6.30 - so about an hour and 15 mins to pack everything away from scratch. Its not like we have a routine either: new car and new tent for this trip! I was pretty proud of that and put it down to having just the right amount of kit: enough to keep us comfy but not too much that it takes ages.

We like to pack everything away in it's box/bag, and (weather permitting) pile it up outside the car until we're ready to pack it all in.


01/5/2011 at 2:34pm
 Location: West Country
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Quote: Originally posted by PigletandTigger on 28/4/2011
Second post - what really works for us is a "bag of bags", when you empty things, all the bags go into this so that all bags are in one place. We used to spend aaaggggeeeessss wandering round looking for sleeping bag stuff sacks, SIM bags etc. Now all the "bedroom bags" go inside one of the bedroom bags and that goes into the main tent bag with all the other bags so there is only one place to look for bags.
We do that and like you say it saves a lot of time looking for bags.


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01/5/2011 at 2:40pm
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All our bags and boxes etc go back in the trailer so we know exactly where they are

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01/5/2011 at 6:14pm
 Location: Wirral
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We tend to have stuff stored all over the house, and a smallish car so I love the big trugs it all gets carried to the car in the trugs then packed in the most space saving place, (saving space for the trugs which slot into each other, the trug is then filled with the tent, as its the first thing needed, then I gradually unpack the car into the trugs and into the place they will stay for the holiday.
Also they are useful on site, as washing up bowl/fire bucket/beer cooler.
I have some of the zipable laundry bags as well they can be packed and squashed into place in the car, bedding tends to be folded to the shape of the seat/boot.all the flat pack stuff goes in first and everything else is piled on top.
coming home is a reverse of the above,but it is more tiring, we never want to come home for our holidays


01/5/2011 at 6:42pm
 Location: Yorkshire UK
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Theres camping HEAVY and camping LIGHT. We do both .
The Camping Heavy ,
We take everything . Big tent ( VERMONT XL) , carpets , telly , aerial , freezer , microwave , fridge , Electric water , BBQ's , 3 tables, cupboards , beds , bedding , fan heaters etc etc . My People carrier MPV is full to brim even for 2 of us. It takes the evening before about 1 hour and then the next morning we go , another 3 hours. I get so hot n bothered I always go for a nice shower just before we set off home. For the 2 weeks we are there we want for nothing.
The Camping Light ,
Medium sized ( 6 person ) tent , we still like space and stand up room. It takes just 15 minutes to get the tent up and go-in-able.
We take , lilo , 1 douvet cover that we put lilo inside. 1 douvet , 2 pillows, 2 chairs, 1 table , cool box , hook-up , 2 small gas cooking rings , few pot pans plates etc. then a few other small bits n bobs everyone needs but this is a much less stuff . The car gets only full up to bottom of windows. Packing up takes us about 1/2 hour night before we go , then 1 hour on the morning we leave , nice n easy too.
Over the years , we found the most time consuming effort is the type of tent you use. The oens with the fibre poles through sleaves take the longest. The ones with metal poles through sleaves on roof , then legs that have clips down the outside sides are the quickest. Fiddly food cupboards , folding cooker stands etc can be very time consuming to put up and to take down.

Thats camping , some love it , some hate it.


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Camping to the ex.tent that I like awnings as a bit on the side.


01/5/2011 at 11:16pm
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Two hours max to pack down the trailer tent, one hour for the lightweight kit. (Eight man tunnel tent = lightweight, if you didn't realise.) We got the TT packup down to 1.5 hours by the end of our long trip last year but that was the fifth packup in four weeks and the kids (14 &9) had pretty well got the hang of what their jobs were.

Basically the more you take, the longer it takes to set up or pack up. The more assembly/breakdown required, the longer it takes. The more you shift stuff around, the longer it takes. Not to mention the space all this takes up!

The classic example of this is taking your clothes in a holdall plus a collapsable camping wardrobe. You have to carry them both from the car. You have to assemble the wardrobe. You have to transfer the clothes to the wardrobe. You have to store the holdall and the bag for the wardrobe. At the end of the trip, you have to do it all in reverse. Compare this to the time required to carry a holdall of clothes from the car and place it on the groundsheet. Then at the end of the trip, carry the holdall back to the car. Repeat with several other pieces of "essential" equipment.....oh, and don't forget to factor in the cleaning time.

Basically, as someone else said, transport it in the same container you'll keep it in when in the tent. If this is the same container it gets stored in while in the house then even better. I use biggish coolbags for just about all equipment...water resistant, sturdy and vermin proof. I write on the top what's in the bag...Emergency Gear, Electrical + Torches, Food, Drinks & Snacks etc etc. Clothes do go in holdalls though!



01/5/2011 at 11:39pm
 Location: isle of wight
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only problem with having a 'few' kids is that if you left everything in its 'container' it would be spread across the tent in no time.. and would take hours picking individual bits back up again!!

also .. holdalls can ruin the appearance of the inside ! and gawd i am good at ruining the appearance lol!

i find it is easier to get the kids to look after each other and get lost for a couple of hours.. just coming back for drinks etc!!! this leaves me alone to get on with it ...

it looks like organised chaos all morning.. then at lunchtime it all gets put into bus and trailer... then i reorganise it when i realise i havent left space for the kids.. or have a kid/dog i had forgotten about!!!

it all comes together in the end.. and if it gets wet.. then i will dry it at home ! no problem!



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Thought you were supposed to enslave the kids to help

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I went camping last weekend. I was going basic..ie tent...sleeping things...and two 30 litre boxes, one non food (torches/pans/crockery/tinopener etc) and one food. It took 20 minutes to pack away.

The tent had muddy footprints throughout, no foldable furniture apart from the chairs and little bits of tree are throughout my tent to remind me of the previous camp. Sod it...the tent will never look like something out of a magazine but I had a wonderful time.


02/5/2011 at 9:41am
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We have the' bag of bags' approach - everything goes in the tent bag, which in turn lives in the roofbox for the entire time we are away. I can't stand extra stuff in the tent we don't need!!!.

We have all of our camping stuff in plastic crates or a set of drawers, so easy to load into the car. On packing up day, we let the air our of the airbed as soon as we get up, then cook breakfast and wash up. We put clean clothes for the day in dry sacs, then pack everything else up whilst still in our pyjamas.. Lastly we have a shower and then have a lovely journey home!! If we've paid to stay late on our final day, we pack everything into it's bag then leave everything in the tent, so that when we come back, we only have to take the tent down.

It sure works for us.



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02/5/2011 at 10:09am
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When our daughter was little, we used to leave her in bed asleep and pack up around her so when she woke up we only had her air bed and the tent to take down then we would go out for breakfast.

Now, we pack up most of it the night before so we are just left with beds and kettle and stuff for breakfast, we take the extension down the night before too and the windbreak. It takes us about an hour to hour and half to pack up then. (dont forget this includes arguing time too about how to pack it all away )



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02/5/2011 at 2:01pm
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I packed up most stuff the night before for the first time and it worked much better, a lot less stressful, especially with 3 kids. I just laid out clothes for next day and simple cereal breakfast. Great, got packed up everything in one hour from a four day trip, tent down and ready to go! That was me on my own, hubby just had to arrive with car and shove it all in the back.


02/5/2011 at 2:40pm
 Location: Severn Valley
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We always pack up as much as we can the night before, and it usually takes us a couple of hours to get everything loaded into the car, tent down, packed and away.  Last June we were with the family consisting of our two grown-up kids and their other halves plus our friend Hedgehugger, in three tents and an awning.  We'd had a birthday party the afternoon before, so couldn't be bothered packing up as usual before we went to bed, but as we emerged in the morning we could see a wall of rain hovering over the mountains and creeping up the valley from the direction of Snowdon.

Realising it was going to be a massive downpour, we started madly packing up and chucking things into the three cars.  All hands on deck to get the tents down, no worries about packing neatly, we just shoved them into bags or over the top of everything else.  The tent pegs went into a plastic bag unwiped and the groundsheets went in a binbag.  Then we moved Hedgehugger's tent (she was staying another night) into the front of the pitch by just unpegging and dragging it and fell into the cars as she fell back into her repegged tent.

The rain hit us as we started to drive off, and it was BIBLICAL!  Had we been caught decamping in that, our tents would have been covered in mud and everything would have been completely soaked.  It had taken us around half an your from first alarm to completely clearing two big tents and a utility, and moving the other one.  Just shows it can be done. 

Of course it was crazy sorting out who had what in what car  (especially since we live 100s of miles apart!), packing up the canvas at home and redistributing the tent pegs to the correct tents, but it was better than getting everything and ourselves soaked in Welsh rain!

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