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Subject Topic: trying to hard to "downsize"!!
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Message posted by style03/6/2013 at 4:39pm
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We go in a caravan our son and family go with a trailer tent. Anything he cannot get in his roof box or trailer seems to end up in out car or if there is any weight available (we put our awning in the car) in our caravan.

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Message posted by coastal~path03/6/2013 at 5:22pm
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Downsize???? Why on earth would you want to if you do use it on holiday or it brings a bit of comfort/luxury to the trip.

This year I've got ds's girlfriend coming with us an extra body in the car (not a problem) but more importantly all her gear, to make it comfortable for us driving down, her and ds are flying to the nearest airport to our campsite, her luggage is flying with her, I'm taking her airbed and chair with us.




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Message posted by OldRex03/6/2013 at 6:47pm
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Quote: Originally posted by Stubb-z on 23/5/2013

Getting our stuff together in the spare bedroom for our first family trip next week (family of 4).

We have a zafira and new small roofbox, but looking at the pile, im wondering how we are going to fit it all in - let alone pack it all back in the car when we have finished our trip!





Stubb-z, this is getting freaky, you have the same tent, extension AND car as me...but I have a 540l roofbox. You wouldn't want to look like me too!

Message posted by DandB23/7/2013 at 9:25pm
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There seems to be a bit of a movement of people on here lately trying to downsize, though they get pretty lost amongst all the glamping threads (and nothing wrong with that).

As quoted from oldham on this thread "..The more you take the less you go..".
We like to take shorter breaks, more often, rather than a 2 or 3 week summer break, and have found this to be true - the less we take, the more we enjoy it. Taking too much stuff makes loading/pitching/striking camp/packing it all away again, seem like a bit of a chore sometimes.

However, downsizing is hard and we've not progressed that far yet. Our weather is quite varied, so there's a lot of 'just in case' equipment. We only started camping again last year, and made a few purchase mistakes initially (e.g. table too big), and are now slowly trying to correct this. Spending a little more on better quality essentials (bedding for example), seems like a good way to go.

There are only 2 of us (plus small dog), and we can fit all our kit in our Ford Focus without roof box or trailer, so I don't think that we're doing too bad, although when it's all piled beside the car for packing it looks as though it will never fit

How do you others who try not to take too much stuff strike a balance between minimalist and being prepared for any eventuality? Any tips?

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Down sizing in camping gear terms to me is what is it you want from your camping break . The only difference in the two camping set ups is the tents. The sleep arrangements SIMS sleeping bags stay the same we take chairs a table . No flat pack furniture . For us its the toys that take all the space kayaks body boards wet suits snorkels flippers bikes etc etc      


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