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Message posted by coastal~path07/1/2014 at 1:52pm
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Hello Carol,

For us the main comfort thing we took with us on our last trip was sufficient shade. We go in July so its hot but due to having a dog with us (and a hubby who's a sun avoider) we need plenty of shade. We have been lucky in that we've been pitched where there are trees but we've also been unlucky and the trees were severely pruned back so loads of sun (and I mean loads).

This year we treated ourselves to a Coleman Event shelter, the 12" x 12" one as I figured this would be easier to fit on a pitch more comfortably than the bigger 15" x 15" one.

I hunted around for the cheapest option and got it for 105 delivered. Its easy to put up and works a treat, it can comfortably take a table underneath that seats 6 around it with room to spare. It is heavy due to the poles but all my poles get transported in the car boot area rather than the trailer so not a problem for us.

Another essential for us is the table top fridge, I got mine from Argos a few years back 69.

Thanks to Francais I will be taking a mini oven with us this year, 30 from Lidl it even comes with a three year guarantee.

We take fans with us as well, one for each tent. Last year I took only two fans and there was uproar from my teens as there were three tents spread over two pitches, shan't be making that mistake again.

The only other suggestion I would make that I found invaluable is to make lists of everything, I had a list for each area;

essentials (passports, money, cameras, phones etc),
tents (as I was taking three)
sleeping area (beds and bedding)
living area (chairs, lights, carpet)
kitchen (utensils, food, fridge, stove)
outside area (event shelter, awning carpet, table/chairs)

.... even had a separate list for the dog

As things would come to me to take with me I'd jot them down on the relevant list so I wouldn't forget, if one of the family mentioned "oh I wanna take so and so with me" it would go down.

When it came to packing, everything was corralled together according to my list, so I had a tent section, a kitchen section and so on. I then loaded everything myself so I knew where everything was when it came to unloading.

Oh grief, made myself sound quite anal about it all now with the lists and packing but it was done over weeks and it turned out not to be at all stressful, leaving it all to my addled memory would have resulted in me having a meltdown

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Message posted by Jukie99907/1/2014 at 2:24pm
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We also have the vermont xlp and love it !

However, it's a long tent! If you want to make use of electricity in the awning (eg. for cooking or for a fridge) and also in the main section of the tent (eg. lighting, hair dryer etc) don't forget to take an extension lead.

If you are planning on buying equipment to site outside of your tent it might be wise to check the pitch size/ dimensions of your campsite/booking, and also seeing how much space the tent takes up in your car. Nothing worse than squeezing equipment in and not be able to use it ... unless you have a trailer of course!
We just have a roof box, so the boot is full with tent and gear.... no room for anything that can't be justified!

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Quote: Originally posted by coastal~path on 07/1/2014

When it came to packing, everything was corralled together according to my list, so I had a tent section, a kitchen section and so on. I then loaded everything myself so I knew where everything was when it came to unloading.

Oh grief, made myself sound quite anal about it all now with the lists and packing but it was done over weeks and it turned out not to be at all stressful, leaving it all to my addled memory would have resulted in me having a meltdown



I totally get where you're coming from. I actually enjoy doing my lists - it feels a bit like starting the holiday when I print out the list and start making plans for what I'm taking. I think (for us) it takes quite a lot of the stress out of packing, as there's a bit less to think about.

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