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Subject Topic: Lessons learnt, 1st camping trip
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10/7/2014 at 7:17pm
 Location: Birmingham
 Outfit: Kampa Frinton Classic Decathlon Air
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Still learning.

Earlier this year, kids + ots of rain = Mud (the pitch had been glastonbury'd) and loads of clothing changes.

Had to buy them some more clothes whilst there as had packed for a sunny weekend.

Cobbs are great, cooking on an open fire even better.



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Paul, Amy(13) and Poppy (9)


10/7/2014 at 7:28pm
 Location: Nottingham
 Outfit: Eldiss Affinity 482
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I learnt not yo use a she wee in the middle of the night when you've consumed a bottle of wine and can't balance properly

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Debs




11/7/2014 at 7:26pm
 Location: Sherston Wilts
 Outfit: Lunar Clubman 460-4 1988
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I learned that a toilet tent & loo is a 'middle of the night' must have!

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Enjoyed tenting,
Enjoyed trailer-tenting,
Now loving caravanning 😊😊


12/7/2014 at 10:25pm
 Location: Wiltshire
 Outfit: NevadaM5 and Buckville 700
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On our first trip, despite me trying to explain to hubby that the ground is a lot harder than he thinks, the first night only foam mats to sleep on. Next day off to camping shop to buy inflatable mattresses!


12/7/2014 at 11:27pm
 Location: Isle of Mull
 Outfit: 2 x Outwells Kairos 400 Caranex
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Hubby and I learned in first camp with new tent (decades ago!) that the living area is quite likely to be found next morning occupied by other humans who forgot their tent poles. They also helped themselves to our breakfast supplies - but did bring us a cup of tea!!

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" When I die I don`t want my life to flash before me in an instant, I want it to be a 3 hour epic !"


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18/7/2014 at 3:37pm
 Location: South Wales
 Outfit: Vango Maritsa 600
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Constantly learning ..... But main points would be:-

That sleeping bags come with various 'togs' just like a duvet and make sure when you have no ehu for heat you need a good quality bag, plenty of layers & possibly even an extra blanket!!

Earplugs for the OH - when I finally convinced him to try camping 'cos he would love it' he didn't sleep at all the 1st night. Now it's the first things packed!!

and most importantly - have a sense of humour and friends to join you


18/7/2014 at 4:00pm
 Location: North Yorkshire
 Outfit: Holi * Perran 4 * Airedale 5
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Very first lesson I learned was to read the instructions properly and not let OH put the tent up his way!

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Helen xx
Mini Mad Mum


19/7/2014 at 12:20am
 Location: notts
 Outfit: Outwell Oakland xl & Bear Lake6
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We started camping with Eurosites/Eurocamp/Keycamp and all the essentials were there - apart from heater - South of France is nearly always warm at night - I did say nearly!
So, when we camped on our own in our own tent, I just thought back to what we had there.
But when we did, we we always fell short of something. So, I started to take a pen and pad and list the things we needed or would have liked.
Now, I have my full camping list - which includes absolutely every tiny detailed item which I keep on my computer. Every time we go away, we print one off and I use a highlighter to cross things off as packed and I choose which items are not wanted - easy peasy....now!
By the way, Eurocamp used to put exactly what was included in their tents in their brochure - don't know if they still do - but it is a good basic list.

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May - Dorset
July - Saundersfoot
September - S. Wales
October - S. Wales

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