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Message posted by HighSlayer on 13/9/2017 at 12:15pm
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I have my camping gear sorted according to need. Sometimes I camp solo or as a couple or with my daughter, other times there are more of us. I have 2 tents and am also looking for a grab and go tent.
I dont like roughing it. For me it is about getting out in the fresh air and having some peace and quiet - not having to go without comfort lol. I'm 54 years old, 6ft tall and have a bad back and type 2 diabetes.
So - in terms of equipment I have 1 large 64 litre Really Useful box which contains all the electrical essentials. EHU kit, extension leads, lights, batteries, fairy lights, kettle, heater etc along with spare guys, clingons, gorilla tape, repair kit, DAB radio etc. This box goes with me regardless
Then I have a second box - but I have 2 of these and only the relevant one goes with me.
The first for longer camps/group camps is another 64litre RUB which contains pots, pans, cutlery, utensils, washing up bowl, glasses, mugs - everything we need to cook and eat apart from the cooker itself. I have a large electric multi cooker but that travels separately.
The second is a smaller 42 litre RUB which has exactly the same stuff in but on a smaller scale, for just 2 people. It also has an electric multi-cooker in, the small size. For cutlery etc I bought a vinyl pencil case at B&M for £2.99 and it nicely holds a full cutlery set plus tin opener, waiters friend, scissors, gas ignition thing and 2 smallish cooking knives.
So the 2 boxes are all my basics.
Cooking - for short/small trips I have a small 2 burner+grill cooker which, along with the multi cooker is perfectly adequate. For long/big camps I take a Kampa Roastmaster, which is excellent but huge/bulky.
Sleeping - I can't do ground level sleeping due to my back so take full height intex airbeds with built in pumps. They pack into small bags but are large and comfortable when inflated. I have several singles (actually they are large singles at 100cm wide) and also a king size, take whichever is most suitable. I also take either duvets (in compression sacks) or sleeping bags depending on need, and proper pillows. On the floor in the bedroom I use EVA foam squares for both comfort and insulation, and mattress covers on the tops.
Living - Here's where it is easy to go overboard. Again I adjust depending on length of stay and how many of us. I have several of the camping cupboards which are excellent if you need or have room for them.
Table - either a triple table for loads of us or a folding top table for just me, or recently I bought a folding picnic table in Halfords sale which has 2 benches that fit inside the table. The benches are very useful as side tables
Chairs - minimum 2 but depends how many people.
Kitchen area - I have a larger kitchen stand which I generally use for the roastmaster and bigger camps along with a eurohike basecamp table and storage which holds pretty much everything. For smaller/shorter camps I use a compact kitchen unit and either a small camping cupboard or work straight out of the boxes.
Cooling - I have a big Dometic RC1700 fridge which is great but is huge, heavy and cumbersome so tends to be for the longer/bigger camps. For shorter/smaller camps I have a Mobicool U32 coolbox which is the perfect size and can be switched to eco on a night to make it quiet. It keeps things very cool under normal temperatures though not sure how it would cope in full on summer
So really you have a huge amount of choice when camping - just like some people have minimalist homes and others like to stack to the roof!
In terms of transportation the smaller stuff all fits into my Ford Focus Estate as long as I don't have rear passengers. I also have a roofbox and a trailer so take whichever is most useful
A slightly younger Victor Meldrew