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Message posted by asnali via mobile 08/9/2021 at 7:19pm
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Quote: Originally posted by novicemummy on 08/9/2021
asnali you have a similar approach to us in starting from basics and building up depending on length of camp.

....dread to think how we'd cope if we had to change tyres, so much to unpack around and above the spare!....

Tent storage - we take clothes in day pack size rucksacks so we can use these while out and about away and the actual clothes go into the tent into 3 quid folding cube storage boxes from B&Q that live the rest of the year in one of kids' bedroom storage units, one for each of us on a longer camp, just the kids for a weekend one works a treat and avoids clothes explosions!



My basics are a little over the top if I'm honest..the "need to add" list in one of the below boxes is Dijon, Balsamic and Olive Oil😳

Ref the flat tire, I had the same thought! Dogs chasing their ball as we dug for the spare & my unmentionables flapping in the breeze as I hunted for the locking wheel nut thingy 🤣🤣🤣🤣

Tent storage- I have re designed these as "permanent camping gear storage and luggage" now I am back in the office and don't need file storage at home. Worked out yesterday that 7 fit perfectly, one deep in the boot underneath the dogs beds, (Kia Nero) and they stack so feel like a very sturdy set of drawers...so that's 3 for camping kitchen shizzle and 4 as bedside cabinets for our clothes....just need to persuade the OH we need 4 more now 🤪


Message posted by novicemummy09/9/2021 at 2:13pm
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Ooh (slight thread derail) those storage boxes / drawers look handy - a quick google image, are they from homebase and £4.90 each? I said only on our last camp that I needed to find a kitchen kit box that would be the same size as our kitchen unit flat packed as I know that fits in the car boot perfectly and the cool box site on top of that (tetris car packing!). 2 x 2 of these could and then that's both off season and away clothing storage potentially sorted in one hit. Will have to measure later to double check.

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Old camping adage THE MORE YOU TAKE THE LESS YOU GO

Yes all you need and tidy pack, but only works when it's worth packing car to go camping

Weekenders / short breaks even longer visits the terms squish, squash, shove and black heavy duty bin bags are usual statements

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Message posted by split ends09/9/2021 at 8:06pm
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Re: plastic boxes. Dont buy the cheap stuff it cracks under any weight. I bought some euroboxes on-line from a professional storage company I think the brand is American. Im sure the company is from Southampton way they sell or sorts of plastic stacking boxes and the lids have strong clips with rubber seals. Stacks so well in the shed.

My issue is I pack so much food especially basics. My OH packed so many clothes its ridiculous and the kids were lazy and shoved 3 pairs of jeans in when never worn. We dont pack light reason why we bought a huge trailer. With camping though you need to prep for wind, rain, freezing and blazing sun. Suppose long weekends you know the weather better.

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Message posted by asnali via mobile 17/9/2021 at 11:46pm
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Quote: Originally posted by novicemummy on 09/9/2021
Ooh (slight thread derail) those storage boxes / drawers look handy - a quick google image, are they from homebase and £4.90 each? I said only on our last camp that I needed to find a kitchen kit box that would be the same size as our kitchen unit flat packed as I know that fits in the car boot perfectly and the cool box site on top of that (tetris car packing!). 2 x 2 of these could and then that's both off season and away clothing storage potentially sorted in one hit. Will have to measure later to double check.



Yup, the homebase ones. I'm pleasantly surprised by the quality to cost ratio. Have had a stuff audit since above photo and fitted the whole camp kitchen utensils, pans, crockery, water carrier and stove into 2 of them. The other original one holds lights, emergency stuff (ductape, first aid etc) and the microfiber towels.
Picked up 4 more boxes last week as needed something to help organise the wardrobe in the house - to be repurposed for camping when needed- and I have a feeling Im not going to unpack the boxes when we go away as using them for "outdoor clothes". No luggage, just transport clothes in the in tent storage solution...Love a bit of tetris packing as well 😍.
if it helps imagine - I've been able to fit 2x walking trousers, 2 x walking knee length breaches + 2 x thermal leggings at a size 18 in one drawer.
Planning a late October trip so keen to find out if things work as well as I imagine!

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Message posted by Kate4518/12/2021 at 11:37am
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Hello, sorry to hijack the thread but we're a family of four planning a three month camping trip round europe if the virus permits next summer. We will be going in a toyota verso, with no roofbox or anything so finding this really interesting.

Was planning on getting stacking boxes, but being able to pull them out as draws would be handy. How robust are they asnali? The kids *will* sit on them at some point.

Also we currently use standard flocked air beds like the ones you'd buy at tesco. Comfort is key - we don't want 3 months of only ok sleep, but space and time taken to put up and take down should be a bigger consideration. Tell me honestly how comfortable are the alternatives (things like the exped synmat, not standard foam rollmats, I've used them) and how much space do they take up? We currently use two doubles that fold into boxes approx 20x30x10cm.

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Message posted by TheHeadGardener19/12/2021 at 8:42am
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-> Kate45
If you want properly robust storage boxes that will last take a deep breath and spend the money on Really Useful Tubs.

I have been using a variety of sizes for 15 years without so much as a chip or break, so they have paid for themselves over and over compared to cheap ones.


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PS: with a folded blanket on top they make damn good seats, so don't worry about the kids sitting or standing on them.

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Yeah, the really useful boxes were exactly what I was thinking of prior to this - we have some at work and they're fab. Just head and shoulders above the rest.
Was just thinking of the extra convenience of pulling out a drawer from the bottom box when the car is fully packed to retrieve something we inevitably forgot we needed to have to hand. Where exactly does the balance fall in terms of robustness vs convenience? I guess I'll be going to Homebase and having a feel at some point.

Message posted by novicemummy20/12/2021 at 10:47am
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We have the exped synmat duo long wide (careful if you are after a double as they have not so wide ones and a practically normal double bed size one) and I have to say, I find it comfier than the 7.5cm double sims we've had before. The pack size is phenomenally small and once you get the hang of the inflation bag thing, really easy to set up. The nice thing is they have separate air chambers on each side so no roll together or anything. They are wierd when you first sit or lie on them as you think you're going to feel the floor with every movement but once you're lying on them, they are absolutely fine.

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Message posted by DeborahTurner via mobile 20/12/2021 at 11:53am
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Quote: Originally posted by Kate45 on 18/12/2021
Hello, sorry to hijack the thread but we're a family of four planning a three month camping trip round europe if the virus permits next summer. We will be going in a toyota verso, with no roofbox or anything so finding this really interesting.

Was planning on getting stacking boxes, but being able to pull them out as draws would be handy. How robust are they asnali? The kids *will* sit on them at some point.

Also we currently use standard flocked air beds like the ones you'd buy at tesco. Comfort is key - we don't want 3 months of only ok sleep, but space and time taken to put up and take down should be a bigger consideration. Tell me honestly how comfortable are the alternatives (things like the exped synmat, not standard foam rollmats, I've used them) and how much space do they take up? We currently use two doubles that fold into boxes approx 20x30x10cm.

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What people find comfortable for sleep is SO individual. I like SIMS, and would not want to be pumping up air beds for 3 months. I am happy on a 5Cm or 7.5Cm SIM, but many people like the big thick ones. IME kids are fine on 5Cm because they aren’t so heavy.

A lot of people swear by the Decathlon inflatable camp beds with a SIM on top. I would go and try these options out in a shop once the camping displays are set up again.


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Yes, it is so subjective I guess. I like my bed and think I am after more than fine. What shop might I go to (london/south east) for a good range of SIMs to test out? Any recommendations?

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Decathlon, once they set up their camping department ready for the summer.

SK Camping at Godstone

A GoOutdoors once they get their full camping gear on sale….


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Only Decathlon do the inflatable camp bed base.

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The big flocked airbeds are surprisingly chilly at night as the air inside them just transmits cold to your body. Many sims are well insulated and as another poster has said, you think you will feel the ground through them, but really, they are v comfortable. Just to make sure you are warm you can put either a yoga mat or something like this https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B003E6M0FU/?coliid=I3R3XTW3RA93R3&colid=C2XIWZJARUEN&p........ under the Sim to reflect your body heat back through the mat and keep out the cold from the ground.

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