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So, we are probably going camping soon, just for a few nights. Since it has been at least 10 years since I last slept under canvas, I am a bit shaky on What To Do. Mainly I'm worried about forgetting vital equipment. Not planning on doing any cooking on site, so what good non-perishable ready-to-eat food should we take? What are some other essentials? (Apart from a tent obv.)

Archel (Archel), Tuesday, 24 August 2004 14:15 (eighteen years ago) link

TRAIL MIX!

hstencil (hstencil), Tuesday, 24 August 2004 14:16 (eighteen years ago) link

T.P.

Huck, Tuesday, 24 August 2004 14:17 (eighteen years ago) link

RAMEN!

(Huck OTM)

hstencil (hstencil), Tuesday, 24 August 2004 14:17 (eighteen years ago) link

What is TP?

Trail mix = like nuts and raisins and shit, right? Where are the nummy CARBS though eh?

Archel (Archel), Tuesday, 24 August 2004 14:18 (eighteen years ago) link

warm clothes, hat, gloves, lots of munchies, sleeping bag.

PinXor (Pinkpanther), Tuesday, 24 August 2004 14:19 (eighteen years ago) link

Toilet paper.

Huck, Tuesday, 24 August 2004 14:19 (eighteen years ago) link

Oh right! Yes that is probably U&K. (Although they have toilets at the campsite I have v little expectation of there being paper as well...)

Archel (Archel), Tuesday, 24 August 2004 14:20 (eighteen years ago) link

I AM THE GREAT CORNHOLIO AND I NEED TEEPEE FOR MY BUNGHOLE!!!

Super-Masonic Black Hole (kate), Tuesday, 24 August 2004 14:20 (eighteen years ago) link

sleaping bag essential
sleeping mat even more so
torch
If you a'plannin on a'walkin I would suggest high energy food, things like Jamaican Ginger Cake, maltloaf bread and honey (pre sliced obv). If not cook, its more of a challenge.

lukey (Lukey G), Tuesday, 24 August 2004 14:21 (eighteen years ago) link

waterproof matches
extra pair of shoes

Huck, Tuesday, 24 August 2004 14:21 (eighteen years ago) link

Where are the nummy CARBS though eh?

cashews, dude.

hstencil (hstencil), Tuesday, 24 August 2004 14:21 (eighteen years ago) link

sleeping bag essential
sleeping mat even more so
torch
If you a'plannin on a'walkin I would suggest high energy food, things like Jamaican Ginger Cake, maltloaf bread and honey (pre sliced obv). If not cook, its more of a challenge.

lukey (Lukey G), Tuesday, 24 August 2004 14:21 (eighteen years ago) link

Mmmm Soreen. (We will be within hiking distance of my parents' house and a supermarket so at least we're unlikely to have to shoot rabbits or anything if we run out of food.)

Archel (Archel), Tuesday, 24 August 2004 14:24 (eighteen years ago) link

I miss camping. I haven't been camping in fucking ages.

hstencil (hstencil), Tuesday, 24 August 2004 14:25 (eighteen years ago) link

withing hiking distance of what now?

Huck, Tuesday, 24 August 2004 14:26 (eighteen years ago) link

Even if you don't want to cook you will NEED a cup of tea or hot chocolate or whatever at regular intervals if you're not going to freeze, so a camping kettle you can sling over a baby gas cylinder is key. You can also use boiling water for instant porridge and that, but don't even think about those minging freeze-dried 'meals' you get in camping shops.

KENDAL MINT CAKE.

Liz :x (Liz :x), Tuesday, 24 August 2004 14:29 (eighteen years ago) link

Sterno!

o. nate (onate), Tuesday, 24 August 2004 14:29 (eighteen years ago) link

is it that cold in the UK in late August/early September?

hstencil (hstencil), Tuesday, 24 August 2004 14:29 (eighteen years ago) link

also roll up all your clothes (tho for a weekend you won't need too much I'd bet) and put 'em in ziploc baggies for waterproofness.

hstencil (hstencil), Tuesday, 24 August 2004 14:31 (eighteen years ago) link

Get a headtorch if you want to be able to see and do simultaneously. And if you don't mind looking like a dalek.

NickB (NickB), Tuesday, 24 August 2004 14:31 (eighteen years ago) link

If it gets too cold, you could always go into the supermarket to warm up for a bit. Or knock on the parents' door.

o. nate (onate), Tuesday, 24 August 2004 14:31 (eighteen years ago) link

or HUDDLE UP FOR WARMTH.

hstencil (hstencil), Tuesday, 24 August 2004 14:32 (eighteen years ago) link

I mean I assume the "we" means you + significant other, not you + 10 other Boy Scouts + Scoutmaster.

hstencil (hstencil), Tuesday, 24 August 2004 14:33 (eighteen years ago) link

Sadly, yes.

Archel (Archel), Tuesday, 24 August 2004 14:34 (eighteen years ago) link

insect repellent

o. nate (onate), Tuesday, 24 August 2004 14:35 (eighteen years ago) link

September is a weird month, weatherwise, in the UK. Actually every month is. It's often still pretty warm. But sometimes it's wet and freezing. Joy.

There is an olde tea shoppe next door to the camp site too! I'm sure this will come in handy.

Archel (Archel), Tuesday, 24 August 2004 14:37 (eighteen years ago) link

sounds like you don't need to be that prepared.

hstencil (hstencil), Tuesday, 24 August 2004 14:39 (eighteen years ago) link

Er no well we're not going to be in the middle of nowhere it's true. But, don't run before you can walk eh?

Archel (Archel), Tuesday, 24 August 2004 14:40 (eighteen years ago) link

Campfire cooking is awesome! Aluminum foil + campfire coals = almost anything is possible.

nickalicious (nickalicious), Tuesday, 24 August 2004 14:41 (eighteen years ago) link

I am scared of fire though.

Archel (Archel), Tuesday, 24 August 2004 14:41 (eighteen years ago) link

Oh, well there goes that. D'oh!

nickalicious (nickalicious), Tuesday, 24 August 2004 14:42 (eighteen years ago) link

If you're driving there, don't forget obvious stuff like pillows and chairs. Get a big water container or else you'll spend your life walking to the tap and back. Disposable barbecues are good too - is it not the proper thing to have some sort of flame-age to sit round?

x-posed

NickB (NickB), Tuesday, 24 August 2004 14:43 (eighteen years ago) link

guitar
book of campfire songs

o. nate (onate), Tuesday, 24 August 2004 14:45 (eighteen years ago) link

Hm, maybe I will change my mind about the no fire thing. As long as Matt takes all responsibility.

Chairs?? (We are not driving anyway.)

Archel (Archel), Tuesday, 24 August 2004 14:46 (eighteen years ago) link

Ooh yeah campfire songs! We haven't got a guitar but we do have two recorders, for maximum twee folk experience.

Archel (Archel), Tuesday, 24 August 2004 14:47 (eighteen years ago) link

whittlin' knife!

hstencil (hstencil), Tuesday, 24 August 2004 14:47 (eighteen years ago) link

Camp chairs/stools rule in the morning as sitting on even dew-wet grass is not a happy thing. Fire is good. Ug.

Liz :x (Liz :x), Tuesday, 24 August 2004 14:47 (eighteen years ago) link

We are limited to what we can carry on a bus so unfortunately we may have to be resigned to wet ass.

Archel (Archel), Tuesday, 24 August 2004 14:48 (eighteen years ago) link

We filled up a van with secondhand sofas last time we went. You can get collapsible jobs in Asda for less than a tenner, but they're still a bugger to carry.

NickB (NickB), Tuesday, 24 August 2004 14:48 (eighteen years ago) link

just take plenty of black bin liners arch, that should be sufficient!

PinXor (Pinkpanther), Tuesday, 24 August 2004 14:49 (eighteen years ago) link

For proper Brownie points, seal up a pad of newspaper in a bin liner for a disposable (after the holiday) waterproof seat pad. Some day I will show you how to boil an egg in a paper bag - ahhh Guide Camp, unhappy days.

Liz :x (Liz :x), Tuesday, 24 August 2004 14:49 (eighteen years ago) link

It cannot be emphasised enough how important maltloaf is to camping expeditions.

Ricardo (RickyT), Tuesday, 24 August 2004 14:50 (eighteen years ago) link

again WHITTLIN' KNIFE!

hstencil (hstencil), Tuesday, 24 August 2004 14:50 (eighteen years ago) link

In addtion to the above, extra socks.

And remember, don't sleep in your clothes. You'll regret it.

No bears in the UK, eh? Still, some light rope might come in handy.

Lee G (Lee G), Tuesday, 24 August 2004 15:08 (eighteen years ago) link

Put chocolate chips in your trail mix! I cannot stress how much this ups the happiness factor of a bag of dried fruit and nuts.

I don't think Canadians should post to this thread - we're all, like: pepper spray, 30% deet solution, tarp x2, gps, crampons, a canoe. But packing everything in ziplock plastic bags is always good. I can't imagine camping without building a fire - won't they have a woodpile there? And why has no one said: booze!

rrrobyn (rrrobyn), Tuesday, 24 August 2004 15:13 (eighteen years ago) link

Ah! The magic word!

Archel (Archel), Tuesday, 24 August 2004 15:13 (eighteen years ago) link

seriously do people here not like WHITTLIN'? That's like the best thing about camping!

hstencil (hstencil), Tuesday, 24 August 2004 15:13 (eighteen years ago) link

Dude, get a lathe.

NickB (NickB), Tuesday, 24 August 2004 15:17 (eighteen years ago) link

I fear that whittlin' will just be yet another craft-type thing that I prove to be rubbish at. I whittled a boat at school once.

Archel (Archel), Tuesday, 24 August 2004 15:18 (eighteen years ago) link

A potholder is made of metal so being wet will not increase it's conductivity. Any kinds of fabric heat protection is potentially useless. (TBH I tend to just use my leatherman most of the time but it is not as convenient, but does have a million other uses)

Ed, Wednesday, 23 April 2008 14:07 (fourteen years ago) link

OK but to reiterate for realz how many single-purpose items do you really want to climb mountains with?

quincie, Wednesday, 23 April 2008 14:10 (fourteen years ago) link

I'm taking a firm stand against these contraptions, folks.

quincie, Wednesday, 23 April 2008 14:10 (fourteen years ago) link

are you him?

blueski, Wednesday, 23 April 2008 14:11 (fourteen years ago) link

no backpacker brings an oven mitt along, but a lightweight pot holder is a standard part of a camping cookset. some people would forgo it, but food and basic cooking tools are pretty important when you're walking all day in the middle of nowhere, and wetness is the enemy. i guess we should give up the single purpose of eating - food accounts for a lot of the weight in your backpack.

gabbneb, Wednesday, 23 April 2008 14:12 (fourteen years ago) link

My list from tramping round wales last summer (admittedly with a bunch of kids would have been lighter if it were just me)

Tent (Macpac microlight)
Sleeping bag (Rab I forget which)
Thermarest
Shorts 1 pair
trousers one pair
baselayer trousers
Short sleeve base layer 2 off.
Long sleeve base layer 2 off.
midlayer top
waterproofs top and bottom
Underpants 4 pair
socks 3x 2 pair
sandals
hat (rain and sun)
sunglasses
Sunscreen (buckets of)
first aid kit (comprehensive)
MSR stove
Fuel bottle
Pan set with insulator
Leatherman
Sheath knife
head torch
watch
maps
compass
Camelbak
Bowl
song book

between us we had an axe, a saw some bigger cooking pots, matches, more fuel etc.

Ed, Wednesday, 23 April 2008 14:21 (fourteen years ago) link

all hail the leatherman supertool!

andrew m., Wednesday, 23 April 2008 14:43 (fourteen years ago) link

amen

Ste, Wednesday, 23 April 2008 14:51 (fourteen years ago) link

It is not surprising that most ilxors are unacquainted with the arcane lore of backcountry camping,as practised far from campgrounds and vehicles. It is an specialized hobby quite remote from the knowledge of the vast majority of Americans and Europeans.

Even the majority of people who have done it at some time are just tyros and novices compared to the true adepts. It takes a real nut like me to devote a large chunk of one's life and energy to this pastime.

(he wanders off muttering incoherently about gram scales and trekking poles)

Aimless, Wednesday, 23 April 2008 17:59 (fourteen years ago) link

So are you for or against POTHOLDERS? Help me out here!

quincie, Wednesday, 23 April 2008 18:23 (fourteen years ago) link

I am ecumenical. Potholders are are respectable choice, for those who desire them, but I favor bales over potholders. Bales are light, compact and integral. They also facilitate hanging one's pot over a small woodfire in a situation where one's stove has failed.

Such are the arcana of backpacking.

Aimless, Wednesday, 23 April 2008 18:35 (fourteen years ago) link

bales heat up

Ed, Wednesday, 23 April 2008 18:40 (fourteen years ago) link

Being remote from the heat source (base of the pot) and connected to the top of the pot only at two small points, they are somewhat analogous to the handle of a spoon, when the bowl of the spoon has something hot on it. Some heat is conducted to the handle or the bail, but not much.

However, if you are happy with a potholder, far be it from me to attempt a conversion.

Aimless, Wednesday, 23 April 2008 18:47 (fourteen years ago) link

Look guys, I'm just saying, make the croissants like I said. You all ignore me now, but you will hail me at 9AM on day two of camping!

Finefinemusic, Wednesday, 23 April 2008 19:05 (fourteen years ago) link

I'm taking a firm stand against these (single-purpose) contraptions, folks.

-- quincie, Wednesday, April 23, 2008 7:10 AM (2 days ago)

OTM. wtf potholder? That's what calluses are for.

Also: scattered thunderstorms all weekend. Should be rad. though apparently we're down to like 10 planned miles...

I'm taking:
Hammock, tarp, associated rigging
sleeping bag
knife
matches
dice
whiskey

Kerm, Friday, 25 April 2008 16:16 (fourteen years ago) link

Got rained on something fierce, heard the coyotes at night, legs aren't speaking to me at the moment. Good times.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3092/2451070216_91209c3161.jpg

Kerm, Tuesday, 29 April 2008 02:34 (fourteen years ago) link

"Ask before you hunt and fish on private land"

I have a bumper sticker that says this.

Abbott, Tuesday, 29 April 2008 02:35 (fourteen years ago) link

Sausages!

Ste, Tuesday, 29 April 2008 14:36 (fourteen years ago) link

http://i31.tinypic.com/4fzifm.jpg
Sausages, Central Oregon Desert, May 5, 2007

bell pepper, onion, kielbasa, beer to cover; simmer til hungry; bun, mustard; de(mo)lish

Technique perfected in Southwestern Virginia, 1999-2002

Kerm, Tuesday, 29 April 2008 16:34 (fourteen years ago) link

I approve of these sausages.

Made a killer stroganoff last time camping. Also a great pork and chicory beer stew too.

Ed, Tuesday, 29 April 2008 16:35 (fourteen years ago) link

three years pass...

gong camping here at the weekend.

only for one night, we have tents and sleeping bags and guitars and several bottles of whiskey, is there anything important we're not thinking of?

what foods do people recommend bringing? no cooking equipment.

socks & pwns may break my bwns (darraghmac), Tuesday, 10 May 2011 23:40 (eleven years ago) link

lol maybe i'll just read the thread tbf

socks & pwns may break my bwns (darraghmac), Tuesday, 10 May 2011 23:44 (eleven years ago) link

Bring enough whiskey and breakfast becomes superfluous. You might consider an electric torch (what we yanks call a "flashlight"). This can facilitate an egress from the tent in the hours of darkness, should such become necessary.

Aimless, Wednesday, 11 May 2011 00:25 (eleven years ago) link

a very good point, and one that has the ring of truth about it

torch was on the list, as i don't have a light for my kindle.

socks & pwns may break my bwns (darraghmac), Wednesday, 11 May 2011 00:30 (eleven years ago) link

headtorch headtorch headtorch

ledge, Wednesday, 11 May 2011 08:35 (eleven years ago) link

Food: a medium or hard cheese, summer sausage, and some nice commercial bagels that won't turn to rock overnight. That's my favorite "Day 3 of no refrigeration" food.

Back up the lesbian canoe (Laurel), Wednesday, 11 May 2011 10:58 (eleven years ago) link

http://www.treepee.com/

StanM, Wednesday, 11 May 2011 11:08 (eleven years ago) link

http://www.shepee.co.uk

ledge, Wednesday, 11 May 2011 11:15 (eleven years ago) link

that's the kind of concise rundown i need laurel cheers

you others, not so much tbh

socks & pwns may break my bwns (darraghmac), Wednesday, 11 May 2011 16:25 (eleven years ago) link

ps there are no trees just fyi

socks & pwns may break my bwns (darraghmac), Wednesday, 11 May 2011 16:25 (eleven years ago) link

eight months pass...

pls to update for motorhome tour of poland

Just on the of chance we have an expert, like

i'd love to but i'm on break (darraghmac), Wednesday, 18 January 2012 12:55 (ten years ago) link

three years pass...

how do I set up a tarpaulin? what knots do I need to learn to tie?

example (crüt), Tuesday, 21 April 2015 18:56 (seven years ago) link

http://www.proknot.com/assets/images/tautline_hitch.jpg

You're taking a tarp because why again?

Orson Wellies (in orbit), Tuesday, 21 April 2015 19:20 (seven years ago) link

because there will be rain, and i don't want there to be tears.

example (crüt), Tuesday, 21 April 2015 19:46 (seven years ago) link

But you do have a tent, right? The tarp is just for extra?

Orson Wellies (in orbit), Tuesday, 21 April 2015 19:47 (seven years ago) link

yes! the tarp goes over the tent.

this is the first time either of us have been camping as adults so it will be uh quite an adventure, but i think once the tent is set up properly we'll be fine. i just want to make sure i come prepared.

example (crüt), Tuesday, 21 April 2015 19:50 (seven years ago) link

thank you for the knots!

example (crüt), Tuesday, 21 April 2015 19:57 (seven years ago) link

Put the tent in a high place with lower ground all around it so you won't end up sitting in water if it rains. If you're not sure water won't collect underneath, put another tarp under the tent as a groundsheet. Fold it so it doesn't stick out from under the sides of the tent, you don't want the groundsheet to catch any rain.

Orson Wellies (in orbit), Tuesday, 21 April 2015 20:03 (seven years ago) link

^otm

If such a high spot completely surrounded by lower ground doesn't present itself, a less attractive but useful alternative is to pitch on a broad, slight slope without much higher ground above it, and slanted enough that any water that may run toward the tent does not collect there, but continues on its merry way. You do not want to pitch in a place where you are in a watercourse that funnels water toward your tent.

Giant Purple Wakerobin (Aimless), Tuesday, 21 April 2015 21:51 (seven years ago) link

I have a tent bought in a camping sale about two years ago. Great tent but it now has a broken pole and a few missing inner clip (which hold the inner lining to the outside?). Try as I might, I can't seem to find spares for it anywhere. Maybe the model's been discontinued or something. Any ideas what I can do?

but then again, who really cares? I don’t. (dog latin), Wednesday, 22 April 2015 09:21 (seven years ago) link

reevaluate the tent.

estela, Wednesday, 22 April 2015 09:24 (seven years ago) link

loool

young ruffian - sick banter (imago), Wednesday, 22 April 2015 09:36 (seven years ago) link

I still have my sister's tent in my basement, should I return it or would it entice her to rejoin the debaucherous world of camping?

mh, Wednesday, 22 April 2015 14:19 (seven years ago) link

four years pass...

Resurrecting...

We - me (40yo dad), E (36yo mum), N (4yo daughter), and C (17mo son) - are going to camp this weekend as a dry-run for Green Man, where we are going in August.

Apart from one abandoned (after one night) trip to Cornwall (inclement weather) when N was about 2, we've not done this before (E and I camped for about 4 nights in Ibiza once when we were younger, but no kids, tiny tent, years ago = doesn't really count compared to life as it is now).

We are playing it safe by not going too far, and by camping near to where E's dad owns a restaurant (so we can eat out for free!), as we are V New to this.

We have a big new bell tent, inflatable sleeping matts, sleeping bags, and that's about it. We'll be in North Devon. Please give bespoke advice for our situation!

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Monday, 8 July 2019 09:52 (three years ago) link

camp in your garden first

StanM, Monday, 8 July 2019 10:22 (three years ago) link

Garden's not big enough to put the tent up in, sadly. Bloody garage. This is the closest we can do to that though, I reckon.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Monday, 8 July 2019 10:36 (three years ago) link

Just expect to make mistakes, chiefly forgetting to bring some item that turns out to be greatly missed. It happens to all first time campers. Try imagining the phases of the day and various sorts of weather and make lists of what you think you may need. You'll still forget something, but fewer of them.

As I said in my first response to this thread, staying warm enough is urgent and key, while staying dry is only urgent and key to the degree is impedes staying warm enough. Small kids get cold, overheated, or dehydrated much quicker than adults, so if there is a chance of any of these happening keep a close eye on your tykes.

Being wet and cold in windy conditions is very bad and should be avoided at any cost. Strong shivering should be viewed as a red flag and dealt with immediately by any means at your disposal!

A is for (Aimless), Monday, 8 July 2019 20:21 (three years ago) link

thread covers most things but some essentials: take torches, insect repellent, make sure you pick some nice dry ground and ensure your head is higher than your feet

ogmor, Monday, 8 July 2019 20:36 (three years ago) link

Advice I have received thus far (from here, Facebook, and my office):

Camping tips!
• Freeze some bacon
• Freeze some milk
o Keep them in your coolbox
o Defrosted the next day!
• Box of white wine
o Remove bladder from box
o Freeze the bladder of wine
o Keep in the coolbox!
• Take leftovers to heat up on the first night
• Clear plastic box with all stuff in
o Pots and pans, torch etc
o One for each family member rather than a bag – easier to find stuff
• Don’t forget cooking oil
• Camping chairs
• Pillows – take real ones!
• Blankets
• Hat
• Hoodie
• Plastic wine glasses
• Washing up stuff – including a bowl
• Earplugs – bio ears, silicone
• Toilet paper
• Warm clothes
• Camping kettle
• Camping mugs
• Headtorch / Torch
• Barbecue
• Tinfoil
• Blankets – extra blankets for Green Man
• Dutch oven
• Washing line
• Insect repellent

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 9 July 2019 08:17 (three years ago) link


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