Great ideas everyone, keep them coming!
Great ideas everyone, keep them coming!
For a first camping trip I'd suggest getting a powered camp site at a tourist park. That way you'll have washing machines, toilets and showers provided and it won't seem as daunting.
We just went and could not have survived without, playpen to keep bub safe and our sanity, blanket for ground under playpen, plastic pool for toys and water play, where are you going? Does it have amenities? Where we went had a great camp kitchen for washing up, fridges etc..
Lots of towels
i did up a camping list recently as we plan to go camping more now that the kids are out of nappies. we used to go a lot pre-kids, but we had two test-camps over the christmas holidays. Here's my list:
It sounds like a lot but you can fill the boot up to the roof and manage without the rear-view mirror, we try to leave just enough to see over the top but it doens't always work out We also put a few things on the floor at the kids feet and tuck pillows between the back seats and the cargo barrier. It all fits in
- Clothes: a few light changes, and at least one warm layer if its going to get chilly at night.
- Shoes: one comfy walking pair and thongs for in the tent and showers
- sunscreen, mossie guard, stingose, first aid kit, small scissors.
- toiletries (I have a cheap small-ish plastic basket, it has a solid bottom so I can leave it down in the camp showers)
- Linen: Towels, bedding, pillows
- Small brush for sweeping stuff out of the tent
- Folding chairs
- camping table
- Power cord
- Rope & pegs
- Kitchen: Basin or bucket, washup liquid, sponge/brush, kitchen paper, oil, tea towel, washing powder, selection of plastic bags for rubbish, leftovers etc.
- Crockery etc: we have a picnic basket with all plates, cups & cutlery. Add a sharp knife, veggie peeler, bbq tool, tin opener, salt & oil.
- kettle, billy-can & frying pan (tho most campsites have bbq's)
- Tent, pegs & hammer
- picnic rug
- Bathers & beach toys if we need them
- The kids pack a bag of their own toys, books, colouring stuff etc.
- If we are going bush I bring an extra bucket & face washers for personal washing, loo roll and a shovel
- If rain is a possibility, we put in an extra tarp to put over the tent for insurance
- If we have space we bring a pop-up pergola for shelter
- we have a small cooking stove, with a little gas cylinder. Or a larger one with a bigger cylinder and a gas light attached.
We are in the middle of buying a camper trailer so we can easily camp with our 5 under 8 years. But on top of the tent we take 2 portacots, air beds, sleeping bags, 2 esky's, kitchen kit, 2 lanterns, 6 torches, a whole tub of batteries, water, games, clothes line
When you ladies say games, what kind do you mean? Board games??
Chairs and a comfy bed is a must. You can live without anything else, but if you don't have these your trip will be miserable
We don't intend to do washing when we go away but we've often got wet swimmers and towels to dry out. The last time we went camping DD did a little vomit not long after we got there so I wanted to wash her clothes and hang them out.
I pack activity bags each for the kids. They have age appropriate activity books, colouring in books, stickers, crayons etc and dole them out sparingly as needed.
We also take the portable DVD player and in the afternoon the kids watch a DVD with a drink and packet of chips whilst we have a quiet drink and some peace and quiet.
We have our camping gear that gets washed and stored ready for next time so it's not such a huge drama. Everything is kept in plastic boxes or in a plastic set of drawers that we can just pick up and put in the car.
The kids absolutely love camping. It was so cute when we went camping about 18 months ago and went out to dinner for pizza. The restaurant had open windows on the street and DS hung out the window and said to everyone that passed by "hello, we're at camping!"
Thanks for the help guys!
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