I'm a terrible camper, I take everything bar the kitchen sink
It really depends if you're going to be 'camping' in a caravan park or similar with power/toilet/shower/bbq facilities or somewhere out in the middle of the bush with nothing!
If you're at a caravan park or similar campground with facilities, you don't need as much. Table & chairs, something to sleep on (camp stretcher/blow up mattress/swag etc) a powerboard and extension cord (as you just plug into one powerpoint at a central point usually) lantern/light, a frypan (electric is good), kettle, toaster if you have toast in the morning, camping fridge or esky with lots of block ice (lasts longer than the cubes), cutlery/plates/utensils/can opener, tea towel and some dishwashing liquid (and probably a bucket/plastic container to stick plates etc in to carry over to the wash sink), dustpan and brush for sweeping out the tent, food, probably lots of other stuff I've forgotten!!
If you have an unpowered site in teh middle of nowhere, most of the stuff above (except the electrical stuff) as well as gas powered lanterns, a gas stove (so you'll need 2x gas bottles so you can see and cook at the same time!), matches, a kettle that goes on a hotplate, pans and pots for cooking, 12v fridge or esky with block ice, a large plastic trough/bucket to wash up in, camp shower/toilet (or a shovel to dig holes).
If you're going for a few days, take a tarp and some extra tent poles to set up an undercover, shaded eating area, makes things a lot more pleasant, especially if you get rain!
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07-12-2011 09:13 #1
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The name and phone number for the nearest decent hotel!!
Sorry, I couldn't resist. I'd be terrible at camping.
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How old are your kids and if babies are they FF or BF?
How long are you going for?
We go for 3 weeks and this year DD will be 18 mnths so we won't be taking the bottles, sterilizer, formula, baby mush, or the food processor to make baby mush
Table and chairs,
2 x benches for food prep
BIG electric fry Pan or gas cooker
Plates bowls cutlery cups
Bed + bedding
Dds travel cot + bedding
toiletries + suncream + INSECT REPELANT
mossie net for DDs cot
Drinks + tea & coffee
Sugar salt and pepper
Fridge + esky
Microwave + microwave safe dish
Clothes swimmers & shoes
Body boards + beach toys
DDs toys + colouring in
That's all off the top of my head. We have 3 a4 pages front and back worth of stuff
07-12-2011 09:46 #4
Air mattress & pump
Sleeping bags & pillows
Lanterns (they are rechargeable ones)
Fridge/freezer (runs off gas)
Esky & ice
Cooking & eating utensils
Camping chairs & table
Portable gazebo (for shade)
Fire lighters & firewood (if you are allowed a camp fire)
Collapsible shovel (if you have to dig own toilet) & toilet paper
Food & drinks
Deck of cards
07-12-2011 09:48 #5
07-12-2011 09:58 #6
we havnt been camping for ages but we used to take a big 'esky' (old bar fridge) 3/4 full of grog and 1/4 full of food!! we always cook over a fire/coals. we have a canopy on the back of DHs hilux where we wold put a mattress to sleep
07-12-2011 10:18 #7
I don't think you need to pack as much as some people say - the whole point of camping (IMO) is to do away with some of hte mod-cons!
Anyway, I think if you're going somewhere with NOTHING it might be a good idea to get a small gas stove thing (for camping), because while you can light a fire, you might actually be allowed to. So bring that, gas and matches.
Disposable cutlery/crockery OR tin camping versions, with a tub to wash up in and some washing liquid. Paper towel.
Remember to bring some utensils for the cooking too - a pan an a pair of tongs should do it.
Sleeping bags. Maybe some little thin mattress roll things... cos sometimes the ground can have rocks and stuff on it and this cushions that.
Will you have somewhere to wash? I know you you said no showers, but a lake or something? A tap? I'd use the washing up bucket mentioned above to give everyone a wash. You can buy portable shower things, but for 2 days it's not worth it IMO. Same with a camping toilet - you can buy one... I'd just dig a hole. So bring a spade and some toilet paper!
Definitely insect repellant... and stuff for bites if you get them.
A first aid kit.
A car phone-charger... so if you NEED to use it, you can (emergencies).
More than 1 towel per person.
I'd get a waterproof tent/tent cover too. Same with something for hte ground in case it rains (it's ALWAYS rained whenever I've been camping. lol). So raincoats too.
Bring stuff to entertain yourself... books, colouring books, board games, etc. Low-tech stuff. Crossword puzzle books and similar might be alright for the adults/older kids.
Bikes, if you have them.
07-12-2011 11:01 #8
Lots of water!!!!!!!!
And a good book lol
Take some extra food just in case as well.
07-12-2011 11:07 #9
A flashlight! Preferably one of those you put on your head, so that when you or the kids need to pee in the middle of the night, you have your hands free and can see what you are doing!
Toilet paper! (see above)
Insect repellent! You don't want to end up like this guy ====>
Best of luck!
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