I didn't realise how mental camping had got.

I didn't realise how mental camping had got.

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bazza white

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3,030 posts

96 months

Thursday 10th June
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I decided to go camping this year with the girlfriend after a few years off and treat myself to a 4 man tent you can stand up in. Pretty luxury especially as I do a bit of wild camping. Then I joined a few new facebook groups. It appears my luxury camping is still wild camping, who the fk takes a toaster camping laugh. Full size fridges and freezers, a sofa, wardrobes, shoe racks, George foreman grills. I couldn't be bothered packing and unpacking all that. Many posts first time camping to so I expect they have spent there 2 or 3k+ holiday fund on camping gear. Suspect be a few large tents on ebay next year when foreign travel opens back up.

What type of camper are you lot.















BritishBlitz87

461 posts

16 months

Thursday 10th June
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Sleep in the car in a layby somewhere

Aunty Pasty

124 posts

6 months

Thursday 10th June
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I started camping several years ago with some pretty basic stuff but have accumulated more stuff over the years.
These days I camp at campsites, usually with an electric hookup but I keep my electrical stuff to a minimum. I have a camping fridge but I still have an old whistling kettle for gas camping stoves.

I still manage to pack all my stuff into a Golf with a roof box.

A 5 man tent for 3 people.

CardinalBlue

393 posts

45 months

Thursday 10th June
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I was once camping in wonderful Masham, North Yorkshire on this site which I'd recommend and someone near us unloaded a relatively large flatscreen TV and set it up in their tent. And proceeded to spend most of the time there watching (if memory serves) the Jurassic Park films...

Mr Pointy

8,460 posts

127 months

Thursday 10th June
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There's always shedloads of tents on Gumtree, especially in spring & autumn.

Mave

6,955 posts

183 months

Thursday 10th June
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We bought a fairly large tent last year so we could have a relatively comfortable camping trip in Cornwall - no hook up, but my wife also bought flat packed table, bin tidy, shoe tidy, shelving for the cooker.... The car was creaking, and it took a good hour just to put everything into the tent.

By contrast we've just came back from a long weekend in West Wales using a 4 man tent for the 4 of us. I gave in and took some chairs, but other than that it was jetboil for coffee and a small pan and lightweight cooker for bacon sandwiches. It must have taken us less than half hour to get the tent up, kit sorted, and off to the beach. And at no point did anyone wish they had any extra kit...

Muppet007

92 posts

13 months

Thursday 10th June
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Tent, sleeping bags, no electric. 3 dogs.

Insert Coin

966 posts

11 months

Friday 11th June
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We are kitchen sink campers, nothing gets left behind at home laugh

myvision

1,535 posts

104 months

Friday 11th June
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I only take what i need the basics essentially.

But if the Mrs comes the car and roofbox are rammed with stuff and we have to have electric or she isn't going.
Oil filled radiator fridge everything but the telly.

take-good-care-of-the-forest-dewey

1,622 posts

23 months

Friday 11th June
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BritishBlitz87 said:
Sleep in the car in a layby somewhere
That's dogging.

stevemcs

5,768 posts

61 months

Friday 11th June
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I needed a plastic tent so spent 19k on a basecamp 2 caravan

croyde

18,282 posts

198 months

Friday 11th June
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I have a job in Cornwall for a few days and have managed to get a space on a no frills campsite.

Bought a pop up 2 man tent from Decathlon and the tiny stove thing that you pop onto a little gas canister.

I'll take my mocha pot and a mug plus a saucepan to have soup or noodles.

My old sleeping bag and a single duvet in case temp drops and as I'm old a canvas campbed and a folding stool.

I must bring my pillow hehe

The stuff that'll take up room in the car will be walking gear, paddle board and wetsuit plus boogie board. Plan to have a few hours of time out.

Mr E

20,045 posts

227 months

Friday 11th June
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Nice tent for us. Pup tent for the boy. No electric, no air beds. Gas burner and a portable bbq. Cool bag with chilled food for day 1, frozen food for day 2. We’ll have found a shop by then.

Booze.

Inflatable sofa if there’s room.

If going to goodwood and load split across multiple cars, duck pond and picket fence.

RizzoTheRat

21,058 posts

160 months

Friday 11th June
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Camping solo I can easily fit everything I need for 2 weeks on my motorbike (2 man tent, self inflating mattress, petrol stove, fold up chair, etc)

A weekend camping with the Mrs easily fills the boot of my Octavia (4 man tent, double airbed, duvet, chairs, table...)

To be fair we have both camped on a similar setup to my solo camping, but if we're taking the car with space in the boot it seems to get filled up.



A friend of ours even used to take an electric blanket for use in the tent, but has now upgraded to a camper van.

SAS Tom

3,024 posts

142 months

Friday 11th June
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My neighbours went camping last week. They took a pathfinder full with backseats down of stuff plus a trailer attached to that then a merc gle to carry the kids in. All for a family of 4. There wasn’t much they didn’t have!

LMPanda

66 posts

97 months

Friday 11th June
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I'm two types: I have an Alpkit aeronaught for wild camping/bike packing and carry the absolute bare essentials on the bike. Also bought a decathlon fresh'n'black four man inflatable the other year for mtb weekends away and take an airbed, camping bbq/coolbox etc (not full sofa and fridge freezer, but a little bit more comfortable!)

I do prefer the absolute basics/making a dinner/coffee on a tiny stove style of camping without all the excess though!

We do usually take at least one proper fridge, paddling pool and a TV/sat to Le Mans every year but that's a necessity!


There is a point where camping becomes carrying as many home comforts with you to a field as possible which sort of defeats the object a bit...

Edited by LMPanda on Friday 11th June 13:53

Dan_1981

15,799 posts

167 months

Friday 11th June
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We've got a decent sized 6 man tent i think it is with large lounge area.

But unless we're going at either end of the season we don't bother with hook up. And if we do it's usually just for the heater for the kids really.

Other than that sleeping bags, sims, and a couple of camping chairs.

DodgyGeezer

27,477 posts

158 months

Friday 11th June
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bazza white said:
I decided to go camping this year with the girlfriend after a few years off and treat myself to a 4 man tent you can stand up in. Pretty luxury especially as I do a bit of wild camping. Then I joined a few new facebook groups. It appears my luxury camping is still wild camping, who the fk takes a toaster camping laugh. Full size fridges and freezers, a sofa, wardrobes, shoe racks, George foreman grills. I couldn't be bothered packing and unpacking all that. Many posts first time camping to so I expect they have spent there 2 or 3k+ holiday fund on camping gear. Suspect be a few large tents on ebay next year when foreign travel opens back up.

What type of camper are you lot.
In fairness that'd be my idea of camping these days - so rather than go through all the agg. (and cost!!) of un/packing everything I'll just grab a hotel with (most importantly imo) no shared showers or toilets.

HustleRussell

19,772 posts

128 months

Friday 11th June
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I use a self inflating mattress nowadays and I have a portable gas stove for teas.

mike9009

5,225 posts

211 months

Friday 11th June
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We used to go round Europe for two weeks with small 2 seaters (Mk1 MR2, vx220 and smart roadster). 3 man tent, small stools, single burner camping stove, sleeping bags and a couple of holdalls. Always came back with 20 bottles of vino.

Nowadays (with 2 kids) we have our T25 camper, 4 man tent, fridge, twin camping stove and grill, blow up sofa, desk chairs, sideboard, table, airbeds etc. Etc.

Times change.....