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A camping Christmas list – wish #1

I’ve resisted wilfully for weeks now. I’ve blocked it from my mind and banned all mention of it. But the time has come. We need to talk about it. It’s important. Something which takes thought, care and planning.

Pick any word you like – Yuletide, The Season, Noel – or the one we all use, Christmas. Call it what you want, but we need to talk about it.

The Tinies have been planning their lists for many long, long weeks. Grantd they change depending what TV advert they’ve just seen, but still. Oh, and then there was the ploy from Buddy which saw him blaming Husband’s mum for his whispered “I want it, I want it, I want it.” Apparently Nan told him that Father Christmas would definitely bring him said object if he did that. Except she didn’t, and our doe-eyed little angel revealed the cheeky glint in his eye when challenged.

So, what’s on your camping Christmas list? I’m going to write a series of posts about the things I’m dreaming about – some sensible, others not so much. Do feel free to leave your own suggestions.

First up for me is a hammock, like this one. Now, I’ve never been in a hammock but I have the impression that they’re incredibly comfy, if not the most easy to get in and out of. And who doesn’t day dream about powder-white sands, turquoise sparkling seas, gently breaking waves and lounging in a hammock slung between two palm trees sipping a cocktail out of a coconut with nothing better to be doing than watching the tiny wisps of cloud drift past?


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If you’ve looked carefully at the picture you’ll see it’s not a full hammock, but a clever seat and footrest combo. But did you notice the real genius? It’s suspended from a frame which attaches to your tow bar! I mean, who hasn’t had a numb bum sitting for too long in one of those horrid fold-up camping chairs? I guess the only drawback is that I wouldn’t want a campfire to warm myself on quite so close to the fuel tank.

Have you ever sat in a hammock? Feel free to correct my assumption about how comfy they are, but you have to agree, camping needs to get serious about the comfort of chairs which are small enough to pack into the back of the average family car. You know, as opposed to the hugely comfy ones which need their own roof-box for transport.

Also on my wish list is a solution for our sleeping problems. We still haven’t cracked getting a good night’s sleep and with the prospect of a 10 day break in Cornwall with friends in the summer we really need to get that sorted. I would really pay rather a lot of money if you could guarantee you had the solution to that problem – not as much as a hotel room though (‘cos that’s what Husband would rather!)

Regular readers will know we’ve tried both blow up air beds and self-inflating mattresses. The memory foam brought us by far the best night’s sleep, but left us without room in the boot for other essentials.

I’m thinking there’s something we should do with the sleeping bag. We currently share a double, but perhaps we should zip it into two singles and see if that’s better. So if you were me, what would you suggest?

Feel free to leave your ideas in the comments, I’d love to hear them.


3 thoughts on “A camping Christmas list – wish #1

    1. Louise Post author

      Eek, sorry I missed this earlier comment. Could you post the link to your top 50 gifts so readers can see it? I’m sure people will have Christmas money to spend!

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