But my mind is wandering almost of its own accord to the big date this year, perhaps because The Tinies are already making mental lists for the big man, so I thought I’d put together a wishlist of my own.
So here it is, my money-no-object camping Christmas list, because I’ve been a really, really good girl, honest Santa.
- A boginabag – I think these are inspired and would help with my middle-of-the-night loo issue
- Top of the range Thermarest Dreamtime – hoping it would solve the sleep problem
- Porch extension for our tent – so there’s somewhere for shoes and a bit more storage
- A pop-up trailer. Think I saw one of these in a recent Camping magazine and quite liked the idea
- A butler – okay, so perhaps butler isn’t the right term, but if someone could pack up all our gear, transport it to the campsite and have it all pitched and ready when we get there, with the BBQ hot and the beers cold, I’d be in heaven. Oh, and they’d need to do the reverse once the trip was over
- Decent Swiss Army Knife – what can I say? Spending my weekends on a farm when I was growing up introduced me to chainsaws, tree climbing and motorbike riding. I might play the helpless female, but I’m actually quite a practical person. I reckon one of these would get plenty of use in the camping kit
- Collapsible non-electric heater – I expect this doesn’t actually exist, but I’m thinking not powered by electricity because we don’t always have hook up and collapsible because we have no space for extra kit. Perhaps someone makes one that can slide under a car seat? Something like that, so we can have a toasty-warm tent without the electricity
- An insulated, breathable tent – alright, so this is probably another one which doesn’t exist, but I’m thinking a tent that is insulated to keep in the heat from the collapsible heater, but breathable so that we don’t get all sweaty and condensation on the windows. That would be fantastic
- Super-insulated cup – a big one that stays warm for ages because for me there’s a fine line between coffee that’s mouth-scaldingly hot and too cold to drink.
- Truly black-out sleeping pods – one each for the Tinies and a large one for my and Husband so we can get to sleep in the light evenings and not wake up with the larks. Oh, and any chance of some sound-proofing too?
What would be on your Christmas camping list?