Anyone who thinks they have everything they need to go camping is wrong. That’s what I’ve discovered. Going camping is a never-ending hole into which you can pile money as fast as you earn it.
Having written here about all of the things we needed to purchase when starting out camping, I can now confirm that the list goes on.
We are preparing for our first camping trip of the season next weekend. Now admittedly some of the items we’ve bought aren’t exclusively for use on camping trips, the lightweight walking shoes for the kids for example, but it’s fair to say that camping has been the catalyst for buying them.
Due to a change in Husband’s work car we needed a trailer. Oh, and a tow bar. That’ll be £700 then, thank you very much. This kind of expense is not helping my “camping is a cheap way to holiday” argument. And yes, I know that we can have many holidays in the future now we’ve spent the cash, but right now it feels like the expenses just keep coming.
There have been lightweight walking shoes for 3 out of 4 of us. Walking trousers for us all (because when we camp, it rains, and you know how long jeans take to dry.) A melamine crockery set. A sleeping bag liner for me (I’m converting our double sleeping bag into two singles to see if we sleep better). Two fleece pillows to save me and Husband using rucksacks. Hand warmers. A Buff each for the children (one of those tube-shaped neck things to keep them warm). A windstopper coat for Husband. A carpet for the tent (I’m counting on it being warmer underfoot). New feet for the roofbox (yes, we’re taking this as well as the trailer). Bag for the cooker.
Things I’ve not bought – a porch, the camp beds which Husband wanted – we’re trying memory foam borrowed from a friend instead. That’s not a big list, is it?
I think we’re both exhausted with saying, “We’ll just get X and then we’ll be sorted,” For my part it’s all in the quest to make camping a bit more comfortable so Husband enjoys it more. Because much as he loves his family and knows how much we enjoy it, I’m feeling like this cat only has so many lives to play with.