All the camping gear

And yet more shopping for #camping gear

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.


5 thoughts on “And yet more shopping for #camping gear

  1. Phil Daniels

    I know that feeling! I’ve booked my car in for a tow bar, but because it has parking sensors, I have to have a detachable tow ball and that costs twice as much! I’ve managed to source a really good deal on trailer hire though. Only £70 for a week for a large hard top trailer.

    1. admin Post author

      So what you’re saying Phil, is that even with years of camping behind you, the spending doesn’t abate!

      1. Phil Daniels

        No it doesn’t! We are already looking for a smaller ‘weekend’ tent and I forgot to mention earlier that I’ve ordered a roof box and bars! Plus extra stuff for when we take our grandchildren camping at the end of May! It just goes on and on….

  2. Rob B

    Equipment is expensive but you can make economies and a lot of it is dual purpose so has added value. Coats and shoes for example are useful/essential at all times for example.

    Trailers and roof boxes are expensive but retain their value quite well so can be considered as an investment.

    When buying new equipment I consider, price, weight, size and usefulness. Whatever I buy has to tick all the boxes else I don’t buy it.

    For example, melamine crockery – a decent set is what £30? £40? I wasn’t willing to pay that so when I needed new plates and so on I bought instead one of these picnic sets which comes in a rucksack. The plates, bowls and cups are a high grade plastic rather than true melamine but I have had them for going on 8 years now and they are still in good order despite extensive use so I’m happy with the quality. The set also included cutlery, salt and pepper shakers and some basic utensils whilst the rucksack has an insulated section at the back for keeping drinks/food cool and a pocket on the side for a flask. It’s great because it keeps all the kitchen stuff in one neat bag which is easy to transport and I have used the additional pockets to put in a chopping board and some further utensils so it’s now a complete cooking/eating service in a bag – the small pocket on the front is even big enough to hold my backpacking stove whilst the gas canister for it fits neatly in the main compartment which means as well as being good for camping I can take the whole bag with me on a picnic or a hike, with the food in there as well, even comes in handy for BBQ’s in the garden.

    The cost of this durable, efficient and extremely useful piece of kit? £11. Money well spent I would say.

    1. admin Post author

      We have a similar picnic rucksack but haven’t taken it with us. In fact, the cheap crockery we’ve just bought has replaced the stuff from the picnic hamper!

      I do agree that some of it is definitely an investment. We’ve bought plenty second-hand, so hopefully it’ll retain its value – but then it’s only worth anything when you’re ready to sell it.

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