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first camping trip, what kind of fridge do i need?

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2y, 5m agoPosted 2 years, 5 months ago
Hi me, hubby, two girls are going on our first camping trip, and someone has suggested taking a fridge. What size is best, anyone know any good deals, is the 12v, the type that run off a car, would that not drain a battery??, sorry so many questions, little dazed by how much stuff you need!!!
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2y, 5m agoPosted 2 years, 5 months ago
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There's nothing wrong with taking a fridge camping, loads of people do it. We always get electric hookup and take a small cheap Argos fridge with us. It just makes life a bit easier. Only problem is the space it takes up but we've started going in a van now so we just leave it in the back.

Camping with kids isn't about being hard core and roughing it. Its about the kids sleeping under canvas and making life as easy for yourself as possible, so ignore those saying 'its not real camping if you take a fridge'. Do what you like!

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#1
Depends on how long you are going for. We went for a couple of days a couple of weeks ago. A cool box with some frozen milk and some ice packs kept everything cool and fresh. You can get by without a fridge this way and if you don't like camping you haven't lost anything.

Edited By: MichyM on Jul 31, 2014 20:29: adding information
#2
American style.

Who takes a fridge camping?
Jesus wept.
Whoever recommended it was taking the ****.

Anything 12v will drain a car in a heartbeat, especially something that needs to be on all the time like a fridge.
Even if you're on hook up you'd have to take a 240v unless you get a converter.
#3
were going for a couple of days, as a practice, then hopefully for a week, the 4 litres and 6 litres look a little small, and are the electric boxes, like fridges, im so confused!!
#4
willhay555
American style.

Who takes a fridge camping?
Jesus wept.
Whoever recommended it was taking the ****.

Anything 12v will drain a car in a heartbeat, especially something that needs to be on all the time like a fridge.
Even if you're on hook up you'd have to take a 240v unless you get a converter.

can i ask, if you dont take a fridge, what do you do with the likes of milk, sausages, ect, you can buy the converters, which is what i think wed have to do. milk for 2 year olds breakfast
#5
You take I've packs and when they thaw you rent from the camp site.
#6
*ice packs.
#7
Define camping, out on the moors or on a site? the great outdoors has things like rivers and lakes you throw things into first remembering to attach to shore. Camp sites either have a shop which will sell you small amounts of what you need at the time you need it or will have freezers for you to refreeze your cooler blocks to keep your cool bags cold :{
#8
Will you have a pitch with electric hook up or camping in the wild ?
#9
If you are taking a fridge you will need an electric hook up cable to power it. We use a 12v electric cool box powered by the hook up via a power inverter. The whole kit probably cost around £100. Worth the investment if you intend to go camping ( technically glamping if you have a fridge ;) ) but probably a bit costly if you are only trying it out to see if you like it.

If you are only going for a couple of days then I would suggest buying the food/milk you need each day rather than worrying about a fridge. Most campsites sell the basics or are near a village town with a shop.
#10
Improvise, fresh milk from the nearest cow in a field.
#11
Maybe a fridge is not the highest priority for camping in the uk, may I suggest you think about keeping dry and taking layers of warm clothing. Here is a link to a guide list, don't worry you won't need it all just assess to where you are going and how long for, http://www.educationsense.com/events/camptips.asp#checklist. Check the weather before you go this will let you know if you need to pack a fridge or a heater. Enjoy :{
#12
There's nothing wrong with taking a fridge camping, loads of people do it. We always get electric hookup and take a small cheap Argos fridge with us. It just makes life a bit easier. Only problem is the space it takes up but we've started going in a van now so we just leave it in the back.

Camping with kids isn't about being hard core and roughing it. Its about the kids sleeping under canvas and making life as easy for yourself as possible, so ignore those saying 'its not real camping if you take a fridge'. Do what you like!
#13
I put frozen sausages and frozen bacon along with a couple of ice packs works a treat
#14
we have the hook up cable. We have warm self inflating mattresses and sleeping bags, tables chairs, ect, but someone (who goes glamping!!!, ) said about a fridge, i was just gonna through the milk in the cool box with a few frozen blocks
#15
Camping is all about rabbit and squirrel kababs and nettle tea. I do slumb it now days as I don't carve my own cup anymore. :)
#16
I remember the days when there was more camping gear than the car could take, but always managed to get it all in and the kids firmly strapped the roof rack, LOL (_;)
#17
I remember when I was a boy we used to wash our dirty cups and plates in the brook, but nowadays most people take a dishwasher - far easier to use, and more ecological too as it uses less water, especially when the stream is in flood.
#18
Camping consists of a tent, day sack, sleeping bags, roll mats, gas burner, a mess tin/ small pan, some fishing wire, a knife and a torch plus some other things.

Any plug in electrical items included in your packing list IMMEDIATELY renders the camping null and void. This is not camping.

I bet you, your even going to take your mobile phones. :(

Anyway if you plug in your 12v fridge your battery will not have enough power to start the car after about 2-3 hours dependent on battery condition..
#19
mclovin9091
Camping consists of a tent, day sack, sleeping bags, roll mats, gas burner, a mess tin/ small pan, some fishing wire, a knife and a torch plus some other things.

Any plug in electrical items included in your packing list IMMEDIATELY renders the camping null and void. This is not camping.
I bet you, your even going to take your mobile phones. :(
Anyway if you plug in your 12v fridge your battery will not have enough power to start the car after about 2-3 hours dependent on battery condition..

no we will not be taking mobile phones, everything we are taking is on your list, we got told by hubbys boss to take a fridge, hence me asking the original question, and original comment, i was gonna take me cool box, throw some ice packs in job done.
#20
Blackgang
I remember the days when there was more camping gear than the car could take, but always managed to get it all in and the kids firmly strapped the roof rack, LOL (_;)
Yes that is looking like the case now, two nights, seriously!!!
#21
sambowrose
Blackgang
I remember the days when there was more camping gear than the car could take, but always managed to get it all in and the kids firmly strapped the roof rack, LOL (_;)
Yes that is looking like the case now, two nights, seriously!!!
I think your getting to the camping zone, it don't matter what you take its about getting away, if you forget to take it you can buy it, after all its basics not designer ware. ;)
#22
If you are only going for two nights then the cheapest option would be to take a couple of big cool bags and a few ice blocks. Take frozen bacon and sausages which will be fine for two days, some fresh milk and some frozen milk, that should see you through fine with little one's cereal in the mornings (perhaps just a 2pt frozen bottle of milk for the last morning?)
Anyway, have fun whatever you decide ;)
#23
Buy a 12v (plugs into car lighter) cool box, before you go freeze freezer blocks, morning you go pack basics ie bacon, cheese, milk etc in cool box and plug it in whilst on the move. Switch it off when you get there, don't open it unnecessarily. If you go out in car plug it in again just to cool - will keep basics cool that way for 3/4 days, even in hot weather. If you don't go back out in car, cover cool box with sleeping bags in tent during times cool box isn't being recooled. Don't take a fridge!

ps many camp sites offer fridge use or free refreezing of freezer blocks
#24
Bet you do take mobile phones, after all what happens if you need emergency services on route?
#25
Bargainhuntersupreme
Bet you do take mobile phones, after all what happens if you need emergency services on route?
obviously, we will have them, we have two babies, however, were not the type of pople who are glued to the things, and actually only use them when the children are asleep. unless its an emergency. but hey, i bet were not the first people to go camping and take a mobile. or is there a law!!!!
#26
Have you not been told theres a £50 fine for using mobiles when camping :)

If you know your going to be camped next to a slow flowing stream then i wouldn't even bother with the cool box, just some string to tie the bags to so that they dont get washed down stream.

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