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Official 2011 Camping Thread: Chat, advice, pics

sancho1983sancho1983

Have seen a few camping threads in the last day or so and thought it would be good to have a "one stop shop" so to speak.

Here's a place to ask questions, discuss gear, show off pictures of sites, talk about trips you're going on this year.

I'll try and keep the first thread up to date with any good links for people.

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    sancho1983
    Find a camp site

    Mirror camp site offer



    Edited By: sancho1983 on Mar 20, 2011 15:50
    sancho1983
    I have a Vango sungari 400, which suits me, my wife and my daughter lovely. We bought an extension last year which makes it much bigger but is good as it has sides so we can cook in it in the rain.

    http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcS0ICB9_eaWN_yqaDwVlXZ9KxJ02xLhJDc8b7YIW9YWQmdFwf56

    Looking to buy a kitchen this year, perhaps a new stove/grill too, the one we have was used by my wife when she was young (a loooong time ago!!)
    wbmkk
    boabbyrab
    thought you were meaning this kind of camping
    http://i885.photobucket.com/albums/ac52/boabbyrab/images1-2.jpg
    archer1204
    The big secret to camping at festivals is not to lock your tents but instead leave them open.If you do lock your tent all that says to the lowlifes is that there must be stuff to nick inside.
    I would highly suggest leaving any expensive gadgets like your phone,mp3 player etc at home.Just get cheap payg phones if you have to have one with you.
    Happy festival camping.
    DLM
    DLM3 years, 7 months ago #6Show comment tools Reply
    Thanks sancho.

    I love camping and we go here in the summer:-

    http://www.upperboothcamping.co.uk/
    sancho1983
    I've stayed there twice!!

    Really nice site. Plenty to do in the area too
    deeky
    I've just bought a tidgy caravan on a site near Cleveleys. Am I allowed in? ;)
    (Not allowed in the caravan, allowed in this chat thread) :D
    sancho1983
    Of course. Although I'm not a caravan fan :)

    Static I presume?
    cis_groupie
    I'm a Scout Leader, so do LOTS of camping throughout the year. If anyone has questions etc that they think I can help with then feel free to ask :)
    sancho1983
    My wife is a guide leader, and I have many friends involved in scouts/guides. I usually get roped in at camps to cook. For 30 people is fun!

    We personally camp a fair bit too. Off to Burnham on sea in July, hoping to go to cromer and symonds yat over the summer
    donna-lou
    some advice on how to stay warm during the night would be nice lol. went last year with my bf and during the day it was red hot but nighttime was freezing. i had pyjamas and a hoody on inside the sleeping bag.
    also is there a way to stop dew/condensation forming in the tent? its awful when you get soaked off the sides of the tent when moving round in the night
    sancho1983
    You should make sure the inner isn't touching the outer at all times. Condensation is usually from lack of ventilation (although if you open a zip that won't help with the cold problem!!)

    You should invest in one of these to keep warm (if you select Amazon as a seller then it's only £5 but not in stock yet), my wife swears by hers. Personally I'm very hot when I sleep and generally just wear boxers :{ I have also read it's counter productive to wear 'clothes' in a sleeping bag

    Edited By: sancho1983 on Mar 20, 2011 19:12
    cis_groupie
    One trick for "pre-heating" your sleeping bag is to lie on top of it for a while before getting in to it. Also, have an inflatable mattress or sleeping mat under the sleeping bag. tbh, though, if you're freezing at night it may be that your sleeping bag is not up to the job - look for a 3 or 4-season one.
    Does your tent have ventilation flaps/screens? If so, make sure they're open, as this will cut down on the condensation. And as sancho1983 says, make sure the inner & outer walls of the tent don't touch, as this will cause damp inside the tent. If you're moving around at night this might be why you're getting wet.
    donna-lou
    those liners look a good idea. i was just wanting to take a fleecey blanket or extra duvet to stuff inside.

    i had a tent when i was younger, just a dome one, and a bit at the top was just net so plenty ventilation but still got wet inside.

    so i will be warmer without clothes on? my bf didnt wear anything and he was warm enough but hes like you and doesnt feel the cold
    cis_groupie
    hoping to go to cromer and symonds yat over the summer

    We take our Scouts to Symond's Yat regularly (there's a youth campsite called Biblins that we use). We're there in a few weeks, for one of their DofE Expedition weekends. There's also a national cycle centre nearby, and Go Ape, so plenty to do if you get fed up with walking.
    cis_groupie
    so i will be warmer without clothes on? my bf didnt wear anything and he was warm enough but hes like you and doesnt feel the cold

    Believe it or not, but sleeping bags use your body's warmth to keep you warm, so if you wear lots of clothes to bed your body heat won't heat up the sleeping bag. Even though it sounds back to front, give it a try.
    donna-lou
    cis_groupie
    One trick for "pre-heating" your sleeping bag is to lie on top of it for a while before getting in to it. Also, have an inflatable mattress or sleeping mat under the sleeping bag. tbh, though, if you're freezing at night it may be that your sleeping bag is not up to the job - look for a 3 or 4-season one.
    Does your tent have ventilation flaps/screens? If so, make sure they're open, as this will cut down on the condensation. And as sancho1983 says, make sure the inner & outer walls of the tent don't touch, as this will cause damp inside the tent. If you're moving around at night this might be why you're getting wet.

    we had a inflatable bed under us, i couldnt sleep on a hard floor lol. the tent does have flaps, but by leaving them open wont people be able to see inside? dont like the thought of people looking in while im asleep
    souljacker
    Or if going to Glastonbury use the free lock ups for any valuable stuff

    archer1204
    The big secret to camping at festivals is not to lock your tents but instead leave them open.If you do lock your tent all that says to the lowlifes is that there must be stuff to nick inside.
    I would highly suggest leaving any expensive gadgets like your phone,mp3 player etc at home.Just get cheap payg phones if you have to have one with you.
    Happy festival camping.
    sancho1983
    We went last year too, really want to canoe but my daughter isn't old enough, will be next year though.

    Oddly I was reading Bill Bryson's notes from small island when we were there and the chapter I read on the first day was about him visiting king Arthur's caves about 100m from our site :)

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