Last year, I took both kids camping overnight, on a 1-1 basis. This year, I am pulling out all the stops! Our family camping plans for 2019 involve me taking them both camping together – by myself! I know what you’re thinking… I’m bonkers! Who in their right mind would choose to take a 6 year old Diva girl AND a 7 year old boy with “low functioning Autism” camping all by herself?
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The truth of the matter is: I love camping! Hubby hates it, so I either take them by myself, or they don’t get to go. It’s that simple!
Family Camping Plans For 2019
Last year, we went to Lady Heyes Park in Cheshire, and both kids loved it. For our first trip, I’m going to take them back there again. The one concern I had about taking them both alone was how I’d manage to pitch the tent by myself. I have been obsessively scouring the net for a Fastpitch air tent, and Coleman have sent us a FastPitch Air Valdes 4 tent to review!
In case you’re not familiar with air tents, the basic idea is that instead of spending ages setting up poles and threading them through the fabric… You lay out your tent and then use the included pump to inflate the poles. The entire tent can be set up in ten minutes! (I can’t wait to test that claim out)! Check bask soon for a full review!
Although we have been sent the tent to review, which was top of my shopping list, I still have lots to buy…
Our 1 season sleeping bags are nowhere near warm enough for anything but tropical temperatures. When we went camping last Summer, it was 25 degrees all day and 10 degrees at night. We were all cold! I am going to get each of us a 3 season sleeping bag, all being well. I’m hoping to get those this month, before the price shoots up to meet seasonal demand.
Towels take up a LOT of space when camping. The Tesalate sand free towel is ultra compact and super absorbent – They can hold up to 1 litre of water! They also dry rapidly and are amazingly beautiful too! We’ve been sent one to review (coming soon) but I suspect we’ll need a couple more for our camping supplies too!
I love that they are super compact when rolled, despite measuring the same as any other full sized beach towel. (160cm x 80cm / 63 x 31 inches). They’ll be perfect for drying off after our showers.
Plates and utensils
Last year, I just stole a couple of plates from the kitchen cupboard. This year, I want to get some tin plates and some cheap cutlery just for the camping trips. That way I won’t cry when I inevitably lose one! I also need to get a cheap washing up bowl so I can keep everything together when taking it to wash. Last year, I felt like a bad waitress, balancing everything while walking to the sinks!
In Tent Storage
I definitely need to invest in something to store things like clothes, toiletries etc inside the tent, as well as a camping table. We have a tiny side table, but we need somewhere to eat. I think one of those fold away picnic tables with built in stools will work fine for our needs.
That’s about all we need to buy ready for the 2019 camping season. What’s top of your camping shopping list?
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