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To cut it short, we have been lusting after bell tents for a while now. We just love camping as a family. For me it's the back to basic approach and no clutter that I love, plus the expanse of green fields and blue skies as soon as you step out your tent. I'm pushing all those wet, grey days to the back of my mind of course. So we decided that a bell tent would be the perfect solution for us as a family. Ten minutes to put up really did sell the vision to me. Especially after it took us over two hours to put up our huge family tent and all the stuff that goes in it last year. Such a waste of time!
Now in my typical, I love to write lists fashion. I have compiled a list of all the essentials we will need. But for this adventure I'm sticking to the mantra of beautiful and practical to guide me. I hate all that plastic camping stuff. So everything I have compiled is what I want to have around me not just because it's practical. No tables or chairs (erm now have my eye on a vintage folding camping table and stool set) but cushions and cosy blankets are still a must. I have also focused on investing in things that will last the test of time... Hey I'm planning to go camping for many, many more years. So this has made me create a list of all the things I actually want to have around me. And yes, it has given me a chance to lust after more enamel kitchenalia, it's fast becoming an obsession.
Now, as a child we used to go on camping adventures every summer. I can't remember much about the tent but have many fond memories of the adventures and fun we had. For some reason it was always hot and sunny. So, there is something really special to me about camping. Every year I revert back to a child when we set off for our adventures. That feeling of excitement is fantastic. One of our best holidays started with us packing the car in torrential rain, in fact it rained the whole journey there. But once we arrived the skies cleared and we had ten days of blissful hot sunshine while at home it still rained and everyone thought we were mad. I also LOVE having no tv, no internet connection or ties to technology other than a camera that is. A chance to switch off and step back from the fast pace of life. To spent time relaxing, talking and doing fun things together. So, we are this year, going to buy a Bell Tent and aim to slip away for weekends at every opportunity... Especially those weekends when the weather is perfect.
After discovering a fantastic book earlier this year I decided it is possible to tackle those problem issues of camping when planning is done.
Here is my essential list of what we will be taking...
Flask of hot chocolate or something of that sort and cake to have once the tent and camp is set up.
Tent... And hammer of course
Wind breaker: planning to make this as I hate our normal ones.
Air beds, though I do have my eye on these mattresses
Sleeping bags, we have tried duvet but they are just not cosy enough.
Wool and fleece blankets
Sheep skin rug for my little boy as he loves it
Cushions: making these
Folding stool for hubby, to perch on when cooking
Cobb BBQ, love this it's amazing!
Mini stove and gas cans
Metal tin with matches inside
Large water bottle
Enamel milk jug
Enamel mugs, bowls and plates
Enamel bowl for washing
Cleaning cloths, scrubbing brush, tea towels and pegs oh and washing up liquid
A couple of knives
Jug for mixing
Salt and pepper pots
Cool box and ice packs
Wooden crates: use for storage then as make shift tables for the stove etc
Tea, coffee and sugar in little tins
Little dustpan and brush
Torch and lights, we will be trying solar fairy lights too
Large rubber tub, storage for the tent and a bath for the kids ;)
First Aid kit
Bucket and spade
Pencils, pencil crayons and paper
Diggers and tractors essential for our toddler
One of my favourite quotes is from this book... The Happy Campers
Recipe for happy children
1 grass-grown field
Half a dozen children (or more)
Several dogs (and puppies if available)
This quote is so true. All we then need is some finds from the beach or walks to create games and craft activities.
Other things that we will take but could stay at home
Jam jars for flowers
It does annoy me though how lots of room is taken up by clothes but you do have to pack for wet weather too plus colder evenings. Umbrella, Welles, Waterproofs for the kids, Sun hats and sun cream for us all are essentials that must be taken.
My personal essentials are a note book or two, pencils, sketch book, camera, a couple of good books and my knitting lol. I try to carry these around with me always when we go away. My husband will often say, do you really need that? To be honest I don't often get chance to use them however, it makes me happy that I can use them if a spare minute arises and if they have been forgotten people or cloud watching are always fun too.
Rose tinted glasses, check! Now is there anything else we need?