Single parent camping

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Re: Single parent camping

Postby Lin » Thu Nov 05, 2009 2:33 pm

Hey, wouldn't it be great to have a list as a 'sticky' in one of the forums? And then others can add items too.
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Re: Single parent camping

Postby GypsyLady » Thu Nov 05, 2009 2:47 pm

I used to have a small hard cover book that I wrote everything in....food, drinks, manchester, camping items, pot, pans, water containers etc and would tick them off as I went. I would take it away with me and every camp I would sit and look around to see what I could improve.....what I had forgotten etc…..it would all go into the book.

Now improvement did not necessarily mean taking more....sometimes it meant just swapping things about.

I had and still have my camping items totally separate to my 'home' items. Everything was packed into plastic boxes and just had to be packed into the vehicle before I left with the exception of perishables. I had boxes with different coloured lids for different items so that I knew what box it was in at a glance by the colour of the lid & it was all recorded in my book.

For example the small red box was always cutlery and the one with the red lid was crockery, cups, glasses etc. I had another one for pots; pans etc and it went on from there. Manchester was packed in one of those striped cheap plastic bags and when I got home and washed it ready for the next trip it was returned to the bag along with some naphthalene or similar.

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Re: Single parent camping

Postby GypsyLady » Thu Nov 05, 2009 2:49 pm

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Re: Single parent camping

Postby Ricklanga » Thu Nov 05, 2009 5:20 pm

I have placed a copy of my checklist here http://rapidshare.com/files/302620777/C ... cklist.xls if anyone is interested

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Re: Single parent camping

Postby Barnaby Black » Sun Nov 08, 2009 6:09 pm

It probably been said already before but :

For a first time camping with kids, could i suggest trying caravan parks? Big4 parks seem to be awesome for kids - not only will you have full ammenities but there are a lot of kids activities available as well. We've stayed at a lot of Big4's and they are all nice and clean, the staff are friendly and plenty of play equipment and almost always a pool.

1 thing though is that kids take to camping like a duck to water - they love the freedom and the fact that parents are relaxing, then the kids will pick up on it too. Keep it simple and have fun!
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Re: Single parent camping

Postby Lin » Wed Nov 11, 2009 3:57 pm

My first camping trip with my daughter (she was about 2, I think) was to a 'proper' caravan park and I absolutely hated it!

After that we've only been bush camping or to a "primitive camping ground" and I find it far more enjoyable. At the primitive camping ground there are also plenty of kids for my daughter to play with during peak season. And who needs a playground when you have trees to climb in and a beach? :)
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