We might only have our once a year camping trip, but it creates great excitement. Mainly because we’re going with friends again – I know the OH would never get that excited about a holiday.
Back in February, N and I went to the camping and caravanning show to get a tent upgrade. One new tent and five months later, it’s been unpacked from its box to make the most of a warm dry spell to practise pitching it. Camping preparations are a go.
I’m always impressed at being able to put a 5 man tent up on my own. Although there’s always one pole that I can’t quite put the little ‘key’ up into. Hopefully with a friend at the campsite with us, it’ll mean we’ll be able to slot in that last bit.
Of course N got excited trying to help, putting in tent pegs and sorting out guy ropes (in the wrong directions). I’m in love with our new tent. It took a lot of research and shopping around to decide after being a bit disappointed with last year’s purchase and it not having the full sewn in ground sheet as I’ expected. The tent looks like it’s massive, but it’s going to be so much more suitable for what the 2 of us need , and how we’ll use it.
I chose the Vango Icaro – known by different names depending on the retailer it’s sold through It’s got 2 bedroom areas, a living area and a small extra porch. The plan is to sleep in one room, us the other for storage and then have the living area for relaxing in.
Previously I’d bought a universal Vango tarp but it didn’t fit on the old tent, and I can’t get it to stay on the new one. So I’ll be selling it on, or trying to use it as a shelter about picnic tables.
After we’d put up the tent, even the OH came out to see it. He’s not a camper but he did admit it was quite relaxing lying in it, listening to the birds. I still don’t think he’d ever go camping off the farm.
We’re catching up with our camping friends this weekend to make plans and hopefully work out if we can share the load. I think we’re all getting excited…and praying that we get dry weather for the week we’re away. We did one day of horizontal rain last year, preferably never again.
At the moment though, my main concern is finding all the booking details, deciding on some places to visit while we’re there and how I’m going to fit everything in the car. I don’t really want to buy a roof box and then have to store it afterwards, but N will be really upset if we can’t take his bike with us.
Are you camping this year? How do you solve the ‘fitting in the car’ issue?
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