Do you go camping and if so what’s your must-have luxury?

@Fleura (6225)
United Kingdom
June 6, 2017 3:43am CST
As a child camping was just not something we did and the first time I went camping as an 18-year-old I really had no idea what I was doing, I had the most basic tent, sleeping bag and foam mat and that was it as far as equipment went. Since then I’ve done it a lot, backpacking while travelling, using it as a cheap accommodation option for other activities and now regularly camping as a family. I have a permanent list of things to pack that I refer to each time. Of course it includes the usual necessities like sleeping bags but also a couple of other things that people usually laugh at me for, but as far as I’m concerned they make camping pleasant and fun and not an experience that makes me go ‘I’m not doing this again!’ So what are they? Well the thing I dislike about camping is the amount of dirt that gets into the tent, especially when the weather’s wet: mud/dust, grass clippings (campsites are perpetually mowing the grass), sand if you are anywhere near a beach, crumbs, and all the everyday fluff and hair that accumulates in any living space. And of course in a tent you end up with a lot of your stuff on the floor and then that gets dirty too. And the worst thing is that if it doesn’t get cleared out, the next time you go camping you put the tent up and it comes pre-filled with dirt from the last trip – Yuk! So my two favourite items are a rubber doormat to put outside so you don’t get a mud puddle just outside the door and you can stand on it to put shoes on and off, and a dustpan and brush to clear up all the bits. What ‘odd’ items do you recommend for camping? All rights reserved. © Text and image copyright Fleur 2017.
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• United States
6 Jun
Camping is not my thing - the closest I would get to camping is the Holiday Inn. I am into creature comforts - inside.
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@Fleura (6225)
• United Kingdom
6 Jun
That made me smile. From what I have learned about you on here I couldn't imagine you camping : ) I guess your must-have luxury would be a hotel room!
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• United States
6 Jun
@Fleura We don't stay in hotels, we prefer peace and quiet in rental cottages/cabins.
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@LadyDuck (122502)
• Switzerland
6 Jun
I never went camping when I was young and this is not something that I plan to do in the future.
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@Fleura (6225)
• United Kingdom
6 Jun
I guess it isn't something people often take up later. Although 'glamping' (glamorous camping) is the latest trend over here - where you go and stay in a posh tepee, yurt or something similar that's all set up for you with carpets, beds, stove etc. Maybe you might like that?
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@LadyDuck (122502)
• Switzerland
6 Jun
@Fleura It is surely nice, but I do not like the idea, even a very simple Motel bedroom is for me a thousand times better than a posh tepee.
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@MALUSE (33004)
• Denmark
6 Jun
I went camping a lot before I went to uni. I was a member of a canoeing club. Our equipment was very Spartan as we had to transport everything in our paddle boats. No room for luxury items, only for the bare necessities.
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@Fleura (6225)
• United Kingdom
6 Jun
And of course things were more bulky then as well; nowadays you can get smaller and lighter versions of many camping items.
@MALUSE (33004)
• Denmark
6 Jun
@Fleura That's true. Light, waterproof materials weren't invented then yet.
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6 Jun
So posh! I haven't been camping since childhood. My most clear memory is night time visits to the toilet block!!
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@Fleura (6225)
• United Kingdom
6 Jun
Posh having a doormat? Oh well then I have gone up in he world : )
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7 Jun
@Fleura Posh to have a doormat when camping!
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@Shavkat (47421)
• Philippines
6 Jun
The only thing that I think of is to have the first AID kit for camping.
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@Fleura (6225)
• United Kingdom
6 Jun
Look on the bright side!!
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@Shavkat (47421)
• Philippines
6 Jun
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@HazySue (17185)
• United States
18 Jun
My go to luxury for camping is something comfortable to sleep on. I can do without anything else if I have to.
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@Fleura (6225)
• United Kingdom
18 Jun
You're right, that is very important!
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@hereandthere (24234)
• Philippines
7 Jun
i think i would prefer to stay at a simple cabin or cottage, or something like a traveling home (like a bus like judy evans' or camper or trailer).
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@Fleura (6225)
• United Kingdom
7 Jun
We sometimes stay in a cottage or log cabin too - often when we go away with friends and then we get a place we can share.
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@BelleStarr (32148)
• Portland, Connecticut
7 Jun
When we tent camped we always brought along bean bag chairs and we used them to sit in the tent and even to sleep on and I always carried my down pillow. I need my pillow to sleep.
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@Fleura (6225)
• United Kingdom
7 Jun
Yes I like my pillow too - and I hate foam ones!
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@DWDavis (11146)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
7 Jun
My wife and I were tent campers for the first 25 years of our marriage, including all the Scouting campouts with our two boys as they made their way through the program. We learned early on to bring a dust pan and brush to keep the tent swept out. Once the boys were grown and gone, we treated ourselves to a travel trailer. Our first was a pop-up tent camper we used for two years. Now we have what is called over here a hybrid or expandable. The kitchen, dining/living area, and rest room are in the hardshell section and the bunks fold out from the ends. The one item we like most is having a bed to sleep in rather than sleeping on the ground.
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@Fleura (6225)
• United Kingdom
7 Jun
I think I know the sort of thing you mean. It sounds very comfortable!
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@m_audrey6788 (11509)
• Germany
6 Jun
Yes, when I was in high school..we had a 2 days camping near islands where we can fish for food and cook in a wood fire..The hard part was we need to bring more water and some ready to eat food in case we might not get any fish..I got difficulty in sleeping so we stayed up late play some games and did some singing
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@Fleura (6225)
• United Kingdom
6 Jun
I think staying up late and singing round the fire are obligatory!
1 Jul
I love camping. As long as it rains while I'm INSIDE of the tent. The last time my S/O and I went camping, we were caught in a sudden downpour, JUST as we had started putting the tent up. It was an experience to say the very least. No luxury I can think of, really. As long as I have my hair brush, I'm fine. (Y)
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• United States
7 Jun
I've never camped so your two items sound like a good solution for the dirt etc. I'm not very outdoorsy and prefer indoor plumbing and a nice comfy bed
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@DianneN (59951)
• United States
6 Jun
I only camp at hotels. Camping is so not my thing.
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@luispas (1779)
• Venezuela
6 Jun
When I was a child I had the opportunity to go camping with my family, but I couldn't imagine myself there, I'm a scary person, but now, I think I would like to do it with my friends :)
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