Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Camping essentials for family of four

We might be crazy, but all four of us are off to a festival soon.  That's husband, me, son (five) and toddler girl (one).  We're not exactly famed for travelling light so it's going to be a challenge!

We're lucky enough to be staying in a yurt (the main attraction being the posh-ish loos), so at least we don't have to pack the tent.  Good job, because I doubt there will be room in the car!  Here's our essentials... I am grateful for any advice about how to cut things down!

  • Bottles of water
  • Torches
  • Washing up bowl, sponges and liquid
  • Tea towel
  • Cool box
  • Rubbish bag
  • Laundry bag
  • Fruit, so we eat something decent!
  • Toilet roll

Husband and I
  • Clothes for four days
  • Toiletries for the odd shower and teeth brushing (freezing campsite showers brrr!)
  • Towels
  • iPod to drown out the person snoring in the next tent
  • Snacks for late night hunger pangs
  • Kettle and tea bags - the yurt has power - hoorah!
  • Ibuprofen, insect repellent, sun cream
  • Phone charger - the internet is oxygen don't you know?

  • Clothes for four days, plus spares (!)
  • A cap for sunny days (please let there be sunny days)
  • Rain coat for rainy days (noooo)
  • Pyjamas, plus tracksuit bottoms and hoody in case it gets cold
  • Teddy, oh my gosh, we can't forget Ted
  • Books for bedtime to *try* and get him to sleep
  • Toiletries, plus his toothbrush and paste, Calpol and suncream
  • Drinks bottle

Toddler girl - here's where the list gets long!
  • Travel cot, bedding and sleeping bag
  • Favourite taggie blanket to help her sleep
  • Blanket for daytime nap
  • Clothes - enough vests, leggings, t shirts, cardigans to sink a battleship
  • At least two babygros to use as pyjamas
  • Our Chicco Snappy stroller and rain cover (it's brilliant for travel )
  • Milk, frozen, so it lasts a few days in a cool box
  • A couple of frozen meals so she has something decent to eat on the first day
  • Cool bag with bibs, her cutlery,  plate or two, sippy drinking cup
  • Nappies and Cheeky Wipes, nappy bags and mucky wipes bag
  • Change bag for when we're out and about
  • Back carrier - we love our Chicco Caddy knapsack
  • A few toys and books to keep her amused
  • Her LittleLife bumblebee rucksack for use as reins
  • Toiletries, comb, toothbrush, suncream
  • Hats, at least two because we're bound to lose one

Phew!  It certainly seems easier sometimes to just stay at home.  Have I missed anything?  I doubt it - it feels like we're packing the kitchen sink!  Is there a way to cut this down?  I'd love to hear how you manage it!

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