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Tips for making camping a bit more pleasant basically.

I slept on the inflating mat last night,a nd suprised by how comfy it was..although i do wish it was a “proper” double rather than two singles basically taped together..while the dip in the middle wasn’t uncomfortable, it would just have been better without it.

Anyway, I ended up getting up in the night (lol about 10) and getting a sheet for the mat becaues the sleeping bag was slipping around on it llike an ice rink and I was finding it very irritating.  Also, the double sleeping bag is fine for sneaking into for cuddles, but sharing it for the whole night with Rye wasn’t doable, so I got him blankets and he snuggled up all cosy.  I guess I need to buy him a sleeping bag..should I just get him a normal single, or a child’s single?  He is tall for his age, usually mistaken for 6 or 7yrs old.

How do you get a sleeping bag back in the bag?  Like I said my double has really slippy outter, and it’s near on impossible to roll up, so getting it back in the bag is just not happening.  Is there a trick I’m missing?  I suspect I’ll crochet myself another bag for it.

Do you take a sheet for the mat, or do you use something else? 


Jx

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Right…. Sleepingbagwise…. I never roll up a sleepingbag, I always stuff it back in (when I worked in a camping and outdoor shop I was told it was better for the fibres). In terms of a sleepingbag for Rye, I’d buy hin an adult one. If you feel that he doesn’t keep warm in it (due to the larger space to warm up you can always make it smaller by tieing something round the lower part to make it shorter iykwim.  Sleeping bags definately keep your warmer than duvets. smile We don’t use a sheet for our mats but I’d think if you have 2 singles together maybe a fitted sheet would help keeping them together better?

Hope that was helpful smile

I have in the past put a whole airbed inside a double duvet cover to stop it slipping and that way it cant fall off like a sheet can. Just an idea. Pleased to hear the matress was comfy, I am still considering whether to go for one or not.

That’s a fab idea Flower!

we have sleeping bags that can be fully unzipped and zipped together so can essentially make a huge double sleeping bag - handy for when kiddies want to share with you! Cant remember the make though im afraid

big problem with sleeping bags for kids IMO is that its VERY hard to find them in any more than 2 season.

My youngest is 3 and she is absolutely fine in a full sized sleeping bag.

Although there was an incident recently when my 7 year old managed to turn himself upside down in a sleeping bag and woke up in a panic at the bottom of it-and embarassingly, neither dp nor I actually heard him (he was staying in his own tent, and friends we were with went in and sorted him out-oops!). He really doesn’t normally do that though. Thinking on it, I don’t think any of the kids we camp with have special sleeping bags except sometimes smallish babies.

Aye, I didn’t realise until it came that the bag I’ve bought for myself is a season 2.  So far it’s fine though, and I suppose if I do camp when its colder I can take extra blankets.
I’ll get Rye a full sized single then… thanks for the tip fo tying the bottom if need be…. I can’t see it been a prob though, if anything he’s a bugger for kicking blankets etc off, I had to keep covering him up last night because he keep kicking his blankets off.

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Happy camping smile

you could always try a king size sleeping bag - I even found a link here for a SUPER king size sleeping bag…

I bought a kids sleeping bag for Jake when he was about 2 and I used to fold the top back down over itself for extra warmth and less height.

I always put a blanket UNDER the mattress when camping too to take the chill off the floor and create an extra insulating layer between me and the floor. Since we’ve bought the Bell Tent we also have little rugs and stuff to prettify it and it also makes things extra cosy so you could do the same with your tipi..?

We also have a heater that we use to take the moisture out of the air late at night, like this one.

Hope that helps hun, I’ll add more things as and when I remember them - we don’t rough it so I’m sure there are more things we take as a staple that most would consider “luxuries”!!!

L xx

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Yes, we’ve always had full size sleeping bags for the children too - why buy twice if you can be sorted for decades? I flap the bottom bit over for extra warmth and to make it shorter for my youngest. That’s a thought for yourself as well: the larger the bag, the colder it will be: extra space to heat up. So I wouldn’t buy any larger than you need.

Re. putting them back in the stuff sacks. I had a real epiphany a few years back when after 30 years of trying to roll the flipping things and put them int their bags, a friend ‘patiently’ explained the concept of STUFFsacks. I pretty much wet myself laughing so much. I’ve got a Masters and all, and had never thought of that! So yes, you stuff them back in, don’t worry about neat, it will go in much easier!

Happy camping! One more week for us and we’re off, yeah!

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Cheers.  Oooh yes I already have a heater, I bought it years ago when I went travelling and was living in the back of my espace car…. it was very appreciated come December and it started snowing (I came home not long after…well when you have to kick the doors open because they are frozen shut..its time to call it a day lol).

I was thinking seperate bags would probably be warmer than one big one I can share with Rye… and more comfortable too.
I’ve been looking at those camping carpets, are they any good?  Although I was thinking a rug might be nicer and probably thicker.

Someone mentioned using a wheelbarrow to cart stuff at festivals and the like…. can you get folding wheel barrows then?  I can’t imagine fitting a wheel barrow in the car lol.

Jx.

(I am getting a bit surly tho - my merican tickets haven’t arrived yet..and everyone else’s have, booo)

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Joxy - 17 July 2011 09:24 AM

I’ve been looking at those camping carpets, are they any good?  Although I was thinking a rug might be nicer and probably thicker.

I’ve never used a camping carpet, I’ve always just bought 2nd hand cheap pretty rugs like these from Ebay - no point buying something new when it has the potential to get muddy and soiled so quickly if it rains eh? Also, the beauty of the ones I bought is that I can just chuck them in the washing machine and all’s good again! - Little tip: If you can find a brown one for the entrance of the tent/tipi it doesn’t show up the mud much!!! We have a brown one, a multi-coloured one and an old black and cream one I bought years ago

Joxy - 17 July 2011 09:24 AM

Someone mentioned using a wheelbarrow to cart stuff at festivals and the like…. can you get folding wheel barrows then?  I can’t imagine fitting a wheel barrow in the car lol.

we use one of these as we bought one of those folding wheelbarrows for (what turned out to be a very wet and muddy) Glastonbury and we didn’t manage to get all the stuff out of the car before it broke even! The beauty of these trolleys is that you can also make a lovely little nest inside it with cushions and blankets if Rye wants to go to sleep and you are still wanting to play(!). Next time we use it I want to construct a more stable sun canopy too as the kids garden table parasol wasn’t big enough for the blazing sun last year!

Lara
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Thanks hun, that trolley does look brill! 

And, ***embarassed laugh***  my mercian tickets have arrived… er they were sat on my pouffe…. I just forgot about the letter after opening a letter from the council informing me they were stopping my benefit until I had confirmed my income etc… although they have still decided they have overpaid me.. not sure how exactly, it’s not much so not too bothered…but yes, the sudden panick of… “arrgh I have rent to pay next week” kinda made me forget about the other envelope that had arrived.

Jx

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