“Why would you deliberately make yourself destitute in the name of fun?” – my wife
We recently went to visit some friends who live down in Penzance. We decided to camp as it’s a cheap option. She has been open to trying camping. In fact, we have two more trips planned this summer. I wanted to try and make it as stress free and fun as possible.
1. We bought a big Tent. It’s not so massive it’s a nightmare to put up. But it’s big enough for all of us to sleep comfortably, store our stuff and crucially stand up in.
2. We kept it short. Two nights is quite enough for her and it means less stuff, therefor less clutter, less packing and planning meals. You are more likely to leave on a high.
3. I bought good sleeping matts. Well my parents in-law did for my birthday (thanks guys). It’s thick enough and big enough for two adults and a baby.
4. I did my homework. I found Noongallas campsite on coolcamping.co.uk. We pitched up in the dark and realised we were the only people there. We found a lovely little corner with a fire pit and a picnic bench. It’s great waking up (by the roosters) and taking stock of where you are. It was a magical spot in a small valley surrounded by gorse bush and braken. So I think the reluctant camper was a bit blown away by all that. The site also surprisingly pleasant and clean facilities, with soap (which we’d forgotten) provided. Another win with the reluctant camper.
5. Find a remote campsite that allows fires. This means for more tranquility, less caravans and “professional” campers that you have to wave at, and even, heaven forbid, talk to. And even relunctant campers can find that something magical in fires. And marshmallows also help.
5. Be organised. My trial run with Talitha meant I thought through a few things. Such as big plastic boxes to organise out cooking stuff. We remembered most things (I think I’ll do a list on this site at some point) and that really made it less stressful.
6. I took the day off before going. This meant I could pack and get the car ready. Probably the most stressful bit for anyone, especially reluctant campers.
7. I kept the coffee flowing.
7. Finally, we ordered good weather.
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