Now We’re Cooking with Gaz!

by mediocremum on 01/07/2014

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Best Camping Stoves

I absolutely LOVE camping and do get rather excitable about it.  I don’t know if it’s because I’m Canadian or what………..

Canadian Camping

A big part of it for me is all the kit, you’ve gotta have the kit!  We have tent, self-inflating mattresses, chairs, fair lights, windbreak, folding table, sleeping bags, marshmallow roasting sticks, washing up bowl, crockery and of course a bottle opener and corkscrew.

Two is always better than one!

CampingGaz Cooker

When we first got back into camping, I quickly popped out and got a little camp stove, it’s absolutely fine, but only has one burner and runs on Camping Gas Propane Cartridges which are a bit pricy and don’t last long.  As the Slow Cooker Queen I’m used to cooking with one pot, but I’d much prefer two, especially for those much needed Fry Ups in the morning.  I don’t want my bacon getting cold while I cook my eggs.

Stroking my new cooker! #camping @MountainWHouse – via @mediocre_mum

Recommended Camping Stoves

So, I was over the moon when Mountain Warehouse sent me this sexy beast – A Kampa Alfresco Double Burner With Grill for review purposes.  It has a double burner with grill, ignition, a sturdy metal case which also acts as a windbreak and for £39.99 I think it’s great value. Sadly, I haven’t had a chance to use it yet, but will be soon.

Win and Insulated Picnic Hamper from Mountain Warehouse

The generous folks at Mountain Warehouse are offering one of my readers a chance to win a 36 Litre Four Person Insulated Picnic Hamper (£29.99).  It has everything you need for the perfect picnic; cutting board, napkins, plates, cutlery and most importantly a corkscrew and wine glasses!!!

Insulated Picnic Hamper

Simply use the rafflecopter form below to enter.  Full terms and conditions are at the bottom of the form.

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Good luck and happy camping.

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1 Hazel Hulson July 1, 2014 at 2:13 pm

I found a little fan heater been prepared for both hot and cold weather even in summer

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2 LynneH July 1, 2014 at 2:38 pm

Bottle opener/corkscrew. For obvious reasons

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3 CHRISTOPHER PACKER July 1, 2014 at 3:02 pm

Perfect set for family trips in the country

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4 Susan Sargent July 1, 2014 at 3:11 pm

Insect repelient

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5 iain maciver July 1, 2014 at 3:21 pm

insect repellect especially in Scotland for the dreaded midge

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6 Rachel Craig July 1, 2014 at 3:45 pm

I was going to say toilet paper, till I saw comment above. Insect repellant can be so important, though I have come across a couple of other ways / methods of keeping midges away.

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7 claire griffiths July 1, 2014 at 4:02 pm

insect repeliant

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8 Pamela July 1, 2014 at 4:02 pm

Loo roll – for very obvious reasons! :-)

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9 Amanda Graham July 1, 2014 at 4:14 pm

A torch!

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10 Tracey Peach July 1, 2014 at 4:19 pm

A camping stove so you can have something to eat & a hot drink if there is no where aroudn or the prices are too high

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11 Samantha McDonough July 1, 2014 at 4:33 pm

Swiss Army Knife

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12 Tracy Nixon July 1, 2014 at 5:03 pm

Matches! I could never work out how to light a fire by rubbing sticks together!

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13 Angel July 1, 2014 at 5:11 pm

A kettle and stove for morning coffee.

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14 Kevin Honey July 1, 2014 at 5:15 pm

A cushion

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15 karen cowley July 1, 2014 at 5:41 pm

My camping stove, gotta get the coffee and bacon on in the morning x

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16 Claire D July 1, 2014 at 6:17 pm

A Corkscrew, I can cope with anything after a couple of drinks

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17 elaine dale July 1, 2014 at 7:29 pm

wet wipes come in handy for loads of things

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18 Catherine McAlinden July 1, 2014 at 7:53 pm

A decent picnic basket!

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19 Corinne Peat July 1, 2014 at 7:55 pm

A travel kettle

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20 Sandra Lane July 1, 2014 at 7:56 pm

A Swiss army knife is really handy for all sorts of tasks

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21 Andrea Williams July 1, 2014 at 7:57 pm

A corkscrew x

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22 Richard Randall July 1, 2014 at 8:01 pm

Spare tent pegs and a leatherman tool.

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23 Anneka Hulse July 1, 2014 at 8:06 pm

my First aid kit

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24 Emma Collins July 1, 2014 at 8:11 pm

a torsch and spare im always looking for my torch in the dark

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25 shirley evans July 1, 2014 at 8:31 pm

warm sleeping bag

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26 Lianne Wightman July 1, 2014 at 8:36 pm

plenty of warm covers…it can get rather chilly!

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27 Laura Finch July 1, 2014 at 8:40 pm

Baby wipes have sooo many uses!!

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28 Rosalind Blight July 1, 2014 at 10:05 pm

when you have kids it has to be wetwipes, closely followed by a camping stove so you can heat food and drink

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29 iain July 1, 2014 at 10:51 pm

decent waterproofs!

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30 pete c July 1, 2014 at 11:13 pm

a tent – it does at least give you cover and refuge from the weather!

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31 Leanne Lunn July 1, 2014 at 11:13 pm

A lamp especially for middle of the night toilet visits

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32 samantha price July 1, 2014 at 11:14 pm

i love to take my radio and insect repellant they like to eat me

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33 Mia Jade Fergusson July 1, 2014 at 11:28 pm

A fire starter , my partner has one made by the bear grylls brand and their excellent. The reason i chose a fire starter is because a fire gives light , it gives warmth and you can cook food on it too !

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34 Yamie July 1, 2014 at 11:32 pm

Self inflating mat, kettle and wellie boots

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35 Sheila Evans July 2, 2014 at 12:44 am

Lots of dry socks and a sense of humour!

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36 frances hopkins July 2, 2014 at 7:38 am

Kettle and Stove for the must have coffee in the morning x

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37 katie Kathurima July 2, 2014 at 8:29 am

a torch so you can see where your going in the dark

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38 MichelleD July 2, 2014 at 10:09 am

I always make sure I take a bottle of water for the morning!

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39 Doreen Mccarthy July 2, 2014 at 10:16 am

Toilet roll definitely!

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40 claire woods July 2, 2014 at 10:26 am

A torch because I’m scared of the dark!

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41 George Spedding July 2, 2014 at 10:50 am

a little stove for the first brew of the day

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42 Melanie McNair July 2, 2014 at 11:48 am

Toilet roll as inevitably there won’t be any

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43 Jeanette July 2, 2014 at 12:12 pm

Insect repellent. :-)

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44 Angie Hoggett July 2, 2014 at 12:24 pm

A good knife, blunt ones are so hard to work with!

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45 Rachel (@Parenthoodhighs) July 2, 2014 at 12:55 pm

I’ve never been camping (yet!) But I would definitely need something to make a coffee with!

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46 Donna Loxton July 2, 2014 at 1:29 pm

Toilet roll, an absolute essential

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47 vicki hennie July 2, 2014 at 1:47 pm

As I cant function without 3 cups of tea in a morning it would have to be a camping kettle

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48 laura stewart July 2, 2014 at 5:37 pm

bbq xx

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49 Jules Naybur July 2, 2014 at 10:10 pm

I know this may be a bit of a silly answer, but a Tent is pretty important!!

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50 dorothy cavender July 3, 2014 at 3:01 am

A stove for cooking

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51 Ruth Harwood July 3, 2014 at 8:22 am

I think a tent would be the most important part of camping equipment… especially if it rains!!!

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52 barbara clarke July 3, 2014 at 2:30 pm

my air bed

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53 Helen M July 3, 2014 at 3:46 pm

A first aid kit, in case of any injuries

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54 Lynn heath July 3, 2014 at 7:26 pm

The tent!!!!! But apart from that baby wipes wouldn’t leave home without them!!!!

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55 clair downham July 3, 2014 at 8:02 pm

toilet paper

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56 Chrissie Curtis July 4, 2014 at 12:43 am

Toilet Paper!

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57 debbie godbolt July 4, 2014 at 1:56 am

matches to light a fire x

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58 Laura Pritchard July 4, 2014 at 3:32 pm

Waterproof everything!

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59 Lyla July 5, 2014 at 8:33 pm

A torch so you can see what you are doing and find your way to the toilet in the dark

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60 Miriam Said July 6, 2014 at 6:05 am

The most essential piece of camping equipment is the tent, tent pegs and mallet to put the tent up, because without these items you are not camping. The next essential piece of equipment is your sleeping bag and a ground sheet otherwise you cannot sleep properly in your tent.

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61 alison berry July 6, 2014 at 8:19 am

Wetwipes

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62 kellyjo walters July 6, 2014 at 10:31 am

matches!

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63 jayne hall July 6, 2014 at 10:58 am

loo paper

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64 Julie Savage July 6, 2014 at 1:25 pm

A very warm Sleeping bag

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65 Philip Cooke July 6, 2014 at 4:42 pm

Pans & Stove, as they are basis of all meals.

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66 Kim Neville July 6, 2014 at 6:49 pm

Pampers wipes are very useful to take as can use for various reasons

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67 ann clements July 6, 2014 at 7:30 pm

corkscrew

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68 Kay panayi July 6, 2014 at 9:40 pm

Bug spray

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69 Alex Kerr July 6, 2014 at 9:58 pm

A torch! To get to the toilets, to find your socks, to see what that thing that touched your face was???

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70 Csilla July 6, 2014 at 10:19 pm

A knife. To cut, slice, spread, open, hunt mosquitos etc…

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71 Sheila Reeves July 7, 2014 at 8:18 am

A good torch & insect repellent

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72 Spencer Broadley July 7, 2014 at 9:24 am

A torch and toilet paper essential for those night visits!!!!

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73 Chris E Andrews July 7, 2014 at 12:12 pm

What do you think is the most essential piece of camping equipment and why?
a torch………….who wants to trip up over the pegs on a midnight trip to the loo??

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74 Hannah Lord July 7, 2014 at 2:16 pm

Matches or a lighter, because with those you can see AND cook both being massive needs when camping

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75 Rachel white July 7, 2014 at 2:26 pm

Loo roll…. self explanatory & wet wipes :)

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76 michelle banks July 7, 2014 at 6:56 pm

got to be toilet roll hasn’t it? lol

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77 Michelle Ferguson July 7, 2014 at 8:29 pm

Wet wipes

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78 Liane Shaw July 8, 2014 at 12:12 pm

wet wipes – can rescue you from many an interesting situation!

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79 Natalie White July 8, 2014 at 4:35 pm

Hand sanitiser because you can’t tuck into the campfire sausages before washing your hands :D

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80 fiona mcbride July 8, 2014 at 8:06 pm

anti bug candle

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81 cherie shaw July 9, 2014 at 12:15 am

A good sleeping bag to keep you warm :)

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82 Allan Wilson July 9, 2014 at 10:11 am

Wind Up solar radio. Essential to while the days away with a good book.

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83 gaby July 9, 2014 at 3:20 pm

wet wipes all the way!

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84 Rachel Davies July 9, 2014 at 5:12 pm

A corkscrew – just in case it all goes wrong because everything seems better with wine

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85 tracey thompson July 9, 2014 at 7:34 pm

when ive been, an inflatable mattress, must be getting old

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86 laura jayne bates July 9, 2014 at 10:20 pm

got to be a tin opener

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87 HANNAH July 9, 2014 at 10:22 pm

Baby wipes perfect for so many disasters

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88 Jo Booth July 10, 2014 at 5:52 pm

the groundsheet !

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89 Zoe Roxby July 10, 2014 at 6:47 pm

A lighter

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90 sarah brooker July 10, 2014 at 10:06 pm

sleeping bag

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91 Louise July 11, 2014 at 11:28 am

A good sleeping bag to keep warm.

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92 Suzie Q July 11, 2014 at 1:32 pm

It’s impossible to pick just one essential for camping as there are soooo many essentials; tent, sleeping bag, cook equipment, then the little things: torch, matches, bacon and eggs, etc. I suppose I would choose the bacon… the smell of it frying early in the morning – it makes my camping trip!

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93 Andrew Halliwell July 11, 2014 at 4:22 pm

Tent
Without it you’d be cold wet and miserable.

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94 Viv C July 11, 2014 at 8:48 pm

a sleeping bag, keeps you warm no matter wear you’re camping.

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95 Eleanor Powell July 12, 2014 at 9:18 am

tin opener!

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96 lisa July 12, 2014 at 9:43 am

cash

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97 Claire Nelson July 12, 2014 at 10:55 am

A sleeping bag

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98 Emily Carter-Dunn July 12, 2014 at 2:28 pm

Baby wipes: a lot more useful (and kinder) than toilet paper

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99 Lucie Aiston July 12, 2014 at 3:25 pm

Gotta be toilet roll!!!

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100 Harriet July 12, 2014 at 6:04 pm

Insect Repellent

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101 Naomi Buchan July 12, 2014 at 9:21 pm

Babywipes, they have so many uses, wiping hands and other things, getting mud off clothes, wiping plates for repacking before washing x

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102 Di Shepherd July 12, 2014 at 10:22 pm

loo roll for sure lol

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103 Rey Chunara July 13, 2014 at 12:27 am

Toilet roll – Essential when there’s only trees around!

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104 Shane July 13, 2014 at 2:37 am

Has to be toilet paper, no way I’d be using leaves.

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105 Laura Lott July 13, 2014 at 3:35 am

A torch! You can’t go without one.

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106 janine atkin July 13, 2014 at 10:08 am

a hot water bottle. I don’t deal with cold very well!

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107 Joanna Butler-Savage July 13, 2014 at 10:40 am

chocolate – it makes me happy in any situation

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108 Gillian Holmes July 13, 2014 at 12:01 pm

Definitely loo roll followed by wet wipes and emergency rations

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109 tamalyn roberts July 13, 2014 at 4:11 pm

baby wipes, handy for toilet and cleaning and washing faces etc

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110 JULIE B July 13, 2014 at 4:37 pm

Wet wipes/baby wipes useful for many things

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111 Alice Megan July 13, 2014 at 6:06 pm

Definitely wet wipes!

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112 Charlotte Hood July 13, 2014 at 6:14 pm

A blanket!

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113 Katy C Johnston July 13, 2014 at 7:55 pm

for me it’s insect repellant hehe

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114 Janet Rumley July 13, 2014 at 8:00 pm

First aid kit – especially with my family !

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115 Caroline Anne Bellamy July 13, 2014 at 8:38 pm

Bumper pack of baby wipes (cheap than wet wipes)

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116 Sheri Darby July 13, 2014 at 8:56 pm

The Tin opener

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117 Emma Bradshaw July 13, 2014 at 8:57 pm

Matches

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118 Wendy Jones July 13, 2014 at 9:43 pm

Sleeping bag, if you have a good nights sleep you can cope with what the day brings. (well that’s the theory anyway)

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119 Susan Hoggett July 13, 2014 at 9:51 pm

make you have plenty of wine and a barbacue

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120 karen hutchinson July 13, 2014 at 10:12 pm

midnight feast – because it make me feel younger !

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121 Caroline Kelly July 13, 2014 at 10:36 pm

Baby wipes

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122 Jayne T July 13, 2014 at 11:09 pm

Warm socks, because it can get really cold at night.

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123 Kerry Lethbridge July 13, 2014 at 11:12 pm

West wipes.

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124 ELISHA July 14, 2014 at 3:59 am

everything that can fit in the car that I need to use to go camping..

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125 Kim Lam July 14, 2014 at 5:11 am

Most definitely decent toilet roll. There is nothing worse than running out of it.

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126 Paul Aislabie July 14, 2014 at 6:45 am

Toilet Roll-for obvious reasons.

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127 Erica Price July 14, 2014 at 7:20 am

Wipes are always useful.

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128 Elizabeth Ferguson July 14, 2014 at 8:02 am

Citronella essential oil will keep insects away.

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129 trevor linvell July 14, 2014 at 8:35 am

Definitley toilet paper!

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130 Elizabeth Smith July 14, 2014 at 8:54 am

an inflatable mattress – believe me, you wouldn’t want to meet me when I haven’t had a decent night’s sleep and for some reason when I enter a tent I get a dose of Princess-and-the-pea-itis

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131 Ann July 14, 2014 at 9:11 am

Definitely the tent and loo roll

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132 Kirsty Sparks July 14, 2014 at 10:12 am

Insect Repellent. I think I was one of the only people who brought insect repellent when I worked for camp america and I was one of the only people who never got bitten all summer :)

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133 Keith Hunt July 14, 2014 at 11:20 am

A nice warm sleeping bag as im old fart.

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134 Caroline July 14, 2014 at 11:26 am

Got to be toilet roll but very closely followed by wipes, torch, decent sleeping bag, insect spray etc !!!!

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135 Jo Evans July 14, 2014 at 11:47 am

Kettle!!! and the cups of course!

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136 Kirsty Harrington July 14, 2014 at 11:51 am

Extra blankets!!! Lol

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137 elaine stokes July 14, 2014 at 12:54 pm

swiss army pen knife……………………. you can use it for everything

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138 Janet Thornton July 14, 2014 at 1:10 pm

A tent.It wouldn’t be much fun without it.

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139 Sam P Toms July 14, 2014 at 1:54 pm

Wet wipes or baby wipes, useful (and essential) for a multitude of tasks!

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140 joanne liddement July 14, 2014 at 2:06 pm

A roll up mat under the sleeping bag.Nothing worse than waking up with a sore back from laying on hard ground

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141 Andrew Sales July 14, 2014 at 2:11 pm

An Airbed to get a good nights sleep.

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142 Tracy C July 14, 2014 at 2:14 pm

Just one essential? Really? I suppose after the tent baby wipes – very multi purpose.

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143 olivia Kirby July 14, 2014 at 2:34 pm

ear plugs and eye mask. To drown out other people’s noise and to stop sun waking me at crack of dawn

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144 kay S July 14, 2014 at 3:05 pm

hand wipes

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145 Debbie Preston July 14, 2014 at 4:15 pm

Wet wipes

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146 clare d July 14, 2014 at 4:26 pm

wet wipes and or a kettle for TEA!! x

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147 rebecca nisbet July 14, 2014 at 4:59 pm

has to be a kettle, i need my tea

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148 Nicola Holland July 14, 2014 at 5:56 pm

Matches for lighting the camp fire

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149 michelle July 14, 2014 at 6:11 pm

A good knife in case i have to catch my own food!!

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150 Emma Price July 14, 2014 at 6:18 pm

A swiss army knife and some good socks! Always handy for cold nights and if you’re really caught short then the swiss army knife can help you dig a hole!!!

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151 Graham Ashworth July 14, 2014 at 6:21 pm

Kettle (and Stove) to make a brew.

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152 Allan Fullarton July 14, 2014 at 6:50 pm

Insect repelient

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153 lisa owen July 14, 2014 at 7:03 pm

toilet paper

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154 Elaine Livingstone July 14, 2014 at 7:05 pm

for me it has to be insect repellent else I become the picnic

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155 Tara Davies July 14, 2014 at 7:57 pm

A small stove, can’t get through the day without a cuppa or 3 in the morning xx

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156 Liz Yeates July 14, 2014 at 8:11 pm

Bug spray!

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157 Tobys proud mummy July 14, 2014 at 8:12 pm

Definately the mossie cream its a must have when camping near water or lakes

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158 Michelle Hughes July 14, 2014 at 8:17 pm

Baby Wipes :) can be used for everything z

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159 Chris Fletcher July 14, 2014 at 8:20 pm

A lighter is essential…I don’t smoke but you always need a quick easy way to get a fire/stove going that can’t get wet! Second is definitely corkscrew/bottle opener!

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160 lisa dolatowski July 14, 2014 at 8:23 pm

A kettle, lighter and toilet paper, I’m not the same without my morning cuppa, a lighter would come in handy for so many things, like starting a fire and toilet paper as I need comfort for my bum…!!!

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161 Rich Hill July 14, 2014 at 8:47 pm

Stove, kettle & coffee – because camping without coffee just isn’t worth contemplating!

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162 Pam Gregory July 14, 2014 at 8:59 pm

A torch

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163 lisa tebbutt July 14, 2014 at 9:12 pm

matchs so i light a fire

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164 Michelle Glen July 14, 2014 at 9:25 pm

a camp bed-getting to old and sore backs haha

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165 Lyndsey Beckford July 14, 2014 at 9:29 pm

Definitely toilet paper :-o

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166 Rachel Gray July 14, 2014 at 10:01 pm

wet wipes and a lighter

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167 Laura Vitty July 14, 2014 at 10:30 pm

Headtorch :)

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168 Natalie Crossan July 14, 2014 at 10:45 pm

Lighter! Fire equals hot food and warmth!

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169 karen townsend July 14, 2014 at 11:09 pm

lighter and kettle

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170 Val Pownall July 14, 2014 at 11:16 pm

A very warm sleeping bag – there’s nothing worse than being cold!

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171 Chris Burrell July 14, 2014 at 11:22 pm

Plastic bags – there’s always a use for a plastic bag when camping. Dirty clothes, clean clothes, rubbish….

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