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A camping master list




The perfect formula for camping is one part Enid Blyton, one part Wes Anderson (Moonrise Kingdom)  and one part reality.   That's what I'm thinking as I pack the car....lashings of ginger beer, plaid blankets and practical things like a sleeping bags if there's room.

It's that crazy thinking that means I usually forget something critical...like the camp oven, or the children's flip flops, sunblock or rain coats.  And we always need rain coats, because if we're going camping, in Tasmania it's highly likely that it will rain.  It's how we roll.


















We're just back from a six night camp with friends at our favourite camp ground on Bruny Island. The first day the weather was glorious but from then on things got a little wet, quite a lot wet actually, the biggest downpour for January on record.   And it got windy too.  Very windy.  

But we were in the most delightful place and made the best of it.   We saw loads of baby echidnas up close, swam in the sea, didn't catch a single fish but caught plenty of waves.  We ate paella, bacon sandwiches, watermelon, and peaches.  And toasted jaffles with cheese and tomato with bacon on the outside, plus oysters, and samphire that we foraged along the shore.  Cooking outdoors on the fire is the best part of camping for me.

Round the fire one night, I got talking to my friend about camping lists, and she shared some camping wisdom about "the master list." A document listing camping essentials that you keep on your computer and update if needed when you return from each trip.  I need a master list, so I won't forget things, so of course I jumped on the idea as soon as I retuned.  I not sure this is what she had in mind, as my version is not at all practical but it's all very nice and filled with my favourite camping things.

My camping master list

Tartan :: blankets especially, but we also have a tartan esky to add to the mix. It seems very fitting in the outdoors.

Canvas :: we took a our new canvas tent and it stayed bone dry in the downpour, along with canvas stools, canvas shoes and canvas hats.

Enamelware :: mixing bowls, washing up bowls, plates, cups and tea pots.

Cast iron :: jaffle iron, tripod, frypan, dutch oven.....when cooking over a fire, cast iron is the best.

Wool :: woollen blankets, wool for knitting and woollen  beanies and jumpers to keep warm at night.

Tea :: goes without saying, I like strong builders tea like Yorkshire.

Paper :: books to read and note pads for drawing and writing lists.

Coffee :: absolutely essential, I bring my little italian espresso pot.

Bacon :: also an absolute must, each day must start with bacon. That's the camping rules.

Khaki :: on anything really, our new tent is khaki, but we could do with more. Second only to tartan.

Baskets :: Great for fishing, carting stuff to the beach, and storing kitchen essentials.

Timber boxes :: I use vintage timber boxes to lug stuff to camp, then they can flipped over for little side tables or used to prep dinner. No plastic storage bins for me thanks.

Cotton :: I have warm cosy cotton sleeping bags that are so comfortable, plus I bring cotton sheets and cotton face towels.  Not practical in the wet, but super comfy when it's dry.

Lashings of ginger beer :: It's the rules.  Ration of one ginger beer per day.

Cake :: a sturdy and honest cake to drink with tea, stored in a pretty cake tin.

Famous Five books :: those adventures are even more inspiring when read under the stars before bedtime.

Dark chocolate and whisky :: for adults to nibble and sip when the children have gone to bed.

Bunting :: I think so.

Binoculars :: For bird watching and that important Moonrise Kingdom touch, or swap for a vintage portable turntable.





When we got home, smokey, salty and tired we slept so soundly that first night, dreaming of the next outdoor adventure.  But not before writing my master list.

Do you have a camping list? What are your essentials?

25 comments:

  1. I love your essentials Michelle...so many gorgeous categories. A one man canoe is almost always on our list x

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    1. A yes! The canoe is on my wish list! xx

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  2. I loved reading your post! I am preparing for our family camping trip this week, and only asked my son this afternoon if he wanted to pick a book for us to read, like Enid Blyton.
    I take most of my list from Emma Bradshaw's blog, Bradshaw & Sons. Your list has some great things to add too. :)

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    1. I can heartily recommend famous five! I love Emma's blog and get a lot of camping inspiration from her! x

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  3. Gorgeous! I'd like to come camping with you ... we had been looking at that Kimberley tent too, so good to hear it stood up to the rain.

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    1. Great! Come along!
      I really love the Kimberly tent, I'd been looking for a canvas tent for a long time and decided on this one...a good price, easy to put up and waterproof! As much as I would love a bell tent, they are too pricey for me so this is my compromise!

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  4. Oh my gosh I love this post so much I want to eat it all up! xx

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    1. Hahaha! That's exactly what I was thinking too Kate! x

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  5. Oh my gosh, can I come camping with you?! We're off camping this summer, i wish I could fast forward the months!

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    1. Yes you can come! Summer seems so far in the middle of winter doesn't it?!

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  6. Love your list, it's freezing here in the UK and summer feels a long way off so I'm loving your camping adventures here and on Instagram x x here's a list of what we take http://emmabradshaw.blogspot.co.uk/2009/07/emmas-camping-guide.html
    Emma x x x

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  7. Oh I really wanna go camping now... our camping list is totally dictated by 'packability' as we only really go camping on our motorbike trips... there's not a great deal of room on the back of two bikes so everything must be multi purpose and or multi use ... of course our stainless steel coffee plunger always goes in first, everything else must fit around it! Crafty suppliers like crochet and leatherwork have to be small projects - no making any big blankets or stockwhips! It's a challenge but quite an art form to make it all fit... Fellow campers can be quite surprised when they see how much comes out, tis a bit alice in wonderlandish my packing!

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  8. Love, love, love this Michelle. Especially the echidnas! (could I add them to my list, I wonder?) I am a light-weight camper at heart, and only add another element to our kit after much thought. But the coffee pot and enamel tea pot are definite, as is my cast-iron skillet (heavy as it is), and a market basket full of fruit. I'm with you on Enid Blyton too. x

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  9. My goodness I just love everything about this post! You've totally inspired me to get my camping on! And to go find some fabulous tartan. Sophie xx

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  10. You definitely have listed the essentials....all the pretty essentials. I think I could be very comfortable camping with you!

    I have quilts on my list...they look pretty mixed with the vintage tartan. :)

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  11. Thats my perfect combo, except maybe I'd add one part Swallows & Amazons camping in there too! Makes me want to go camping right now, especially with the gorgeous weather NZ is having right now!

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  12. I agree on the bunting too, what occasion doesn't benefit from a bit of bunting.
    A lovely list Michelle.
    x

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  13. I love your list. I also have a master list, and mine includes chocolate, coffee, Chai, a teapot and Lego. I must add cake and a cake tin. I saw a cool thing when we were on holiday recently.... some travellers with a tightrope stretched between two trees. It was a hit with everyone that went past. I must see if I can source one of those!

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  14. I think if you go camping in a place where you can have a fire, two things that are essential to do is take marshmellows (yes even in Australia) and cook damper for morning brekkie.

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  15. Ohmygoodness - I dreamt about an echidna last night! How funny is that? I'm not much of a camper (well, not the tent and sleeping bag kind) but you make it look good!

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  16. Love it we took our 40cm cast iron crepe hotplate and made crepes for breaky for all our friends at new years. A friend had a cast iron dutch poffertje pan and we had a pancakeoff. Can never have enough cast iron cookware. Love the list. Must read the famous five. My little one has been enjoying the far away tree and wishing chair

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  17. I have a camping box (an idea i inherited from my mum) it has things like matches, toilet paper, eco detergent, tea towels, salt and pepper, a few cans of emergency baked beans, plates, cups, bowls, cutlery, tongs, insect repellent, a bit of rope, a torch, coffee, tea, coffee plunger, billy etc. It means we just have to chuck the box and the swag in the car, and we're more or less set :) makes camping a breeze!

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  18. Haha! I love your list! How gorgeous is Moonrise Kingdom? That movie is eye candy! It made me wanna go camping even;) Gorgy photos as usual xx

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