Essential stuff to have in your camping kit

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Re: Essential stuff to have in your camping kit

Postby matt2matt2002 » 13 Aug 2020, 8:57pm

Cowsham wrote:
matt2matt2002 wrote:Having just returned from a week bike/ camp/ touring north of Ullapool, a midge net is essential.


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Re: Essential stuff to have in your camping kit

Postby Sweep » 13 Aug 2020, 9:20pm

ossie wrote:Corkscrew

+1
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Re: Essential stuff to have in your camping kit

Postby Ant... » 13 Aug 2020, 9:26pm

Esspresso pot/ areopress, don't do mornings without coffee! :D

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Re: Essential stuff to have in your camping kit

Postby Cowsham » 13 Aug 2020, 9:42pm

I suppose we can't leave out tools -- patching outfit and at least one spare tube.

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Re: Essential stuff to have in your camping kit

Postby Thehairs1970 » 13 Aug 2020, 10:28pm

ossie wrote:Corkscrew


Don't take one anymore. If your wine has a cork, it's too expensive. If the worst comes to the worst, push the cork in using a tent peg. This means you have to drink the whole bottle. Oh dear.

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Re: Essential stuff to have in your camping kit

Postby PaulaT » 14 Aug 2020, 8:23am

Ant... wrote:Esspresso pot/ areopress, don't do mornings without coffee! :D


When camping, I make "cowboy coffee". No special equipment needed and none of the bitterness often associated with ground coffee.

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Re: Essential stuff to have in your camping kit

Postby simonineaston » 14 Aug 2020, 8:42am

A frozen curry and a blackout tent, according to The Guardian...
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Re: Essential stuff to have in your camping kit

Postby Paulatic » 14 Aug 2020, 9:20am

PaulaT wrote:
Ant... wrote:Esspresso pot/ areopress, don't do mornings without coffee! :D


When camping, I make "cowboy coffee". No special equipment needed and none of the bitterness often associated with ground coffee.

Just back from a tour where advertising must have got to me.
I took coffee bags! All I can say to people is don’t. Probably a smidge better than instant.
I’ll be back to a filter paper sitting over the top of the mug unless PaulaT can tempt me with cowboy Coffee. What’s your method?
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Re: Essential stuff to have in your camping kit

Postby Jdsk » 14 Aug 2020, 9:24am

Thehairs1970 wrote:Don't take one anymore. If your wine has a cork, it's too expensive. If the worst comes to the worst, push the cork in using a tent peg. This means you have to drink the whole bottle. Oh dear.

: - )

Other methods are available:
https://www.homewetbar.com/blog/9-unusual-ways-how-to-open-a-wine-bottle-without-a-corkscrew/

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Re: Essential stuff to have in your camping kit

Postby PaulaT » 14 Aug 2020, 4:01pm

Paulatic wrote:
PaulaT wrote:
Ant... wrote:Esspresso pot/ areopress, don't do mornings without coffee! :D


When camping, I make "cowboy coffee". No special equipment needed and none of the bitterness often associated with ground coffee.

Just back from a tour where advertising must have got to me.
I took coffee bags! All I can say to people is don’t. Probably a smidge better than instant.
I’ll be back to a filter paper sitting over the top of the mug unless PaulaT can tempt me with cowboy Coffee. What’s your method?


I use a method I found on YouTube where you

1) add the grounds to warm water
2) bring to the biol for about a minute
3) run a bit of cold water into the pot along the sides. This is supposed to make the grounds sink to the bottom and does seem to work

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Re: Essential stuff to have in your camping kit

Postby Sweep » 14 Aug 2020, 5:13pm

Richard D wrote:A linen towel. Packs down smaller than microfibre, dries me better than microfibre, doesn’t whiff like microfibre, feels nicer than microfibre, and takes only marginally longer to dry in the open air than microfibre (I use a black one to better absorb the sun's heat).

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where would you get such a thing?
A full size bath towel type thing or do you really mean a Tea towel?
A big one would be rather pricey?
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Re: Essential stuff to have in your camping kit

Postby Cowsham » 14 Aug 2020, 9:50pm

Sweep wrote:
Richard D wrote:A linen towel. Packs down smaller than microfibre, dries me better than microfibre, doesn’t whiff like microfibre, feels nicer than microfibre, and takes only marginally longer to dry in the open air than microfibre (I use a black one to better absorb the sun's heat).

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where would you get such a thing?
A full size bath towel type thing or do you really mean a Tea towel?
A big one would be rather pricey?


I carry 2 small cotton towels -- a dark colour to dry better in the sun is a good idea. Don't know how a linen towel would feel on the skin or how well it will dry me but willing to try one too as they would pack down small.

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Re: Essential stuff to have in your camping kit

Postby KTHSullivan » 17 Aug 2020, 10:58am

I have always found that a tent is quite useful. :D
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Re: Essential stuff to have in your camping kit

Postby simonineaston » 17 Aug 2020, 11:16am

I would say wet-wipes but for the realisation that they are actually plastic and do not readily bio-degrade. I s'pose the dock-leaf is nature's ww, however they're not always easy to hand and there is something very comforting about knowing that base-level cleanliness is only as far as that compact little packet in the pannier...
I'll add 'water-bottle' instead.
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Re: Essential stuff to have in your camping kit

Postby Jdsk » 17 Aug 2020, 11:18am

simonineaston wrote:I would say wet-wipes but for the realisation that they are actually plastic and do not readily bio-degrade.

Ahem...
https://www.google.com/search?q=biodegradable+wet+wipes

; - )

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