Essential stuff to have in your camping kit

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Re: Essential stuff to have in your camping kit

Postby richardfm » 20 Sep 2020, 7:51pm

I take an enamel mug, a small cafetiere that does one mug and some coffee that I grind and pack individual portions before leavng

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Re: Essential stuff to have in your camping kit

Postby Cowsham » 21 Sep 2020, 10:27am

I bring a plastic microwave safe stuff cos mostly anywhere I'm at, campsites and such, there's a microwave and electric kettle to hand. Don't do much wild camping since it would mean carting a lot more stuff.

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Re: Essential stuff to have in your camping kit

Postby Sweep » 21 Sep 2020, 5:28pm

Cowsham wrote:I bring a plastic microwave safe stuff cos mostly anywhere I'm at, campsites and such, there's a microwave and electric kettle to hand. Don't do much wild camping since it would mean carting a lot more stuff.

a microwave!
I don't even have such a thing at home.
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Re: Essential stuff to have in your camping kit

Postby Cowsham » 21 Sep 2020, 7:18pm

Sweep wrote:
Cowsham wrote:I bring a plastic microwave safe stuff cos mostly anywhere I'm at, campsites and such, there's a microwave and electric kettle to hand. Don't do much wild camping since it would mean carting a lot more stuff.

a microwave!
I don't even have such a thing at home.


:lol: like it.

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Re: Essential stuff to have in your camping kit

Postby Bmblbzzz » 2 Oct 2020, 3:51pm

Morzedec wrote:Clean hanky and a dinner jacket.

Get invited everywhere, saves cooking.

You are Patrick Leigh-Fermor and I claim my five pound note.

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Re: Essential stuff to have in your camping kit

Postby Bmblbzzz » 2 Oct 2020, 3:59pm

simonineaston wrote:not the right thread, but...
soon after I learned about the bio-degradable wet-wipes (see upthread), I read a study finds that for the first time ever, micro-plastics are now routinely found in human organs. Great - just what we need...
So back to the idea that there are plastics in wet-wipes, T bags, kitchen towel - anything in fact that needs protection from being too quick to dissolve. Enter the bio-degradable variant. But I'm sorry to say that the food industry have an awful reputation for spin and opacity and I will lay odds of 100:1 that when they say their products are "bio-degradable" it doesn't mean they are plastic-free. Evidence? Well, companies like Pukka, who used to have good food-safety credentials, are already playing that game - they say their T bags are safe & bio-degradable but it turns out that they still have a plastic element, albiet lower than mainstream product like Typhoo / PG Tips - all three are ultimately owned by Unilever. They all cheerfully point out that there's no evidence that the presence of microplastics poses a health threat (of course not - it's a relatively recent development & its waaaay too early to say one way or another, for sure), and use carefully prepared phrases, like
The envelope contains only a very thin layer of BPA and PVC free plastic,
Well thanks, but I'm not convinced these products are safe, long-term.

I think PG Tips bags, or at least certain boxes of PG Tips bags, are now paper not plastic.

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Re: Essential stuff to have in your camping kit

Postby Bmblbzzz » 2 Oct 2020, 4:08pm

Something I take is a small plastic chopping board from a standard kitchen shop, not camping-specific.

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Re: Essential stuff to have in your camping kit

Postby mumbojumbo » 2 Oct 2020, 4:35pm

A chopping oard in a dark colour serves as a commuication aid/blackboard,and as a headboard,tool-tray and a prayer mat if grass wet.

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Re: Essential stuff to have in your camping kit

Postby Sweep » 2 Oct 2020, 5:48pm

Bmblbzzz wrote:Something I take is a small plastic chopping board from a standard kitchen shop, not camping-specific.

me too, even though the trangia has a sort of chopping board/strainer.
I got mine from Lidl in one of their pretty frequent kitchen kit promos.
Also a great Decathlon fold-out lockable cooking knife - it's pretty seriously heavy but am confident I can chop anything with it - so much I use it at home in the kitchen as my go-to knife.
I think it may be discontinued - possibly because it's a rather too useful urban weapon.

edit - it may well be discontinued as couldn't find it on the decathlon web site (tho it is notoriously poor).

This is the esteemed knife.

https://decathlon.com.au/products/hikin ... 3624066159
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Re: Essential stuff to have in your camping kit

Postby Cowsham » 2 Oct 2020, 9:52pm

If I'm away on a bike holiday I don't want to be honing my culinary skills all day long. I'll either eat out or eat cheap at the campsite or whatever facility I've landed at. Carrying food around with me ? Not for me.

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Re: Essential stuff to have in your camping kit

Postby richardfm » 2 Oct 2020, 10:02pm

Cowsham wrote:If I'm away on a bike holiday I don't want to be honing my culinary skills all day long. I'll either eat out or eat cheap at the campsite or whatever facility I've landed at. Carrying food around with me ? Not for me.

I'm with you. I carry coffee making kit and emergency supplies in case I can't find anywhere to eat out, but don't plan to prepare meals.

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Re: Essential stuff to have in your camping kit

Postby Sweep » 3 Oct 2020, 1:30am

Cowsham wrote:If I'm away on a bike holiday I don't want to be honing my culinary skills all day long.

I assure you I don't "hone" my culinary skills at home or on tour.
My philosophy is that if it can't be made in 20 minutes, usually less, forget it. Am happy with basic simple food.
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Re: Essential stuff to have in your camping kit

Postby simonineaston » 3 Oct 2020, 6:46am

I don't want to be honing my culinary skills all day long.
That's why I took to touring northern France, all those years ago - I worked out that the countryside was lovely and the food excellent - no need to take cooking equipment with me.
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Re: Essential stuff to have in your camping kit

Postby PaulaT » 3 Oct 2020, 9:15am

Cowsham wrote:If I'm away on a bike holiday I don't want to be honing my culinary skills all day long. I'll either eat out or eat cheap at the campsite or whatever facility I've landed at. Carrying food around with me ? Not for me.


More or less the same for me except I always carry some food with me, enough for one evening meal and one breakfast, just in case. I've only needed to use the evening meal part on a few occasions but use the breakfast part quite regularly.

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Re: Essential stuff to have in your camping kit

Postby Sweep » 3 Oct 2020, 1:14pm

PaulaT wrote:
Cowsham wrote:If I'm away on a bike holiday I don't want to be honing my culinary skills all day long. I'll either eat out or eat cheap at the campsite or whatever facility I've landed at. Carrying food around with me ? Not for me.


More or less the same for me except I always carry some food with me, enough for one evening meal and one breakfast, just in case. I've only needed to use the evening meal part on a few occasions but use the breakfast part quite regularly.

If you carry no cooking kit, what is this standby evening meal you carry?
(I have been reduced to eat some pretty strange stuff before bedding down if I couldn't be bothered to cook)
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