Essential stuff to have in your camping kit

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Re: Essential stuff to have in your camping kit

Postby Cowsham » 3 Oct 2020, 9:49pm

I carry enough for the first nights meal handy if I'll be arriving after the shops are shut and if there's a microwave at the campsite, then next day I'll do the shopping for ping stuff to throw in the tent for the next two or three days or whatever my stay at that place is.

I do carry one food -- my jumbo oats porridge with salt already mixed in but it's very light and only need water and a microwave to prepare. Separated into little freezer bags portions so no measuring just split the bag into bowl, water , 2min mw, and I'm ready to ride.

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Re: Essential stuff to have in your camping kit

Postby Sweep » 4 Oct 2020, 8:00am

Microwave!
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Re: Essential stuff to have in your camping kit

Postby Cowsham » 4 Oct 2020, 10:03am

Sweep wrote:Microwave!


Yes it's a great new invention especially the solar powered ones for cycle touring.

https://youtu.be/jNBJmj_lsio

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Re: Essential stuff to have in your camping kit

Postby st599_uk » 15 Oct 2020, 7:53pm

A "tee-ei" I bought in Hamburg and proper leaf tea.
A groundsheet/picnic blanket made from that lightweight stuff festivals make wristbands from.
Colman's mustard for flavouring bland food and dealing with cramp.
4m of 1.5mm dynema.
Premade sandwich bags with oats and dried milk - add water and boil in the bag
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Re: Essential stuff to have in your camping kit

Postby Bmblbzzz » 15 Oct 2020, 7:57pm

I think it's tea ball in English or tea infuser.

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Re: Essential stuff to have in your camping kit

Postby Jdsk » 15 Oct 2020, 8:00pm

Yes, but tea egg is more picturesque.

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Re: Essential stuff to have in your camping kit

Postby mumbojumbo » 15 Oct 2020, 8:19pm

A mirror is useful
1.watch for approaching bears from behind
2.signalling for help
3.slaying mythical creatures
4.shaving and make up
5.inpecting bottom if sore
6.on bike
7.starting fire

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Re: Essential stuff to have in your camping kit

Postby Cowsham » 15 Oct 2020, 11:29pm

st599_uk wrote:A "tee-ei" I bought in Hamburg and proper leaf tea.
A groundsheet/picnic blanket made from that lightweight stuff festivals make wristbands from.
Colman's mustard for flavouring bland food and dealing with cramp.
4m of 1.5mm dynema.
Premade sandwich bags with oats and dried milk - add water and boil in the bag


Mustard for cramp? What do you do with it and does it involve Mumbo's mirror to apply it?

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Re: Essential stuff to have in your camping kit

Postby Jdsk » 15 Oct 2020, 11:50pm

You eat it!

Widely believed, TTBOMK no evidence of effectiveness, and I don't think that there are any published studies...

,,, unlike pickle juice, where there's (at least) one, and quinine where there's lots.

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Re: Essential stuff to have in your camping kit

Postby andrew_s » 16 Oct 2020, 12:40am

st599_uk wrote:A "tee-ei" I bought in Hamburg and proper leaf tea.

Does it make you feel a bit smug when you read of the lengths coffee drinkers go to for their campsite fix?
It does me :)

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Re: Essential stuff to have in your camping kit

Postby st599_uk » 16 Oct 2020, 6:54am

https://www.health.harvard.edu/bone-and ... -sufferers

The mustard was recommended to me by a rugby coach 25 years ago. It does seem to work for me. Quite a few athletes use pickle juice for similar reasons.

To quote Harvard Medical:
"In recent years scientists have determined that the motor neurons become overactive during cramping and are exploring ways to dampen the excessive response." And:
"Scientists think the foods might stimulate ion channels in the mouth, esophagus, and stomach to send signals to the central nervous system that inactivate overexcited neurons."
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Re: Essential stuff to have in your camping kit

Postby st599_uk » 16 Oct 2020, 6:55am

andrew_s wrote:
st599_uk wrote:A "tee-ei" I bought in Hamburg and proper leaf tea.

Does it make you feel a bit smug when you read of the lengths coffee drinkers go to for their campsite fix?
It does me :)
Yeah, plus tea is infinitely superior.
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Re: Essential stuff to have in your camping kit

Postby pjclinch » 16 Oct 2020, 7:51am

st599_uk wrote:
andrew_s wrote:
st599_uk wrote:A "tee-ei" I bought in Hamburg and proper leaf tea.

Does it make you feel a bit smug when you read of the lengths coffee drinkers go to for their campsite fix?
It does me :)
Yeah, plus tea is infinitely superior.


Tea is at least easier to get over the threshold of drinkable.
I mainly drink tea when I have a cold which messes with my sense of smell, but with good leaf tea it's hard to go wrong. It's traditional in the UK to over-brew it to make it too bitter, necessitating milk to take the edge off, but even that's drinkable if decidedly sub-par.

Rather than a tea ball/egg I have German tea socks which work fine and pack flat.

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Re: Essential stuff to have in your camping kit

Postby Oldjohnw » 16 Oct 2020, 8:10am

I use this:

https://www.peacewiththewild.co.uk/prod ... -strainer/

Had it for years and it works for both tea and coffee. Every now and then I soak it for several hours in lemon juice, bicarbonate of soda and white wine vinegar and it comes out as new after a bit of elbow grease.
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Re: Essential stuff to have in your camping kit

Postby Vorpal » 16 Oct 2020, 8:52am

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

PG Tips do not have plastic in them. They are also removing the plastic from their packaging, though that is still in process.
https://www.pgtips.co.uk/sustainability.html
I saw something on the telly a few days ago where an independent lab tested different tea brands for the plastic in the tea bags. PG Tips & Pukka were the best. Twinings was the worst. They also did Yorkshire, Tetleys & a few others, though I don't remember the other brands.
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