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Camping trip to Maldon

camping trip to maldon

Camping trip to Maldon

Just because it’s now September doesn’t mean the summer holidays are now over does it?………..No of course not! We went on a fun-filled family camping trip to Maldon and stayed at Waterside.

We had planned to meet our sisters there with their partners and kiddies too. The boys had great fun with their little cousins. There was lots of tree climbing, fun in the park, ball games, competitive games, bug hunts, late night ghost stories being told around the camp fire plus late night walks in the dark with torches.

 

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With myself always being cold I made full use of having an electric pitch and packed a kettle and an electric blow heater…..Well why not? It made camping this time of year more bearable and much more enjoyable, why sit and freeze when you don’t have too.

It was so lovely being able to just pitch up our tent and then sit, relax and all enjoy each others company stress free and forget about the hectic busy life back at home. What was LOVED the most is having no gadgets getting in the way, we all actually sat and talked as a family. When at home the boy’s would be on consoles in their bedrooms or doing course work for school so it was lovely to see them having fun and enjoying the great outdoors and getting some fresh air.

The boys loved being outdoors as did we, they loved spending time with their younger cousins and I must say with all the fresh air and running around the boys did It sent them both out like a light come bedtime, I think they was asleep before their heads hit their pillow. One of the nights Lee went into a deep sleep and spent a good hour or so snoring which his cousins found highly amusing and had great pleasure in telling him that they had heard him even from their tent. There was lots of giggles that morning.

 

camping trip to maldon

 

We found that two nights just went by so quickly, when we go again in October….Yes October! We are going to book up for a three night stay. We all enjoyed our weekend so much we will not let the weather scare us away. We are yet to still pick where we are going to camp but this will be booked this next week.

On our last day at Maldon we packed our tent away by 10am and had loaded the car too, we all then decided that the weather was nice so we all headed off down to the beach to get some last-minute outdoor fun and make the most of our last day…….So that’s what we did!

 

Camping trip to Maldon

 

The boys love crab fishing so we was all on the look out for crabs and one thing St Lawrence bay is not short of and that is crabs, there was loads of them……One took a liking to Brads finger…..Ouch!

The kids burned off loads of energy on the beach, the boys was giving their younger cousins piggy back rides, helping them climb up the rocks and also having races on the beach. It was so relaxing and lovely to see them all enjoying themselves.

We ended our family camping trip to Maldon with a lovely picnic and an ice lolly. We was all sad that our weekend had to end but we will be back to Waterside Maldon next year.

camping trip to maldon

camping trip to maldon

 

 

 

More camping fun to be had very soon…..

 

 

 

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Camping checklist

camping checklist

Camping checklist

Preparation is essential when preparing for any activity, making sure we have all supplies needed for the adventure/activity will make all the difference.

We are taking up camping so we are making a camping checklist to help us make sure we have ALL essentials needed to make our camping experience more fun and enjoyable.

Creating a checklist is a great way to get/stay organised, I find that they help releave the stress and also a great way to not forget anything. I start my checklist way in advance, as and when I think of items I add them to my list, when the time comes to pack I have my list as a back up to help make sure I don’t forget anything, having a list at the ready really helped when we went camping in the new forest.

I have been talking amongst friends and family who have experienced camping and we have come up with this camping checklist between us.

We have broken the list down into sections to make it easier when packing, we have also kept the list to just the basics as Ian likes to travel light and always say’s “far too much gets packed when we go away” …….I don’t know what he means!

           Here is our list of must have items we think you should have on a camping check list.
Shelter: Bathroom/shower:
Making sure the tent is packed is a MUST. Wash bag.
Ground sheets as we’d hate to get wet. Shower flip-flops.
Tent pegs and spares. Flannels.
Mallet. Towels.
Cooking: Travel sized body wash.
A cooking stove. Travel sized shampoo/conditioner.
Kettle. Toothbrush and toothpaste.
Gas/extra gas. Travel sized mouthwash.
Matches or lighter. Body spray.
Non breakable cups, plates, cutlery and bowls. Hair gels/sprays.
Mini fridge if pitching at an electric pitch. Travel sized shave gel and razors.
Fold up picnic table Toilet roll.
Bin bags for the rubbish. Comb/Brush.
Cooking spray/oil, film and foil. Mirror.
Pots and pans. Make-up
Wind shield for cooking. Ideal clothing:
Food storage containers. Wellies
Paper towel/napkins. Hat’s, gloves and scarfs.
washing up and drying equipment Watherproof trousers and coat/jacket.
Bleach wipes. Underwear.
Cooking utensils, openers and scissors. Thermals.
Other must have’s: Trousers.
Torch/lanterns. Shorts.
Well stocked and up to date first aid kit. T-shirts.
Extra batteries. Jumpers.
Puncher repair kit. Jackets.
Games/entertainment. Trainers/boots.
Camera. Food ideas:
Umbrella. Hotdogs
Hand wipes. beans
Insect repellant. spaghetti
Phone chargers. macaroni
Duct tape. meatballs
Pen & paper. Dried nuts and fruit
Camping/pocket knife. travel size jams and spreads
Camping/folding chairs. Dried pastas & noodles.
Sunglasses/sun cream. ready cooked meats
Radio. Packet rice, cous cous.
Candles to keep the horrid bugs away. Drinks.
Water bottle/drinks bottle. Biscuits.
Sleeping: Crisps.
Pillow. Cereal bars.
Sleeping bag. Bread, rolls.
Warm PJs. Treats.
Blow up bed’s Tinned fruits
Electric/hand pump. UHT milk.
Blankets. Marshmallows and skewers.
Bed socks. Tea, coffee, sugar, hot chocolate.

I do hope that I have not missed anything off the list, can you spot anything that I have missed?