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East Wittering Camping Check List

Less than 24 hours to go before I head off as the advance party on our two night trip to Stubcroft Farm in East Wittering, and I’m glad we upgraded our Renault Clio to a Grand Scenic as we are a very long way from Matthew De Abaitua’s more utilitarian, perhaps even mystical, philosophy about essential camping kit. I’m beginning to wonder whether we have chosen the right site, because I’ve met another two other people who’ve been to the Scotts Farm site in West Wittering, and although they admit that the site is a bit soulless they say it’s got great facilities and it’s very close to the beach. At the same time, you can pitch you tent away from any larger groups in the field they have at the back and you are pretty much guaranteed to get a pitch any time other than busy bank holiday weekends. Stubcroft Farm is beginning to sound a little more formal with the pitches being numbered, so although the venue looks more charming it doesn’t seem as chilled as one of the new bread of ‘cooler‘ sites like Wowo, nor does it seem as relaxed about where you pitch your tent as one of the more commercial and formal sites like Stubcroft Farm. Anyway, I’ll have more feedback on Monday, and in the meantime I have a check list to finish and it seems to be getting longer and longer (I’ll be continuing to update this post with more stuff until I go, I’ll print off and take it with me for packing).

Check List:

Bell Tent – 5m Ultimate
5 Metre Bell Tent Inner Tent – creates 2 rooms

Unbleached Cotton Canvas Malu Awning – will use as cook tent
Polyester Gazebo (ASDA) – trying to off load to other campers on trip
Bunting x 20m – we need way way more for Guinness World Record

Double Air Bed (ASDA)
Foot Pump (ASDA)
Duvet + Sheets + Pillows – might try sleeping bags and inflatable pillows next time
Sleeping Mat (ASDA) x 2
Sleeping bags – Kids x 2
Blankets – Kids x 2

Folding Chairs -Adult x 2
Folding Chairs -Kids (ASDA) x 2
Folding Canvas Table – Kids (ASDA)
Folding Aluminium Table (ASDA)
Halfords Tartan Picnic Rug

Halfords Portable Gas Stove
Butane Gas Canisters (Various) x 4

Halfords Kettle BBQ – falling apart, but might use as fire bowl for logs
B&Q Vegas Folding Charcoal Barbecue

Charcoal
Fire Lighters
Long matches

Halfords Cookset & Kettle
Bialetti Stainless Steel Espresso Maker
Tongs
2 x large stainless steel serving spoons
1 long serrated knife
1 small sharp knife
1 stainless steel turner
1 wooden spatula
6 long stainles steel skewers
Bamboo Skewer packs (ASDA) x 2

Halfords Campers Cutlery Set x 2 – one set already missing knife
Kids plastic cutlery – assorted (IKEA)
Smart Price 4 Pack Blue Plastic Tumblers (ASDA)
Smart Price 4 Pack Blue Plastic Wine Glasses (ASDA)
Smart Price 4 Pack Blue Plastic Plates (ASDA) – don’t think they’ll last long
Smart Price 4 Pack Blue Plastic Bowls (ASDA)
Smart Price Blue Plastic Salad Bowl (ASDA)
Smart Price Blue Plastic Jug (ASDA)
Stainless Steel Mugs (ASDA) x 2

Polar Gear Cooler Bag x 2
Polar Gear Medium Ice Pack x 3 (Halfords) x 2
Ice Packs (Various) x 6-8
Optima Picnic Back Pack – minus plates, cutlery etc
Halfords Collapsible Water Carrier
Halfords 10L Jerrycan without Tap
SIS GO/Rego/PSP 600ml Water Bottles x 2
Smoke Bike 700ml Water Bottle (Halfords)
Recycled 1.5l Plastic Bottle

Army Surplus Kit Bag – for various
Packaway back pack (ASDA) – for tools
Drawstring bag (ASDA) – for inflatable double mattress
Reusable Shopping Bags (Sainsburys, ASDA, Tesco, etc) – mostly for food, etc
Rhino Flexi Tub 40L (ASDA) – for carrying/storage and potential bath for kids
Rhino Flexi Tub 12L (ASDA) – for carrying/storage and washing up

PVC Poncho – Adult (ASDA) x 2
PVC Poncho – Kids x 2

Urban Escape Wind Up Collapsible LED Lantern

Magnusson Folding Combo Utility Knife
Mallet (ASDA)
Large Stanley Grips
Toppeak Bike Multi-tool

Washing Up Liquid
Toilet Roll
Tin Foil
Cling Film
Baby Wipes
Freezer bags + clips
All purposes cloths x 4
Washing-Up Pad/Sponge

Beach Towels x 3

Kite
Ukulele + Tuner + Song sheets
Pansonix Lumix Camera
Fisher-Price Kids-Tough digital camera
iPhone +Griffin car charger
Inflatable Crocodile
Kids binoculars x 2

Needed/Wanted:
Aluminium windscreen for Portable Gas Stove or old biscuit tin
Thermos
Windbreak for campsite/beach
Trolley and ideally porters
Bike Rack
Spare Panasonic Lumix Camera Batteries
Lockable Roof Bars
Roof Box
Micro Towels
Kids Headlamps x 2
Kids cutlery x 2
Kids water bottles x 2