Camping in the front garden


Yesterday afternoon, after the boys’ (and my!) midday snooze, we put up a Vango Sigma 300 tent in our front garden.

Jane won the tent years ago, while we were still living in Edinburgh, and it’s sat in our attic ever since. Now the boys are getting a bit older, and the economy is getting worse, we’re considering taking them camping on adventures!

The instructions for the tent suggested putting it up at home before you take it out and about in order to become more familiar with it. That was a top tip as I’d never put up a tent before. I know!!

So, what are your top camping tips? What are the things that you couldn’t do without on a camping trip?

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 52 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master at Safeguard Global; latterly at Sky and Vision/Cegedim. Former web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and previously warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

One thought on “Camping in the front garden”

  1. Hi Gareth, Make sure you take your own toilet roll! Some campsites still have Izal toilet paper – okay if you’re Iron Man! Also take games and books (or plenty of wine / ale). I have to confess that I used to take a foam Karrimat and sleeping bag, but now use a double airbed and take the full bedding kit – quilt pillows etc. It will be very cozy in there with 5 of you! Enjoy the great outdoors.

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