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Are there any tricks for making life more comfortable at the camps?

posted Aug 24, 2016, 10:01 PM by Martin Riddle   [ updated Jan 20, 2017, 1:02 PM by Posts Editor ]

The camp sites are generally fairly simple. The road crew bring portaloos, a mobile kitchen and a professional chef - so we always have the essentials, and at 2 or 3 of the sites there may be the chance of a shower.

Everything has to be loaded and unloaded from the truck many times so we ask people to limit the amount of stuff they bring for the camps. We will send out detailed advice on this later but as an indication, you don’t need to invest in a super lightweight trekking tent, a normal 3-person tent is reasonable for a couple but a massive family tent would be considered over the top. Chairs, tables, cutlery, crockery, glasses etc are all provided so no need to drag these along. We will also bring a range of beer and bottled wine for people to buy on a tab system, so please don’t bring your personal cellar unless it can be stowed on your boat and doesn’t need space in the truck.

One indulgence that many find makes the whole trip more comfortable is a thick (9cm) self-inflating sleeping mat - they're a little bulky but not heavy and definitely worth it. A change into dry clothes after a day on the water is always welcome. We've never been particularly bothered by biting flies but it’s always possible and we suggest bringing repellent just in case.

There are a couple of places where some people choose to rent a holiday house for the night rather than sleep in their tent. If you decide to book your own accommodation, you will need to organise how you are going to get to it as we can’t provide transport. You also run the risk that adverse weather will force changes to our itinerary so we may not get to the place for the day you book.