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Want to go camping but don’t want the struggle with the tent? Or perhaps you’d rather not brave the wilderness in the middle of the night when nature’s calling? Or maybe, you’re just not up to sleeping on the hard ground any more?

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Competition closes Monday 16th December 2013. Prize includes accommodation only, no travel costs included.

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Category: / asked November 15, 2013 by Lottie Gross

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At a 3 day sports tournament on the first night a drunken reveller fell into the tent snapping several poles & squashing one of us girls, the next night a late comer squeezed their tent inbetween ours & another, it tipped it down soaking one of the bedrooms, I had a very soggy bed & sleeping bag & on the last night someone left the tent door unzipped & we all woke up to discover an indoor swimming pool

answered November 22, 2013 by GoobIt
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A week in Cornwall with 6 kids nd it rained every day non stop – we gave up drying stuff in the end and the kids swam all week and when they weren’t swimming they were in the games room, I’m sure my daughter became a slots addict age 8!! Only person stupid enough to camp in Cornwall during the last hurricane they had there! I was the only tent, I wonder why?? Luckily we survived but it was pretty scary in the night. Finally – this summer – Lake Lucerne – a cheap purchse of emergency accomodation to save costs – 2 man tent – well – once erected, we realised it was probably made for 2 10 year olds not 2 adults!! Laugh, we nearly cried and spent the night dodging each others elbows and knees – it was so small some of the backpackers were laughing at us!!

answered November 22, 2013 by Haxson
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My family were going to spend a week camping.
We were going to sleep in our caravan and the kids in a tent but guess who had to sleep in the tent.
It began to rain but we all settled down to sleep but having a small hole in the tent we got soaked.
On the way home my youngest said whilst fishing a rat had sat next to him.
We sold the caravan not long after that

answered November 22, 2013 by Linda Thorn
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We went to Eskdale lake district in camping pods thought this was best as every other time we’d been it poured down and we had to abandon and go home. this time it poured down and while cooking breakfast the camping stove blew up frying pan just missed my partners face as he turned away to get something and most of it flew into the pod and narrowly missed my son and myself and popped the beds – disastrous.

jen

answered November 22, 2013 by tweety53
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answered November 22, 2013 by GT12
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I’d never been camping and my new bloke invited me to the Lakes with him and his mates. I had no gear of my own so had to share a single sleeping bag with a 6’4″ bloke. the zip lasted about 20 minutes….

answered November 22, 2013 by lizardbush
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Has to be my D of E experience when I was about 15. After walking a whole day in the wrong direction we found a police house in a country village and were kindly given a lift to the campsite in the back of a police landrover. At which stage it was dark and our teachers were fraught. After setting up in pouring rain a gas cannister exploded inside, luckily, an empty tent! Was great weekend though!

answered November 23, 2013 by ladybird
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Two toddlers, a dog and a tiny tent but all looked promising in the sunshine. Pit-pat, a few drops of rain never hurt anyone. Whoosh – the wind came out to play for the night. As we held on to the shivering tent pole, rain penetrated the canvas and a stream wound its way through sleeping bags. Toddlers sobbed and the dog stared in “I don’t believe it ” fashion. Next morning – soggy isolation – our neighbours had gone!

answered November 23, 2013 by pjo77
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I did a 2-day horseback riding trip in the Andes in Ecuador and didn’t realise how cold it was gonna be at night. So I only brought a thin sleeping bag, no sleeping mat. We went to bed early and when I woke up – freeeezing – I hoped it would be morning soon. It was only 10pm! I was in the worst mood the next morning because I didn’t really manage to go back to sleep and it was just a miserable night.

answered November 23, 2013 by doedae
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bivouacking in welsh quarry, woke up with a 4″ slug in my hair!

answered November 23, 2013 by bonzo4
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Camping when 12 in *Sunny Criccieth*.

The tinned meat/ tinned peaches/ tinned potatoes were not so much the problem (Bleurgh).

The animal (fox?!) getting in whilst we were away for the day and peeing over the contents of the tent (sleeping bag, clean clothes, pillow) was the thing that sort of took the shine off.

Still had two days left to go and not a washing-machine in sight.

Gutted.

answered November 23, 2013 by Raquel P.
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Booked a motorhome for our first camping break, left our car with the owner & drove to the campsite in torrential rain. After an awful nights sleep, kept awake by the noise of the rain we decide to cut our holiday short. We can’t take the motorhome back to the owner until following day so drive the motorhome to our house only to realise our house keys are in our car which is still at the motorhome owners house!!

answered November 24, 2013 by JohnandSally Thorncroft
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Our tent was nearly set alight by drunken neighbours somehow setting their gas canister on “flamethrower” mode and in their panic kicking it over to our pitch. Cue me desperately trying to alert my snoring friend to imminent and painful death by roasting while he insisted I was overreacting. Then had to assist drunk neighbours to extinguish flaming gas – their attempts with glasses of water had been unsuccessful – I haven’t had the courage to camp since, oddly enough!

answered November 24, 2013 by Stefan Philip Ingram
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Our tent was nearly set alight by drunken neighbours somehow setting their gas canister on “flamethrower” mode and in their panic kicking it over to our pitch. Cue me desperately trying to alert my snoring friend to imminent and painful death by roasting while he insisted I was overreacting. Then had to assist drunk neighbours to extinguish flaming gas – their attempts with glasses of water had been unsuccessful – I haven’t had the courage to camp since, oddly enough!

answered November 24, 2013 by Stefan Philip Ingram
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When I first went camping I wasn’t very good at getting the tent up because of all the missed stakes I had. But then I met my husband and he had no trouble at putting up a tent because he has perfect pitch. He told me to relax, because I was like a wigman or a teepee – two tents. Campers need to have a positive in-tent, he said.

answered November 24, 2013 by doublet
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My worst camping experience was when I was camping in a campsite with friends. In the middle of the night I nipped out in the pitch dark for a wee. In a nearby bush something rustled and moved in front of me (I think it may have been a squirrel or bird) but it made me jump so much I screamed and ran back into my tent and jumped into my ‘bed’ with my ‘boyfriend’. Very quickly I realised it wasn’t my boyfriend, and the middle-aged couple that I had now dramatically disturbed screamed even louder than I did. Mortified!

answered November 25, 2013 by Elizabeth Gurney
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my worst camping experience was with a new boyfriend when i was 18,he seemed all nice at the start but when we didnt get along the tent collapsed and that was the end of that a lift home and bye bye for good

answered November 26, 2013 by Mary Kes
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My worst camping experience was in Inverness. It rained all night and the tent nearly blew away. We had to relocate to the laundry room at 4.00 a.m as the tent was literally in a foot of rain. Never again !!

answered November 26, 2013 by davidfendick
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Went camping with the cubs when I was younger and I ended up wetting myself on the first night.

answered November 26, 2013 by Traynor21
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My worst camping experience was in my friend’s back garden. There were four ten-year-olds crammed into a two-man tent and I remember waking up squashed against the side which was soaking wet, shivering & uncomfortable! It definitely put me off & prefer more spacious camping!

answered November 27, 2013 by Isis1981uk

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