Camping On A Budget

Camping is synonymous with most as a ‘budget holiday’, and it certainly makes a great alternative trip if you’re after a change. After giving it a go this year on our own (read: with our own transport and kit etc) I wanted to see how ‘budget’ it really could be.

So, below is a little packing list we used for a two-people trip. The items in bold had to be bought and I’ll explain further! If you’re planning a similar trip soon I hope the below comes in handy…

Campings Chairs x 2 – We already had these as we use them for garden furniture (lol). But you can get 2 for £8 in Tesco which is a pretty great bargain. Our camping neighbours had these incredible, inflatable armchairs and if I see them in the ALDI Specialbuys section then I will be all over them.

Tent & ground sheet – We bought a ‘4 person’ (they’re never for 4 people are they’ tent from Decathlon. It was a great tent and the size was impressive for the cost. It was super easy to put up and then pack down again! It didn’t come with a groundsheet so we used one bought from Poundland which was absolutely fine and worked a treat.

Mattress + Pump – We already owned this and it is an essential for a good night sleep. I don’t usually do that for Glastonbury but lordy it makes such a difference

Sleeping Bag x 2 – We already owned these but my tip would be to buy the cheap, wide sleeping bags and not the slim ‘mummy’ sleeping bags. That is if you like to starfish and move around.

Bed sheet – Essential if you have a plastic mattress or you’ll be sliding around like you’re on a water slide.

Pillow x 2 – We just used our own as nothing beats a normal pillow. If you’re packing light then you can also get inflatable pillows.

Camping stove – The cheapest Decathlon would sell and worked a treat! Would recommend if you’re a camping beginner as it’s pretty easy to use and large enough to hold a pan.

Gas canisterOnly £2 for one at Decathlon and lasted us a weekend break. Which for us was two meals and three kettle heat-ups and we still had some left.

Cooking Set – The stackable sets from Decathlon we’re an absolute treat. Very handy not only to pack but also to keep together in the tent as they all handily slot together.

Cool Bag – An absolute essential if you plan on cooking for yourself. We brought bacon, milk, eggs and butter. We have ice blocks already but we also used a giant ice block we were given from a free Hello Fresh box. Seriously, if you get those – keep hold of them!

Thermos – essential for tea drinkers. We would heat up water and store most of it in the thermos for later-on teas.

Mug x 2 – You can buy camping mugs but we just brought ours from home that we wouldn’t be upset about cracking.

Tumbler x 2 – Pack of 4 bought from Sainsbury’s for summer picnics came in handy for drinks and also scrambled egg prep!

Our Food shopping list was essentially, Bread rolls, Bacon, Butter, Eggs, Milk, Tea bags, Crisps, Wine + Beer. On the first day we also picked up some instant ramen as we thought we might have dinner at the pub and then were too full from lunch at the pub (lol).

If you’re going camping for longer you might want to bring less perishables and more dry food. On our next trip we’ll be bringing food we’ve already cooked and reheating it!!

Extra Bits

Lighter – If your campsite has campfires definitely give them a go! They make such a difference.

Washing up Liquid, Washing up bowl, Tea towel. If you’re cooking for more than one meal this is essential as without the right tools the cooking can stick to the pan. Scrambled eggs for example…

And if you’re with me after all of that, below are the three things we’d buy for when we go again:

Table – To keep the cooker still! And in case of bad weather, a great place to play cards.

Kettle – For when you burn scrambled eggs to the bottom of the pan but still want to boil water for a cup of tea…

Tent Light/head torch – Very important for getting to the toilet in the middle of the night..

That is a loooong list in retrospect, and all-together can certainly seem like it isn’t the most budget of holidays. However, a lot of what is in the list above are items that can pretty much be found and already owned by most people. The camping specific items (like the tent and cooker etc) are the really essentials here, but a bargain can be found if you look at ALDI or decathlon.

A post will soon be coming about our camping trip to Norfolk in addition to our upcoming trip to Cornwall, and I will report back on how well this camping list holds up!

In the meantime I’ll be on Instagram @GrundyTravels where more of my holiday snaps can be found! Thanks for reading x

 

 

Where to Find the New York Movie Spots

I don’t know about you but I absolutely love a rom-com, and more specifically the ridiculous kind set in the Big Apple. There is always, inevitably, a panning shot of New York city, preferably from many angles, to very good and empowering pop music (Trainwreck I’m looking at you).

Anyway, I digress, but isn’t there something really great about visiting New York and spotting all the sights you’ve seen on TV? Or in your favourite movies? And it’s not like they’re hard to come by, the city is a living, breathing film set.

On my most recent trip to NYC, without even looking for them, we’d stumbled across somewhere we’d seen on TV or film every day. They’re so easily everywhere it’s not hard to find, but if you’re on the look here is where you need to go…

Central Park

I mean, Central Park is a pretty standard backdrop to a multitude of movies (ahem, I should say rom-coms) but there are particular spots to look out for.

The central ‘mile’ is a pretty pivotal backdrop to rom-coms that I can drop from the top of my head – Maid in Manhattan, Along Came Polly, the entire catalogue of Gossip Girl episodes… In addition, the The Fountain – is an iconic backdrop to many a scene.

There is also *the* fountain from the Friends credits which can be found near the central lake. It’s small so it’s very easy to miss.

If you’re young/old enough to remember the masterpiece that is Stuart Little then visit The Boat Lake in Central Park. It’s a great spot to sit back and watch the little boats go by, and happens to be next to a spot in the sun you can grab a drink.

Kat’z Delicatessen

You too can sit at the table where the infamous ‘I’ll Have what She’s having’ line was spoken, and there’s a handy sign to point you to it. Not only is it a famous spot for the movie, but it’s a bustling deli with no-nonsense staff who will serve up a mean pastrami sandwich

It’s hard to get in so if you do want to give it a go it’s best to visit when it’s not peak mealtime. We went just before midday and managed to get a prime table with waiter service.

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Mulberry Street

Not only great for it’s infamous Godfather’s scene spotting, but also because you can pick up some pretty tasty food whilst you’re there. Little Italy is an iconic spot in New York, but you can stop by an grab a cannelloni from the bakeries lining this street.

Ghostbusters Fire Station

How these firemen actually get any work done I don’t know… But you can certainly spot this fire station for the Ghostbusters signs spray painted onto the pavement in front.

From the infamous Ghostbusters movies, the firehouse sits in Lower Manhattan so it’s easy to swing by and spot the firehouse on your way to trendy Soho.

Tiffany’s

Of course, it’s in the name, however Tiffany’s features in the infamous Breakfast at Tiffany’s. If classic films aren’t your bag, how about classic rom-coms? The store is also the setting of the proposal in Sweet Home Alabama, you’re welcome.

If you want to venture inside and look at some expensive jewellery and this is your spot. If you’re after more affordable times you could possibly buy then head to the 4th floor.

Empire State Building

I mean, come on, it’s *the* spot in New York you can see from pretty much everywhere. Personally I like to look at it from a rooftop bar rather than go up the actual building, but it’s up to you.

I could name hundreds of films and tv shows it’s pivotal for, but the top one that comes to mind? King Kong! Imagine seeing a giant gorilla on that…

There we are! A slightly different post for me but it’s something I couldn’t stop thinking about whilst we were exploring New York. Guaranteed if you have a favourite TV show it must have some connection to this city.

Anywhere great I’ve missed? Please let me know in the comments or on my Instagram @GrundyTravels where more of my holiday snaps can be found!

I hope you enjoyed this post, more New York posts will be coming to the blog every week. Thanks for reading x