Showing posts with label cold. Show all posts
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EHU - The mysteries of Electric Hook Up

I'm not sure how long I'd been camping before I realised what EHU stood for. I'd been mostly camping at festivals to start with so it wasn't an issue and what ever the mysterious EHU I saw when booking campsites was, it cost more, so I didn't want it.

So while I don't remember when, there was obviously a day when something clicked (switch? Light bulb? haha) and I realised that some people have electricity when they camp!

If I wanted electricity I'd book a cottage or a camper van I think. If I'm in a tent then solar power is the best option, a natural way to charge my mobile and provide evening light for reading (and finding the corkscrew)

But I thought I'd blog my reasons and my pros and cons of electricity in you tent.

Plus points
  • You can charge phones and have light regardless of the state of the sun
  • You can have a fridge
  • You can use a George Foreman Grill (other electric cooking appliances are available)
  • You can have a TV
  • You can have an electric heater
  • You can bring an XBox, a Wii, etc (yes people do - you know who you are!) so kids can play on wet days
  • Pretty much your tent becomes a home from home and anything you care to bring can be used.
  • You have to get a special cable for safety in the wet etc even in the summer the mornings can be damp. You MUST have the correct cable.
  • You have to pack all the electrical things you need eg fridge, microwave, TV, DVD player etc etc and they take a lot of space in the car, can be heavy and might be fragile
  • You will either have to denude your house and all the hassle that entails or have a second 'camping' set of all the electrical things you want to take.
  • You have to pay extra for EHU
  • You miss the opportunity to switch off. Why 'get away from it all' but take it with you?

So as you know I go camping with no EHU. I take a cool box and either refreeze the ice blocks in the campsite freezer (loads have them) or buy a bag or two of ice from the supermarket during my stay. I use solar lights for the evening and also settle down as it gets dark. I read rather than watch TV or simply sip wine and listen to the rustling of the field mice in the hedges. I cook on a portable gas cooker, over an open fire or on my Kelly Kettle depending which the campsite allows. I don't heat my tent. I have camped in October when the evening temperature dropped below freezing, it was chilly fun. I carry less stuff (yes really - despite my over packing for festivals LOL) and set up is quick, I save money on the pitch and can often find a space with a late booking at less people are brave enough to camp with out EHU.

What about you? Electric hookup? Or back to nature? Am I right to camp without EHU or missing a trick?

Camping in the last last week of october has taught me....

1. It is not darkest just before the dawn, but it is coldest.
2. Baked beans are amazing for breakfast and warm your very soul.
3. The best way to get warm is to get dressed & do the washing up.
4. A sleeping bag, a duvet, pjs, a hat & bed socks can make a subzero night toasty warm.
5. Taking extra gas is a good idea.
6. Instant porridge is the invention of a genius.
7. Showering is over-rated.
8. 2 girls aged 10&11 can amuse themselves for hours at a time in the countryside.
9. I can still read a book in 3 days when I have time!
10. Caravan's are for wimps :-)
11. The English countryside is gorgeous in the sun, not always warm, but always beautiful.
12. Birdwatching is fun (tawny owl, buzzard, kestrel, spotted woodpecker, green woodpecker, crows)

Have you camped in a tent this late in the year?
Did you enjoy it?
Would you consider doing it?

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