Compact and smaller bits and bobs

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  1. Petest

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    Hi

    I am keen to get more compact replacements for some of the items we use.

    I have just got a couple of microfiber towels and am very impressed with the size and performance of them.

    I'm now looking for an alternative to a quilt. Does anyone use a sleeping bag (the sort that gets compacted into a stuff sack)?

    Any ideas for bits and bobs that can replace the normal items will be much appreciated
     
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    If by quilt you mean a duvet the trick unfortunately, is to spend a bit more on them. We've found good quality duvets roll up really small and tight. Cheap ones fight back!
     
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    Personally I wouldn't go down the sleeping bag route - I hate them with a passion as they feel so claustrophobic plus they are a pain if you want to turn round in them as you can end up tied in knots!! As above, a better quality duvet is the trick or alternatively use a 'vacuum' type roll-up bag to get the air out and keep it out when you pack it away.
     
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    Micro fibre towels... Only good for drying the dog.
     
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    Really good micro fibre towels are great but you have to the large good quality ones. The flat material kind are the best not the ones with a pile on them. They dry very quickly.

    We have the outwell collapsable colander and bowl both excellent. Also the camping pots and pans that fit inside each other are great for saving space.
     
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  7. Minxy Girl

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    We have some old fashioned mugs/glasses made by Pyrex:

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    The beauty of these is that they do double duty as mugs for tea/coffee or with the plastic outer removed as glasses and as they're Pyrex they are very tough!
     
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    We also use some silicone trivets which do double duty as lids for small pans so long as you don't get really floppy ones!

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    I've never thought of using my Wooly Mammoth drying towel on me ...strictly for the car and MH !!! and shudder to think about using my "Wookies Fist" wash mitt on me ......................wookies fist pictured ;)

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    ... is it still alive? :eek:
     
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    We actually use a small microfibre mitt to dry off first then finish with a towel, that way the 'wettest' item is the small mitt which doesn't take up a lot of room whilst it's left out to dry, and the towel doesn't get too damp so dries much quicker. There are 2 main types of mitt - the tassle one and the 'flat' one ... use whichever takes your fancy (oo, er missus!).
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    I also use a microfibre towel for my hair as it really draws the moisture out and leaves it nearly dry after only 10 minutes and packs really small.

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    Hi like the mitts where did you buy them please. Many thanks jan.
     
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    The sort of vacuum bags that you roll up rather than the ones you use a hoover to evacuate are great for in the van. You can put clothes in when you're doing a 2 season trip, coats, spare bedding etc and it comes out uncreased and takes up a fraction of the space of the unfolded clothes. I put a sheet of tumble dryer softener paper in to keep things smelling fresh.

    Another space saver is to put all your pillows into cushion covers in the daytime rather than having both pillows and cushions. I have 2 fleecy blankets ( the kind with sleeves in them) which are handy on cold nights if you are saving gas as well as over the bed if cold. These are folded into cushion covers as well and used during the day.

    In our last van we rolled the duvets into long sausages and rolled them in a throw and they made a couple of very good bolster cushions at the back of the 2 bench seats which made them much more comfortable. Saved on daytime storage as well.
     
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    Forgot...we've got an Outwell Collaps silicone folding kettle. We use an electric kettle for preference when on hook up but this fold to about the size of a book and takes up little space in a drawer.. It doesn't smell or make the water taste and, after 3 years is still popping up and collapsing with no sign of wear. Not cheap but very good.
     
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    @PE, you asked about a sleeping bag. I do have a sleeping bag that compresses into a small sack when not in use. I only use it when camping, not in the MH as I have a fixed bed. They are great IF you get the right sort. Like Minxy Girl said they are terrible if you want to turn over but I use mine fully unzipped just like a duvet. Mine has a flannelette material on the inside and is nice and comfortable, and compresses to approx 14" roll. I have had it a lot of years so can't remember the make etc but it certainly takes up very little space.
     
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    The collapsible kettle is excellent as is the bucket
     
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    We bought one of these from Lakeland, a collapsible dish rack.

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    As for saving space on the van. We just take less stuff....
     
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    glad you said that - just bought the Outwell collapsible kettle and was wondering how well it would perform :)
     
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    Boil it up full a couple of times before using it for drinks to get rid of the " newness".
     
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