Going camping, need cookware?

I’m not a camper but for some reason, I went searching for camping gear.  Why you ask?  I don’t really know but I have been interested in caravanning or rather “motorhoming” for some time and thought using the equipment I have at home would not fit into the spaces in these vehicles. So what types of equipment and other things were available to fit into small spaces?

vw campervans - 13 July 2022
VW campervans in Uk – google

My last experience with that type of adventure was back in the 1970s when I was living in England with a small van, which, even with little cupboards built-in left sufficient room for two people to sleep in, nowhere near the luxurious motorhomes you can get now.

Escapist Mesh Bug Tent

In my search, I found a complete cooking set which you don’t need to go camping to use these little beauties.  These could be used on a barbecue, in your mobile home or caravan.  Or, even in your home kitchen for example if you’re moving and everything is packed up and won’t arrive for a few days.  A set of these and you have a pot and frying pan and a kettle for water to make coffee or tea, plates, bowls and cups a great starter pack for any adventure.

For example, I find it is useful to have some alternatives when you are moving. Having moved many times in my life it was frustrating to want a cuppa while you’re unpacking and you just can’t remember which box the kettle/jug to boil water is in, or where the mugs/cups are or even the coffee and tea. When you first start packing things you label the boxes with as much information as possible but you end up simply writing things like “kitchen” or “crockery” or just the room the boxes came from like bedroom, bathroom etc. you get the idea.

With fifty or more boxes you don’t need too much imagination to work out how long it would take to label every box with every item in it.  Yes, I suppose if you have a computer handy with someone to enter items on the list as items are being put into boxes, but by then even the computer is probably packed away and trying to tackle lists and tables on an iPad or iPhone would certainly turn me off as being too time-consuming.  No doubt there are ways to keep more in-depth lists but how many of us do? Now, where was I? Oh, yes, caravanning and motorhoming.

Now, what else is needed on the road with our caravan or mobile home?  Perhaps some foldable outdoor chairs to sit outside, such as a director’s chair, a foldable lounge chair, even a foldable camping stool or do you prefer to sit inside the caravan/motorhome all the time and what about a folding table to be able to eat outside?  These things are all personal preferences that should be taken into account when heading out to go camping, caravanning or motorhoming.  Foldable items such as these would also come in handy when moving house especially if all the furniture was coming a day or two after you actually moved in.  They may not be so practical camping but that would depend on what type of camping you were planning.  If you travelled by car and stayed at camping sites these would be useful, however, if your plan is to go hiking or tramping these may not be appropriate because they would be too bulky and heavy to carry. This one has a carry case so that you pack away neatly and out of the way.

Basic Folding Camping Chair

You have a wide range of camping foldable tables, so that you don’t have to eat on your lap, which is fine of course but not too comfortable. I also find foldable items handy at home if you don’t have protection from the weather for outdoor furniture.

Helinox Table One Camping Table (HT)

I also came across these cool single burners to heat water for two cups of coffee/tea.  The mug is 1L and it is is your water boiler, you can also get a Pot Support so you can use a pot for those 1-pot meals.  So if you really only go camping, hiking or tramping with a tent etc. this would be ideal.

This was just a short quick introduction to the many interesting things you can find at Latest Buy.

I will have more from Latest Buy soon.   Thank you for visiting and exploring camping with Latest Buy.  If you liked this post please leave a comment below and watch this space.

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Easter gifts!

With Easter not far away, are you still looking for that special gift?  I know that we all observe Easter in different ways just as we do Christmas.  However, gifts are not always about buying items that end up in the cupboard or worse the trash can.  Gifts at any time of the year are, or should be, because you wish to give that special someone in your life something to make them happy, something to enjoy and cherish but useful at the same time.

So, I thought some recommendations might be helpful.  Will you give a book to read for that special lady in your life, for example “Forever Winter” by Elizabeth Baxter, or perhaps a book by Megan O’Russell such as “The Girl without Magic” or choose a colouring book (adult) from Sarah Renae Clark.  Also Diana Dawn’s books would also be suitable such as “Fallen Snow“.   Any of these would be perfect for that lazy day to enjoy.

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Perhaps you have children and to keep them off the television, computer, tablet or phone why not a colouring book.

What about the man in your life, you see I don’t know who will read this, so it seems appropriate that some recommendations for men also be included. This page search of “books for men” provides quite an array of different genres and topics within, it also includes and adult colouring book.

Looking for a larger gift, a coffee machine which gives everyone delicious coffee whenever you want?

Or choose from some other recommendations.  And if you really don’t know what the person would like, give an eGift card so the person can choose their own.

I would love to know if this range of gift suggestions has been helpful.  Please leave your comments/feedback in the comments section below.  Thank you for reading.






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De’Longhi Nescafe Dolce Gusto

The Nescafe Dolce Gusto coffee machine is great if you have a small space and budget but want espresso style coffee at home. It also comes with six (6) boxes of capsules/pods to get you started.

De’Longhi Nescafé Dolce Gusto Mini Me, Single Serve Capsule Coffee Machine Starter Kit, Including 6 boxes of Coffee Pods, EDG155.BG, Black & Grey

My Dolce Gusto is somewhat older, the style is similar though not idential as my images below will show.  It is still makes delicious coffee.  I love the machine and wholeheartedly recommend it.  Sometimes the coffee itself in the capsules/pods can be a little bitter, but then so can instant coffee or even barista made coffee.


The colour of the one I purchased is white and black and as far as I know they were new on the market at the time, though I resisted buying capsule machines because I was worried that I would not like the coffee, wow, was I in for a surprise.

Just before I purchased my Dolce Gusto I was at a work conference where they had an enormous capsule machine, you had a variety of choices and I mean a variety, way too many to name here, you could do two or three cups at a time and whatever flavour you wanted.  This was new to me but the coffee when I tasted it was delicious.  So I bought the Dolce Gusto and I have not regretted it, it still delivers delicious coffee every time.

If you are looking for a good, portable coffee machine this Nescafe Dolce Gusto is a beauty.  Yes, you can take it with you anywhere you have access to power, water and of course your coffee capsules/pods.

I have considered other capsule machines before that were cheaper and bigger so that you would not consider taking them on holiday with you but this little beauty you could.  We usually have too much luggage to add my Dolce Gusto much as I would like to.

To summarise, Nescafe Dolce Gusto is compact, portable and easy to maintain as well as easy to use and the coffee is delicious.

I have compared other capsule machines only in passing to say that the machines are larger in size and while the capsules are similar they are different enough to be incompatible.

Some of the others I have looked at were in Aldi, Woolworths(Australia) – Lavazza, Breville but none can compare with the Dolce Gusto in portability.

I hope this little review has been helpful at least in part, after all the choice is yours.

“Piccolo (Piccolo) Premium Body” Piano Black Nescafe Dolce Gusto (MD9744-PB) 012148536




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