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Hi! I'm Eunice and I live in Bolton, Lancashire, with my two dogs Sophie and Sugar and an assortment of cats - well it used to be Sophie and Sugar, now it's Sophie and Poppie. I first began camping back in 1997 when my then partner took me to Anglesey for my birthday weekend. We slept in the back of the car - a hatchback - using the cushions off the settee at home as a mattress, and cooked and brewed up on a single burner camping stove. The site was good, the views were great, the weather fantastic and I was completely hooked. Following that weekend we got a two-man tent and some proper accessories and returned to Anglesey two weeks later, then over time we progressed to a three-man tent followed by an old trailer tent, then a new trailer tent, a campervan and finally a caravan. When my partner decided that the grass was greener on the other side of the street - literally - in April 2009 and I suddenly found myself alone after fifteen years, I decided there was no way I was going to give up camping and caravanning if I could cope on my own. This blog is the story of my travels, trials and tribulations since becoming a solo camper - I hope you like it

Saturday April 6th 2013 - F is for Footprint

And I don't mean the sort you make when walking in snow or on wet sand!

I must confess that in my first eleven or so years of camping I'd never heard of a footprint - it was only when I joined the forums of UKCampsite that I began to read about them and how they were recommended for anyone getting a new tent, and I finally realised that a footprint is a groundsheet which is an 'extra' to any particular model of tent and is the exact size and shape of said tent.

Like many people my first thought was 'why would you need one, is it so important?' but when, as a now-solo camper, I bought my small 4-berth tent which came with one as part of the deal I began to realise the advantages. Pegged down on a pitch before erecting the tent it shows just how much ground space the tent will use (ideal if you're trying to fit a large tent on a small pitch) and if you don't like it in one place it's easy enough to move it to another before putting the tent on top of it. It acts as a layer of insulation between the ground and you, and if you happen to be pitching your tent on a wet or muddy pitch it helps to keep the actual tent groundsheet clean and dry - when your camping break is over it's far easier to clean a footprint than it is to clean the groundsheet attached to a large tent.

So, from initially being fairly sceptical about these things I have, over the last three years, completely changed my mind about them, and the future purchase of any new tent will definitely include a footprint - and to anyone in any doubt, speaking from experience I can highly recommend them!

* Well there's no post tomorrow folks as Sunday is a day off from blogging, but I'll be back on Monday with G - if I can think of something to write!


  1. As a former boyscout, I can agree with your assessment of the "Footprint". Although I must confess, I have not been camping in years. When I was in the boyscouts, I used a shower curtain. They were cheap, and I could use it many times.

    Keep camping.


  2. I hope the shower curtain wasn't a flowery one! lol

    I suppose if you don't want to pay extra for the actual footprint which goes with a tent then another option is a cheap builder's tarp - I use one as a groundsheet in the drive-away awning and it serves me well.

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  4. This is an important tip because the first time I used a tent back in the dark ages, I didn't use a tarp under the tent. By the middle of the night, the cold, damp earth had sucked all the warmth out of my body. That was when I still slept on the tent floor. Now that I have a cot to sleep on, it is still important because the barrier between the tent floor and the ground which helps to keep the tent warmer. We have been tent and trailer camping for 50 years and it might be OK to leave my clothes at home but never the tarp. Good post!

  5. My husband doesn't like to camp, but, in the event we do, this is good advice...thanks! Happy A to Z!


  6. Thanks everyone for the comments - it's nice to know that my thoughts and ramblings are proving useful! lol

  7. I like the name--footprint. It's just called a tarp in the U.S. At least that's what I've always called that ground cloth. Maybe dedicated campers have a special name for it, too. All I know is that there have been a couple times when the tarp kept us dry when it began raining at night.

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