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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

Tuesday April 23rd 2013 - T is for TV in the Tent

This post is part of the A to Z Challenge.

Televisions in tents are a subject which crops up regularly on camping forums and opinion seems to be firmly divided into two camps (pardon the pun) - those for and those against. Those for say that it's a good way of stopping their kids from getting bored, while those against say that surely the idea of camping is to get away from all you do at home. Then of course there's the noise factor and I do agree with this - keep it down. No-one wants to listen to the sound of someone's tv blaring out from a tent, but very often tent campers forget that a thin layer of canvas or polyester isn't the same as a solid brick wall.

Now although I don't watch much tv here at home there are a few certain programmes which I do enjoy so I always take my portable tv when I'm camping. My days are spent out and about, exploring places and taking photos, and though I enjoy reading and will mainly spend my evenings with my nose in a book it's sometimes nice to watch a bit of tv or a dvd by way of a change. As far as the noise factor is concerned my one rule of thumb is this - with the tv on I walk all round the edge of my pitch and if I can hear it from there I turn it down. If I can't hear it then I know it's quiet enough for no-one else to hear it either, and very often it's so quiet that even from just a couple of feet away within the tent I can't hear it. 

Camping means different things to different people, there's no right or wrong way and what suits one may not suit another. If having a tv in the tent is what some people enjoy then there's no reason why they shouldn't, as long as they remember to have some consideration for their camping neighbours - after all, not everyone wants to hear the theme tune to Coronation Street or Match of the Day! 


  1. We camp mostly in a teardrop trailer or a tent and have been know to take a DVD player. I think that it's OK. What i don't think is OK is the motorhome that pulled up next to us. The dad and the boy got out, hooked up the water, electrical and sewer system, went back in, turned on the TV and closed the blinds. We were camping at Lake Shasta, a very picturesque location and they missed it all. Even the next day, they stayed inside and the TV was on all day. What's the point?

    1. Sounds very much like a couple on a site I used to go to regularly. They had a motorhome parked on the pitch nearest the facilities block - on the day they arrived he would turn the driver's seat round the other way, on would go the tv and he wouldn't be seen again. They never went anywhere until the day they were going home and his wife only appeared when they needed to get fresh water. They were surrounded by fantastic North Wales scenery but never saw any of it. At least I do go out with my camera during the day!

  2. I hate both of those theme tunes and they would drive me crazy if I could hear them through canvas!


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