Camping for virgins

One of the things that makes taking part on the rally both so horrific and fun are some of the camp sites that we will stop along the way.

2016 will be my fourth year on the rally and the one thing that I fear the most is the camping. Unisex showers, toilets with no loo roll, freezing cold damp tents and no way of styling my hair – the stuff of nightmares..

I’ve had some very interesting experiences over the last three years and some of the lowlights have been:

  • Waking up thinking a rat was in my tent and being too scared to look
  • Going for a shower to be able to hear male colleague having a chat in the cubicle opposite
  • Stephen James catching me getting a clean bra out ready for the showers
  • My boss seeing me in my pyjamas… not ideal

As we are such a friendly group, be prepared to have all sorts of tricks played on you!  One year, I emerged in the morning to find that drunks had piled a mountain of chairs and boxes outside the door making me trip over and almost drop my clean clothes in the mud whilst chucking it down with torrential showers.  

Nothing compared to last year when I woke up to discover a dirty pair of men’s y-fronts by the driver’s door of our car…. Evidence below!


So for anyone who has yet to experience the rally, here’s a list of my essentials to bring:

  • Insect repellant
  • Air bed, pump and sleeping bag
  • Toilet roll / wipes
  • Shower/toilet shoes – I ALWAYS forget these and live to regret it
  • Good pyjamas especially when sharing a tent
  • Torch
  • Mallet (be careful not to bend the tent pegs, especially Stephen James’)
  • Something warm for the morning
  • Padlock for the tent zip to stop any unwanted guests coming in

As much as I dislike camping and would never choose to do it myself, I’ve had a great time with my fellow rally go-ers and the giggles and money raised for Prostate Cancer makes it all worthwhile.

Feel free to share some of your best and worst rally camp site stories below!


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  1. Remember not to try and take a tent down whilst your co-driver is still asleep inside it!


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