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I like to start with sleeping accommodations. Just because you are not staying in a hotel does not mean that you have to give up comfort. In fact, I sleep better camping than I ever do in a hotel because of my comfortable equipment. It’s true that we sleep better in our own beds than a hotel bed.
Now that we each have an inflatable hammock for camping, we are comfortable inside our tent AND outside as well.
An inflatable hammock lounger is HIGHLY recommended for camping!
Family Camping Tents
I like to start with the family camping tent. A tent in it’s basic form must not be heavy. It needs to be easy to put up with just 1 person, and it must be water proof. This is not rocket science. I always prefer a 3 season tent because they meet all the requirements that I just listed. Unless you plan on climbing Kilimanjaro, stay away from technical expedition equipment. For my family camping gear, I prefer the basic dome style tents offered by Eureka, REI, and other high quality manufactures. They are large enough that you don’t claustrophobic!
- Coleman Hampton Family Tent Review
The Coleman Hampton tent provides maximum comfort and safety from and pests and bugs when camping in the great outdoors. While many of the models come
- Family Cabin Tents
A cabin tent can serve as your home away from home and really enhance your family camping experience. There are a handful of factors to consider when
- Family Dome Tent Buying Guide
Are you looking for high quality family dome tent for your up coming family camping? Actually, there are several stores that sell high quality family
Since we are talking about sleeping, I always use either a self inflating type of sleeping pad such as the Therm-A-Rest or an inflatable air mattress. Both are super comfortable. Don’t try to be a John Wayne type and sleep on the ground because you will never be comfortable. I carry an electric air mattress pump that plugs into the cigarette lighter. It will pump up the mattress in a few minutes. The Therm-A-Rest’s are self inflating and require no pump. They are luxurious!
Choosing the right sleeping bag for you is really a matter of personal choice. I shy away from the heavy cotton/flannel bags of the 1960’s. I like a nice light weight rectangular down bag for comfort and compactness. In 40 years of camping I have never slept in a wet bag, so don’t get me started about synthetic bags being warmer when wet. Just don’t sleep outside in the rain! Just remember that you will be spending 30% of your camping trip in your sleeping bag. Get a good one. My all time favorite bag is the down bag sold at LL Bean. It will last you for the rest of your life and it’s guaranteed to do just that!
- Best Goose Down Sleeping Bags
The most important tip to consider when shopping for the perfect goose down bag for sleeping in the outdoors is to know the low temps that you'll be f
Misc Camping Gear
Okay, we got the sleeping stuff all covered. What about all the other family camping gear? Try to think in terms of comfort and ease of accessibility. We store most of our gear in see through plastic storage boxes. All of dry food goes in 1 box, utensils in another box. I keep flashlights, rope, pumps, hatchet, and other utility stuff in 1 box. The boxes can be pulled out almost instantly when ever you need them and you don’t have be digging around to find your stuff! The family camping gear that you will be bring will be unique to your family. Be basic!
Camping Kitchen Supplies
Your camping kitchen is an area that is as important as your sleeping equipment. We all love to eat and will be spending hours making delicious gourmet camping meals. I like pots and pans that can fit inside of each other. We bring a large pressure cooker that doubles as our pots and pans storage. It can cook almost as fast as microwave too. If you like soups and cowboy chili, this is an item that is a must! Our wok is our secret weapon for cooking gourmet meals. It works as a frying pan, soup pot, and toaster. We cook all of our meals on a 2 burner Coleman stove and a 1 burner MSR Simmerlite. Both burn white gas and unleaded fuel. Smart!
When it comes to clothing, we travel light. We all wear super light weight camping pants that can be washed and worn immediately because they air dry on your body in less than 10 minutes. We only bring a few t-shirts, a couple pairs of socks, and a down jacket to stay warm in at night. Down again? Yep! It’s light weight, warm, but never hot, and is so compact. Remember that you are camping and not in a style show. You can wash clothes every day if you have to either by hand or at a laundry mat.