We tent camp with our two little ones. We love it. We bought out tent(s) at Costco (best prices for the area). We have a large tent that is supposed to sleep 8, but is nice for our family of four. Plenty of room for everyone to have space and for clothes bag and games bag (also the playpen which we traveled with for some trips!). We also have a small 4 person tent that is just enough room for sleeping bags but no gear. Also schedules don't exist in camping world, unless you are just hanging around one campground the entire trip.
My suggestion would be to buy an RV.All right, I'm kidding. Sort of. If I were tent camping again, I would get those short, folding cots instead of air mattresses. Also, get one of those little portable gas grills in case cooking over a fire does not work out.
Thanks, Christina. We're looking at a pretty big tent (8 or 10 person, I think). I think that's the only way I'll be able to swing it . . . I'm a little claustrophobic. Looking forward to schedule-free weekends!
Haha, I said the same thing, Deb! Except, I'd need a really expensive one you can drive, or we need a new vehicle that can pull one. Neither of which are happening at the moment. I was wondering how comfortable the those cots are. I think I can pack the air mattresses better in our smaller vehicles for now, but I'll have to look into the cots later.Oh, I am NOT looking forward to meal-planning a camping trip with all of these crazy diet restrictions/preferences. Oh, the horror! :)
If you have foods you can make ahead and freeze (soups, etc) that might make it easier. They can thaw as you travel. If you find one of those cast-iron dutch ovens at a thrift store, you can nestle it in the coals to heat up dinner. I'll bet you can find all sorts of campfire recipes on a boy-scout website.
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