Friday, July 31, 2009

~your opinion please~

At the end of August we are going camping with a whole shwack of families from the "little hamlet of loveliness"

...exciting? yes.

inspiring? yes.

do we all fit in our little 3 man tent? no.

do we need gear? yes....everything from cook stoves/coolers/stuff.......

So for all you camping folks out there: What is your favorite, must have camping item?

It has been years since we last tented it.....hmmm....pre-kids?? (I know, I know....but seriously...4 kids+moving+renovations+homeschooling=VERY busy!!) We are determined to be fully outfitted so that we can make camping a regular least a few times a year. I find it kinda odd that we haven't been in so lone...Adam and I both LOVE camping/ kayaking/ canoeing/ hiking.

First on the list: a tent that will endure weather/many ups&downs/ruff and tumble kiddo's and big enough for our growing family (8 person)

my thought: Big Agnes Flying Diamond 8 Tent

a bit more $ but it seems super durable and I can order it the Mountain Equipment Co-op.

hmmm...okay outdoorsy folks...I need your expertise!


L.T. Elliot said...

I'm not very outdoorsy but I don't leave without my air mattress. ;)

sunmamma said...

I haven't been camping since before I had kids!!! Mike is not the outdoorsy type and I am not going to try camping alone with4 kids ;-)

Kimberly said...

Amen to the air mattress idea! =P

I grew up camping with my family in a tent that was seven feet tall and had a zippered partition between the two halves of the tent so my parents could have some privacy. It was nice not to be all crowded and stooped over.

Sounds like a memory making experience!

Heather said...

Hi Jen,

You probably already went camping, but if you are still looking for info, my husband and I have been camping for years and have compiled a 'tried and true' list of must-have supplies & gear for wilderness camping and car camping for each season (summer & winter) all in a lovely excel spreadsheet! I can send it to you if you would like.

I'm not sure if you remember me, but I'm a good friend of Christy and Colleen. We also met at a couple of times at Jess' concerts a long time ago in Maple Ridge. :)