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Updated on June 26, 2014

Let's Go Camping!

Do you like to go camping? We have two sons who are active in Boy Scouting. We've done more camping in the last year than we ever expected! We have 6 people in our family, so we need a tent that is large as well as easy to set up. Be sure to not forget there is more to this than the cost of the tent itself. You'll want to have a good tarp to put under the tent, use a small rake to rake leaves to pad under your tarp (this works well as an insulator as well as protecting the bottom of your tent), sleeping bags that are rated for the temperature range you're expecting for the time of year you'll be camping, padding or air mattresses for under your sleeping bags, self inflating pillows, a battery operated lantern, insect repellent spray, waterproofing seal or spray for your tent's seams, a way to cook and make fire, and even perhaps a small folding shovel to help you form a safe fire if making a bonfire on the ground. If you've never been camping before, be sure to read up about safe ways to make a fire, to be sure your fire is totally OUT before you go to bed. Not that it just LOOKS out, guarantee it is OUT (it could flame up during the night and put your whole family in danger - ask me how I know!) It never hurts to read a lot about camping and even watch YouTube videos about camping safety to make sure your trip is memorable for all the right reasons. Oh, and don't forget the fixins for S'Mores!

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Big Family Tents - Some of these even have 2 to 3 rooms!

Notes from a mom on camping

Our sons are Boy Scouts. My older son is 10 and has just advanced from Webelos to full-fledged Boy Scouting. Our younger son is 8-years-old and has just advanced from Tiger Cub to Bear rank. We have done much more camping in the last year than I expected, and more camping time is on the way. I've learned that many new products are on the market to make camping more enjoyable. Have you heard of "Glamping?" Glamping is glamorous camping, or camping with many luxuries. While the Boy Scouts can't quite do that, there is no reason why I can't make my camping time as a mom a lot more enjoyable! We have a family of six, and if we all go camping, we need a lot more room. One thing that has become very noticeable (because we seem to always be camping when it rains!) - is that we need to have room for all our food and gear, as well as our bodies and sleeping bags! That's where the multi-room tents can come in handy. One area can store your gear and keep it dry and out of the elements. Another idea is to get an additional very small tent to house your gear. If you live in an area that is fairly arid, then maybe you won't need this, but we are in Georgia and it's hot and humid and some days in the summer we can expect rain just about every afternoon or evening. A good product to buy is a tent seam sealing spray. Spray it on your tent while your tent is dry. It keeps your tent seams from leaking during a downpour. I hope this has been helpful to you. Thanks for visiting this page!


Add some comfort to your camping trip so you have the energy to enjoy where you are the next day. Or, be frugal and shape your body around the tree root all night.... hey, I'm not going to tell you what to do. lol!

Do you have suggestions for tents? Review a tent here, I'd love to hear what you recommend. What are things to avoid when purchasing a tent? What features of a tent are most important to you?

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      Fcuk Hub 5 years ago

      great lens :)

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      TapIn2U 5 years ago

      This is exactly what I was looking for. I was planning to buy a tent for our camping trip. Thank you for the ideas. Sundae ;-)