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Our family is not that big on camping, so when my son joined Cub Scouts and wanted to participate in every camp outing the pack sponsored, I knew I had to figure out this camping business pretty quickly.
Since we’re camping with the Cub Scout Pack, we don’t need to bring everything plus the kitchen sink with us to these outings, but I have learned a thing or two about the need for comfort, sleep and some convenience since we started camping.
Below are 7 items that I learned are completely necessary for the sanity of camping with lots of little kids and lots of dads when camping with the Scouts.
This is a great starter tent. It’s a four-person tent, but it really only fits two comfortably once you get your air mattress set up. We’ve been caught in the rain on many occasions, and this tent really help up.
Do yourself a favor and get yourself a wagon, any kind of wagon, to cart all of your camping gear from the parking lot to your campsite. I used massive IKEA bags for 2 camping trips before I finally broke down and bought one of these. More than worth the money.
We bought these little guys for our first camping trip, and they are just the best. We use them when we’re trick-or-treating, too. Or, just outside after dark. More than worth the investment.
If you’re camping on hard ground, then this is a must. Just kicking your tent spikes with your foot will not do it.
I’m a pretty light sleeper, so sleeping out exposed to all of nature’s noises at night makes it difficult to fall asleep. Now, add in the fact that I’m sleeping in very close proximity to several DAD’s (you know what I mean) and falling asleep was near impossible. These little guys are a lifesaver!
My son and I used to lug our bed pillows with us on these camping trips, but they were just too clunky. These little guys are a new purchase for us, but well worth the money and the space they save then packing all your gear.
And, the FINAL necessity for maximum comfort on your fair-weather camping trip is an air mattress. The bought the one listed below and I can confirm that the air pump works really well. Money very well spent!
These little fans come in handy when it gets a little hot ay night and you need a little airflow inside the tent. We put one of these in the little pocket on the inside of the tent to keep us cool, and it worked like a charm! Yes, the battery ran out while we were sleeping, but we got to sleep! I haven’t tried it, but you might be able to recharge with a portable phone charger??
I consider #5 to be a necessity. All the other moms flock to my tent for a pair. I’m sure I’ll add to this list the more we camp, but for now, there are really great starters for the beginner or the Fair Weather camper!