Roughing it...

So we are preparing for a short trip into the wilds (ie a well appointed campground, complete with bathrooms, electricity and hot running water).

Since we'd like to commune with nature for a little longer this year, and since our children have grown considerably since last year, we accepted that we should probably invest in something a little larger then the 2 pup tents we took last time. (It was cozy).

And so I have been researching tents (ie trying to find the cheapest one that would keep us all relatively dry), air mattresses and other things that make it seem as though you are sort of at home, just slightly less comfortable then if you'd stayed there. In your own home. Camping is weird isn't it? Unless you go all out bundu-then it makes more sense. Anyway back to my shopping for quasi-primitive shelter, quest.

People, people, people. I should have known, but I had no idea. Did you know that there is such a thing as a hybrid sleeping bag? It's what all the movie stars are sleeping in. Did you see the mummy bag? It makes me feel a tad claustrophobic to look at, but I'm imagining that you would welcome the sense of goose-down mummification atop a snow-blown mountain.

Also, there are apparently more species of tents on the market then there are mosquitoes in my backyard. There are tent buying guides, people! Tent buying guides. I could have saved myself literally hours this very morning if I had discovered this sooner. I even found a tent with it's own source of energy. Slick. Personally I feel that while camping you should be comfortable but not TV satellite dish comfortable. Part of the novelty is feeling around in the dark for a flashlight to find out what you are sharing your sleeping bag with. But maybe that's just me. Speaking of flashlights, isn't it funny that we have to become more advanced to become more primitive. I am thinking of crank flashlights which I personally love because kids can read with them until they fade to black.. No more run down batteries or irritable kids who read until 2am.

Further complicating matters, the question of how to cook the food that you caught with your bare hands from the shelves of Kroger. You already know that Dutch ovens have bad connotations for me, so until I return to a place where they are called potjie pots, that's out. No fear. Behold the NASA-esque new generation of camp stoves. I look upon them with reverence and awe and think, "yeah...that's probably not going to happen". We'll be bringing the electric skillet and some sticks for hot-dogs. Let's face it, cooking in my own home kitchen is enough of a challenge for me without bringing bottles of gas into the equation.

And you? Do you camp? How primitive do you go? What is your must have camping item? I discovered the wonders of camping cots topped with egg crate foam (thanks, Bartholomews) at girls camp this year. Dreamy.

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6 comments:

garhales said...

K, how about this...I'll just pack up the trailer for you and you can have all the comforts of a wonderful tent, camping boxes and a much abused (egads even washed in soapy water) dutch oven! Now, there ya go--Just keep the stinkin cot on your own side of the tent; I am not liable for bruised thighs! Have fun camping! :-)

Lynn from For Love or Funny said...

Yes! I love to camp! I routinely camp in 4 star hotels, where I can glimpse out at nature while I order room service and watch TV.

Good luck on your trip!

MrsM said...

My must have item for camping? A hotel. I just don't "do" nature. There are animals out there. Animals, and animal poo, and weird animal smells...and dirt. A lot of dirt.

You're braver than I am~still, I hope you have a good time!

Brittany said...

Haven't been camping since girl's camp. I don't do well outside my comfort zone....in the...*gasp*....DIRT....

Megan Gery said...

nope, not really a camper. surprised? :)

Thalia said...

I went camping in Botswana with hard-core campers who know how to do it! They had a toilet cubicle, and a shower with which you could hand pump a decent flow. It was impressive. It ruined me for life.