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Anyone that knows about tent camping?

I am doing a happy dance because this weekend's camping trip got cancelled. It was gonna be COLD.

I tent camped many years ago, but I lived 500ish miles from the area and my big sisters always made the arrangements and brought the tents, etc. Being the spoiled baby sister has its advantages for sure.

I borrowed a couple of tents from them(which I haven't even tried to put up), but I need to get one for when the weather warms up in uhm...April.

My friend and I joined a horseback riding club and successfully camped with her camper last month, but I don't want to have to rely on her husband to tow it places for us. I tow the horse trailer so I can't pull anything else.

Help! What type of tent do I need? What other supplies? I doubt I'll go if it won't be upper 50's in the day and 40's at night (and even then I might while a bit about the cold).


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Tent, coleman camp stove, lanterns or battery powered lights, TP, firewood, cooking untensils, ice chest, sleeping bags + air mattresses, just off the top of my head.
Too bad we're not closer, I have all the needed equipment & we gave up on camping when we hit 60 LOL
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Been a while since the tent days for me. I would want something I could stand up in to change clothes, not a little pup tent.


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I think an 8 - 10 person tent is the size I want so I change inside.

Is a Coleman tent really good? Their ads say they have heavier canvas and are fully taped so you don't need a fly sheet (is that the right word???). Easy set-up would be nice too.

I have a queen sized blow up mattress what is about 18" tall - I like come comfort!

My friend has a generator we can leave in the trailer's tack room and use to run a heater and MOST IMPORTANT the coffee pot. I might just have to starve since the cooking idea is a bit much. I am planning on buying a Big Buddy heater that runs on propane and sends out 18,000 BTU's.

I sure hope we have fun. We did have a good time last month except that bad little horse Mack threw me off hard and fast. Ugh, but cold packs and ibprofen kept me in the saddle for the rest of the weekend.


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Their ads say they have heavier canvas and are fully taped so you don't need a fly sheet (is that the right word???).
Rain fly. Sounds like you won't wake up in a puddle anyhow with that fancy mattress of yours I have a little buddy heater and they are great, but won't leave it on at night. If hooked up to electric my ceramic heater keeps my glorified tent on wheels pop up camper plenty warm.


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Tent camping is the only way to camp!!

Are you going to be only person in the tent? If so, 8-10 people sized tent will be too big - your body won't be able to heat the tent and you'll be a lot colder than if you were a smaller tent. You want your body to warm the enclosed space, like a horse in a stall.

Most new tents don't have the old "peg and hammer" styles anymore and are pretty easy to set up. Depending on how serious you are or if you'll use the tent much more, you can also get 'season' tents. Some tents are appropriate for summer OR for the colder seasons, and some are 3 or 4 season tents.

I have an easy, colour coded set up tent that's a 3 person...which is about 2 people and Ranger! Body heat keeps it warm and while there's not enough room for a tall person to stand up, I can get dressed/undressed fairly easily. Though, if you're camping in the cold weather, there's not a lot of 'undressing' when you go to bed at night!!

I went camping once in November and the night time temps were down to -10 C. One big air mattress that took up most of the bottom, 2 heavy duty sleeping bags (good to -40) and miscellaneous blankets strewn about. I brought a thick wool blanket (actually a horse cooler) and kept it wrapped around my head and shoulders at night. My pajamas were my long underwear under fleece pajamas, a neck warmer, and a toque!

For food, you can either make stuff at home and bring it with you - just make sure you bring stuff that doesn't need to be heated up (or through) for it to be eaten! Cliff bars, luna bars, and other granola bars are good to bring for a snack. Fruit is good! I usually pack a cooler and put in apples, bananas, pears, etc. The cooler usually has beer in it too. Bags of chips are convenient, though not healthy.

Put a couple of cans of alphaghetti on the campfire - just make sure to bring a manual can opener - and eat them right out of the can. Or any canned chili or stew, etc. For breakfast, we brought those instant flavoured oatmeal packets that you just add boiling water to...I never eat those at home, but it's amazing how good things taste when you're outside in nature!

Man, I miss camping!! I haven't been in about 2 years...now I want to head out camping NOW...in the middle of winter! That might be too cold, even for me!

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Cooking is easy. Get a Coleman or butane stove. You can heat water, boil pasta or rice, heat soup, chili, stew, etc. very easily. We also bring a small grill/grate. Most campgrounds have a fire pit, but it's easier to cook on charcoal, and the grates are usually too high, so we bring a small one that's big enough for two burgers or two pieces of chicken and set it up on a couple of rocks over the charcoal or even on a couple of soda cans.

Our kitchen box has a frypan, quart sized pot, cooking spoons, spatula, bowls, can opener, bottle opener, paper plates, spoons, forks, a small cutting board and a couple of knives. There is also a tablecloth, but i usually forget to put it out. We also carry some rope to use as a clothesline if we're swimming. Bring extra TP too.

I like to use headlamps at night, because we usually read after it gets dark, but then, we camp with just the two of us, not in a group. It's still helpful if you are walking your dog before bed or heading to the outhouse.

Cooler contains milk, sodas, fresh meat, salads, beer.

Meals are usually cereal for breakfast, sandwiches and fruit for lunch, barbequed meat or pasta with canned meat/fish for dinner, and pudding, canned fruit, cookies for dessert.

We sleep in the back of our truck, or with a small backpacking tent, so I can't help you there. If most of your camping is in summer, make sure you get a tent with a lot of screening for ventilation. A 20 degree bag will be cozy at 40 deg. without needing to use the hood. We carry a very light fleece blanket or army poncho liner for summer and just sleep on top of our sleeping bags with the lighter blanket over us when it's hot.
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I like the old fashioned coleman stoves and lanterns that run on the coleman fuel. The ones I have can run on regular gas if needed too. In addition to what everyone else suggested, I have a large 10 gallon water jug that I fill out at the camp spigot. Then I use it to wash and for drinking.

I love camping!
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All I know is... it's "intents"

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I was going to suggest heater for mornings - but see ya got that covered.

The colored coded assembly on our Coleman tent saves alot of frustration/arguing 1st trip of the year. It is far too tall for me to even think of assembling alone. I've met other petite women who have found good sized tents they are able to assemble
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