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Some of my greatest memories from childhood are from family camping trips. We would kick off the season Memorial Day weekend where we’d pack up the camper and head to a lake. Sometimes it would just be my parents and brothers. Others, my grandparents or aunt, uncle and cousins. We would spend the days fishing, wandering and playing in woods, riding our bikes, paddling in the lake in our canoe or just hanging out. Of course, each night there was a campfire and s’mores. What’s camping without s’mores?
When we camped, there was no agenda. Wait, yes there was. The agenda was to unplug. And this was before cell phones and the internet. Back then unplug meant get away from telephones attached to the wall, running water, electricity and indoor bathrooms.
I couldn’t wait to pass on the camping tradition to my kids. That is until I actually had kids. Camping with young kids did not sound appealing to me. At all. I know a lot of people do it but as a mom of twins, I lived and breathed by a set schedule for at least the first 3 years of their lives. The thought of packing all of their stuff and going a night or two with zero hours of sleep did not sound like fun. Call me crazy, but sharing a 4 person tent with Ron, two humans and a dog that don’t know the value of personal space, while “sleeping” on the ground, was not high on my “Must Do” list during the early years.
Last year, we thought we were ready. We did a test run in the backyard. The kids were excited. Ron was excited. I was excited. And then night time came and my son was no longer excited. Let’s just say the camping experience did not go over well.
This year is THE year. We’ve been putting together our summer bucket list and camping often is on the list. What better way to get excited for camping than with new gear? Thankfully, Kohl’s came through. Did you know they have an extensive camping department online and in store? I love Kohl’s for their great deals but I had no idea they carried so many great outdoor brands like Coleman.
I wish I could say we have already been camping but it’s only mid-April and we live in New Hampshire. The overnight temps are still a little too cold for more liking. So we tested out some of the new gear in the backyard to see how it worked.
It’s been awhile since I bought a new tent and my-oh-my how things have changed! Room dividers, closets with selves and bars – what?!? We could fit at least two of our tiny 4 person backpacking tent into our new one. My personal space fears are no longer an issue. And it’s a breeze to set up.
It’s also been awhile since I bought a new sleeping bag. Memory foam. In the sleeping bag. Oh yes. And it is heavenly. Why did it take so long for someone to come up with that genius idea? Thank you Coleman!
We have a large air mattress for Ron and I so we picked up two Coleman self-inflating camp pads for the kids. Fingers crossed they stay on them and don’t try to steal my cushy mattress.
With two more (very hungry) mouths to feed, we thought it was time to invest in more food prep gear. We wanted a stove that was light, compact, and easy to use. This 2 burner propane stove is perfect for cooking up any dish I want. And this stainless steel mess kit is just the right size. It has fold-away handles and nest together for compact storage.
I think we are ready. Let’s go camping!
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