Oh man do I love camping. When M and M were little camping was really hard, exhausting and overwhelming. (We have a couple of runners and apparently they don’t have a stop point. We learned that after taking turns chasing a 2 year old Big M for two days straight.)
Now that they’ve gotten older camping has become so much more fun. It’s time to start gathering camping gear.
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Our must have camping gear
First up is always a tent! We love our Coleman 6-Person Tent.
The kids each have a Eureka Sleeping Bag. We love them for special nights on the floor, sleep overs and especially for last years FREEZING camping trip. They were warm… we were too cold to sleep (see wish list item #1).
Yes, you have seen these Thermos Funtainer Cups before. (Stick around, I’m sure you’ll see them again.) They are the best thing ever. For camping they were the perfect way to keep the kids drinks separate. We refilled them constantly and didn’t have to worry about a bunch of wasted, unidentified plastic water bottles.
Bocce Ball is a new family favorite. The balls can be very heavy, but if you get a light weight set like this Halex Family Bocce Set the kids can learn to play without risking an injury.
Our Must Have Camping Gear Wish List
Our sleeping bags are okay, but Hubs and I really need to get some that will keep us warm on cold night. These Coleman Sleeping Bags look warm… and cozy!
I have a cute pink chair. After sitting in my brother in laws Coleman Quad Chair I decided I want a new one. It’s so comfy and even has a cooler in the arm. WHAT?!?!? Hmm… I wonder if this one comes in pink?
We always bring throw away table cloths for the tables provided but a Coleman Pack-Away Table would give us a lot of extra space!
We may have to settle for the newer version of Coleman Camp Propane Grill/Stove, unless we can weasel this oldie away from my brother in law. It has a ridged side and a flat side. Perfect for burgers or pancakes!
Alrighty, that’s nine must have camping supplies. What would you add for #10?
*Update – I just had an idea! There are so many awesome ideas in the comments. SERIOUSLY BRILLIANT camping ideas! I suppose I could make it even easier for you by moving some of those ideas up here and giving you clickable links. So here are camping tips and tricks from all of you awesome readers. Keep in mind these are just product links, reading the comments will help give you a better idea of why the readers love these things so much and how they use them.
- Glow Light Stick Bracelets
- Snakelight Flashlight
- First Aid Kit
- Solar-Powered Lights
- Coffee Percolator
- Reflective Cord
- Chimney Starter
- Camp Chef Expedition 3 Burner Stove with Griddle
- Cast Iron Dutch Oven
- Outdoor String Solar Lights
- Cot Bunk Beds
- HotHands Hand Warmers
- Solar Shower
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This post originally appeared on Sept. 12, 2013.