It’s Spring, and our thoughts turn to hiking and camping. With 4 children (and maybe friends), it’s akin to an expedition to Everest, with Laima and I as the Sherpas. Happily, we’re still car camping, so while it’s a lot of gear, it doesn’t get shlepped very far, so we can bring pretty much whatever we want. Enter the camping covet list.
First off, when you have a big family, you need room to spread out for sleeping. We’re very happy with the family tent we have right now, but take a look at the Cabela’s Ultimate Alaknak™ Tent! It has an impressive 11-person sleeping capacity (smelly teens to the other end please), and the sidewalls have unique fold-down shelves that sport cup holders to eliminate spilled beverages and gear pockets to hold gear. The stove jack (the stove jack!) is covered by a storm flap that now rolls down to avoid contact with the piping, so it won’t melt the material. Basically it’s the Hummer of tents, which would suit our family just fine.
We really enjoyed camping as a family last year and one of the benefits of car camping is that you can pretty much bring as much gear as you want, whether it will be used much or not. Something I ran across that I covet is the Snow Peak Tramezzino, an aluminum cooker for making toasted sandwiches – no muss, no mess. Love it. Want it.
If there’s anything better than RV camping, I’m not sure what it is. Excepting the environmental waste in terms of gasoline and electricity, this is as good as it gets for family camping. With the interior fan on for white noise, good sleep is pretty much assured. Tired of cooking over the fire? Head inside for a regular home cooked meal. Bugs got you down? Yup, head inside. The new Winnebago Vista RVs are large enough to sleep our family (and maybe a guest) with such cool features as bunk beds (just like summer camp!). Our weekend RV camping for The North Face Endurance Challenge STILL has the kids reminiscing.
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