The Camping List: Everything You Need For A Great Tent Camping AdventurePosted on Jan 12, 2013 | 22 comments
We had to work hard on this list.
We're setting out to travel across America and Canada for 8 months with our two kids and our little Kia Spectra. 15,000 miles of travel and not much space to spare. In order to stay happy and comfortable, we really had to research the products we chose to purchase for this journey. We looked for light-weight, quality products, and we shied away from stuff we didn't need.
Here you'll find all our camping gear for our journey, and a separate RTW list that that includes clothes, towels, and everything else we're taking around the world with us after we ditch the car and pack up the camping gear.
Enjoy. And if you have questions or suggestions, please ask!
It's pretty much impossible to figure out the exact cost of all our gear given that we already owned some things, some was donated by friends, etc..., but we estimate we spent about $1,200 on our camping gear, and about $600 on our RTW gear. So, $1,800 in total for nearly everything we own, minus the tech stuff like our laptop, Ipads, cameras, etc...
We spent about a year gathering all this gear and shopping for deals, and a lot of the products listed here, we bought used. Making the effort to shop around at Craigslist, REI garage sales or local garage sales - saved us thousands!
For example: Our sleeping bags would have cost us over $800 new, but we found them all used and paid only $168 for all 4. Our tent, which sells for over $400 new, cost us only $79 at an REI garage sale - and it was practically brand new! And our 4 backpacks only cost us $215!
Take your time and shop around. The deals are out there.
The Camping List
The Tent: Big Agnes King Creek 4*
The Dishes and Pans: GSI Bugaboo Camper
The Utensils and More: GSI Kitchen 23
The Sleeping Bags: Remember: Down bags cost more, but they're warmer, and they save a ton of space.
The Sleeping Pads: 4 REI Trekker 1.0.
The Cooler: REI Collapsible Cooler
The Lantern: Coleman Classic Family
Coffee: 2 - GSI Personal Personal Java Press
Shelter: Kelty Large Shelterhouse
Food: Big plastic container of oatmeal, pasta, rice, bars, etc...
Tarp: 9 x 7 and packs down tight
Kid's Education and Crafts Packs: We took these Ikea Laptop bags and packed them full of books, paper, crayons, and the rest.
Toys: 2 plastic containers filled with Legos, cars, and dolls.
Sports Bag: Filled with outdoor equipment. Balls, Frisbee, etc...
Camping Chairs: 4 - Nothing special here. We've had these for years, but if you're camping, they are a must.
Rooftop Case: Sherpa Go 15 Roofbag
Car Power Adapter: Bestek 300W
And All Our RTW Gear: Backpacks, clothes, headlamps, first aid kit, etc.. See the full list here.
We're also bringing a laptop, ipad, and a camera. Cameras are a must for travel and services like Lulu.com can help you make a photobook with ease.
As well, there are 2 scooters, some blankets, pillows, Lego and a few extra toys, bug spray, books, etc..., but that is pretty much it.
Here is EVERYTHING:
As well, we have our clothes, electronics, and other miscellaneous gear which you can see in our RTW Packing List.
Here is all our RTW gear:
North America is a tent camper's dream. Endless, affordable locations for your family to explore. Just grab some good gear, get in the car, and go.
Happy Camping! And make sure you check out our full camping adventures here.
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