Camping in Comfort: Tents

12 Apr

If you are going tent camping, probably the most important piece of gear you need is a tent. Jason and I registered for our tent and got it as a wedding gift. We went with the Greatland (now Embark?) tent from Target:

Why did we choose this tent? For me, it was all about the screen porch. Not the most practical of reasons, I know, but it is what it is. I was also a fan of the size. To me, it’s perfect for two people to live in comfortably. According to Jason, the tent is huge. In my opinion, camping in comfort requires space, and this tent provides it. We have room for our air mattress and bags with plenty of room left to move around.

I learned a very important lesson in regards to tent choice on our first trip to Door Countywater leakage. It rained throughout our second day, enough so that we checked out vacancies at local hotels while we were out for the day just in case we returned to a swamped tent. Our tent held up wonderfully. We literally had two tiny puddles from a couple of small drips through a couple of window seams. We have now survived three rain storms in our tent, and water has still not been a problem.

While we don’t lounge around in the small screen porch, it has provided the perfect transition zone for dirty shoes or wet umbrellas. What seemed unecessary has become quite indespensible.

Since Jason and I pride ourselves on being “real” campers, I’m sure this will not be our last tent. But for a first tent, we couldn’t have asked for better!


5 Responses to “Camping in Comfort: Tents”

  1. Katie April 12, 2010 at 12:26 pm #

    I bought a tent recently, but unfortunately it doesn’t have a porch–it is good-sized, though. Do you use air mattresses or anything to sleep on?

    • Laura April 12, 2010 at 2:41 pm #

      We do sleep on an air mattress – neither Jason or I would camp without one. We just bought a new one before our last camping trip – it’s an elevated/tall style, so it almost feels like sleeping on a real bed. Then we use normal bedding – sheets, blanket, comforter – instead of sleeping bags.

  2. Kathy Craney April 12, 2010 at 12:29 pm #

    Like the tent! I too like space to move around.

  3. Katie April 15, 2010 at 11:01 am #

    Your bedding sounds great–much nicer than sleeping on the ground. Do you take your dogs with you? I took Bella tent camping once, but she didn’t really seem to understand the “tent” concept (I’m outside, but I’m not really outside).

    • Laura April 15, 2010 at 12:42 pm #

      We did take Bailey camping once, to Devil’s Lake last summer. She did really well, so we’re planning to take her more often. She even made it through an overnight thunderstorm with us in the tent, so we were quite impressed. Thea is a flight risk and way too nervous, so she gets to go to my mom’s and stay hang out with her dog Jordan.

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