(Closed) Camping Gear Recommendations

posted 9 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
1638 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We’ve only ever had Coleman tents so you can’t really go wrong with something like this http://www.target.com/Coleman-Bayside-6-Person-Family-Tent/dp/B001O5L2ES/sr=1-9/qid=1259547462/ref=sr_1_9/177-0462106-5997146?ie=UTF8&search-alias=tgt-index&frombrowse=0&index=target&rh=k%3Atent&page=1

We also have a knock off Aerobed which is awesome because it is comfy and has a built in pump which honestly is the best thing in the world! Something like this http://www.target.com/Intex-Pillow-Rest-Midrise-Bed/dp/B0019FE47K/ref=br_1_2?ie=UTF8&frombrowse=1&searchView=grid5&searchNodeID=193650011&node=193650011&searchRank=pmrank&searchPage=1&searchSize=30&id=Intex%20Pillow%20Rest%20Midrise%20Bed

We have a Coleman lantern that is older & propane, works great but I want a newer one with LED/battery. I suggest looking at the Coleman rechargeable lanterns.

For mess kits, we just has a mish mash of everything we’ve bought over the years so I can’t really find pics of it. Just make sure you have silverware, plates, bowls, pots, pan, knives etc. (Target has a lot to view!)

I have these chairs and I have this chair, however you might not need something so large but it’s worth looking into! http://www.target.com/Travel-Chair-Footrest-Red-Gray/dp/B0017ISV1O/ref=br_1_11?ie=UTF8&frombrowse=1&searchView=grid5&searchNodeID=10749091&node=10749091&searchRank=reviewrank&searchPage=1&searchSize=30&id=Travel%20Chair%20Footrest%20Red%20Gray

You also might need sleeping bags, bug spray, for the beach I suggest a beach mat that way it’s resuable and you don’t have to get your towels all sandy.

Hope this helps, let me know if you have any questions! I’d be happy to help!



Post # 4
75 posts
Worker bee

Rabbit – is this the only type of camping are you planning on doing?

Car camping – pull up to a state park/similar type campground, unload everything out of the trunk and set up. Potable water is supplied on sight. Main focus is on comfort.

Wilderness camping – parking, getting everything out of the car, hiking a ways into the woods (maybe 1 mile maybe 10 or more). Filtering your own water, etc. Main focus is on being lightweight.

We have two sets of camping stuff – one for each kind of camping. When we car camp it’s all about spreading out. I think our tent is a 5 man with plenty of room for all of our stuff (cooler included). When we backpack we use our ultra light weight 2 man tent, water purifier, and dual fuel backpacking stove.

If you are considering doing some more adventurous type camping in the future, you might want to get some of the wilderness type equipment too. Better safe than sorry.

Post # 6
1260 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Hmmm…most of my gear is lightweight for backpacking trips, so I don’t have a lot of recommendations for car camping. But I thought I would point out that if you have a local REI in your area, that is a fabulous place to get quality camping gear at a reasonable price point (I shop at REI’s Canadian cousin, Mountain Equipment Co-op [MEC]). Plus you can register with them!


Now is the time to get stuff that is an investment, and they will have tons of stuff you could use for car camping too.

One thing I recommend for either car camping or backpacking is a headlamp! They are far superior to a flashlight. They keep your hands free and give you TONS of light, becuase they are usually LED based. Makes it super easy to find your way to the bathroom at night, or assemble your gear if you get into your campsite late.

Happy Camping!

Post # 7
1638 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@Rabbit- We don’t have that exact tent, I just used that as a suggestion. We do have a Coleman that has great ventilation but it’s older and not online anymore. I would read reviews for tents and find a good one. The air mattress looks super comfy, ours is!

Post # 8
6572 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

this is the tent we have and it’s awesome! http://www.eurekatent.com/p-76-copper-canyon-10-tent.aspx my family has been camping since way before i was born and we swear by eureka tents. they cost a lot but it’s worth it, you don’t want a cheap tent. my fi had never been camping before me so he wasn’t about to rough it, so i got him this nice big tent for chanukah last year, and he loves it! you can stand up and walk in it, it’s easy to put up, and it stays nice and dry.

Post # 9
6597 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I highly recommend a coleman air-mattress with a pillow-top – the pillow-top keeps your warm if the air inside the mattress gets cool and it prevents you from feeling the indentations of the mattress!

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