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Tent’s construction is twice as thick as average tents, making it much stronger and giving you many more years of use. Another cool thing is that it features Coleman’s WeatherTec System, which guarantees your tent is waterproof from top to bottom. The Instant Tent is so waterproof it doesn’t even need a rain fly, one less thing to have to setup and take down and store. On a recent outing with the family, we had a heavy wind and rain come in on us during the night. The tent swayed but no water came in and we slept cozy all night. One note on tent sizes, whatever number of people any manufacturer claims their tent will sleep, divide that in half to get the realistic comfortable number. Now that you have a tent, what are you going to use for bedding? If


you’re on a budget and will be sleep- ing in mild weather, you can get by with bringing blankets from home. You can also get sleeping bags pretty cheap. Unless you plan to backpack deep into the woods and sleep in sub- zero wet weather, I would save money and go with a less expensive sleeping bag. You can find great bags rang- ing from $20 to $80 at any sporting goods store. Coleman has no less than 3-dozen models priced under $100 with most of those being in the $30 to $50 range. One note of cau- tion when buying a sleeping bag for casual camping adventures: bigger is better. Most bags are about 33" wide. The larger ones are around 39" wide. This extra 6" makes a difference when you’re trying to get comfortable and it usually won’t cost you much more. So where are you going to put your


bag? You could tough it out like we did as kids and just sleep on the hard ground on the tent floor. Then you get to wake up with pain and soreness in places you didn’t think possible. Or you can invest in a sleeping pad or air mattress. Kids will sleep well just about anywhere but for those of us a little older, sleep comfort will make or break a camping trip. The sleep- ing pads work fine and will get you by but you just can’t go wrong with an air mattress. Once again, Cole- man makes a bunch of these and they are all reasonable. A basic queen- size airbed is under $40! If you’ve ever found yourself on the cold hard ground trying to fall asleep at 2 a.m., you know you would have paid $400 for an airbed!


If Coleman doesn’t make it for camp- ing, then you probably don’t need it.


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Comfort Kit After this, it becomes a matter of


comfort. If your campsite has picnic tables (many do) you probably won’t need to bring a table and chairs. I would still pack a bag chair for each person. They are comfortable around the campfire and good to take along to the lake or playground. For cooking and kitchen needs, you may want to get a camp kitchen and stove set up. Coleman’s Camp Kitchen and Pack-Away table set will help make your campsite self-sufficient. If you want a stove, you might go dizzy trying to pick one from the Coleman site. They have a huge selection to meet all your needs. Once again, if you are driving to the campsite, get one that is large and sturdy. They are more useful and give you more cooking options. Of course, you need a good cooler.


I would recommend at least two cool- ers for most camping and maybe a third if you want a small one to take on daytime excursions. Why two cool- ers? It is easier to keep things orga- nized. You can keep food in one and drinks in another. Speaking of food, if you want to keep your trip simple, prepare all your food ahead of time and you will reduce cooking time in camp. You can even avoid cooking all together if you don’t mind eating cold meals like sandwiches, fried chicken orv pasta salad. Taking the family camping will not


make you a survival expert nor will it fully prepare you for a catastrophic event. What it will do is bring your family closer together while building self-confidence


and


independence.


And if a major disaster should strike, the idea of sleeping outside while hav- ing to cook your own food won’t be such a big deal. *


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