We started tent camping many, many years ago with equipment that we’re not even sure they still make. It seemed that, as soon as we learned how to camp, we quickly devised a style of our own.
We loved the great outdoors, and camping allowed us to spend time in places we would never have visited otherwise. We’ve camped in many U.S. states and Canadian Provinces.
We’ve huddled in our tent as snow fell, and we’ve camped in the stifling heat of the desert. Over many years, our three children were along for the adventure in their own little tent. Those were the days!
We always tent camped from a small car, and there was never enough room for all that bulky equipment. We gave away the clunky 2-burner stove many years ago.
The Coleman lantern was always too bright in a wilderness setting so we gave it away as well. And as for our tent now, it’s very basic and sleeps 2-people. The interior is large enough to fit our sleeping bags with a few inches to spare for our next day’s clothing.
We guess our current 3-season sleeping bags are about 30 years old. They still work just fine along with ¾-length mats for comfort. In the evening we read in the tent on our devices and use a hanging solar lantern to provide additional light when needed.
We use a one-burner stove and still have a little set of camping pots and pans that we purchased many decades ago. A few carefully stocked grocery bags contain items for easy-to-prepare camping meals that don’t need refrigeration.
This past year we camped in very high heat with unrelenting sun exposure. We noticed most other campers had a tarp for shade. We quickly purchased our own tarp to hang over either our tent or the picnic table. What a difference it made!
All of our camping equipment fits into the hatchback of our basic Toyota Prius C.
We make time for exploring, enjoy living outdoors (except a few places we stayed where mosquitoes drove us back inside), and enjoy sleeping under the stars.