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  1. daryn
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    Never in my entire life have I been camping. Ever. I always tell DH how much fun it sounds. His response, “Too expensive to start up something new like it. Plus we might start it and hate it.” (Sounds like your previous post) Then he goes on to say that we don’t know anything about camping. (True, but if you don’t make an effort. . .) It ends every year with the famous, “maybe next year.” It has been 5 1/2 years.

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    Sounds like a good topic for another post: Camping for the Inexperienced. 🙂

    As far as the expense goes, I will admit that if you went out and bought all the stuff you need to go camping, it would set you back. We spent ~$100 for the site rental ($25), a new double air mattress for the kids ($18) a pump for the air mattresses that plugged into the cigarette lighter ($14), food (about $40).

    When we first started camping as young married people, we borrowed “big ticket” items like the tent and Coleman stove, etc. till we figured out if camping was something we wanted to do enough to warrant those purchases. Most people who own tents or campers lament the fact that they don’t get as much use out of them as they’d hoped, and as long as you’re a respectful borrower, they like seeing the stuff get some more use. We lend our big honkin’ tent to a friend who is a Boy Scout Troop Leader whenever there’s a scouting event because invariably, one more tent is always handy.

    A lot of the equipment that is less expensive is stuff you would use in other circumstances–like big cooler, or sleeping bags (if you travel, I know people sometimes don’t trust hotel bedding).

    Another thing: don’t take the kid(s) the first time. Taking small children camping is like, intermediate level camping, at least. (With advanced camping being, like, guest-hosting an episode of Survivorman.)

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  3. Jonna
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    Some things you can even get around buying, like sleeping bags. We just use extra blankets. I think the only thing we currently own that is specifically for camping is the coffeepot. (I don’t really recommend that approach, though. It makes for a lot of packing)

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    Yeah–you can makeshift a lot of items, but there are some “investments” that are wholly worthwhile if time and convenience is a factor. For example, prior to picking up the $14 air mattress pump, we used the foot pump that came with our existing mattress–and which took 45 minutes of hard labor to get a single mattress up.

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  5. daryn
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    Good tips. Maybe the next HobbKnob field trip could be camping in the Amazon (or O’Bannon Woods, whatever. 🙂 )

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  6. Jonna
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    Or even that there Trace o’ Bufflers would be a good starting point. =)

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