How we used our 4 tents...
1) A Living room, dining room an kitchen tent...
this tent was a shelter logic car port that was 10X20. It had a dirt floor which was grassy and fine at first but towards the end it was very dusty which i could hardly stand.
This is where we hung out prepared meals and tried to keep cool on hot days... Our tents were the only shade out where we were. Once we put a tarp on top of the already existing tent, it helped drop the temperature inside the tent significantly. Cross breezes were a must too!
2) A dressing room tent...
This was just a regular sized tent that we were able to stand up fully in and get ready for the day. I love the concept of having all the clothes all together in one big 'closet'. It worked well.
3)Our bedroom tent...
This was a two room tent where we had our actual beds, no camping cots here, and slept very well most nights. One room had our bed in it and the 2nd room had our Porta-crib for our baby and a toddler bed for our girl.
4) Our Boys tent...
This is where our boys slept. It was a longer tent with beds on one end and a play area on the other. They didn't play in there much. Too hot during the day and too busy having adventures!
Changes we made as the summer went on
We added tarps to help keep things cooler and water out
We put the boys in the smaller square tent because it was less drafty at night
The long tent became the dressing room and playroom.
We added a wash room with a tarp on the outside end of our Living room tent. This was where we did our laundry and took baths.
The tent set up
Well we camped out from July 15th through September 18th. Just over two months of camping with 4 children under 8 years old with the youngest not even 2 months old when we started. Let me tell you... It was a Blast! Sure it was a lot of hard work and hardly any down time but it was an experience for our family I hope we never forget.
We were able to purchase two 275 gallon water tanks through Craigslist. We used this water only for cleaning. Washing dishes and bathing. We put one tank on top of a water stand we made and the other one was our transport to go and get the water and bring back. We then used a water pump and generator to fill up the water tank on the stand from the one we transported. So it was a good system. As the summer went on though, algae started forming in our water tank on the stand because it was in direct sunlight. So if you store water store it in a non transparent container to help UV rays from getting in and not in the sunlight. We had two other water containers that we used for drinking and cooking with. We would re-fill every few days.
Gallery of our camping Experience
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Camille Loves being a Mother of five, wife to an amazing cowboy, A photographer, blog writer, and an Adventure seeker.
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