Mental note to self: make sure to take decent picture of campsite this year. Finally.
Also I missed this thread!
Mental note to self: Take more pictures in general this year! The only picture that I have of my campsite (which was awesome- three EZups worth of common room!!) is a picture of a neighbor wrapped up in shiny paper at 5 AM. Not too helpful for this thread!
At 26, I am finally ready to move onto the next phase of camping-- with real tarps, an air mattress, maybe even a cooler with some ice in it! Love to see everyone's nice set-ups.
I have survived 10 seasons of wild summer adventures with the same Timberland backpack, an indestrucible Eddie Bauer $130 tent (alive after 5+years of abuse) same tarps from Walmart I got years ago that have holes and duct tape all over, and a bag of apples
Here was our campsite last year. It was our first Roo and we were probably over-prepared thanks to this board. We have a big truck with a toneau cover and we had 2 EZ-ups, one over the tent and one in front of that sort of overlapping the truck. Then we had a giant tarp that we sort of stretched from that to the top of the truck. It made like a long shaded tunnel. We had some tarps connecting to our neighbors too. We could open and close the cover easy and pretty much kept everything in the back of the truck and would just take things off and on the tailgate as needed, then we could lock it all up when we left camp.
We have a nice tent, brought an air mattress, grill, chairs, table, a hammock (which wasn't set up in this picture). We had our battery operated portable tailgating system so we had music all the time around us. We had a huge amount of food and we ended up feeding everyone around us all weekend so it didn't go to waste. We had 3 huge coolers and went the dry ice route in a couple of them. One of them we had completely full of frozen water. We had a bunch of extra tarps and my husband brought his tool bucket full of every kind of tool you can think of - duct tape, scissors, rope, zip-ties, all kinds of stuff like that. My husband ended up being our camps handyman all weekend helping people with things. We also had a bunch of lanterns and things like that for lighting. Also a tent fan.
We also had a portable shower we built out of a 7 gallon drum and a kitchen sprayer - it worked great all weekend and we never ran out of water. I even brought an old big plastic bowl to soak our feet in cold water - haha.
The other thing is that we used an old sheet for the floor in front of our tent instead of a tarp and it was so much quieter than our neighbors tarps that made noise. We just hooked it down with tent stakes. It was softer and more comfortable to sit on if need be. It was a little damp in the mornings from dew but literally dried right away in the heat.
I'm not sure what we could do different or any better this year. I'd like to not bring the hammock because when that was set up it took up a lot of room but my husband says we have the room in the truck so why not bring it? The air mattress was a bit of a pain with losing air and we have a nice one too. This year we are thinking about doing cots.
So I just found these photos from last year, they are the picture directions I sent to my friend who flew in and had to try to find our campsite! My lovely wife posing in the photos, and my favorite part is the umbrella that I didn't notice until I looked at the pictures!
Head down the road...
Go past all the vendors on the left...
Take a left between the huge Pizza dn Ka-bob shop...
Head down this "road"
Take a right at the blue shower trailer...
Careful walking by this tent, the guy lines are way too long!