Around the Bonfire

Camping a cheap but great vacation

With money a bit tight this year, exotic holidays were out. In fact even non exotic holidays were out. A family of six growing individuals makes a huge debt in our joint bank account so we had to come up with something more modest this year.

So no overseas trips, no Disney, no Vegas, no Niagara falls, etc. But we still wanted a vacation. If you’ve worked all year but can’t take a vacation, you might as well be working for nothing. And we all needed a two week break, somewhere. And it had to be cheap.

Taking sound advice

Asking around, a colleague at the office takes his family camping. That’s always been their vacation. They change destinations each year and most importantly – it’s cheap. Besides he goes fishing some weekends and camps over for the weekend close to where he fishes.

Important for me, who hadn’t been camping since I was a teenager. He was going to advise what I needed and what I needed to do. All his valuable experience was brought to bear in our planning stage.

Camping Tent

We needed a tent

First thing was the tent, 8 person tent like the ones featured here best 8 person tent. Why an 8 man tent when there’s only six of us? Well as Bob explained, you need more space than the size of your party. Because people carry all sorts of additional things and you want these inside, not outside the tent. It made sense.

Then myself and Bob and my two eldest boys practised putting out up in the garden. It was a complete mess at first and had Bob not been around I would have given up. But with his encouragement and the two boys really helping out, we mastered it. Equally important and quite critical is to take the tent down again and pack it away properly. We achieved official “8 Person Tent” expert status.

The vacation was perfect and went without a hitch and we all spent quality time with one and other. Camping so something I highly recommend.

further reading – How to erect a Tent

further reading – How to take down a Tent