I swore to Michael, "We will toss the tent and sleeping bag into the car, grab the dogs and some basic supplies- that is ALL we need to camp." I even mocked the camping gear sections of stores and websites.
A few days camping requires more Stuff than being home for 2 years.
I secretly laughed at Michael for requesting we use the air bed. I had no intention of using it. That isn't camping! Then I saw our campsite. Boulders, with some massive tree roots thrown in for lumbar support.
The air bed got added to the pack list.
The giant 7 person tent (for two of us) was my call. We have an XL dog, one L, one M and one S. I wanted plenty of room for us, even thought we'll camp with 2 dogs at a time (while 2 are left at home, being babied by my dog sitting mom or brother).
I swore we needed a screen room..this is Insect Heaven, WV.
Then I saw window fans for tents! Hell yeah! A little fresh air circulation is a good thing, right?
But..but ..what about the ceiling fan with light? How convenient is that?
And what about camp chairs? Need two of those...
Lanterns? OMG I almost forgot lanterns...
French press! They make Lexan french presses just for camping!
I might leave the dogs and Michael home ..they are taking up valuable packing space.
I think we need a bigger SUV.