Re: Looking to get into weekend camping
I prefer geodesic tents. I feel they deal with severe forces much better. Any corner is just a weakness that will break. Thus, I would go for the dome tent.
I have had many occasions when the weather turned from perfect to monstrous. Both in terms of severe winds and heavy rain and thunderstorms. You want to be safe and dry inside your tent till the weather passes.
Get yourself some plastic boxes that fit nice and snug in your vehicle. These boxes always stay packed with your camping kit and in the garage. The afternoon you decide to go camping, you just load these boxes, the cooler box, braai grid and bedding and off you go.
I have 1 box with mattresses, bedding, torches, etc (housy stuff) and another with kitchen stuff; cutlery, paper plates, cups, dishwash stuff, coffee & creamer, kettle, pan, serviettes etc.
A cadac gas bottle is very handy for coffee and warming stuff in the pan.
Remember, all you need is a warm, dry bed and a full tummy for camping. Everything else is a luxury.
THUS, DO NOT go out and spend R20k on rubbish and end up never using it. As you camp you will see what is nice to have to make life more comfortable and what other clever gadgets other campers have.
PS - Blow-up mattresses can get VERY cold. We always have a thick blanket with us to cover the blowup mattress with.
Last edited by RogueFrontier; 2016/12/23 at 12:48 PM.
Isuzu Frontier 280LX 4x4 2001