It’s hard to believe that July is nearing an end and Labor Day is just around the corner, but this is a great time to take a look at how your existing gear is performing – and think about what you might want to pick up, for this fall’s camping trips.
Camping with pets always adds an extra twist to the experience, like what to do with them when you are at the campsite. We stumbled across this exercise pen at Petco® and it’s proven to be a great place to stash Oreo, while we are eating or just hanging out around the campfire. We don’t have to constantly untangle her leash and there is still enough room for her to move around.
Sleeping Bags for the Girls
It’s time to buy the kids new school clothes, but this summer we also figured out that it’s time for some new sleeping bags, too. Our 5-year old son will get a hand-me-down (hey Ryan, what do you think about hot pink?), but the girls are outgrowing their bags and it’s time for some larger ones. I’m torn between getting new tween-sized bags, or just getting them adult-sized bags. Hey, they’re growing like weeds!
Rebuild the Ice Chest
I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that I didn’t know you could get repair parts for ice chests! At least for Igloo® models you can, and our 10-year old MaxCold® is calling out for some new hinges and other small parts. That’s great news, because the cooler still works great, so I’m happy to save some money by refurbishing this one. This is certainly something to think about, if you are shopping for a new ice chest.
Plates and Bowls
Honestly, I don’t even remember where we picked up this polypropylene dinner set of plates and bowls, but they’ve really outperformed any expectations that we had, for such an inexpensive set. They pack easily and they are indestructible. Best of all, we’re not burning through (literally) paper plates, anymore.
What have you discovered (good and bad) about your camping gear, so far this summer?