All right, readers...time to show yourselves!
As my last post stated, UH and I have set a date for our permanent move to our homestead. That date is May 1st. By no later than May 1st, we be setting up our temporary tent home. And that's where you all come in, my cherished readers. I am an experienced camper and backpacker, but I have never attempted anything like this. I have camped only for short periods of time. I have been on much longer backpacking trips, but backpacking is a whole different animal.
How do I make a comfortable home for a family of four out of tarps and tents? We need to be able to keep the rain out, stay warm at night and cool during the day, and keep our sleeping and eating spaces as pest-free as possible. I have already made a few plans. We'll be living in a large tent that can divide into separate rooms, so that UH and I can have a bedroom, and UB will have another. There will be a screened room for a kitchen space, set to the side of the main tents, and a tarp strung above it all to provide a shaded common area. We will sleep on real mattresses, have rugs on our "floors", and use real dishes to eat. We have a nice propane camp stove, and we're about to buy a Royal Berkey water filter*. We'll bring books and toys, we'll use real furniture and our own pillows and blankets. If we're going to make a home out of tents for a few months, I want it to be as comfortable and home-like as possible.
This is where you come in, readers. Spam with your best tips, tricks, and suggestions for making our long term camping idea a comfortable reality. Leave comments your best ideas, link me to resources - please help us figure out how best to take on this challenge.
*From time to time I will be talking about products that we have used or are planning to use. Unless otherwise stated, I am not given any type of compensation for these links and reviews. I purchase the products with my own money, and give honest reviews based on my own personal experience. Of course, ymmv.