Family Tent Review

Family Tent Review

We are new to camping, but think it is going to be a big part of our lives. We did a lot of reasearch and finally decided on the SwissGear Montreaux Family Dome Tent. We have now slept in it for three nights and love it. Here were our criteria: 3 Rooms- We have two kids and will be adding more so we wanted a tent that could hold all of us. We also wanted not be crammed in together and have some separation from the kids. We all sleep better that way. Tall-Clark is 6′-4″ and we wanted him to be able to stand up. Affordable-It was about $175.00. We got ours at Walmart so we could return it if it wasn’t what we wanted. Easy to assemble Things we compromised on: Isn’t made for all-weather camping We have young kids so we won’t be in the snow so we thought this was acceptable Heavy- We are car camping so weight wasn’t that big of an issue. If we go backpacking we will need a new tent! (We do know people who backpack with young kids. Check out their site for tips http://www.with2kidsintow.blogspot.com!) Here is our complete review..Let us know what you...
When Serendipity Happens.  Camping creates margin and margin creates something special.

When Serendipity Happens. Camping creates margin and margin creates something special.

Our family is always on the go.  Travel is just a way of life.  And for a family that will go anywhere on a whim, we sure spent a l-o-t of time preparing for our current trip.  We’re camping.  Although it’s not our first time, this was a first under these circumstances. I’d spent time camping with “the guys.”  But when I’m camping with the guys I take nothing more than a small backpack and sleep under the stars.  Camping with the guys does not resemble family camping. Earlier this year we went family camping with friends.  But we were relying heavily on their gear and experience. On this trip it’s just us. We’ve been posting regular updates on our FACEBOOK PAGE since we left our home on Saturday morning.  On our page you can find lots of photos, quick thoughts and quick tips, and a selection of videos commentaries from our camping trip so far. Don’t want to go to our Facebook Page? That’s OK too!  I want to update you on some of the highlights here.  But first a few observations. We love camping.  It’s perfect for families like ours who love to be active and enjoy the outdoors.  As an added bonus, when the kids go to sleep at night we enjoy a hot fire, crickets chirping, and good conversation–instead of being cooped up in a hotel room whispering to one another. We’re quite happy just being together as our little family.  But camping is the perfect activity to do with another family.  There’s a lot of down time.  Great to spend that time with another...
Family Camping Adventure Photos

Family Camping Adventure Photos

We are camping! We headed out on Saturday and have been here at Rocky Point Resort in Oregon for the past two nights. We are going to be doing a complete rundown of the trip so far tomorrow. Please forgive us… but we decided to enjoy a night by the campfire instead of the tyranny of the blog! We have been doing regular updates on our Family Trek Facebook Page. There are several short notes up with tales or triumph and disaster. We’ve also posted on Facebook some videos we’ve taken on the trip that are on the Family Trek YouTube Channel. Over the next week while we continue on our family camping adventure we’ll continue to publish a new post each day on our blog but you should definitely like our Facebook Page to get updates and tips from the road. Happy Trails to you! I’m hitting publish and heading back to the family camping adventures.       Have we connected on Facebook yet?  Like our Facebook Page...
“Can you help me plan my cross-country drive?”

“Can you help me plan my cross-country drive?”

Our family has been traveling a lot for a while now.  Long before we started our family travel blog the questions were already coming from friends, family, and random people in our life. How long does it take to drive 500 miles with two little kids? (10 hours) Do airlines charge a fee for checking my baby’s stroller? (In most cases no, but some airlines are beginning to charge for “non-basic” strollers.) What’s the best place to search for flights? (Kayak.com, Travelocity.com, and Expedia.com all have different advantages.  But I like to use these as search engines and then book my flights directly on the airline’s website if the price is the same or almost the same.  When flights are oversold the first people to be bumped are those who booked through discount websites. AND please don’t book multiple carriers. You will regret it, no matter how much money you save!) Today the question comes from my brother-in-law who is flying to Maine to drive to Santa Barbara with his girlfriend.  “Can you help me plan my cross-country drive?” Sure.  And now I’m on a mental escape. Here are the parameters, either told to me directly by my brother-in-law (Matt) or based upon what I know about him. Matt doesn’t like cities.  He’s far more comfortable in open spaces. Matt hates the heat.  So my plan is to keep them north for the majority of their trip. Matt specifically requested camping “near a lake or river.” Budget matters. (Budget always matters, but I think that in this case budget really matters!)  And so does time.  So there are going...

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