|Our Coleman 2 burner propane stove comes with
a wind shield and is very easy to light.
1- Allows us to practice our camping skills before we go
2- Learn of any mechanical problems with our gear before we go
3- See how the kids react to camping scenarios
Skill: Set up camp.
This was our first time setting up our new (used, bought off CraigsList) eight person tent. Wifey actually made the purchase and was given a crash course on setting it up by the previous owner. I think that was nearly two years ago. Needless to say, we got the tent up.
|I'll have to double check the name brand on this tent
but it will sleep eight of us comfortably. It comes with
two dividers as if to make three rooms in the tent.
I set up the two burner Coleman stove and attached a small bottle of propane to it. Fired right up. Got out our propane latern and fired it up as well. I was going to let one whole bottle run out to see how many hours we get from one bottle but after six hours, it was turned off by one of the kids. We have three D-cell battery powered lanterns. I do NOT recommend these. Simply because you'll be constantly buying new batteries. These lanterns take four D-cells each, that's 12 batteries I have to buy every time I go camping. Needless to say, I checked on Amazon for some rechargeables and put them on my Wish List.
|Handy little Coleman foldout four-seater table.
I'm certainly short on the activities list. I need to add some horseshoes, frisbees, etc to the mix. There are some great deals with Walmart Promotional Coupons that can save on camping equipment. Now if we could only practice fishing and shooting bows/guns in our backyard :-(