I know this is an old thread, but I'm hoping we can revive this Tribe!
Neither DH nor I grew up camping, but we have gone camping sporadically with the kids since they were little. Last summer we had such a great time the 2-3 times we went that this summer we're stepping it up. We are in the Midwest and car camp, mainly in Wisconsin. The kids are now older, so this weekend on our first trip of the season we tried a kid tent/adult tent set-up and liked it a lot. Our next trip will be just DH and me, and we have another 2-3-day trip planned with the kids and will let them each bring a friend. After that, we'll see how often we can escape the city!
After this weekend, we decided we needed to make a master list of supplies (after forgetting, oh, I don't know - *plates* and simple stuff like that! LOL). We have a camp stove and mini grill we bring (although we have also just used the fire ring before), and I just ordered a set of enamelware dishes and cups. We're setting up a plastic tub with dedicated camp cooking stuff so that it's easier to pack. We have pads and sleeping bags, but are thinking of getting sleeping bags that "scrunch up" smaller - the ones we have take up half the car, and we would like to have more room for bikes in the future. Any suggestions?
Suggestions for how to get a good night's sleep welcome - as much as I like camping, I never seem to sleep well. Suggestions for good vegetarian camping meals also welcome! We have one veggie in the family, and usually make sausages and some kind of potato-based foil packet. Need to expand that repertoire.
What are your camping plans this summer?