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I'm about to go camping next weekend. (Va Beach Campground KOA) Just for 2 nights. But I've never been before. Do the tents really protect you from the rain?

I can't wait to buy a sleeping bag Does anyone have a particular tent they'd like to recommend? I've been looking online & they all claim to protect you from the elements... but how do I know for sure?

Any tips to give me while I'm sleeping in this thing? LOL Are they hard to put up? I'm such a NEWBIE!

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Most tents will protect you from rain as long as you have the little rain guard thing on top of them (comes with tent) They are very easy to put up. I would buy a small tarp to put under the tent, that way if it rains no water will soak through the bottom. Another tip, go buy one of those foam egg crate things to put under your sleeping bag. The tents and sleeping bags don't do much to lesen the sleeping on bumpy ground effect. Otherwise, make a big fire and drink lots of beer. have fun!

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tints don't protect you from the rain, they block the sun from your car.

tents, however, block both.

advice #1: don't wear shoes inside the tent...you'll get it dirty and tear it up

advice #2: don't put on bug spray in the tent...it will damage the material and eventually cause it to leak

advice #3: it's hotter than hell. Take a bed sheet with you. If you get too hot in your sleeping bag you can always lay on top of it with just the sheet to keep you covered.

advice #4: if you can't sleep, drink more. You'll eventually just pass out.

advice #5: this is the most important...when you get home after camping, lay the tent out in the backyard or somewhere in the house if you don't have a yard. Let it air out for several hours. If you don't, and you just roll it up and put it away, it will stink like shit the next time you get it out.
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advice #5: this is the most important...when you get home after camping, lay the tent out in the backyard or somewhere in the house if you don't have a yard. Let it air out for several hours. If you don't, and you just roll it up and put it away, it will stink like shit the next time you get it out.
Ahh, that reminds me, take some toilet paper with you. Even at camp grounds they run out and alot of times the TP there is nasty(its like a public restroom that is constantly used by rednecks who haven't washed in a week cause they've been camping.)

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tints don't protect you from the rain, they block the sun from your car.

tents, however, block both.
thanks for correcting me. you're so funny Murph

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as far as reccomending a tent...get a relatively cheap dome tent. They're so damn easy to put up and they usually have plenty of room.

The thing that goes on top of the tent to keep the rain off is called a "fly". Make sure the tent you buy comes with a waterproof fly. Unless it's too expensive, make sure the tent comes with a "ground cloth". Nicer tents have ground clothes that attach to the bottom of the tent. This is a waterpoof piece of material that keeps water from coming through the floor.

If you can't afford one that comes with a ground cloth, then get a waterproof tarp at a hardware store. Set the tent up on top of it, and make sure none of the edges of the tarp are sticking out. Why? Because those edges will collect water and you'll wake up in a pool.

take a hammer to hammer in the tent stakes (little metal things that hold the tent to the ground). Many people will just use a hatchet to hammer them in, but if you hit a rock you'll end up burying the hatchet in your face. I've seen it happen.

Follow all the local regulations about open fires. If you aren't allowed to build one, PLEASE DON'T. We don't need any more forest fires than we're already going to get. If you can build a fire, make sure you build a fire ring, by making a circle of rocks. Do not use rocks that have been underwater, they can explode. Don't let the fire get outside the fire ring. When you leave the site, make sure the fire is out. As in, dump water on it, stir the ashes and mud up with a stick, and put your hand in it. If it's still hot, dump more water on it.

When you cook, make sure you clean up all your dishes and trash before you go to bed. If you don't, you WILL be visited during the night. Depending on where you are, this can be anything from ferocious little chipmunks to cute and cuddly grizzly bears. They WILL get into your food, and they WILL make a big freaking mess. If you're lucky, they won't destroy too much of your expensive new camping gear.

Have fun. Be safe.
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hh, that reminds me, take some toilet paper with you. Even at camp grounds they run out and alot of times the TP there is nasty(its like a public restroom that is constantly used by rednecks who haven't washed in a week cause they've been camping.)
forgot about that. Take a shovel with you as well. If the bathrooms are too nasty or there aren't any around, dig yourself a toilet. Don't shit in your shoes.
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This is AWESOME info.

You guys are amazing. Thanks

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man i wouldnt go camping this time of year!...lol best times i think are spring and fall.


but get a good tent and get a sleeping pad or one of those lil folding beds, i think sleeping bags would be too hot this time of year.


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Oh yeah. Ur right Dubs. Sleeping bags are hottt. and I really wanted one.

Whenever I think of camping, I think of sleeping bags & flash lights & ghost stories & camp fires & smores. LOL Mmmmm smores

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