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Old 03-29-2005, 05:41 AM   #1
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I was talking to some friends that have done some traveling before and they told me I should bring a tent. I was thinking that might add alot of weight as I'd need a sleeping bag aswell but I see in another post some people recommend bringing sleeping bags. I didn't know the sheets are an optional extra in some hostels, are they?

A tent could be handy tough I probably won't have the sence to book ahead, but isn't more or less useless in a city? Is the camping circut a different kettle of fish to the hostel circut?
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Are you planning on traveling Europe...?
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Oh sorry, yeah. Mainland only, not Ireland and the UK. I'm from Ireland and seen enough of England.
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It really depends on how long you are going for and what you want to do. There is no need to take it if you are planning to do the hostels.

I took a tent on a six week trip through Europe, but I was speificly going kayaking and camping. So it just depends what you want to do.
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I'm bringing a bivy tent (3 pounds/1.4 kg) and we (hubby and I) are each bringing a lightweight sleeping bag (21 oz/.6 kg) but we're planning on doing as much camping as possible. I LOVE camping, so the extra 5 pounds is worth it.
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I suppose with a tent I'd be able to see more country side, hostels would mainly be in citys. OK so I'm buying a tent!!
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http://wcs3.campmor.com/webapp/wcs/stores/...ductId=30268444

http://wcs3.campmor.com/webapp/wcs/stores/...ductId=39162447

http://wcs3.campmor.com/webapp/wcs/stores/...ductId=26041772

i like the first two a lot, and they look like they would be pretty good. anyone have any experience with them or any tips?
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I thought the second one looked really cool. I'd be iffy with no floor - dew and rain. Also, lacking a little bit of privacy. The last one looked good, but was 8 lbs.

This is what I got. It's kind of drab, but was cheap and has a rainfly, easy to assemble, room for two, and was light.

This one is a little more snazzy, a few oz lighter but is more for one person (hey, ya never know if you're gonna need room for another ). It's a little more money, but that's still not a lot.

Little more expensive again, but quite snug and light. Not sure if it substitutes a bag as well, but it's made of GORE-TEX.

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has some of the bivy sacks like the one directly above. It has a whole page right here so you can look & compare.

Through REI' again - if you scroll about halfway through you find some smaller lightweight (yet roomier than above) tents.

That'll keep you browsing for awhile.
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Elixir, I have that third tent you posted, only an older version...its about had it now, after 10 years of globe-trotting, but have some fond memories!

This is what I have now: Sierra Designs. Stretch Dome AST. I'm a bit of a gear freak, so I did a ton of research and rented many many tents before choosing this one. I love it!
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I like this Kelty Crestone 2 Tent, it's cheepish. looks good
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Yea, taking a tent around the mainland is definetly the way to go...
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Not sure if you might find something along these lines but i figured worth mentioning. I have a tent that I found up at a beach town near my house. It is a "beach camper" made for like just a place to setup in the sand and get out of the sun for a while. Although it is small, like 3 feet across and 6.5 feet long, I have fit two people in there many times. It is pretty light and small since it is like 2 pounds and comes in a little bag that is about 6"x3" so it fits easily in a pack. it also sets up in about 5 minutes or so once you do it a few times.

best part is that I have uysed this tent maybe 15 times and I bought it for $20 US. This might not be the greatest quality but it is holding up for me and I figure using it about 15 times and averaging 2 nights per trip then it is costing me what 35 cents a time. Not a bad deal hehe.

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A tent is starting to sound like a swell idea!
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i read a review on the MSR Twin Peaks-Old Style, and the guy seemed really all for it. im pretty sure that is what i am going to get, and when i get it il let you all know how it is
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I'll have to go into an outdoors shop in Galway at the weekend and have a look at what they have.

I'll ask them about that beach camper, is that a type of tent? Are there special names for different types or is it just 2 man, 4 man.. etc?
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I'll have to go into an outdoors shop in Galway at the weekend and have a look at what they have.

I'll ask them about that beach camper, is that a type of tent? Are there special names for different types or is it just 2 man, 4 man.. etc?
Different companies seem to call the same products different things, so no, there is not really one name. You might be better off buying your tent online. I find if I research a bit (i.e. look at various sites and compare specs) first, then choose which piece of gear best suits my needs, then I search for it until I find it on sale cheap! This almost always works.
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Oh yeah, I'll definetly buy online. I have to look for a few things, and see what size backpack I want and so on, hopefuly I'll get to waste a salesmans time aswell.
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hmmm a tent is starting to sound like the way to go for me. 3 to 4 months in europe i could save thousands of dollars. i know campsites are generally away from the city but i dont mind commuting in. for those of you who have camped out in your trips to europe, where do you keep your stuff locked up? do you just get a locker at a train station? same thing about showers and toilets? camping is sounding better and better.

anyone know of any travelogues of people who camped their way around europe?
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know campsites are generally away from the city but i dont mind commuting in.
Wait, if you have to commute in and out of town could the camping end up costing you more?
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yes but i hear the distance is not far so its still cheap. im still looking into it all though.
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