Backyard Camping Never Felt So Comfortable With #KohlsCampGuide

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Kohl’s. All opinions are my own.

My very first (and only) camping trip was when I was four years old. My dad had a tradition of taking each of his kids camping with him in the middle of the woods once they reached a certain age, and I’d been looking forward to my turn for a long while. Out in the middle of the Allegheny National Forest, we set up camp with a nice tent and a crackling fire. My dad had warned me that there were going to be strange noises in the woods and that I shouldn’t be scared. But I was a nervous wreck anyway. In fact, it was only a few hours in before I began to cry and beg him to take me home. We never tried again.

So when my kiddos started begging a couple of years ago to go camping, I was nervous. Not only had  never been camping since my disastrous trip with my dad, but I so didn’t want to go through the effort of buying camping supplies, hiking out to the woods, setting up camp with little kids and then having to pack it all up again when they got scared. So I kept putting it off until very recently when Dexter came to me and asked me once again to go camping. That’s when I made a decision – if they could make it through one night camping out in the back yard, I’d consent to going on a REAL camping trip.

I began by doing my research about the best camping gear. I called my dad and asked his opinion, and I looked around online to see what the experts had to say. One brand kept coming up again and again – Coleman. It was a name I recognized, as we already owned many Coleman products, and I knew my dad did, too. And then I discovered that Kohl’s was having a Camping and Hiking Sale Event! You’d better believe I was online ordering a ton of new supplies!

Backyard Camping Never Felt So Comfortable With #KohlsCampingGuide

Everything from a new tent (which is AH-MAZING!) and sleeping bags to camping chairs, portable picnic table, a portable grill and kitchen, and even potable water carrier! I got it all from Kohl’s.

And then it was time to set it all up…

My husband had promised to help, but three days had gone by, and the kids were getting antsy. So I decided to do it myself.

Backyard Camping Never Felt So Comfortable With #KohlsCampingGuide

I began with our Coleman® Tenaya Lake™ Fast Pitch™ 8-Person Cabin with Closet tent! It came in a perfect little carrying case with the instructions sewn right onto the lid! I’ll admit, it did take me a bit of time to set up.

Backyard Camping Never Felt So Comfortable With #KohlsCampingGuide

Getting everything placed the correct way was a little daunting, but I managed to figure it out.

Backyard Camping Never Felt So Comfortable With #KohlsCampingGuide

In the end, it took me a little more time than it would have if I’d ever set up a tent before, but I still managed to do it all by myself in less than 30 minutes. I call that a win!

Backyard Camping Never Felt So Comfortable With #KohlsCampingGuide

The kids were SO excited. They loved exploring inside, unzipping the windows and staring out the ceiling at the sky and trees overhead.

Backyard Camping Never Felt So Comfortable With #KohlsCampingGuide Backyard Camping Never Felt So Comfortable With #KohlsCampingGuide

We set up our new Coleman Comfort Cloud Memory Foam Sleeping Bags and tested them out. Dex and Dan shared one because they share EVERYTHING.

Backyard Camping Never Felt So Comfortable With #KohlsCampingGuide

We had the necessities ready for our backyard camp out, so it was time to set up the rest of our “camp site.”

This included a couple of Coleman Oversize Quad Chairs with Coolers, a foldable picnic table with umbrella, a Coleman Pack Away Camp Kitchen, and a Coleman PerfectFlow InstantStart Portable Gas Grill!

Backyard Camping Never Felt So Comfortable With #KohlsCampingGuide

Backyard Camping Never Felt So Comfortable With #KohlsCampingGuide

Backyard Camping Never Felt So Comfortable With #KohlsCampingGuide

It seemed to me like we were ready for anything! We made plans to sleep outside at the weekend, and we counted down the hours. But when the weekend arrived, it brought RAIN!

So our little backyard camp out has been postponed for a while. Our tent is still set up in the yard, and we spend a ton of time in in just pretending at camping, and I love the my kids remain so excited about it! I can’t wait until we can do it for real. And dare I say, I’m even excited to go for a REAL camping trip out in the woods!

What about you? Do YOU want to go on a real campout? And do you want $50 Kohl’s Gift Card to help you buy your supplies?? Well now is your chance to win. Simply enter below and one lucky winner will win! Contest will run April 21st – April 30th 2016 and is open to US residents only.

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Thank you to Kohl’s for sending me the amazing tent and sleeping bag combo and for facilitating this post.

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Katie Reed

Katie Reed

Katie Reed is a 38 year old mom blogger from Salt Lake City, UT. She is married to the man of her dreams and together they have four beautiful boys. Dexter is 9, Daniel is 7, Chester is 5 and Wilder is 2. She writes about living with mental health issues while navigating motherhood. Her blog focuses on tips and tricks for moms, information and parenting news, kid-friendly recipes and crafts. She loves to reflect on the humorous side of parenthood and shares the reality of her life, with a "warts and all" attitude.

67 Responses

  1. Oh I would love to buy their Coleman 50-Quart Xtreme 5 Wheeled Marine Cooler and the Camp Chef Cast-Iron Square Cooking Iron!

  2. I love the camping chairs – you can use them at parades, the beach, camping – just seeing them makes you want to go away and have fun!

  3. Pretty much all our camping gear is Coleman…they make such great stuff! I’d use it to get my god daughter the Kids Coleman Glow-In-The-Dark Sleeping Bag.

  4. this would be amazing to win! we love to camp and I would buy my daughter her own sleeping bag and a blanket with this GC

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