Many families have opted this year not to take family vacations. Budget constraints, layoffs and more have put a strain on the modern family and they’ve had to improvise. One of the ways families have overcome the hurdle of not being able to afford to spend quality time with family in a fun way is to have a “staycation.” For a staycation, families stay at home or a hotel and take in local sites without the cost associated with a major trip.
Coleman (The Outdoor Company) has quite a few products that can help you have a wonderful staycation this fall. As the air turns a little cooler in most parts of the country, it is the perfect time for a backyard staycation. Light a fire, look at the stars, watch the kids run around until well after dark, and just enjoy the time with each other. No pressure. No filling the gas tank. No worrying about anything getting lost or stolen. Just good old fashioned togetherness.
In order to show you just how great a staycation in your own backyard can be, Coleman sent me a bunch of camping gear so that we could experience it for ourselves.
Here’s the thing.
I don’t camp.
And my son has had really bad allergies lately and we didn’t think it was a good idea.
Thankfully, an associate/friend of my husband’s enjoy camping and they have the PERFECT backyard for a staycation. So we gave them most of the gear but kept a couple of things to try out for ourselves.
- Sundome 6 Tent
- Willow Creek Sleeping Bag
- Extra High Queen Airbed
- Quad Lantern
- Stacker Jug
- 50qt Extreme Cooler
- Stacker Jug
What They Say:
Thank you for the opportunity to test your camping gear. We felt we were a great fit enjoying the great outdoors and camping as we do.
We were very pleased with the ease of the tent assembly, my wife, daughter and I were unrolling sleeping bags in 20 minutes. Not bad for first time assembly. Features we liked most that we don’t have on our larger, older Coleman tent were, the power cord inlet in the corner and the zippered area they refer to as the cooler access. We thought it was a great door to let our toy poodle out of during the night.
I must say I was quite dismayed at its performance the next morning when a strong breeze came in with 10-12 mph gusts. One recommendation would be to use a different style of lock on the guide lines. The plastic ones failed with very little tension immediately, thus not assisting the upright supports against wind.
The sleeping bag was great although my daughter did not want to use it, she has her own with her name on it. Soon she was a raving fan and not just because it was her favorite colors. She also liked the silky feel and she said the temperature was just right, not too hot and not too cold.
The air mattress with the built-in inflater was awesome and very comfortable. The small stackable coolers were a great idea for saving valuable picnic tabletop space with multiple beverages.
However, the grand slam and my personal favorite easily was the cool lantern. We had friends over for a cookout the first evening and everyone was talking about it. This unit is not just for camping but household power outages where you need light in multiple locations, whether you want to carry it, hand it or set it on a flat surface this is the perfect unit. Extremely good looking and durable, yes I knocked it off a table onto the concrete and it never phased it. Surprisingly bright, I only hope the battery life lives up to its claims. Great gift idea too.
What We Say:
After using the 50 qt Extreme Cooler I will never ever use any other cooler besides this one. The handle and wheels make this the BEST COOLER EVER. It also keeps ice for up to 5 days in 90 degree weather. We didn’t test that theory yet, but so far this cooler is hands down my favorite. It holds 84 cans, is rustproof, leak resistant and has a no-tilt drain. Also, it is made in the USA with environmentally friendly Thermozone™ insulation which contains no CFCs, HFCs, and HCFCs. The lid even has cupholders.
I may be strong enough to carry a regular 50 qt cooler by myself, but my arms certainly aren’t long enough to actually pull it off. With the wheels and the handle, this cooler is easy for anyone to move.
From a staycation perspective, you can keep your drinks and other cold items (maybe some fruit?) cold and safe all night in this cooler, not to mention having the built-in cupholders. I haven’t been in a tent in a long time, but I venture to guess they still don’t have built-in cupholders. You need a place to set your drink so it doesn’t spill all over the tent! And because it has the handle and wheels, you can set all your gear on top of it and wheel it to the place you plan on setting up your tent.
The Stacker Jug is great to put water or kids beverages like lemonade or Kool-Aid in. They also make them in blue, so you could have one of each color and not mix up what is inside which. The jugs stack together nicely and hold 2 gallons. The lid has a wide mouth and the spigot comes off for easy cleaning.
From a staycation perspective, the Stacker Jug allows you to easily have multiple beverage options available to suit everyone and then you can save the Extreme Cooler for adult beverages! It also saves you money from having to buy boxes or pouches full of kids drink. Half the cost and you can get twice as much by making the beverage in the Stacker Jug.
For more information about Coleman Camping Gear and how to enjoy your own staycation, visit Coleman’s Facebook page.