Reddit mentions: The best camping shelters

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u/Nighthawk6997 · 9 pointsr/ElectricForest
  1. I personally haven't slept in the back of an SUV but my friends did and they had no complaints. They pumped up an air matress, put the seats down, and used this to give them some privacy

  2. I have never had anything stolen. That being said, I would still lock up all of your really important stuff in your car or somewhere safe. Ive read the occasional story of a slashed tent on this subreddit but theyre few and far between

  3. Im actually not sure but I would say no because its flammable and because of the fumes.

  4. No glass and everything must be sealed. Yes ID will be needed. I know they changed the policy last year though and I believe that only one case of beer and one box of wine are allowed.

  5. To make the trip more enjoyable? Personally ive never had a problem with it because the forest is 2 hours away from me but i would say snacks, cards aginst humanity if your riding with friends and a dope music playlist.

    Also the best piece of advice I can give you is don't be afraid to loose yourself in the forest! Someone on here said it best, Make a plan, get it super detailed, then once you get there throw it out the window. Its the best weekend out of the year and it goes by way too fast so dont stick too some plan, just have fun!

    Happy Forest
u/Pheobeh1 · 2 pointsr/Fibromyalgia

The best baby carrier. I tried so many. I love the Bjorn Miracle. It comes with so much back support. If I’m really having a bad day, I’ll wear an additional back brace under my clothes. My kids always NEED TO BE HELD! NOW! This carrier made that a bit easier!

Also, diaper backpacks are a lot easier for me then crossbody bags.

A small footstool to get baby out of crib when they get bigger. Leaning over the crib was hard for me.

A stadium chair like the one below. I can sit on the floor with my kids with the back support this gives. Love it!

I love this sun shelter for the outdoors. Keeps me from overheating

And this clip on fan is awesome. The charge lasts forever. I try to make myself as comfortable as possible when we leave the house for an adventure!

Have a question about any other items? Ask away!

u/dumfuq · 1 pointr/bonnaroo

This is the same type of umbrella we use, though I got mine at Sam's club for a little better of a price than this one. You can attach it to your canopy or just have it sort of floating between your car and canopy. (Here's my camp if that helps give a better idea)We get these fans in the camping section of walmart. They do take 8 D batteries each which seems like a lot lol, but I've never had to change batteries.

I have not gone VIP, no. I've never been in a long line to get into Centeroo once. Maybe I just pick good times, but I've never waited for than probably 5 minutes. If you just search VIP in this sub you will get tons of pro/con lists for VIP camping. If you have the money to do it, most people would say do it. I would definitely read from some people who have experience though, since I don't!

u/Caliah · 1 pointr/Parenting

Not a blanket, but for shade I love the sport brella. We took our kids, 1 and 5 to myrtle beach last year and used two sport brellas for break time and it worked great. We could easily fit 2 chairs and a cooler under each, or it worked for a shady play spot. Amazon has them, but we got ous cheaper at SAMs club.

Sport-Brella Umbrella - Portable Sun and Weather Shelter by Sport-Brella

u/ssswerve · 10 pointsr/ElectricForest

For campsite music I can't recommend this thing enough. The most powerful portable speaker I could find and runs on 8-D batteries. Was $350 last year, down to $230 now:

Coleman EZ-UP, I realize this one's is on the more expensive side but in my experience Coleman products are really great at being truly waterproof, no need for extra tarps and this one has LED lighting built in so no need for lanterns, etc:

Sanuk shoes with yoga mat lining. Especially crucial on days 3 and 4:

Portable Battery for cell phone charging with tons of juice for several phone fill ups:

Hangover assist/vitamins/electrolytes/hydration:

That's all I can think of for now, it really is great being fully prepared for this event :)

u/[deleted] · 3 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

The anti-beach umbrella is what I'll bring because..... ew, who wants to touch the dirty sand! And the germs in the air.... and... oh, my, god... what if the water gets too close!!!

Instead of breaking out into mass hysteria, this nifty little invention will be my shelter and ensure the nature cannot get in the way :)

Great contest! I would love to visit Oregon, it's not too hard for me to get up there (figure enjoy the scenic amtrak route) so it would be a little adventure.

Sure you're going to be getting a bunch of crazy enteries soon.... good luck keeping up!


u/Arikash · 2 pointsr/Ultralight

My girlfirend and I have this Coleman Shade Tent. We've yet to test it out in the rain, but it's really nice to have when it's super hot, or there's lots of bugs.


If I had to do it over again I'd size up. This will barely squeeze in a picnic table, but it will comfortably fit 4 adults without anything else in it.


Our usual go to is to set up the tent around the bear box if there is one, that way we can access the food and cook without fear of bugs (wasps) and use the bear box as a prep/serving table.

u/riseupagainst · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Good luck on your first 10k! They can be quite a bit of fun. I would love this screened shelter for camping. Thanks for the generous contest!

Edit: Forgot the raffle word, Girlsplaywow is a jerk!

u/ktann498 · 3 pointsr/bonnaroo

I love this tip!! It makes such a HUGE difference in your day. I’m gonna do one further and recommend purchasing a shower tent . They’re pretty cheap, and just the right size to get naked and clean in the comfort of your own campsite! We started bringing one two years ago and our whole crew uses it.

u/galagapilot · 1 pointr/Omaha

I'm going on Dash #10 or 11, having done at least one a year since 2009 and sometimes two since Ohio was hosting multiple events. I like them, they're fun, and it has gotten to the point where my non-running friends will join me for this race just because of the environment. It's a 5k* where you're not gonna kill yourself on any obstacle and where you're not forced to run, run, RUN. Plus the afterparty is kinda cool too.

As greenVneck said below, it's more of a social event and I don't mean that in a bad way. Trails and obstacles tend to bottleneck (which tends to happen at most obstacle runs in general) so you end up talking to people along the way, something you typically don't do in your 5ks/10ks/etc.

They had a shower area that was sponsored last year when I did my Dash in Pocono. Hopefully they continue that, since it's definitely a better option than jumping back into a pond to get clean. I think this year we're doing 5 gallon solar showers and buying a shower tent. A group had one last year and they said it's the first thing they pack when they're heading out for a Warrior Dash, Spartan Race, or a Mudder. It's still sitting in my Amazon cart from last year. I probably should buy it sometime before my next Dash in August.

Edit: bonus points for me. I turn mid 40s in 40 days.

u/joewheeler06 · 1 pointr/bonnaroo

First hand experience with this right here, my friend. Mine isn't what you may think of as an ez up. mine is a coleman screened shelter. its like a tent ez up hybrid. here is what i bought and im glad i did. i also bought a cot to get up off the ground. my first year i took a tent and hated it. so hot, so stuffy. never again. the cot helps cut down on the spiders risk, and i really haven't encountered many other bugs except ants if you leave food out. one thing i did to help with the sun/rain was bring tapestries and tarps to drape on the sides of the shelter if its sunny/rainy. this year im upgrading even further by picking up some old free haul away carpet from a carpet outlet to set up the shelter on top of. that should cut the risk of spiders as well as be nice to sit on.

u/realjd · 8 pointsr/Cruise

I highly recommend a sportbrella. You can use it as a standard beach umbrella or use it as a beach shelter. We live near the beach in Florida and it's easily the best shelter/tent/umbrella we've bought. It's good for camping and sporting events also.

If your grandmother can't take the sun, I'd bring something just in case. It gives you the freedom to not have to worry about sticking to rentals. You can go set up wherever you want.

u/dotchianni · 4 pointsr/vandwellers

Clothes: 5 gallon buckets and a laundry plunger wand.

Or, if you are going to be driving for a while, this will work well if your shocks aren't the best and the road is bumpy... 5 gallon bucket, add clothes/water/soap/spiky drier ball thingies. Put a lid on the bucket and tighten it, put it in the back. Drive.

When you are done driving, rinse, spot check, wring, and then hang dry.

I have a piece of rope going across the van that I used when doing laundry.

Or you can use a laundry mat but that kind of kills the adventure.

Showering and bathing.

Highly love the solar shower bag by Coleman. You might want to get a pop up shower stand but you can totally bath in your vehicle. A tarp on the floor is helpful.

I took a lot of bucket baths too. Fill a small bucket with soapy water (not tons of soap) and wash up. Then rinse in fresh water. I think that bucket was a gallon bucket.

Wipes are helpful also. When we traveled a lot, some days were crotch and pit wash days since we couldn't shower. It happens. These made that easier for us.

u/fanta_romanta · 3 pointsr/Atlanta

Pale-ass ginger here. Every time I manage to get burned I avoid using aloe gel for as long as I can stand, because I just HATE the sticky feeling on my skin... but, it does help. :( Find one with lidocaine, even better. I'm going to the beach soon and I'm prepared with gallon-sized Ziploc full of various types of sunscreen, and this awesome beach tent to give me some shade to hide in when I'm not in the water. And also aloe gel for when all my precautions inevitably don't work and I turn into a rock lobster anyway.

Hope you feel better!!

u/Tankmoka · 2 pointsr/vandwellers

I second the minivan recommendation. Back in the late 90's my dog and I did something similar to your plan with a '92 all wheel drive Grand Caravan. Loved both those beasts.

things I would add now, knowing what I know:

1.) A fantastic fan vent or at the very least a sunroof to allow low/ high venting. 2.) a tailgate awning like this [Hasika] (

u/KoolAidBeans · 2 pointsr/volt

In our case, we were able to contain everything inside the car. We had:

The bed, plus the necessary supports (We shoved some stuff into the crates)
Two pillows
Two blankets
A good sized toiletry bag
A bag with 2 pairs of the wife's shoes, a sweater, and two towels
A suitcase as seen in the picture for my clothing, 5 or so of most clothing items fit in mine, plus 5 white undershirts
A backpack for my wife's clothing
2 bags of Jerky from Costco, shoved into the folds of the bed for easy access behind our seats while driving
A bag with sunscreen, bug, and bear spray, and some D&D books/notepads for DM'ing
2 of these chairs from costco. When folded, we put the legs around the front seat headrests and then leaned them onto the dashboard, they kinda served as tables of sorts for stuff.
A screen tent from Amazon so we weren't confined to our car
Our window foam cutouts, and a circular flat folding window screen for the windshield
The OEM charger
An ever growing dirty clothes bag
Two gift bags with shirts, misc items for the return trip.

Had we opted for pretty much anything in addition to the above, it wouldn't have been very pretty. A cooler especially would not have worked out well.


The driver and passenger side were completely clear while driving. When we were going to set up the camping:

I parked the car close enough to the outlet, turning off the headlights/off the automatic headlight setting.
Left it turned on, while in Park. (This means it was very annoyingly loud to have the driver side open while packing stuff into it, but what can you do)
Used the zip-tie to keep the shifter button pressed. (Stored the zip-ties in the wireless charging pocket of the center console, I'd recommend at least two zip-ties in case you drop one on the ground like I did on the 2nd night, was a pain to find)
Plugged the car into the outlet. I used the mychevrolet app to confirm if the car was charging, since it charges so slowly.
We then moved both front seats all the way forward, both with the bottom slider and then leaning forward.
Between available rear footwell and front seat/footwell space, we could fit all of the above in the car. We also had space so it was easy to have one person crawl forward and change the AC if needed.

u/teenlinethisisnitro · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

My son loves playing in this tent we got for our beach trip this summer. A blanket on the ground is great if you have shady areas. You can also use a pack n play if you want to make sure they can't go anywhere.

u/crazyeyes0926 · 1 pointr/Coachella

I bought this one from Amazon:

Was on sale when I bought it, about $120, but I'd pay twice that for what it has done for us. I made my own side walls for it from a bolt of cotton fabric I bought at Joann's, but any side walls will do. It lowers halfway, so when we leave the campground for the festival each afternoon, we just lower it instead of taking the top off. It has never blown away (though we do sneak in metal stakes and have sandbags to weigh down the legs as backup). We also double it as a tent and it comfortably sleeps 6 people. The lights on the inside are battery powered and are perfect for chilling inside the tent in the wee hours of the morning.

u/308NegraArroyoLn · 1 pointr/ElectricForest

Vent at the top helps with temps and high winds. The canopy is made of quality waterproof and highly reflective material.

Incredibly easy to set up, take down, has three different height settings, and comes with guy lines on the corners for extra security.

Mine has been going on camping trips and festivals for almost four years now

u/ebrown205 · 1 pointr/bonnaroo

Coleman 2000028003 Back Home Instant Screenhouse, 12 x 10 Feet

Cant go wrong with this one. It sells out often though so be careful. Brought this to 4 roos already, its awesome. Just get a cot with this and you'll sleep as well as you can at roo 😎

u/Bmorehon · 2 pointsr/beyondthebump

Bring: a baby bathtub or pool (you can put water in it, or line it with towels and make it into a little lounge/sleep area), I've seen folks bringing a rock-n-play before also, Baby powder (it makes the sand fall off you, sprinkle lots on your feet/legs and watch the sand fall off! Also helps a sweaty, sticky baby), buy a little portable battery powered fan to blow on her while she sleeps. I can't think of much else that isn't standard beach stuff. We have a sport brella and to date it's the best beach item we have purchased and it's been used many times (we live in FL)

u/hi_123 · 1 pointr/bonnaroo

Gotcha. We've definitely done that.

Last year we upgraded to something like this

it's cheaper than a tent and can be used for multiple things. Ours was a combo shower/dressing room. Worked great.

u/heizdog · 2 pointsr/camping

I have this one by Coleman. Its a 12x10 but has two entrances across from each other and goes up easily. Been perfect for camping - we put it over the picnic bench and there is still room to walk around the table.
Edit: fixed link.

u/TripAndFly · 2 pointsr/ElectricForest

something like this

paired with this

and you're set for like 30 bucks

or you could just bring a black 5 gal bucket, fill it up in the morning and let it sit in the sun to warm up and just dunk a washcloth in there to wipe down and use wet wipes on the naughty bits. that would cost you like 4 dollars.

or, you could skip the tent part all together and just plop that bag on the roof of your car and spray yourself down in your underwear/swimsuit or naked if that's your thing...

edit: never tried the shower trailers, heard they aren't too bad though.

u/Chilton82 · 2 pointsr/boondocking

I picked up this coleman tent a few years back for a boonedocking trip to Alaska and it’s awesome. We used it in places where you could wave your arm and hit 20 mosquitoes and very few could get inside the big screen.

Also it’s slightly larger than a normal shade tent and has held up well for three summers we’ve had it. I can put it up and tear it down by myself easily.

u/Splasher34 · 2 pointsr/bonnaroo

We have the Coleman EZ up that has the built in mesh, and love it.

u/crimson117 · 1 pointr/maui

Make sure to bring a baby beach tent, perfect for your 1 year old. (any brand will do, make sure it's packable).

u/kstrike155 · 3 pointsr/daddit

We have one of these and it works great: Pacific Breeze Easy Up Beach Tent

u/BaconWithThat · 1 pointr/camping

I go camping and to festivals often, so I have a big tent from REI and I just got a new shelter to replace my $40 walmart "take forever to put up and let water thru" specials. If you think Bonnaroo will be the first step in you getting into camping, I'd think about getting a decent tent before the shelter.

Consider getting a bigger tent than you need so you have room in the middle to chill. Any 6-8 person tent should be able to satisfy both of your needs. Coleman, REI, Kelty: take your pick they all make good tents. I've never seen this one before, but it looks like they made it for you.

u/EDMCapricorn · 2 pointsr/LostLandsMusicFest

My personal recommendation would be to skip the showers and have your group invest in a portable shower. We’ve had ours for a few fests now. You can shower any time of day. Super convenient and private.

Privacy tent: GigaTent Pop Up Pod Changing Room Privacy Tent - Instant Portable Outdoor Shower Tent, Camp Toilet, Rain Shelter for Camping & Beach - Lightweight & Sturdy, Easy Set Up, Foldable - with Carry Bag

Portable shower: Solar Shower Bag Portable Heating Camping Shower Bag with Upgraded Removable Hose and On-Off Switchable Shower Head for Summer Camping Beach Swimming Outdoor Traveling Hiking-20L/5 Gallon (Army Green)

u/eagleapex · 2 pointsr/daddit

Also, try this sun shelter out. I love mine. I spent a week on the beach last summer and didn't get cancer!

u/fakeorigami · 2 pointsr/CampingandHiking

It’s a $150 item from Coleman, a seller of inexpensive and inexpensively-made products. You really do get what you pay for.

Let’s say someone took it camping, two nights per weekend trip. That would have lasted 30 campouts - a couple years. I’d say you got your money’s worth.

Take a deep breath and spend more from a better company next time.

Also, the reason the canopy top is so expensive on Amazon is that it’s a replacement part from third-party sellers. Buy the entire thing again for $150:

u/Inigo93 · 1 pointr/camping

Disclosure: I don't own one myself as I use a tarp anchored to the bed of my truck (something you said you don't have). With that said, I've been pretty impressed with my camp buddy's Coleman canopy. Understand, however, that you need to anchor it well.

u/kelsibebop · 1 pointr/Coachella

I use this one:

I love the LED lights on the inside. Battery powered. When I got it, it was 140, not the 190 listed there...

But also, what devlindigital said, get at least one sidewall (I put mine facing east so the sun doesn't kill me.)

u/hemipenis · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

This is easier to setup then a tent imo.

I use it when I go to shows where I have to educate the public outside with animals. I put the beach umbrella in the pen for the animals to chill under so they don't overheat. I'm pale as a ghost (father is a ginger..thanks dad lol) and I've sat in a lawn chair under it. In a wind storm expo tents were blowing over, but not this umbrella. The pegs are very strong and it has a lot of areas to peg it down.

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u/thirtynation · 8 pointsr/Coachella

Garden Sprayer+Misting Hose+Binder Clips+Canopy

Get hot? Just turn on the "AC." It's easy to go through a ton of water if you are blasting it constantly, but periodic 10 second bursts are really all you need. We never used more than one tank per day, if that. Detach the misting hose and the sprayer then doubles as a camping shower, just invest in a cheapo privacy tent.

We also use one or two tapestries for shade, just make sure to clip them with about a foot off the ground to maintain the breeze.

u/icouldbesurfing · 1 pointr/camping

Sticking one of these upside down on the back of your hatchback is an awesome cover for your bed if you want to keep it open at night, and it gives you a view/ more room.

u/-life_starts_now- · 33 pointsr/preppers

We had a shower tent, and a 5 volt shower pump. They worked pretty well.

u/scratchy513 · 1 pointr/trailrunning

A key gift for a trail runner is a portable changing tent similar to the one below (about $30).

It allows you to change easily standing up after runs rather than trying to “figure it out” in the car.

pop up tent

u/gagamemnon · 2 pointsr/obx

Pacific Breeze Tent
Really spacious and lightweight, easy to set up. Really holds up well when the infamous OBX winds kick up sand while you're chillin on the beach.

u/lawjr3 · 1 pointr/savannah

If you can find one of these, a bug canopy is about one of the best things you could get for yourself. It keeps you shaded in the middle of the day and there will be so few bugs, you'll think it's not working... until you go outside of it again...

Ever since my wife bought me this for xmas last year, I have probably quadrupled the time I spend in my backyard.

u/ihatecoverbands · 1 pointr/BurningMan

Hmmm, I'm still tempted though. I'd like to have some shade for my tent.

Something like this:

u/ismellsogood · 7 pointsr/bonnaroo

Amazon link:

$179 with free shipping through prime

u/LilibetSeven · 2 pointsr/Mommit

I think it’s more about keeping them out of direct sunlight. For the beach we loved this pop up.

iCorer Automatic Pop Up Instant Portable Outdoors Quick Cabana Beach Tent Sun Shelter, Blue

u/crimsonskunk · 1 pointr/hammockcamping

Might be worth it to just bring a separate bug net specifically for sleeping on the ground if you have to. Something like this wouldn't weigh much or take up much space.

u/QuetzalcoaBobDole · 2 pointsr/Ultralight

I bought this one:

I accidentally ordered 2 in my frenzy to pick gear up when i caught the bug, and they differed in weight by almost a full ounce. Right out of the package the lighter of the two weighed 7 ozs, but ditch the included stuffsack, cordelette and mitten hook and replace with microcord / just wrapping it up in the tarp to save almost 2 ounces.

edit2: edit1 redacted.
edit3: also consider this

u/jarenmorris · 2 pointsr/overlanding

Pooping in the woods tho is so liberating! There are some portable toilet options and they make little pop up tent style bathrooms that you can also use to shower in.

Tent - WolfWise Pop-up Shower Tent Green

Toilet - Reliance Products Luggable Loo Portable 5 Gallon Toilet

While trailer might be super comfy, you might end up limited in exploring back roads while you are out.

u/psychedape · 1 pointr/bonnaroo

Shade is the biggest MUST have when camping. Saw some people last year who didn't bring any type of EZ up and they ended up throwing towels over some small boxes and sitting under it. This is what I use it was on sale at the coleman outlet for $60.

u/akifyre24 · 1 pointr/toddlers

Quick search came up with this marvel.

[pop instant privacy](GigaTent Pop Up Pod Changing Room Privacy Tent - Instant Portable Outdoor Shower Tent, Camp Toilet, Rain Shelter for Camping & Beach - Lightweight & Sturdy, Easy Set Up, Foldable - with Carry Bag

u/nervous-nellie · 5 pointsr/Mommit

We went to florida in December when our daughter was about 15 months. My MIL bought us this

Pacific Breeze EasyUp Beach Tent

It helped so much because she played in it in the shade as a break from the sun. Very easy to set up and take down. We threw all of our stuff in there every day as soon as we set up. Also, she took naps in there, out of the sun but catching the breeze while my husband and I got to soak up some sun.

u/plinking_zombies · -3 pointsr/legaladvice

Lots of people here have obviously never gone camping, hunting or working in the wilderness for long periods away from sanitary facilities in a leave-no-trace environment. Pooping/peeing in bags is easy, private, and not the slightest bit degrading. Check out these products (you might even want to pop them in your car or van for long road trips -- especially with kids):

If this is what the employer is supplying, it's all good.

u/skyr4n · 2 pointsr/festivals

I used this canopy at Lightning In A Bottle and it was amazing. It comes with a built-in LED lighting system that was so useful for finding home base at night, and generally hanging out without having to resort to a dim lantern. I haven't used it under harsh weather conditions but it seems really sturdy and well-made. If you stake it down properly it should be just fine.

u/jtkelly86 · 1 pointr/Coachella

You'll need a few items:

Privacy Shelter 1
Privacy Shelter 2

Solar Shower

I'd recommend being conservative with the water use to avoid mud, aside from that, you should be set!

u/mikethehuman · 1 pointr/bonnaroo

Holy shit. I'm in the market for a tent so I think I definitely have to go with one of these. Where did you get yours? I've never seen one with the mesh protection around it, that looks perfect

Is this it?

u/GoateusMaximus · 1 pointr/camping

Hasika makes one you might like. Right around 100 bucks, too.

u/4schwifty20 · 4 pointsr/ElectricForest

Intex Portable Solar Camping Shower, 5 Gallon Capacity

GigaTent Pop Up Pod Changing Room

Both for under $26

u/EarthViews · 5 pointsr/Coachella

I actually saw a ton of people using that, and they had this as well.

u/metarchaeon · 2 pointsr/vandwellers

We poop outside, if we have to we put up this

u/supadoggie · 1 pointr/shutupandtakemymoney

I have something very similar.

It doesn't offer too much of a breeze and can get very hot if the sun is beaming down on it.

u/emilystarr · 3 pointsr/IFParents

I have seriously considered getting this: -- a pop up changing/potty tent, for such things. But haven't pulled the trigger yet.

u/AspiringVoiceOver · 1 pointr/LightningInABottle

Way to much work. Just buy this and this. 8/10 on the shower scale, + no weird foot fungus living in the trailer.