Starting in a month, my girlfriend and I will be living for the summer in a 10x16, two room Kelty tent we bought on craigslist. We will be living/working on a farm outside of Olympia, WA. We'd love any advice/experience you might have on long-term tent living. We're super excited about it but we are aware it will suck sometimes... what sucked about it and how can we prepare for the suck? Lots more details inside on building a makeshift kitchen, hopefully cozy bedroom, etc.
(We will be able to plug into the farm electricity and will have access to a full bathroom.)
: Our thought is the make the back room the bedroom. For the bed we are planning on buying a futon pad (or two stitched together?) and putting it on top of some wood pallets. I am planning on bringing a small bookshelf. What should we do for lighting? How do we organize our clothes? We'll have a fan. Rugs?
: The tent has a roll out awning thing, where we plan on doing most of our cooking. For a stove we were thinking something like this
Coleman stove. Any experience/suggestions with camping stoves would be much appreciated. For kitchen stuff, our list so far:
- a medium pot, cast iron skillet, and a kettle.
- silverware and such etc.
- mason jars for rice and such. Plastic buckets, other animal proof containers for food.
- small shelf for the mason jars, spices and oils
- cob chairs and table
What would you absolutely bring with you for a limited kitchen space? What spices and staples? What's your best cleaning advice for a tent?
: not really sure what to do with this space. It'd be nice to make it welcoming and comfortable in some way, but also as a mud room of sorts so that the back room remains somewhat clean. Also enough space to bring kitchen stuff inside at night (is that necessary?) Ideas?
: the tent is not super rain proof. We have one tarp already for the bottom, and are hoping to get another large tarp to drape OVER the whole tent through a complicated pole/tree branch combination. We also plan on setting up the tent this weekend or the next and using some sort of seam sealer to help rain proof it... any suggestions?
What kept you sane living in a tent for a long time? What made you enjoy it? Should we get a hammock? Have you ever worked and lived with your partner all day every day? We are open to all suggestions!