I regularly go camping for two weeks at a time several times a year. I like to be as comfortable as possible when I come back to my tent after a long day. And I like to keep my tent clean and as free of sand/dirt as possible. I hate sand in my sleeping bag! And most of that dirt and sand, if not all, comes in on my boots. So I started taking my boots off outside of the tent. And I didn’t like sitting on the hard ground in the morning putting my boots. Yeah, I whine a lot!
So I saw a carpet sample one day and it changed my life forever! OK, a bit melodramatic but I realized that if I put a piece of carpet sample just outside of my tent door and another just inside the door I would virtually eliminate the sand/dirt issue plus up my comfort while camping. That is what I call a “win-win” situation!
Then on a camping trip with my wife we brought along a big piece of carpeting for our large family tent. It was wonderful! And it had the added benefit of providing extra insulation for the sleeping bags from the cold ground. And bare or socked feet were much more comfortable walking around in the tent.
Check the big box stores (i.e. Home depot & Lowes) and also local carpet stores. Sometimes they purge their samples and you can get them for free or very low cost. Also watch garage sales for them as well.
Note: Yes, I truck in my camping equipment, I wouldn’t waste the weight hiking it in. Yes, if it rains that poses an issue for the outside sample. But I use a tent with a large enough rain fly to protect it most of the time. Or you can use indoor-outdoor carpeting.
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