Not Glamping, It’s Cozy Camping

On our recent camping trip to Krause Springs, I tried to create as much of a cozy atmosphere as I could for us. It was the kids first time camping and I didn’t want it to overwhelm them so I brought lots of familiar items. I tried to make our set-up as comfortable as possible. If you missed my last post, you can read and check out the photos of the beautiful campground here.
Camp Kitchen | Dining | Living Space
But really, there is only so much you can fit into a Jeep Cherokee. We squeezed as much as we could in between the kids car seats and the back was filled to the top. Not an inch of space was spared. I don’t know how those people who “glamp” are able to bring cake stands and chandeliers and tea lights complete with holders. We barely had enough room to bring the things we needed, let alone bring along all those unnecessary items.Krause Springs, Spicewood, TX | Car Camping | Cozy Camping | Packed JeepWith a full cooler on top of the Jeep it made the ride a bit bumpy. The wind would  push the Jeep from side to side. By the time we got to the campsite, both Dana and I were a bit sea-sick. The ride back home with an empty cooler on top wasn’t as bad. Dana did an amazing job packing everything into and onto the Jeep. Everything that I really wanted to take he was able to make room and find it a place. Can you tell he has played his fair share of Tetris?Krause Springs | Car Camping | Packed Jeep | Cozy CampingWhen we paid for our RV site, the lady at the front said we had our choice of either site #5 or site #7.  She said the people who use the RV at site #6 were not there that week so we were welcomed to use the little stone pavilion during our stay. There was a nice little stone table in the middle of the pavilion and initially we thought we were going to use it to eat our meals but we ended up eating in our little netted canopy area. I hung up a laundry line to dry our wet clothes on and we also stored our river raft in there. It offered a nice shady spot for Monk to play in and we are grateful we were able to use it.
Krause Springs, Spicewood, TX  | Stone Pavilion | RV Site #6We should have brought a hose for the water spigot. It was about five inches off the ground (all the RV water spigots were the same height) so it made doing dishes a little more troublesome than it needed to be. In the future I will be adding a hose and a small inflatable kiddie pool to our camping gear box. You never know when it will come in handy.
Krause Springs, Spicewood, TX | RV Site #7 | Water SpigotKrause Springs | Camp SinkI’m so soo happy that I picked up the little Coleman sink when we were shopping for our camping gear. It came in really handy but we do need to pick up another one so we can save ourselves a few trips back and forth to our mesh laundry hamper which we bought specifically to use as a dish drying rack. Thank you Pinterest  for the idea! Another Pinterest idea that came in really handy was the shoe organizer that was used to store all the kitchen utensils. You can find the mesh drying rack pin here and the shoe organizer pin here.
Krause Springs | Camping Organization | Cozy CampingA few other things that we picked up that really made it comfortable for us was the bamboo mat on the floor and the mesh screen that goes around the canopy. The area was really sandy and there were ants everywhere. The mat kept us from getting too many ant bites. We all got our fair share of fire ant bites but I truly believe the mat helped prevent many more. The mesh screen helped with keeping the flies and gnats at bay. There were a few that made it into the screened area but many more were kept out. I did bring a couple of fly swatter for those that made into our netted area. The floor wasn’t tacked down so creepy crawlies such as spiders could still be found inside but they didn’t stay for long. Birthday Banner | Cozy CampingA really nice addition were my little banners. They really brightened up the space. I made it using a strand of twine and scraps of old clothes that Monk outgrew and were either too dirty to donate or give away.  I have a handful of paper banners that I made a few years ago that hangs over the kids’ playroom and in my little crafting closet. To have these two banners hanging in our little outdoor space really made me feel at home.
Sleeping Arrangement | Air Mattress | Linens | Comforters | QuiltsDana, Squish and I shared the queen size air mattress.  Not the most comfortable, but it beats sleeping on the ground. Monk had a twin air mattress all to herself, but I think she preferred the ground. Well, two out of the three nights we were there she ended up on the floor of the tent. I don’t know if she just slipped off the mattress or if she just wanted to sleep on the floor. We had a little bit of space in the corner of the tent to store our duffle bag and shoes that were not being used.
Sleeping Arrangement | Air Mattress | Linens | Comforters | QuiltThe four of us were really comfortable in our 8-man Coleman tent. The view from inside were gorgeous as well. Cypress trees provided shade in the morning and in the late afternoon the patch of ancient oak trees behind the tent provided much-needed evening shade.
Tent Entrace | Cypress TreesView from inside the tent.I hope you enjoyed the tour of our temporary home sweet home. There was a lot packing and unpacking but in the end it was worth all the effort.  What are some of your must have items when you go camping?

Thanks for stopping by!
-XOXO Lysa

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7 thoughts on “Not Glamping, It’s Cozy Camping

    • Thanks Remmy! It was gorgeous and I’m sure you would’ve LOVED it! We actually didn’t bring any kind of poison, we don’t usually use toxic stuff in general. We have one bag of fire ant poison that we’ve had for a few years because we don’t use it that often. When the ant hills gets really bad (usually during summertime) or if they are getting too close to the kids’ play area we’ll dust it once but usually we leave them alone.

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