Tenting and Supplies Needed

<p>My son tells me he plans on tenting for bball tickets...does anyone have any ideas on tenting supplies that I could give him for holiday gifts? Thanks so much.</p>

<p>lol I just sumbled on this. My son will also be tenting .. although he didnt mention it until after Christmas. Being an Eagle scout he has collected a lot of things throughout the years. He flew back to campus today and to my knowledge, all he has taken with him is his warm sleeping bag and fleece liner. He wants me to mail him his hiking boots (he couldn't fit them in his luggage). He said he thinks he needs the boots because K-ville gets very very muddy and he wanted to have his waterproof boots.</p>

<p>He says his roomie is bringing the tent.</p>

<p>Good Luck</p>

<p>I tented this year and it was a great experience (except that we lost to UNC). Warm clothes are a must, and a high quality sleeping bag is important too. A laptop with good battery life will definitively help with those long nights of homework in the tent. And yes, boots are very important (I didn't know that and now my shoes are ruined)! Your sons will probably want to buy snacks to bring to the tent because there's no vending machines in K-Ville...and walks to McDonalds at 1 am in the cold get old after a while.</p>

<p>I tented for two years and the single most important improvement from the first year to the second was buying an inflatable mattress. By far. A good sleeping bag is important, but even the best sleeping bag - and all the clothes - won't protect you from a wet ground (tents tend to, and probably will leak, because it will rain quite a bit) whereas being elevated from the ground will. </p>

<p>I doubt the OP is still reading this, but if you are, I highly recommend a good inflatable mattress. Even a queen sized one will only cost about $20.</p>

<p>For parents of 2010 tenters:</p>

<p>Big gift: a really good sleeping bag.</p>

<p>eye mask (for guys, too) in case the tent is beneath one of the light posts.
Knit hat to keep head warm in very cold weather</p>