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Looking for advice for camping equipment for a beginner.

Need 2 sleeping bags, a 4 person tent and 2 cots.  Very light camping in temperature 30 to 60f.  Looking to  fit everything in a duffel bag.


what would you recommend? Thanks 👍

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Thanks for reaching out!

We have a couple of groups of products that might work well for you! To start, take a look at the Kelty Discovery 2 Person Camp Bundle and the Kelty Discovery Cot. That is a great set up that includes everything you listed, including some sleeping pads to keep you more comfortable. You could also assemble a kit with the REI Co-op Trail Hut 4 with FootprintThe North Face Eco Trail Bed 20 Sleeping BagREI Co-op Trailbreak Self Inflating Sleeping Pad (again, if interested), and REI Camp Folding Cot

One note about cots: while they are comfortable and nice for keeping up and off the ground. They take up a lot of space, particularly in a 4 person tent. The Kelty tent in the bundle measures 97" by 81" and the REI Co-op Trail Hut measures 90" by 88". The Kelty cot measures 83" by 32" and the REI Co-op cot measures 75" by 25". Effectively, this means that in the Kelty tent the Kelty cots would only fit perpendicular to the door, requiring moving around one to get to the other.  The REI Co-op cots would fit parallel to the entryway, meaning you could enter the tent easily and have one cot to your right and one to your left, with the open space in the middle. In the REI Tent, both cots would fit in the parallel manner.

In terms of a duffel bag to hold it all, you will likely need a large one in order to accommodate two sleeping bags, two cots, sleeping pads, and tent. It is going to be challenging to find a duffel bag long enough to fit the cots as the Kelty cots are 41" long and the REI Co-op cots are 38" long. As an example, the REI Co-op RoadTripper Duffel 140L, which is one of the biggest we offer, is only 37" long.

Hopefully this helps, don't hesitate to reach out with any other questions. Thanks!

At REI, we believe time outside is fundamental to a life well lived.

My first thought on reading your requirements was "Why do you need the cots?"  In most cases you will probably be warmer sleeping on an air mattress rather than on the ground.  Pay attention to the R rating of the mattress.

I have never neded a cot, speeping in some years for 200 nights in a tent.

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