Looking for recommendations on gear for a camping trip my wife and I plan to take next summer with our son who will be one. We have a Honda CR-V with a Yakima Skybox so we have room for gear but need to be smart about what we bring. Our plan is to boondock (free camp) across the west as much as possible, so every campsite will most likely be primitive and we may not have a lot of room to setup a tent with a huge footprint. We currently have a Eureka 4 person dome tent and a Coleman 8 person lodge tent. The Coleman is definitely out. I'm mostly looking for tent recommendations. I want something freestanding and probably quick to put up. The Eureka isn't bad and does not take up a ton of room when packed up but I was thinking about getting a backpacking tent. Would take up little room in the car and would be quick to assemble. Also we don't currently have one, so if we backpack in the future we would be ready. I was looking at the REI Passage 3. But the trade off would be very little room. We certainly don't have any weight issues with taking a larger, car camping tent. Anyone have an experience with a similar trip? Any other gear recommendations are welcome. We need to buy a child carrier pack for this trip. I've heard a changing table mat makes for a great toddler sleeping pad. In summary, car camping across the west, a new primitive camp site almost every night with two adults and a one year old. Thank you!
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