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hey, all!  You helped so much on my last post about shoes that I thought I’d throw one more out there.  On our trip (May-June: England, France, Switzerland, Austria, Italy) we are trying to be as cheap, but smart as possible.  We have already looked into numerous hostels in all locations, but we would totally be up for camping, too.  I know at many campings they have semi-permanent tents or other structures for rents, but I also know there could be the possibility of acutally pitching a tent.  This could be done at official camp sites and (as I’ve read) sometimes on private property…or in the wild of sorts, depending on the area.  I am trying to figure out how feasible this is.  Would you all consider taking a small tent?  And- even if we don’t take a tent, i know sleep sheets are reccomended, but have any of you ever taken small, lightweight sleeping bags to camp and/or use at hostels? 
 
Just hoping to figure out the cheapest and best way to sleep.  I would prefer to not commit to ONLY hostels, but I don’t know if in May we would be able to tent-camp in France/Switzerland without needing a sleeping bag.  Thanks for any words of wisdom on this one!

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From what I’ve heard, most hostels/hotels don’t allow sleeping bags (possibility of bedbugs spreading), but sleepsacks can be washed and may help you avoid the linen charge (can be kinda ridiculous at some places!).  So unless you’ll be camping, the bag can probably stay at home.
 
But you do want to camp!  So a lightweight summer bag would be pretty necessary.  Probably a tent too.  Some “campgrounds” are even covered?  Not very elemental camping haha, but at least they’ve got showers!  I’m bringing my Apex 2XT.  It’s a 2-person at only 5lbs, and they don’t get a lot lighter than that.  Got it for less than $100, and that’s about the price to shoot for for a 2-person.  SierraTradingPost.com is a great place to start looking, or possibly Steepandcheap.com. 

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hello guys, i know u can help me Smile I just wanted to ask, which camping lantern is best for my camping? and What kind of camping lanterns should I get for my outdoor needs? Do I need light weight for backpacking, or is maximum light more important?suggestions are greatly appreciated!

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Probably go with something lightweight.  You won’t need tons of light while camping.  If you’re in an area with designated fire pits, that’ll give you more light and heat anyway.  It does depend also on the amount of walking you’ll be doing with that pack on your back.  If you’re racking up a few miles a day, you’ll be glad to have shed every pound! 
 
What will you be using the lantern for by the way?  That also bears on the decision.

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