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My girlfriend has been showing a feigned amount of interest in an overnight trip on the river bank next year.  She's really getting into photography and wants to spend more time taking pictures.  I of course love having more time to fish.  The problem is we aren't able to do any longer floats or float anywhere more than an hour or two from home.  So, I'm looking to find out what you seasoned river men and women use for tent camping.  I'm a hammock man myself so don't have much experience on the ground. 

I appreciate any advice you have.  Rather it be mattresses, sleeping bags, etc.

THANKS!:D

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This is where I get lost. I'll take the barge down the river and live it up on the weekend. Is it a lot of extra work? Yep. Is it worth it? Depends.

All my trips before this had been in a canoe so I just thought I needed everything in the picture and thought I could get by without a small ice chest. I have since reduced the amount of extra stuff t

What are you paddling?  Canoes can carry a lot, kayaks very little.  I highly recommend cots.  I buy my tents with a footprint to fit two cots inside, and all of my gear will fit underneath the cots. 

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Cots are nice if you have the room to haul them. I just use a inflatable mattress from Walmart. Sleep very comfortably. 

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What are you paddling?  Canoes can carry a lot, kayaks very little.  I highly recommend cots.  I buy my tents with a footprint to fit two cots inside, and all of my gear will fit underneath the cots.  I have used inflatable mattresses, sleeping pads, hammocks, etc. and prefer a cot over everything else.

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Cots are ok for solo trips but they can be dangerous if there's any hanky-panky going on.  We stack two big air mattresses and it sleeps better than our bed at home. The trick is to only pump the bottom one up about 3/4 and then pump the top one up good and tight.   

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