Originally Posted by GamingGrrl
In a few weeks I'm going to my first overnight horse show
we're going to be camping out in a tent, and dinner and lunch will be bought at concessions.
Oh, THAT's what we were doing at all of those CW Reenactments!
Seriously, that's what everybody does at a multi-day horse show. DH and I have been camping off of the main drag and on vacations with canvas tents for over 30 years now. We built our bed on the ground:
Rubber "period" raincoat
You will curse that air mattress. They can break on the 2nd time out, but always lose air.
IF you are using a tent, buy a canvas one. They are cotton and breathe. The synthetic ones leak, are super hot in the sun and freezing if it gets cool. REALLY! Also, buy yourself an aluminum cot to be comfortable.
If I were showing I would sleep in the overhang of my 4-horse slant gooseneck, where I have a real mattress and real pillows and sheets. I also have room to hang clothes and plenty of room to change. Plus we always packed our own portapot with the chemicals. It's a specially made bucket that you can carry to a portapot to empty but have privacy and the knowledge that nobody else's "germs" touch your bottom. If you have a buddy who wants to show with you and has a trailer set up at LEAST like mine, jump at it. You'll sleep MUCH better.