1. A pop up tent: This is the best kept secret to efficiently camp in Europe. We bought 4 pop up tents at (similar) SAMs club for 70.00 each. They are small enough and light enough to go through the checked baggage at the airport with no extra fees. The beauty of these tents is that you just simply unzip them from their covers and throw them out. They literally pop up and are all set up and ready to go in 3 seconds. We did not want the set up and take down of a complicated tent at the end of a long day. These tents are a life savor for weary travels at the end of a long day.
3. Everyone must contribute. Camping in Europe can sometimes be unpredictable. Sometimes the set up is done in the rain. Sometimes the set up is done in the dark. Sometimes someone is on someone else’s nerves. When we come back from a long day, everyone has to contribute to setup camp. Everyone has to learn that if they want to get to their own warm sleeping spot to sleep faster they have to start blowing up everyone’s sleeping pads.