First of all, it's not for survival type of camping environment, just the wife, myself and the dog hiking around and find somewhere outdoor with a good view to spend the weekend and try not to get eaten by wild animals. My wife and I only had 1 camping experience before and that was terrible. it was mid of summer around 100 degrees F (38C), lots of bugs and pouring down rain about 70% of the time. This year we want to give it another try (late March, early April), so it came down to my question: What type of gears should we bring and what brand should we go with? Since this is the first hiking & camping experience, I really need all gears to be robust enough so I don't end up in the mid of nowhere with my wife complaining... But I also wish to bring the price down so in case this is not the sport for us I won't be loosing too much money. In addition if there are any other advice, please speak up. I am happy to listen!