I'm from Kansas and have been in Nebraska for about the last 36 years. I know you will be able to find a couple of trees there. The old joke is the wind blows in Kansas because Nebraska blows and Oklahoma sucks.
If the camping is close to the car or truck parking then weight is not as much an issue and lots of things will work. For long hikes then weight will be important.
Making some of your own gear can be easy and save some cash. Look at some of DIY threads of info. Good luck and ask lots of questions. We will be glad to help as much as possible.