Basic Lessons of Camping

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Learn the basics of camping and get outdoors.
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So you want to go camping? There is a lot to know about how to go camping, but it does not have to be complicated. Get started with the camping basics and learn about how to go camping with these simple steps and lessons. 

The following tabs will present you with basic camping lessons that address the premises for enjoyable camping: setting up camp, managing a camping kitchen, how to get comfortable sleep, cooking delicious meals at the campground, outdoor activities, breaking down your campsite, and storing your gear.

  • Making Your Bed
    Whether you are tent camping or sleeping outside under the stars you need to put something between your torso and the cold hard ground. Learn how to make your camping bed and not wake up with a sore back.
  • More About Bedding
    Sleeping pads are just one solution to sleeping on the ground while camping. You'll want a layer of comfort between you and the hard ground, but there are other alternatives to sleeping pads. Learn the alternatives to sleeping on the hard ground
  • Sheets, Blankets And Pillows
    For many campers, the standard sleeping bag will be the primary camping bedding, but to minimize buying camping gear you can take regular bed items to the campground: sheets, blankets, pillows, comforters, and quilts. Learn how to add the finishing touch to your campground bed without buying any new gear. 
  • Campsite Shelters
    If you are sleeping outdoors you'll need a camping shelter, which is usually a camping tent. Tents today come in all shapes and sizes to meet a variety of camping needs and weather situations. There's more ways than a pitching a tent to get a shelter over your head. Here's how to put a roof over your campground bed.
  • What Kind Of Tent?
    Tents come in all shapes, sizes, and varieties; from the high-tech models used by mountain climbers to the multi-room cabin tents made for fair weather family camping. Choose a tent for your style of camping. 
  • Staking The Tent
    To understand the adverse effects that wind can play on a tent, one need only look at a tent from an aerodynamic perspective. The consequence of wind blowing across the dome shape of a tent is not unlike that of air passing over the curved wing of an airplane, namely lift. And this lift is the main reason why you need to stake your tent. Use the right stakes for the terrain.
  • Setting Up Camp
    Once you've arrived at your campsite and check out the area to see where to set up your campsite. What should you look for? Here's some dos and don'ts for setting up your campsite.
  • Now We're Camping
    What comes next after setting up camp? The fun stuff. Enjoy the great outdoors, learn how to cook over the campfire, and relax/ 
  • Dealing With Outdoor Pests
    Yep, there are bugs, and animals that can be pests at the campground. Learn how to deal with pest and take precautions against insects and other bothersome critters.
  • Cozy Campfires
    There's no better way toend the day at the campground than around the campfire. You'll want to have a safe and effective campfire. Learn the basis on how to have a campfire. 
  • Leave No Trace
    The golden rule of camping is to leave no trace.  All it takes is a  little effort to ensure that you leave the campsite as clean as you found it, or even better! Have no impact on the environment and keep a clean campsite.
  • Kitchen Duty
    Everything tastes better in the great outdoors, but a camping kitchen is only as good as it is clean. Since you are preparing meals in the outdoors, you'll need to take extra precautions to keep a maintained camp kitchen. Respect the wildlife and don't feed the animals! Here's a few tips for maintaining a campground kitchen
  • Breaking Camp
    The dreaded time has come to break down camp. Our top tips for packing up and breaking down camp. 
  • Returning Home
    Unpacking is every camper's least favorite thing to do, but returning home and unpacking after the camping trip is every bit as important as going camping. Tips for unpacking after the camping trip.
  • Gear Storage
    The final step in  a camping trip is putting your camping gear in storage after the camping trip is over. you'll want to do this properly to make packing on your next trip easy and simple, and to keep your gear clean and long lasting. Here are a few suggestions for storing your gear between camping trips.

Updated and Edited by Monica Prelle