Camping Essentials 101
Camping is a great way to get outside with your family and friends or even by yourself. You can go camping in many state and national parks, at private campgrounds, in the backcountry or even in your own backyard! Most campsites include a picnic table, a place to park your car and a spot to pitch your tent.
Part of the joy of camping is needing very little gear to exist outdoors. But it’s also nice to have a comfortable, convenient and homey campsite. If it’s your first time camping, you may need some gear!
A Sleeping Bag: When selecting your sleeping bag, temperature rating is a good place to start. If you’re planning on only going fair-weather camping, a summer bag is probably all you’ll need, but a 3-season bag will give you more leeway for unpredictable cold weather.
A Sleeping Pad: A good sleeping pad is like the mattress on a bed, but it also has high-tech insulation to prevent you from losing body heat on the cold ground.
Lighting: Campsites don’t have illumination, so you have to bring your own. A good idea would be a flashlight or a headlamp. A lantern is also nice for ambient light.
Stove: A classic propane camp stove should do the trick. You won’t spend a fortune and you can cook breakfast and prepare your morning brew at the same time.
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