A Holiday is just a Camp away

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It is good for man to appreciate the great outdoors. Most of the times this is done by going camping. You should not just go out camping but make the experience worth it. This can be done through a number of things such as choosing the camping site.

Select a campsite

camping-1031360_1280Be aware of widow makers.  Dead trees can fall at any time and ruin a perfect camping trip.  Downed limbs and debris around the site can be a good indicator of what’s to come.

If you’re a walk-in (meaning that you arrive at the campground without a reserved site), be sure to survey the landscape.  Nothing ruins a great camping weekend like loud neighbors.  Know camping etiquette and expect it from your campground neighbors.  Don’t be the one that pisses off their campmates.

Many campgrounds have picnic tables and firepits.  Look for campsites with a bit of tree cover (healthy trees of course – see previous bullet) which could be beneficial in a light rain.

Know the general wind direction.  Nobody wants to be sucking down the neighbor’s campfire smoke all night. Look for sites that are upwind whenever possible.

Determine where the sun will rise and set.  A site with tree cover may block some of the early morning sun.  A nice sunset view could be equally rewarding so think it through.

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Most people do not like camping. This means that you have to get creative so that everyone has a good time. There are several ways to ensure everyone has fun.

  1. Night Lighting

A campsite can feel a little lonely when you’re walking around in the darkness if the only light is coming from the small LED bulb in your headlamp. One or two additional lighting options can make the campsite, kitchen, and tent feel more inviting.

For the table, Goal Zero’s Lighthouse 250 LED Lantern with Switch 8 Power Hub ($80, goalzero.com) puts out 250 lumens of light at night and charges off a solar panel during the day. Black Diamond’s Apollo Lantern packs down to three by five inches and puts out 80 lumens on four AA batteries.

For the ultralight backpacker, MPOWERD’s Luci Outdoor Inflatable Solar Lantern weighs four ounces, charges off a solar panel during the day, and powers ten LED bulbs at night for up to twelve hours ($15, mpowerd.com). In your tent, hang up ENO’s ten-foot string of Twilights (four ounces, $20, eaglesnestoutfittersinc.com), or buy one of Big Agnes’s new mtnGLO tents with built-in lights (starting at $220, bigagnes.com).

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Nobody knows camping better than a person who frequents t6he great out does often. This means that they have a few tricks up their sleeve that will make camping a wonderful adventure.

If you’re camping in or near a sand-river, dig yourself a nice pit and line it with a groundsheet — and voila, you have a makeshift bathtub. Heat some water on your campfire and pour yourself a whiskey as you fill the tub. Recline under the stars for the ultimate al fresco soak, and watch as the night unfolds around you.

Be organized. You’re dealing with a ton of crap when you’re camping: millions of little things, gloves everywhere, socks lying around, a penknife, you have your boots lying somewhere. It’s really easy to lose stuff. Having a really well thought-out system for where you put stuff once you’re inside the tent means you don’t risk losing things.

It’s specific to the environment. In Antarctica… I put my inner and outer gloves, face mask, things like that — those all went in my sleeping bag because I knew I needed my body heat to warm those up and keep the moisture out. Anything else I didn’t need to sleep with — goggles, for instance — would go on a little pocket on the inside of the tent so they didn’t get in the way of things. I would always put my boots at the back, because they were always in the way. When I took off my hardshell, I’d use that to elevate my head, as a pillow — we didn’t have pillows, that was extra weight we couldn’t carry.

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