Camping with dogs can downright double the pleasures of tenting out in the woods. Sharing the great outdoors with such a naturally enthusiastic creature can give you that extra energy for one more trail or getting up early (prompted by some pleading whines) to enjoy the sunrise view. Plus your pooch’s keener ears and nose may clue you in to phantom-like deer, a slinking fox, the footprint of a black bear—amazements you likely otherwise would have missed. Of course, your four-legged buddy needs his or her own supplies to make the joint camping adventure a safe and comfortable one. To … Continue reading

Camping Checklist for Bringing Along Pets

Camping with dogs can downright double the pleasures of tenting out in the woods. Sharing the great outdoors with such a naturally enthusiastic creature can give you that extra energy for one more trail or getting up early (prompted by some pleading whines) to enjoy the sunrise view. Plus your pooch’s keener ears and nose may clue you in to phantom-like deer, a slinking fox, the footprint of a black bear—amazements you likely otherwise would have missed. Of course, your four-legged buddy needs his or her own supplies to make the joint camping adventure a safe and comfortable one. To … Continue reading

Camping Checklist for Parents With Babies

Does the notion of camping with babies strike cold fear into your heart? You’re not alone. Many parents of infants and toddlers assume the outdoor adventures Mom and Dad love are off-limits until the kids are older. Not so. Don’t forget: People have been toting tiny babies around in the wilds for tens of thousands of years. Infants are hardier than they look, and the woods, prairies, and mountains are, from a certain perspective, an ancient, tried-and-true nursery. Of course, camping with a baby does demand a lot of preparation, a different sort of equipment checklist, and—most importantly—a very healthy … Continue reading

Camping Food Storage Tips to Keep the Critters Away

One of the most pressing concerns for campers is critters munching away on their food. We’re not quite the foragers and hunters we once were, so when you bring your own food into the outdoors, you’ll need to remember some basic camping food storage tips so your eats are safe from nibbling creatures. When animals ransack your food, it not only leaves you hungry but also exposes you to risks of contracting various diseases such as Salmonella and Hantavirus. Yes, contact with rodents is a potential cause of Hantavirus, a rather deadly ailment, and a definite trip ruiner. Below is … Continue reading

The 10 Most Important Camping Supplies

The joys of camping run deep. It can be a lifelong pursuit, as it is for countless folks who were introduced to the routines and rituals of roughing it as kids. But it’s also the kind of universal activity people of essentially any age (and any walk of life) can start doing at any point—and, more likely than not, it’s going to stick. No special skills or expensive equipment are necessary to give camping a try, though of course they come in handy for certain kinds of camping. But having basic supplies is essential. Here we’ve put together a beginner-friendly … Continue reading

The Essential Family Camping Checklist

As anyone who’s done it can tell you, few activities can deepen and enrich bonds like family camping. Even if you’re barely roughing it, there’s something about the routine of setting up a campsite, building a campfire, cooking outdoors, and listening to the night sounds from the cozy sanctum of a tent that awakens something deep-rooted and invigorating in all ages. Kids you have to push and prod to do their chores back home often become surprisingly helpful and competent around the campsite: maybe something to do with that primal stimulus of camping, or maybe—as with food—any task is simply … Continue reading