Great Camping For Wimps

cropped-HeaderRotation_Camping.jpgAs a Los Angeles resident I have fallen into the traps that many LA residents find themselves in, the comfort zone. I have become accustomed to my cappuccino in the morning and the fear of “outdoors”. I decided to take a vacation from my Los Angeles life and go camping. The thought of getting back to nature seemed like the best way to relieve stress and get back some of my lost creativity. The perfect way for me to pull that off was to find a place that gave me all the wonder of being back in nature and free from civilization but without the creepy living things.

El Capitan Canyon provided the perfect opportunity to get back to nature. In the beautiful El Capitan Canyon there is a campground built just the way I had dreamed. In canvas tents built on wooden platforms with electrical outlets and lights I could stay in a tent and watch a DVD at the same time. There are fire pits out in front of each tent and so I could sit in

Tips for Camping in Rainy Weather

tips-for-tent-camping-in-bad-weather_1As of this writing, camping season is upon us, but the rainy season has not quite ended. After attending a local Boy Scout Spring Camporee that got rained-out (it was actually more the wind and lightning than the rain that caused us to go home), I thought it might be good to put down a few thoughts on the subject of wet weather camping.

1. When in doubt, over-pack. Bring extra clothes, extra shoes, an extra sleeping bag, etc. If you’re going to be close to a vehicle, you can leave the extra stuff in the trunk where it is sure to stay dry. Scout leaders should bring extra ponchos for scouts who forget and an extra sleeping bag or two in case some get wet.

2. Bring rain gear such as ponchos, not umbrellas. Umbrellas can be a lightning hazard and get easily messed up by the wind.

3. Wear rubber or rain-proof boots, bring an extra pair of shoes, and change socks at least daily. I think these days most people (kids and

Grand Canyon Camping

download (1)If you are interested in a top notch camping trip, you may want to check out what the Grand Canyon has to offer. Located in the lovely state of Arizona, the Grand Canyon is one of the biggest tourist attractions in the world. And if you love camping, you will be able to take full advantage of it here.

There are two ways to take advantage of the camping opportunities at the Grand Canyon. First off, you can find a developed camp ground that has been zoned for people that want to spend the night in the wilderness. This is the easiest of the two options, and the one that most people opt for.

On the other hand, you can decide to camp in an area that is not developed and zoned particularly as a camp ground. This can be a great way to experience the Grand Canyon, but at the same time you will run into a couple of issues; the most important being that you have to obtain a permit to do this. To do this you have to get in touch with the

A Camping Life

What is it that makes us want to sleep out under the stars or cook over an open flame? What is it that makes us want to be out enjoying God’s great creation? Is it something encoded in our DNA? Whatever it is, it makes life interesting doesn’t it?!

A person that lives a camping life spends most of the time thinking about the next camping trip. When they are packing up at the end of a trip, they are already planning the next one. They will plan a vacation based on the location’s campgrounds or backpacking permits. Does this sound like you? I know that describes me to a T!

A person that lives a camping life usually thinks in a unique way. A three day weekend? “Let’s go camping!” Vacation time? “Let’s go camping!” A nice quiet weekend? “Let’s go camping!” The “perfect” getaway? Spent in a tent, with a camp fire, surrounded by what God has provided: trees, creeks and plenty of hiking trails, preferably on the shores of a lake, so can get a little fishing in too!

A camping life is not for everyone. You have to enjoy the outdoors.

Tents, Camping and Backpacking

Camping is a very popular pastime for many. The opportunity to get away from the daily grind and enjoy a few days in nature draws many people to this activity.

Although camping can be a welcomed relief from a hectic lifestyle it is not an activity which is completely without stress. Much of the stress in camping stems from the process of planning the trip. Once this planning is completed and all the necessary equipment is purchased and packed the campers are free to relax and enjoy the experience.

The type of camping equipment you need for your trip will depend largely on the type of camping you intend to do. Generally there are two types of camping experiences known as car camping and backpacking. Car camping includes camping in which a car can be driven close to the camp sites while backpacking in a trip in which the campers hike, with all of their camping gear, to the designated camp site. The gear required for these two distinctly different endeavors is largely different.

The focus on equipment for car camping is typically comfort. Because car camping sites are so easily accessible, it is possible


There is nothing like the allure of camping if you yearn to get away from civilization and the hustle and bustle of your everyday life. If you want to get closer to nature, then very little can compare with spending one or more nights at a campsite.

Camping is a big thrill whether you use a tent, a travel trailer, a recreational vehicle or no shelter at all. One thing to bear in mind, though, is that there are laws that cover camping, particularly in designating campsites for the protection of the environment.

For some, camping always brings a feeling of nostalgia or romanticism for simpler times and past camping trips with their fathers and uncles. It brings to mind a feeling of ‘being one with nature’ as well as that other feeling of ‘man against nature.’ After a few hours, it’s easy to see why they refer to camping as ‘roughing it.’

If you want to enjoy your camping trip, you should be prepared. There’s nothing that can ruin a camping trip faster than finding out that you have a short supply of water or no matches or flashlight.

Among the basic camping

First Aid Preparations For Your Next Family Camping Trip

Your getting ready for your next camping trip, there are many things that come to mind when you are making your to do list. Air out the tent, make your grocery list, get maps, check out the attractions around the area. Generally, you think about the fun stuff! But one of the best things you can do to prepare for a great camping trip is to prepare for a safe camping trip. You need to think about first aid. You need to have a safety and rescue plan for every likely emergency scenario that could come up in an outdoor environment.
Let’s approach the subject of camping first aid with three “E”‘s.


Start with a good first aid kit. You can buy one or just put together your own list of essentials. There are many good web resources for putting together a kit. One tip is to make a larger first aid kit that you keep in the car. A tool box full of various bandages and medicines will be great for camping beside your car. But it is also essential to have a kit that you can take with you while backpacking or

Camping – Get Remote and Get Comfortable

Camping – a term that has many meanings. To some, that
means driving the RV to a park, hooking up to the
electrical outlet and turning on the TV. To others,
camping is about roughing it…. packing the minimum of gear
into a backpack, hiking for miles and sleeping under the

I like it somewhere in between those extremes. I’m fine
with what I call ‘car camping.’ That is, pack as much stuff
as the car can hold, drive to a pretty campground, pitch a
tent, and cook on an open fire.

Slapping bugs, stiff bones from sleeping on bumpy ground,
misty breath in the early morning air – all part of the
adventure, but there the car is, handy for a quick retreat
if the weather is too rotten or the neighbors are really
too loud. And it’s about those neighbors that I yearn
sometimes for more of a get-away.

People camp for a variety of reasons, but surely one of
the main ones is to commune with nature. That’s not always
the easiest feeling to get in a campground with a couple
hundred other families. You’re up close and personal with

Camping and Tent Tips


Avoid camping in low places–Air flow gets stagnant and typically moisture settles more. Also, if it rains whilst your tent is up, there’s a greater chance of water collecting when you’re camped in a low lying area. Lastly, position your tent so that your head is uphill wherever you camp (seeing as most locations are rarely ever flat).

Ventilation–It’s better to face the tail of your tent into prevailing winds. This will maximize air flow.
Scrutinize the area–Check the area for sharp objects that may damage your tent before setting up camp.

Set Up— Once your tent is set up, if you notice wrinkles running from one corner to the next (interior), this means that you’ve pulled the tent too tightly in that direction. Reposition the stakes until the floor evens out.

Looking Good–Last but certainly not least: If you’ve never set up your tent before, it’s best to practice at home until you can do it in your sleep (bit of an exaggeration…but you know what I mean). This will save you any embarrassment later on in the ‘Real World’.

Tent Care

Keep it dry— Never store your tent when

Family Camping Trip Finds New Pleasures

Camping is an activity that I spent most of my forty plus years believing I had no interest in and absolutely no use for. And don’t you just love it when circumstances present themselves which shatter long standing beliefs?

After the passing of my dear mother, it was her wish that my family and I did something that would enhance our togetherness in her memory. For weeks, I struggled with how I was going to fulfill her wishes. Nothing seemed just right, and the few ideas I had just didn’t seem “lasting” enough.

Then, one day I stopped into a local grocery store that I seldom use, but it was convenient at the time so I rushed in through the front door, with only my urgent grocery needs in mind. As I was passing their bulletin board with local ads, business cards and such, a flyer jumped out at me with the following words in big, bold lettering:

Family Camping is Just What You Need!

Well, I certainly didn’t think my family “needed” camping, but for some reason that headline compelled me to take a closer look. Below the headline, there was a photo

RV Camping Tips That You Need To Know About

One of the great things about RVs and motorhomes is that you can take your home with you as you travel instead of staying in a series of hotel rooms. However, you will have to arrange a place to park your RV though and most often that will be in a campground. So these are some rv camping tips that you will need to know to be able to camp successfully as you travel, and here they are:

* Probably the smartest investment that you can make for RV travel is to buy one or both of the major campground directories and use them regularly to map out your overnight stays in advance. It’s a good idea to make your camping reservations in advance just to be sure that you have a place waiting for you when you arrive, and both Woodall’s and the Trailer Life directories have loads of campgrounds listed that you can choose from. Quite a few are not repeated in both books, so it may be very advantageous to have them both if you are on the road quite a bit of the time.

* If you aren’t already familiar with a

Camping and Outdoors Handy Hints

Handy Sleeping Bag Hint

A handy hint for making the most of your sleeping bag no matter what quality it is, is to get a bed sheet made [ sewn ] into a
Sleeve/envelope to act as a liner to fit snugly inside the bag; this will make it easy to clean when you return home from your adventure, just pop it into the washing machine and ready it for the next trip. If you are like me and sometimes if it gets too hot you can open your sleeping bag to let out the heat a bit and still feel comfortable inside the sheet. A more warmer version would involve the sheet being made from a warmer type of material like flannelette for those cold encounters.

Survival Hint

A clever idea to keep warm if you find yourself sleeping overnight without a tent or a sleeping bag, is to collect the ashes and coals from your fire, build a shallow trench, pour the coals along this trench evenly and backfill the soil evenly and carefully to make a warm soil bed; not the same as your bed at home but could make the most

A Camping Supply List is an Essential Part of Planning a Camping Trip.

A well-prepared and thorough camping supply list can make a big impact on your camping adventure. Your camping supply checklist is a great way to get organized and stay organized while preparing for your family outing this season.

Your camping list can vary, depending on the season your camping or if there will be additional activities involved like hiking and fishing. If you’re new to camping and are not sure what kind of supply list to write, I suggest reading online camping reviews from expert and novice campers who have volunteered there experiences and have added their lists online.

Some essential camp items you should always include on your supply list are a tent, sleeping bag, backpack, camping furniture, camp cookware, toiletries, water, spare clothing, non-perishable food items, lighter or matches, sun-block, utensils and a camping lantern to name a few supplies.

If you’re looking for a more deluxe type of camping adventure, I suggest bringing along camping gear like a portable camp shower, campfire grill, crockpot or Dutch oven, tent heater, camp toaster, sleeping bag liner and inflatable sleeping bed, folding table and recliner chairs to add to your list. Remember to ask all

Camping For Fun

Camping for fun is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and relax. But before going camping you will need to purchase camping equipment one of the better places to get the gear you need is at camping world.

To go camping does not have to cost a arm and a leg. With the basics found in your home you could go today. Lets see first you will need some type of shelter a plastic trap 8 by 10 will make a good tent some rope 50 ft will be lots the ΒΌ inch nylon rope will work. Tie the rope between two trees and place the tarp over the rope. Stake down each side of the tarp with screw driver numbers need 6 to 8 I buy them at flea markets and garage sales. If you have a second tarp place it on the ground under the tarp tent be sure not to place the ground tarp outside the tent if you do any rain water may flow in on the ground tarp and you may get wet.

OK we have a shelter now we need bedding you have blankets and pillow on you bed

Camping For Fun Vacation Gold Panning

If you want a good camping vacation and want to find gold I have just the spot for you. Princton BC was noted for the gold found in the late 1880’s. You will find Granite city which is now a ghost town. Lots of gold and platinum was found in the area.

To get to the gold camping ground from Vancouver BC take the number one highway to Hope. Be sure to spend some time exploring the area as the gold miners used hope as a jump of point to the Caribou. As you leave hope you will that route 3 towards Manning Park. After arriving at manning park for a short stop you are only 40 minutes to the camping site.

The park has lots to offer including a restaurant, visitor’s booth, restrooms, and park tables on green grass for you to rest. You will find a dog play area as you turn off the highway and enter the park it is just on the right side as you enter. Be sure to pick up after your pet the park supply’s containers for this.

As you leave the west gate on the highway you

Choosing a Camping Lantern

When you go camping you will need a camping lantern , camping stove and a camping cot as well as a flash light.

All campers will need some type of lantern gas, battery, or candle. Each one has there pros and cons. To find out which will work for you here are a few tips.

Gas lanterns
give off bright light but are noisy and will be the most expensive of all lanterns to operate. You will have to pack extra propane bottles The older liquid gas lanterns give off just as much light but you will have to refill the tank with liquid gas and this can be messy as well as dangerous if you are not careful. Both types of lanterns use mantels so be sure to carry extras.

Battery lanterns
give of plenty of light but however you will need to have spare batteries or if it is a rechargeable style you will need some way to recharge it. The rechargeable lanterns do not last as long as a battery type of lantern and the lighting tends to be a bit duller. The rechargeable lanterns can be recharged with you car by

Great Family Camping Trips Make Excellent Traditions

A wonderful way to invest in your families’ treasure trove of memories is by spending time in the great outdoors. Camping trips can be an excellent tradition that your family will look forward to and in time, look back upon with fond memories.

Whether you plan to camp at the same place every year or seek out new places doesn’t matter as camping is always filled with new adventures. Your family might have a favorite place you go to every year mixed with a new spot you select together for another weekend or extended holiday during the year. There are so many national parks to explore; your options really are quite limitless.

Camping doesn’t have to be an overly expensive expenditure. Again this all depends on how you’ll be camping. Camping in a tent carries a completely different dynamic than camping in a fully equipped camper. Camping in a tent is also relatively inexpensive. Perhaps the camper is something you’ll decide to invest in after a few years of tent camping, then again there are some who prefer to only go tent camping. There’s something to be said about the rustic quality of sleeping in a

Camping With Man’s Best Friend

Man’s Best Friend

Man’s best friend your dog, and you, can go camping and have lots of fun.

Look at it as a walk that doesn’t end, during which he gets to spend all his time with you.

For us campers, it can give us another means of security and another way of bonding.

Things You Need To Do

For those of you who are wanting to get involved in this great adventure with their pet, there are some things you need to do to make this as fun as possible for both of you.

Bring Him Along Slow

First time camping pooches should be shown the wonders of nature slowly.

City or urban dogs need to be brought along slow because of their tender pads on their paws, and they need to get used to all open spaces and wonders of nature.

Start with taking them on some day trips to state, county and conservation Parks

The Great Outdoors

The wide open spaces will help your dog get used to unpopulated areas.

He wll also find new odours and sights in this stress free environment.

Camping Tips for Novices

For those people who live in the cities, suburbs are always much-to-be-longed-for. Amazing scenery, fresh air, an interesting pastime, or a nice company, all this can give you a trip. But if you’re going camping for the first time, you will have to prepare for it seriously.

Looking for an Experienced Company

Above all, you need an experienced company. Such a person can warn you of potential dangers, help you to determine the list of necessary things, and the most important, show you all the beauty of nature. An experienced company, you can find among your friends, acquaintances or search the announcement of believable campaign organization on the Internet.

Learning from Experienced Campers

Of course, you cannot always rely on anyone but yourself. You are able to visit some experienced campers or camping enthusiasts among your acquaintances and learn from them but not just follow them. Not a way is suitable for all persons. Or you can get some campaign sharing from the Internet. And you need to know clearly about your camping site and the weather. All these information you can get from the Internet.

Collecting the Backpack

Depending on the

Camping Shop for Family Camping Tents

There are many reasons to take the family on a camping trip. Quality time, memories that become part of family lore, tenting can be done at a beach, desert, mountains and woods or even the backyard. The cost of camping sites compared to the cost of hotel rooms is a real bargain deal. Another reason to begin camping is health and relaxation. Un-loading the car, setting up the campsite, finding your own firewood and taking down your campsite will give you more exercise than you would ever imagine. As for relaxation, when the chores are done and you are relaxing around the campfire with your family the quietness around you bring peace and tranquility to you.

When purchasing a tent for family camping I have included some information that should be taken into consideration:

When choosing a tent there are several things to consider. If there are small children in the family, you may want to get a larger tent. There are several drawbacks to buying a larger tent such as the weight. Lugging the tent from the car to the campsite may be a little too much exercise. The bulk size may also make packing