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The Basics of Tent Camping
Author: My Camping Tents
Tent camping is an activity my family has been involved in for many years. Our
camping trips combine fishing, hiking, and swimming to the regular camp site
life of cutting wood, starting a fire, food preparation, cooking, eating, games,
and just relaxing. We've made a lot of good memories from our camping trips.
We've always gone up in the mountains and found great camping hiking spots
either at designated campgrounds that offer water for washing, and some type of
restroom (out house or rest-stop type), and garbage cans, or places where there
were no creature comforts at all. We always camped by streams, lakes, or rivers
during the summer months.
If you intend to have a successful camping experience,
planning is important. As a retired Army Airborne Ranger, who has had to live
out of a ruck (back pack) for many days, having the right camping gear when
you're camping will make the experience that much more enjoyable.The best
camping tents for families are tents that have separate rooms. Since we have two
children our tent has three rooms -- my wife and I sleep in a room, the kids
sleep in a room, and the entrance room is for dressing and storage. We use a
combination of foam and inflatable mattresses. We use rectangular sleeping bags
that you can zip together for the wife and I, and the kids have their own
individual bags. Bring extra blankets for chilly nights. We also use poncho
liners for the kids to use inside their sleeping bags. We've had our tent for
over 15 years and average 2-3 camping trips each summer.
We also take a couple of tarps. We use one tarp on the ground
under the tent and make it long enough to have about 8 feet in front of the tent
door. We take our shoes/boots off outside to keep the inside of the tent as
clean as possible. We bring a small folding stool to place outside the tent door
to help with putting shoes on. The second tarp is used to cover our
kitchen/cooking gear if it rains.We use two camping stoves - one uses propane
(which we mainly use for heating water for hot drinks and washing) and the other
is a 2 burner stove and uses fuel, which does not burn as hot. We use this one
for cooking bacon, pancakes, eggs, etc. Bring a couple of frying pans, and
camping pots/pans - remember to bring a spatula if you're going to cook pancakes
We always start a fire in the morning(for warmth) and in the
evening, for cooking. Bring a collapsible grate to put over the fire if you plan
on laying anything on it to cook or heat up. We make pointed sticks by cutting
small branches from nearby trees for the polish dogs or bratwurst - so bring a
couple of knives. We cut our own wood from the dead branches and logs you find
near the campground. We bring an axe and small saw with a folding blade to get
the wood the right size to fit in the fire pit.
Here are the basics of camping gear to bring:Tent with rain
fly, tarp, tent stakes, and hammerSleeping gear to include mattresses -
inflatable or foam, blankets (poncho liners), and pillowsCooking/kitchen
equipment - camping stoves, folding camping table, frying pans, pots to heat
water and cook in, paper plates, bowls, and utensils, napkins, paper towels,
wash rags, towels, cutlery, large spoons, tongs, can opener, lighters, tin foil,
plastic wash basin, scouring pads, disposable wipes, detergent, plastic storage
bags, and trash bags. We pack this in see-though plastic tubs with folding lids.
We pack most of our non-cooler food in these types of containers, too.
Fire pit necessities - if you plan on scrounging your own wood
from the forest floor - axe, folding saw, gloves, newspaper for fire starting,
lighter, a folding grate (campfire tripod), and a folding shovel.
Personal hygiene - soap, wash cloths, towels (dark in color),
shampoo and shower shoes (if your campground has a shower), toothpaste, and
Safety equipment - flashlights, lantern, spare batteries, cell
phone with car charger, map of the area, first aid kit, compass or GPS, and
plenty of drinking water.
These are some of the items you'll need to have an enjoyable
camping trip. After your first trip, you'll be able to fine-tune your list. Tent
camping takes a lot of prep work, but it is so worth it for the memories you'll
About the AuthorI've been tent camping for over 30 years and
as a retired Airborne Ranger, I have experience in wilderness survival. For more
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