With back-to-school on the brain, the end of summer is now in sight. But wait! Before you gear up for fall, take advantage of gorgeous weather and free time to plan the perfect camping trip.
Round up your buddies for a rambunctious weekend in the wilderness. Hiking, swimming, rock climbing, and ghost stories make for a healthy change of pace leaving you and your pals refreshed and reenergized.
Plan a cozy weekend getaway for two with your significant other, and lots of campfire cuddling. This is an awesome, unique date idea you will both love.
Spend some quality time with your family. A summer camping trip is the perfect time for family members to reconnect and have fun together before school begins and schedules become jam-packed.
Whoever you’re with, being prepared with the right camping equipment can make or break your experience. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or nature newbie, we’ll give you a run down of a few basics. Capitalize on these last few weekends and enjoy the great outdoors in all of their summery glory!
Your tent should serve a few functions: keep out insects, shelter you from the elements, and provide some privacy from adjoining campsites. When choosing your tent, size matters. The manufacturers’ occupancy rating is usually generous so be wary––a three-person tent usually holds two comfortably.
Sleeping Bags and Pads
Camping in the summer cuts your sleeping bag cost considerably since you don’t need sub-zero ratings. Don’t skimp on the pad or mattress, however. While the sleeping bag keeps you warm, this will keep you comfy. Air mattresses give you the most support and keep your body off the ground. Foam pads are a good choice if you’re saving space or want to “rough it” a bit more.
Many campsites will have picnic tables which are great for meals, but you may want to bring along a couple of foldable camping chairs to lounge in, or pull up next to the fire. These are affordable, portable, comfortable, and can be used on many other occasions.
A charcoal grill or fire pit will be available at most campsites, but camp stoves are a good investment if you have several hungry mouths to feed. They are efficient and convenient, and leave you more time to get active and explore. Make sure to pack your food in a cooler, and bring some cooking utensils from home.
Get a good fire going at dusk for lighting, but pack plenty of flashlights! Warm clothes, closed-toed shoes, and bug spray are also critical items. Depending on what activities you plan to do during your camping trip, you may need a pair of hiking boots, or some rock climbing equipment as well. Planning ahead and being well prepared will ensure a great experience.
Check out your local stores to gear up for the adventures. Moosejaw, an online discount retailer, specializes in outdoor recreation apparel and outdoor kits. Good prices can also be had at Land’s End, especially if you use Land’s End coupons for extra savings. And if you can’t make it out before the end of summer, remember to take advantage of Black Friday deals at sporting goods stores so when spring rolls around, you’ll be more than ready. Good luck with your new adventures!
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