National Park Services Website: A very well detailed and organized site. Whether it's your first time or hundredth, this is one of the best websites to get information on for camping. not only does it help prepare you and give you some food for thought, but it also helps you with things that vary from the basic needs to what to bring if you plan on having your four legged friend along to camp with you!
Checklists: Sometimes, when you're packing you worry you may overlook something, so we found two helpful websites that have a great checklist for you so you can make sure you remembered everything! Rei co-op is the first website, providing a good list, and if you have a frw minutes to look at their other articles some nifty resource information. The second website, Love the Outdoors, not only has a nice checklist, but the website alo has a blog with great information and camping stories.
This weekend is going to be filled with a lot of fun! Something to keep in mind, however, is that this is also a primitive style camping. So unlike other events, we do not have cabins, and we don't have electricity. You'll be responsible for sleeping arrangements as well as for your food. Luckily there are a slew of options! You can bring a tent for you yourself, or yourself and friends if you want to share. you can set up for car camping with your vehichle. If you feel brave you can even set up a hammock between a couple sturdy trees and sleep under the stars!
If you like fish, we have a lake that you can sit by to catch dinner, and we have fires to cook over. If modern cooking is more your style, there are dozens of options in propane stoves and more.
Below are several helpful links to help get you started on your camping journey!
On line Articles
Camping is fun and you can find yourself with a lot of options when it comes time to figure out your bedding. you may want to set up a hammock, or possibly turn your vehichle into a camping paradise. You may want to take the traditional route and find a tent. Tents come in all shapes and sizes and styles. Not to mention that they are great for having some private time with your loved ones. Don't be afraid to shop around and look for something that will meet your needs. If you are getting a tent, you generally will want to invest in something that you can use time and again.
When you are looking at what to put in that tent when you are bedding down for the night, the most common thing people use nowadays are air mattresses, which is a great option, just make sure that the little blower that you use to fill the mattress with is portable, otherwise you may end up with just a flat mattress to sleep on. Make sure to remember to bring a patch kit for those just in case moments! Sleeping bags are another option that is good to have. they have good insulation and can keep you warm at night, plus, they even have couples sleeping bags nowadays! If you go this route, or add it too the Mattress option for extra comfort, keep in mind that if it's too big, it's not going to keep in heat, and if it's too small, it's not going to provide enough airflow. So make sure it's just right. cots are a third common option, this is a good choice for those who are hesitant to sleep on the ground. they can vary in price, but searching through a military surplus store a person can find a pretty comfortable and sturdy one for a reasonable price.
Also, don't be afraid to pack a few extra blankets and pillows. Steve the dragon has his sheep for pillows, but we wouldn't suggest that option to anyone who isn't a 40 foot dragon
Going to be camping with us?
Food is great, everyone loves food! and it's also important to remember that you pack enough food and a good variety of food so that when you are camping, you aren't feeling sick because all you have are 12 bags of cheetos, even if they do taste awesome!
There are a lot of easy, quick grab foods that you can have, trail mix, food bars, peanut butter and jelly for sandwiches, and fruits and vegetables. With a cooking fire, and a few camping cooking essentials, you can increase the amount of things that you bring. Have a skillet and some cooking utensils, suddenly there's the tasty option of bacon and eggs, cooking those fish you caught while on the lake, or maybe the hot dogs that you brought along.Make sure that you have an ice chest that is big enough for your food and ice so that it remains cool. Last thing you want is to have to worry about is food going bad.
Bringing along a case of water is also a good idea, or having a water bottle that you can refill regularly works great as well.
Another big thing that is important to have are trash bags so that you can keep your campsite clean and a place to keep things so as not to tempt the animals to get into your food.
Just because it's a camping trip doesn't mean you want to smell like the dirt and earth that surround you. At some point you'll work up a sweat, so make sure to have that toiletries bag with you! Deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, combs, and yes, even an extra roll of toilette paper are all things that should be added to your toiletries bag when you are heading to the great outdoors. Just don't plan on bringing a blow dryer or flat iron, I'm afraid trees don't have electricity, and the last person who asked Steve the dragon to dry their hair caught fire something awful!
The good news is that as of 2017, we do have showers! They are military style and they are simple, but they have hot water and it is amazing!
When camping, it's always a good idea to check the weather before you head out. Because our event is in October, the changing of the weather, one can never be too prepared for what is in store.
A big thing to make sure to have is a good pair of shoes, or in some cases a sturdy pair of boots. The last thing you want to have to worry about while walking around is your shoes falling apart. Speaking, always pack extra socks. Wet socks can get a person sick very quickly if they aren't careful, so it's best to have a few extra pair to change into just in case.
You'll want to make sure to have a jacket or sweater when it gets chilly at nighttime, and possibly a poncho for the potential rain showers.
Bring clothes appropriate for running around and that you're okay if they get a little dirty or messed up in. Also, undershirts are a great thing to have with you. you can have long sleeved and short sleeved, and they add an extra layer of warmth, protection, etc, for you.
Don't forget a bag to put your dirty laundry in! It wouldn't smell to nice to have to drive all those miles with the smell of dirty socks wafting around in your car.
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