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A summer camping getaway can be one of the most enjoyable vacations you’re ever going to take, the more so if its well planned and goes off without a hitch.

Making sure that you have all that you need to be comfortable in any kind of summer weather, as well as the food stuffs and the means to cook them is essential to assuring that everyone has a great time.

Camping means roughing it a bit, but in todays high tech society, the level that you do rough it is entirely up to you.

Televisions that operate on batteries and have remarkable antennas are available as well as laptop computers that function from your cell phone. You can take it all, or very little of the civilized world with you when you head out to the great outdoors.

If you aren’t familiar with camping, there are a few basic things you’re going to need, particularly if the trip is to a campground that relies on tents, camp stoves and sleeping bags to accommodate the guests and does not supply alternative housing.

Basic items you will need to set up an adequate outdoors experience:

  • A tent, or some means of shelter. This can be as little as a small two man tent, or as large and spacious as a tent that can be three or four rooms and tall enough to stand in, or it can be nothing more, if you’re expecting fair hot weather and don’t mind braving a few bugs, than a tarp over poles that will hold the dew off your group.
  • Sleeping bags, or blankets. The weather of course is going to determine the extent that you want to be covered up. There are some lightweight bags available, that will prevent unwelcome night time visitors. Lighter blankets or covers may be enough if you have a tent with a floor that goes part way up the sides. And don’t forget a pillow.
  • Camp stove or gas grill (or another means of cooking). A grill is adequate, if you take some kind of pan with you, to hold things that don’t sit on the grill well such as eggs. I personally take both. I love the taste of grilled food, but nothing beats a small camp stove to make the morning coffee and get a fast breakfast..
  • Cooler for perishable foods sleeping clothing.
  • Lanterns and flashlights
  • Insect repellent. This is one of those things you don’t want to leave at home. Nothing ruins a fun outdoor vacation faster than fifty mosquito bites in the great north woods. If you don’t like using toxic substances, there are some incredible ones you can make yourself. They aren’t as waterproof, and not as long lasting but they are natural and will work well to repel the insects. Going home with a great case of West Nile probably isn’t on your list of things to do.


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