The Fabulous World of Camping

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My Overview of Camping

    According to the dictionary, the definition of camping is "living outdoors in a tent or trailer while on vacation or as a recreational activity."  It is a great experience to enjoy with family or friends.
     The outdoors is also a great place to relax and reflect on all that has happened in life and even just read a good book. Just make sure your gear is very durable because it is not fun when equipment breaks on you, especially in fowl weather.  
     I suggest you find an out of the way, quiet campsite and sit back, relax, and make your own fun.  Maybe find a spot in a national park where there are plenty of outdoorsman-like things to do.

My Personal Camping Experience     Even though the dictionary defines camping as using a trailer, I personally believe camping as being in tents or under the stars only.  A trailer offers you some, even most, comforts of home, but caming needs to be rustic and one needs to be close to nature, not on a comfy bed with kitchen amenities and a tv.  While camping, I suggest you try open-fire cooking at least once because personally I feel that is the best type of cooking.

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Tips and Safety Guidelines

  • Clear all fire areas from twigs, leaves, grass, etc. before lighting the fire or you may start a forest fire.
  • Leave No Trace- pick up all trash/unnatural waste before leaving the campsite.  Leave it better than you found it.
  • Make sure there are no ditches and holes beneath your tent or if it rains you'll be flooded out.
  • Put trash and food into a heavy container or tie it up into a tree or else you will have a campsite full of hungry, vicious animals.  DO NOT take any food into your tents or you will wake up face-to-face with a hungry racoon.
  • Make sure all your equipment is durable and safe.
  • Absolutely NO flames in you tent or... well you know what will happen.
  • BE PREPARED=> have the proper equipment for anything that could happen.  Check the weather before you leave.
  • If there is a serious lightning storm, stay away from tall tress or anything metal.  Get out of your tent.
  • If there is a tornado, get into a ditch or a basement if one is nearby.

Recommended Packing List

  • tent
  • tarp for under the tent
  • second tarp to use as a shelter for the kitchen area
  • kitchen equipment (pots, pans, plates, utensils, etc.)
  • spare rope (laundry line, hold up tent, etc.)
  • knife
  • camp stove
  • fire starter
  • rain gear
  • hiking boots or shoes with good ankle support
  • camp chair(s)
  • hat
  • sunglasses
  • bug spray (deep woods OFF 30% DEET or above)
  • sunscreen (15 spf or above)
  • camera
  • cell phone
  • emergency radio
  • GPS (optional)
  • first aid kit
  • food
  • dutch oven 
  • plenty of fresh water
  • water purifier
  • jacket
  • sleeping bag (you might want two in clod weather)- I suggest a down or mummy bag that can andle 0 degree weather because they are usefull all year around.
  • clothes for the weather
  • spare clothes (esp. underwear and socks)
  • flashlight(s)
  • spare batteries
  • good book(optional)

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Christopher Wernette

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