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November 18, 2015
Keep Your Cool

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy the great outdoors—but it’s important to stay cool and comfortable on humid or rainy nights. Finding the best equipment for camping can be tricky, especially when you’re trying to remember all the essentials. Here’s what you need to camp like a champ.

  • The right tent: Look for a wind-resistant one that has a rain fly, tight seams and screens for ventilations.

  • The right sleeping pad: Lightweight, with closed cells, is your best bet for peace of mind  -- especially when sleeping under the stars.

  • Fold-up camping chairs: They help you enjoy the fire; and are kinder to your body than benches.

  • Flashlight or headlamp: Essential for safety, comfort and getting around after the sun sets.

  • First aid kit, bug repellent and sunscreen: Nothing ruins a camping trip like a nasty bite or burn.

  • Snacks and water:  Granola bars, beef jerky, canned soup, trail mix, coffee and a jar of peanut butter will see you through many a day. Water bottles are a must; we like the stainless-steel yet lightweight Klean Kanteen.

Remember these essentials, and you’ll be (wait for it) happy campers!


November 18, 2015
Outdoor Cooking: S'more Ideas

Want to branch out, so to speak, from impaling marshmallows on twigs to roast in the fire? We’ve rounded up the best tips for a delicious dinner al fresco—because there’s nothing like campfire cooking!

  • Besides inexpensive pots and pans, you’ll find it handy to bring a percolator; a few mixing bowls (use as wash bins and serving ware); and flame-resistant tongs—the longest ones you can find.

  • Don’t want to pack your cutting boards? Pre-cut and pre-portion at home, placing in plastic bags for the cooler. Or, recruit your Frisbee as the perfect chopping surface!

  • Avoid cooking over an open flame. You risk burning the outside of your food before the inside cooks—that means a charred, blackened surface, with cold underneath. Your goal is to get the firewood to burn down into white hot coals—and then to either cook directly upon the coals, or use a lightweight campfire grill.

  • Wrapping food in tinfoil is an easy way to impart delicious, smoky flavor to everything from lamb to leeks. When cooking potatoes or veggies, cinch the sides of the foil into handles—it’s easier to grab, with less chance of tearing.

  • For dessert, try these individual chocolate cakes baked in an orange: sweet citrus goodness! Link to: www.chow.com/recipes/31071-chocolate-cake-baked-in-an-orange

November 18, 2015
Our Favorite Quotes

Need inspiration to start planning your campground vacation? Here are all the quotes you need to get gunning for a getaway, from Aristotle to the Internet. Clear your schedule, cleanse your soul. And don’t forget to have a laugh!

“In all things in nature there is something of the marvelous.” – Aristotle

“Dude, that camping trip was…in tents.”

“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations.” – Oscar Wilde

“Keep close to Nature’s heart…and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” – John Muir

“I believe in animal rights, and high among them is the right to the gentle stroke of a human hand.” – Robert Brandt

“There is no Wi-Fi in the forest, but I promise you will find a better connection.”

“Wilderness is…as vital to our lives as water and good bread.” – Edward Abbey

“Rejoice with your family in the beautiful land of life!” – Albert Einstein. (We knew he was smart.)


November 18, 2015
Why Go Camping?

There’s never been a better chance to unplug (your tablet) and recharge (your self). Here’s why camping has its advantages for families:

Time together. Do you ever really sit down for dinner as a family? Logistics conspire against it; but research bears out just how important it is. Camping is the perfect way to gather ‘round the table—except instead of a table, it’s a toasty campfire, with gooey melted S’mores for dessert. Bonding time!

Healthy eating. Eating fresh-caught fish or meat delivers protein and healthy fats, without any preservatives or unnatural ingredients. And while you might not pack the most virtuous snacks, you will definitely burn any extra calories while exploring the great outdoors.

Living skills. Going camping not only teaches kids to build a fire or catch a fish—it instills an appreciation for nature that will inspire kids to love and protect their planet. And because no two camping trips are the same, the experience helps sharpen thinking—teaching self-reliance, confidence, and finding solutions by keeping calm.

Once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Civil War battlefields; canoe trips down the river; apple picking; boardwalk and beaches. When you’re on vacation mode, nearby adventures beckon, and you’re far more likely to answer the call. No laundry to fold, no bills to pay—in short, no excuse.  

Better health. Surprising, but true! Did you know that time outdoors can lower your blood pressure, improve digestion and boost your immunity? And a leisurely day in the sunlight can heighten your mood and help you sleep better—all while upping your Vitamin D intake.




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