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Plan Your Next Camping Adventure

Looking to spend the night out under the stars? Let the Active Weekender team help you plan the perfect camping trip.

We have guides for the first-time camper, as well as the more experienced camping enthusiasts. 

Below you’ll find our recommendations for must-have camping gear, ideas on where to spend your next camping trip, what to eat when you’re camping, and more camping guides.

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Can You Put A Tent In The Dryer?

You’ve just gotten back from a camping trip where it rained the whole time, so here you are at home with a wet tent. What are you supposed to do with this thing now? Especially if you don’t have the space outside to let it air dry. Then you remember that you have that clothes

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Can You Wash A Tent In A Front Loading Washing Machine?

After a few times pitching your tent at a muddy campsite, you might be wondering how to get that dirty tent back into like-new clean condition. If you’ve got your eye on the washing machine, then let us give you some tips before you just toss it on in with some Tide. Should You Wash

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How To Set Up A Tent (Tips For First-Timers)

Camping and backpacking are outdoor pursuits that are loved by millions of people around the globe. Nothing is better than arriving at your wilderness destination and inhaling that first burst of clean pine-scented air—a smell so pleasant that it is often recreated in car air fresheners. However, there is one downside associated with the early

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How To Go To The Bathroom In The Woods

Camping and backpacking. Two of the most enjoyable outdoor pastimes. Each and every year millions of adventure-seeking souls head to the backcountry to hike, camp and just get away from the hustle and bustle of their workaday lives. From nature walking to bird watching to a calm day alone, just fishing along a little-known section

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How To Treat Water In The Backcountry For Safe Drinking

These days, when most people go camping, they tend to bring along a flat of bottled water to make sure they stay hydrated. But what happens when there is no fresh or bottled water around to drink, such as when you go wilderness camping or when you are in a survival situation, lost in the

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Wanna See The Stars? We’ve Found The Best Stargazing Tents

Are you preparing for a family excursion, but need help to find the best, most comfortable tent to protect you while you gaze at the stars? A stargazing tent may be the perfect option for you! No matter if you want to sleep comfortably all night or spend your night gazing at the stars, the stargazing

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Cook Your Meals Over The Best Portable Propane Fire Pit For Camping

One of the greatest allures of camping in the great outdoors is sitting in a warm campfire and cooking your food while surrounded by the beauty of nature. Nothing is more enticing and appetite boosting than the scent of freshly made food permeating the air, while you are surrounded by your loved ones who are

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15 Fun Camp Activities For Teens (Family Camping Activities)

Embarking on a camp trip as a family can be an exhilarating experience. There are numerous activities to participate in as you venture into the great outdoors. If teenagers are along for the ride, your ideas and innovation skills are about to be launched into motion. If you’re a camping enthusiast and know your way

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Why Every Adventurer Should Learn How to Sew

Every adventurer enjoys a good challenge and they all love high quality gear. What would you say if I told you that there is a very useful hobby that combines those two passions into one? Sewing. Not only can it provide you with a worthy challenge but it can also allow you to create your

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How To Pack For Camping In A Cabin (Packing Checklist)

With so many different types of camping, you might be left with a bit of anxiety while trying to plan a cabin camping trip. If you’ve gone camping in the past, then you can let out a sigh of relief because you’re already on the right track. Though the basics of what to take camping

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Last Minute Shopper? These Make Awesome Gifts For Outdoorsy People

Got someone active and outdoorsy on your gift shopping list? Whether you’re shopping for a mountain biking enthusiasts or a snowshoer, there are a few gift options out there that are perfect for all outdoor lovers. It doesn’t matter the occasion – Christmas, birthdays, or some other special day – the gift ideas below are

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Pack For Family Camping Trips With The Best Rooftop Cargo Bag

Getting ready to go on your next family adventure, but don’t know how you’re going to fit all the stuff you need into the car? A rooftop cargo bag is a perfect solution to your problem! A portable roof-mounted bag can keep all your belongings safe, without having to play Tetris in your trunk. But

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Scrubba Review: Is It Good For Campsite Laundry?

Love camping, hate laundry? Me, too – so when I saw a video for a product called The Scrubba, I thought I’d give it a try. My preference, when camping, is to always pack lightly, but I get tired of wearing dirty clothes. Going to a laundromat isn’t my idea of a good time when

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How To Clean Mold And Mildew Out Of Camp Chairs

As the weather begins to warm throughout the country, signaling the beginning of another glorious summer, millions of people start pulling out their camping gear in preparation for the first big overnight excursion of the year. From tents to awnings to cookware, all of your camping stuff should be rigorously inspected before you pack up

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How To Get Campfire Smell Out Of Clothes

Is there anything better than sitting around a campfire? Is there a more pleasurable experience possible than catching up with old friends and family in the majesty of the great outdoors, lounging around an open-air fire while the kids roast weenies and marshmallows to their hearts’ content? The answer, at least according to the millions

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What To Do If You See A Bear When Hiking Or Camping

If you enjoy hiking or camping in wilderness areas, whether developed or completely wild, chances are you may one day encounter a bear. This can be a very scary proposition to say the least, especially if you have no idea what to do should this situation present itself. So, just what are you supposed to

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How To Waterproof A Tent (And Best Waterproofer Spray For Tents)

There are plenty of great things to love about camping—the sights and sounds of the wilderness, the fresh air, and tasty treats around a roaring campfire. However, there is one occurrence that is NOT very great—the sight, sound or feel of water penetrating into the inside of your tent. Although rainy nights are usually a

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Campfire Tips: How to Bank a Fire

Starting a campfire out in the open, whether you are throwing a party in your backyard or camping in a far-off wilderness location, can be very difficult to say the least. It can even be much more difficult if you are dealing with issues of wind or rain or even hail. This is why most

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How To Stay Cool While Camping On Warm Nights

Camping is one of the world’s most loved outdoor activities. Every summer, millions of Americans pack up their cars, trucks and trailers and head out for their favorite wilderness spot. And while the fun of camping simply cannot be matched, sometimes the heat of the midday sun can become unbearable, especially for high-risk groups such

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How To Identify A Water Moccasin (Cottonmouth Snakes)

There are many people out there that erroneously assume every swimming or water snake is a water moccasin. Nothing could actually be further from the truth. In fact, most snakes can technically swim, even those you might not think could like the diamond head rattlesnake. And in the places where water moccasins actually live and

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51 Instant Pot Camping Recipes For Delicious Camp Meals

The nice thing about car camping, or even RV camping, is that your camp food choices aren’t limited by what you want to carry in your pack. And if there’s one way to serve up tasty meals that please even the orneriest of campers, it’s setting up your Instant Pot at camp. So, if you’re

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7 Fun Camping Games for Adults

While the great outdoors offers plenty of activities with which one can adequately fill their day on a camping trip — activities like fishing, hiking, boating or just relaxing with a good book — some campers like to double their fun and kick things up a notch by playing games when they camp. Camping games

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How To Make Your Own Outdoor Gear

Patagonia climbing equipment, Levi’s jeans and Specialized mountain bikes are all examples of iconic gear that began as someone’s personal project. The care and attention to detail you give your handmade item can make it some of the best in the world, but taking the first step can be intimidating. Many outdoors experts craft their

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10 Uncommon Foods You Can Cook Over A Campfire

As nostalgia goes, few experiences can match the outdoor romance of cooking over a campfire. Chances are you can recall a starry evening spent grilling hot dogs or s’mores over glowing embers. But have you really extracted the full potential of your culinary abilities over an open flame? There’s so much more you could be

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What Indicates That Foul Weather Is Approaching?

If you have camped more than just a few times in your life, you already know quite well that foul weather can be a very real possibility, especially if you are camping in wilderness areas in the mountains. Even during the summer months, it is not uncommon to experience an afternoon thunderstorm, complete with lightning,

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How To Wash Your North Face Jacket Without Damaging It

So, you finally saved up the money to buy a one-of-a-kind The North Face jacket—the crème of the crop among your outdoors buddies. These jackets, whether waterproof or not, provide a lot of protection against the cold, water and wind, and are the jackets of choice for most serious hikers, mountaineers, campers and other outdoor

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9 Of The Best Snacks For Camping

Camping is a wonderfully fun and relaxing activity, one that is enjoyed by people of all walks of life around the globe. The pursuit is more than just sleeping in the great outdoors, it’s about a full range of activities, from boating to fishing to swimming to group games and more. And after wearing yourself

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How To Get Tree Sap Out Of Clothes (and Shoes)

If you have ever got tree sap on your clothes, you already know how frustrating it can be. That’s because trying to get tree sap out of your clothes always seems like a losing proposition. Odds are, if you are an avid outdoors enthusiast, you have probably even thrown an article of clothing or two

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Jetboil MiniMo vs. MicroMo – Which Is Better For Campers?

The MiniMo and MicroMo are both made by the Jetboil company, and each of these cooking systems offers a unique way to cook when enjoying the great outdoors. But which one is the better option for your outdoor cooking needs? To help you understand the differences and similarities in these two cooking systems, below we

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Tips For Camping In The Rain

Nothing can spoil a beautiful outdoor camping adventure much like rain. After you have made your plans, waited patiently yet anxiously for the weekend to arrive, packed and loaded your car and made the long drive to your camping destination and campsite, you begin to see the low, black, threatening clouds overhead—clouds filled with rain

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Tent Footprint vs. Tarp: What’s The Difference?

Tent camping is a pursuit enjoyed by millions of people around the globe. Each and every year carloads of these hearty individuals make their way to some outdoor nirvana to spend a few nights out under the stars, and each relies on their tent to protect them from the elements as they slumber away. However,

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Why Are Yeti Coolers So Expensive? (And Are They Worth It?)

Campers and other outdoors people use coolers to keep their drinks and snacks cold when they are enjoying the wide open skies. Coolers also serve a variety of other purposes, and are even used in certain facets of the medical field. And when it comes to coolers, nobody does it better than YETI. Since their

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Types of Backpacks for Outdoor Adventures

There are many different types of backpacks for your outdoor adventures, from various types of daypacks to large backpacks that are perfect for overnight trips. In this article we will highlight several different types of backpacks that are perfect for the great outdoors, and provide a brief yet detailed description of each type of backpack.

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How To Make Ice Last Longer In Your Cooler

Do you have a big camping trip coming up in the near future? Are you planning to visit the beach for a couple of days or maybe head to the park for a quiet and relaxing picnic? If so, these are all occasions in which you will probably require a cooler or ice chest—a device

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woman backpacking in national park

How To Pack A Tent for Backpacking The Right Way

If you enjoy the camping experience, especially those experiences in which you will need to take a long backpacking trek into the wilderness, the following article may be for you. Backpacking is one of the most well-loved activities of outdoorsmen the world over. No other experience is as basic and fundamental as trudging through the

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waterproof tent in foggy mountain valley

Camp In Any Weather With The Best Tents for Rain and Wind

Are you looking for a tent that can withstand the pounding caused by rain and high winds? If so, you have come to the right place. Here we have reviewed several of the best tents for rain and windy conditions and highlighted the pros and cons associated with each model. We have also included a

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Cold Weather Hammock Camping Tips

For most people, camping is considered a strictly warm weather activity. In fact, most of your average weekend outdoor enthusiasts do not even think about unpacking their tent, camp gear and sleeping bags until the chill of spring has totally subsided. However, there are thousands of adventure seekers across the globe that just cannot wait

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How To Take Down & Clean A Tent After Camping In It

A tent can be your saving grace when camping. Not only does a tent keep the elements off you from above, but also from the sides and the bottom, where you ultimately lay your head down to sleep. Tents can be a camper’s savior in a wide array of environments, from the very hot to

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How To Sleep In A Hammock Properly

How do you sleep in a hammock properly and correctly? Is there a right or wrong way to sleep in a hammock? Most importantly, how do you sleep comfortably in a hammock without feeling like you are always about to fall off the darn thing? This may sound tricky, but fortunately, the second task is

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How To Use Hammock Straps For Backpacking And Camping

Sleeping on a hammock can offer lots of rest and relaxation. However, before you can enjoy all of these great benefits you first need to figure out how to use the straps that came with your hammock purchase. This can be a bit tricky, as there are many different types of straps and each of

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How To Wash Dishes When Camping

The invention of the automatic dishwasher several decades ago meant that hand washing dishes would become a lost art.  And it did. In fact, some people have very little idea how to properly hand wash their dishes at home, let alone when camping. In this article we intend to educate or re-educate you on how

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Pop It Up: Best Instant Pop Up Tents For Making Camp Quickly

One of the best ways to enjoy the great outdoors is in your very own camp tent. Sleeping in nature brings with it a unique experience you are simply not able to replicate back home. Investing in a quality tent allows you to do just that. These are affordable options you can travel with, and

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Tips For Camping On A Budget

Are you thinking about going on a camping excursion but your funds are a little low? Do you want to enjoy all the glory and majesty of the great outdoors without paying an arm and a leg for the experience? If so, the following article may prove very useful to you. Here we will outline

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How To Sleep Well (and Comfortably) In A Tent

Camping outside can be adventurous and fun, provided you set your tent up in a favorable area that lends itself to sleeping well, and you bring along some of the accessories and amenities that will make tent camping more bearable. In this article we will outline several tips for sleeping well in a tent—tips that

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How To Prepare For Your Ultimate Family Camping Trip

Camping with the family has so much potential for fun, and that’s probably what you were thinking when you planned this trip. But now that it’s time to get things in action, all you can think about is the potential for disaster. It’s there, for sure, but it’s not inevitable. With some advanced planning and

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Timber Ridge Camping Table Review

If you do a fair amount of car camping, then a camping table like this one from Timber Ridge might be just what you need for better camping meals. As you may already know, there are a variety of different options out there when it comes to camping tables – everything from something you can

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Everything You Need to Know About Introducing Kids to Camping

Camping is a timeless activity that parents and kids have enjoyed for generations. But there are also proven benefits to spending time out in nature in a time when only ten percent of children are getting outside to play every day. From increasing kids’ confidence to promoting their creativity, camping helps expose kids to new

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Trail Food: How To Eat Like A Foodie While Camping

Survival-Mastery.com claims that you can live up to two months without food. Even if that’s the case, heading into the wilderness without sustenance isn’t very enticing. If you’re a camper or a backpacker, you can satisfy your hunger and eat like a king if you pack the right items and know how to prepare them

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Camping First-Timer? Here’s What You Need To Know About Tents

Planning your first camping trip is both exciting and nerve wracking. For the best experience, set out with some experienced campers or at least consult with one before you head out on this adventure. And when you do, I suspect you’ll get the same piece of advice – don’t try to save money by skimping

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How Do We Lose Heat While Camping And How To Prevent It

If you love spending time in the great outdoors, you might worry about the dangers of wildlife and natural disasters. However, you might not worry too much about cold weather, especially if you prefer camping in the warmer months of the year. The Farmer’s Almanac explains that more people die from hypothermia in the summer

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Guest Post: Tips For Taking Your Dog Camping

Going camping and experiencing the great outdoors is one of my favorite activities. Camping with my dog elevates the enjoyment of the experience significantly. It’s like taking your dog to the biggest dog park they’ve ever been to! To make the experience as enjoyable as possible, I think it is best to be prepared for

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5 Best Camping Spots in Idaho

Located in the northwest region of the United States, Idaho is one of the most beautiful states in America and a literal playground for outdoor and camping enthusiasts. Idaho, with its rugged majesty projecting in every direction, is surrounded by the states of Montana to the east and northeast, Wyoming to the east, Nevada and

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21 Most Beautiful Fall Camping Spots in the USA

Are you itching to indulge in the unbridled beauty of rolling garnet and amber hills? Fall is here, and for anyone thirsting for fire­-lit nights under the stars and the crunching of forest leaves beneath their feet there is no shortage of sights to see. The U.S.A. is home to some of the most breathtaking

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Stock Up On Gear At REI’s Anniversary Sale Through May 29

If you’re in need of some new gear for your summer adventures, if just want to stock up for later in the year, then you don’t want to miss out on REI’s anniversary sale that started yesterday. For 2017, it runs through May 29th and you can get all sorts of awesome gear and outdoor

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5 Best State Parks for Camping in Illinois

If you’re looking for magnificent camping opportunities near the middle portion of this great country, Illinois is definitely the place to be.  Whether you’re interested in a rustic and rugged experience among the state’s tall trees, or more of a “glamping” adventure on the shores of Lake Michigan, Illinois is the perfect spot for your

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5 Best Camping Spots in Georgia

Located in the far southeastern part of the United States, Georgia is a magnificent state—a state that offers a number of different terrains and climates that collectively makes it a perfect spot for outdoor camping and recreation. Named after King George II of Great Britain, Georgia was established in 1733 and was the last of

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5 Best Camping Spots in Florida

Situated on the far southeastern tip of America, Florida is a wonderful place to live and visit and a superb locale for campers and nature enthusiasts, offering miles of beaches and a myriad of wooded and very secluded wilderness areas. The state of Florida is bordered by the Gulf of Mexico to the west, the

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5 Best Camping Spots in Alaska

Appropriately nicknamed the “Last Frontier,” Alaska is a virtual wonderland for outdoor enthusiasts—a place whose warmer months makes it the perfect state for camping and pursuing a wide range of other outdoor activities.  Alaska is the largest state in the union from a geographical standpoint, the 3rd-least populous state and, by far, the least densely

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5 Best Camping Spots in Hawaii

The 50th and most recent state to join the United States of America (on August 21, 1959), Hawaii is one of the most desirous states in terms of travel of tourism, and an absolutely beautiful place for camping and outdoor adventure.  Hawaii is an isolated volcanic archipelago in the Central Pacific Ocean, and its many

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5 Best Camping Spots in Connecticut

A great place to live and visit, particularly for campers and outdoor enthusiasts, Connecticut is a U.S. state located in the southern New England region of the country along the Atlantic coastline. Connecticut boasts a unique mix of coastal cities and rural regions that are dominated by small, quaint towns. Because of this great combination

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5 Best Camping Spots in Delaware

A small state in the mid-Atlantic region of the country, Delaware offers a near limitless array of wonderful camping spots within its relatively limited borders. Delaware is positioned on a peninsula that is beautifully marked by dune-backed beaches bordering the Atlantic Ocean, the Delaware River and the gorgeous body of water known as the Delaware

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5 Best Camping Spots in California

Known as the “Golden State,” California offers an abundance of pristine camping spots—regions that reflect the wide array of terrain that is present in the state. From secluded mountain retreats to camping spots along the beaches of the Pacific Ocean to the vast nothingness of the Sonoran and Mojave deserts, California is a one-of-a-kind paradise

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5 Best Camping Spots in Wisconsin

Located in the north-central United States and occupying both the Midwest and Great Lakes regions of the country, Wisconsin is one of the most naturally stunning states in the United States and a virtual wonderland for campers and outdoor enthusiasts. Wisconsin shares borders with a number of U.S. states and major bodies of water, namely

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5 Best Camping Spots in Alabama

Located in the very heart of the American South, Alabama boasts miles of pristine, wooded forestland that plays host to thousands of acres of coveted camping areas. Bordered to the north by Tennessee; to the east by Georgia; to the west by Mississippi; and to the south by Florida and the Gulf of Mexico; Alabama

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5 Best Camping Spots in Colorado

Occupying the majority of the Southern Rocky Mountains, in addition to the northeastern portion of the Colorado Plateau, the state of Colorado is situated in the Southwestern United States (as well as the Western U.S.) and is part of the group of states that make up the Mountain States. Boasting an unbelievable number of pristine

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5 Best Camping Spots in New Mexico

One of the true gems of the American Southwest, New Mexico is an outdoorsman’s nirvana—a state with a wide variety of great camping spots boasting amenities galore. A very large state in terms of total area, New Mexico is the fifth-most extensive U.S. state, and the 36th most populous (out of 50), making it one

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What Are The Best Camping Hammocks On The Market? (Buying Guide)

So, you’ve seen the photos of campers lounging in their hammocks with amazing scenic vistas at their feet and you’re ready to ditch that tent and sleeping bag. I don’t blame you. Hammocks are super comfortable and you don’t have the extra expense (and weight) of a sleeping pad weighing down your backpack. But getting

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Ultimate Guide: Best Camping Sleeping Bag For The Money (2019)

Whether you are car camping or spending the night in a park or elsewhere with friends or family, a good sleeping bag is definitely something that you will need for camping. And unlike backpackers, you don’t have to focus on only the lightweight options. Instead, you can select something that gives you the comfort you

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Best Car Camping Gear – Our 8 Essentials for 2019 – 2020

Whether you are frugal or just up for adventure, there is something special about car camping. A lot of the time, it’s just convenient and in some places it is the best way to wake up to the most awe-inspiring surroundings. If you’ve ever visited Yosemite, then you know that car camping beats staying outside the

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The Unique Camp Stove That Charges Your USB Devices

If you are going out camping, backpacking or hiking, then you will probably need to get a decent little camp cookstove that you can carry with you in your pack. I’ve looked at a lot of these things read more than my share of the best portable camping stoves reviews and comparison guides out there.

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Family Camping In Comfort: Cool Glamping Options

Growing up, my earliest camping memory is shivering in the freezing cold up against my mom in a drafty tent. I was young and we were on a camping trip with my aunt and uncle. Other than the cold, the only other things that I remember are the insane number of rocks that it felt

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