Camping Tips & Tricks

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February 11, 2019

Have you been thinking about camping out this summer with friends or family? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. I’ve recently spoken with people who love going camping around this area and a little farther. However, if you are an inexperienced camper, my first suggestion would be to stick close to home or somewhere you know fairly well, that way if anything happens, you know where to go and who to contact!

 

Where to go:

When looking into finding a campground near you, it could be hard to choose one that seems best. After speaking with Amber Kane, an experienced camper, she provided a list of different campsites around us in Pennsylvania. Some campgrounds might only allow either a tent or a trailer so check their websites or call the campsite to find out! Check out the list below!

 

  • Lackawanna County
  • Nockamixon
  • Tohickon
  • Boulder Woods
  • Poconos
  • Buttonwood Campground
  • Lost Mountain Campground

 

What You Will Need:

If you are spending the night in the woods, you will want to make sure you have all the supplies you need while living in the wilderness. Kane sleeps in tents when she goes out camping, so the list she provided is from experience with tent camping, not camping in a trailer. Most of these supplies are for campers with tents, not trailers. However, the list could still be helpful to those with trailers.

 

  • Water bottle
  • Hygiene products
  • Blanket and pillow
  • Fire wood
  • Pocket knife
  • Rope
  • Lantern
  • Lighter
  • Premade or canned food
  • Bathing suit
  • Bug spray
  • Citronella candles
  • Sleeping bag
  • Tarp for under tent
  • Cooler
  • Foldable chairs
  • Backpack
  • Flashlight
  • Comfy attire and shoes
  • Hammock
  • Mallet
  • First Aid Kit

 

Kane also says she always brings her camera because she loves taking pictures of the nature surrounding her. One more tip Kane has, is to bring extra blankets, “It gets pretty cold at night”. “Don’t forget bug spray!!”, she also says, from experience. Remember, it’s better to be overpacked rather than under packed when it comes to camping, because you never know what situations might come up during your time spent outside. While overpacking could lead to having to carry heavier luggage, it’s better to make sure you have everything! When we asked some experienced campers about their camping backgrounds, Kane said her favorite place to campout in a tent, in Lackawanna County. Kali Blake, another experienced camper, has a trailer at Boulder Woods Campground where she goes camping with her family and friends. Camping is a great way to relax and have a good time outdoors with the people you love. Blake’s most important things to bring with her while camping is personal hygiene items and “anything to make a good s’more”. Kane’s favorite part about camping is “being away from responsibilities for a little while, it’s a great opportunity to forget about your to do list! “

 

I hope these camping tips and tricks were useful and I hope you think about going camping this summer. Find a few friends who are also interested in going camping and go together for a weekend or even just a night!

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Camping Tips & Tricks