Check with family and friends to get opinions on places to go camping in your area, or read campground reviews to get other ideas.
Do you use a thermos bottle when you go camping? A thermos is handy on chilly fall days when you want a ready-to-eat hot meal or drink. However, be sure to read any directions that came with it. Milk based products may gum up the inside so be sure to read any product labels/instructions and know what foods (if any) you should avoid.
If you’re making summer reservations, try to make them as far in advance as possible. Popular campgrounds tend to get booked early for weekends and holidays.
Locate your tent on high ground. Scan the campsite and pick the area that sits up from the rest. You don’t want to wake up, even in a dry tent, and step out into a lake.
Itemize your gear and all the essentials that you use while camping. Depending on when and where you like to camp and what you like to do, the list will be ever changing. But most importantly use it.
When camping during a thunderstorm. Stay away from trees and any metal. Keep a low profile, if you are out in the open, and spread out from each other so that you are not all one target to lightning. Avoid ridges and high areas, which will be more prone to lightning strikes, and low areas, which will be more prone to flooding.
Start the fire by building a small teepee of dry sticks or twigs, and igniting it with a match. As the fire gets going, add larger pieces of wood. You can also use a fire starter log.
After meals do a thorough job of cleaning the dishes and the eating area, and put all trash in appropriate containers. Never leave food unattended at the campsite because critters will make quick use of it and usually leave quite a mess in the process.
Use a camping supply list to make sure you have everything you need to make an enjoyable camping experience.
Remove your shoes before entering the tent. This helps keep the tent floor and sleeping bags clean. You can also keep a door mat outside the tent opening.
Make camp cooking easy. Measure and combine dry ingredients in Ziploc bags prior to packing. Make sure you label the bag for the appropriate meal. You can also use aluminum foil for making packet meals. Just wrap up some sliced potatoes, onions, carrots, zucchini, salt & pepper, and a little butter, seal the ends well, and lay it on the grill to roast.
Clean your campsite before leaving. Make it as clean as you would want it if you were arriving that day. The next camper will appreciate it.