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Aug 31/16

Camping Tips Posted by: Aaron Stearns | 0 Comments


Fall is just around the corner, and here in the South that signals the best time of year to pitch a tent and sleep under the stars. Here are some tips to make the most of your camping:


Gear
Whether you are hiking in to a remote spot or rolling the RV up to a hookup, it’s all about the gear. Glampers (glam – campers) know how to show up fully equipped with their rolling home-away-from home. Just don’t forget the tarps to cover sitting and eating areas in case of rain. For the rest of us, lightweight tents are easy to put up and take down, and if your back requires support, you can fit your air mattress in there with you. For the adventuring types, sleeping hammocks are great on cool, dry nights.


Eats


Nothing says camping quite like grilling. Whether it’s over an open campfire or with your portable grill, everything from steak to roasted marshmallows is game. Just remember to use bear-proof trash receptacles. You don’t want those guys to show up uninvited. Drinks Cold beer is a camping staple, of course. But wine can be refreshing, too, as long as you remember to bring your corkscrew. Speaking of, don’t forget to bring your bottle opener, too. There’s nothing worse than having a beverage but no way to open it.


Relaxation
Last, but not least, remember to relax. Hang out in a hammock, take an afternoon nap, catch up on some reading. Don’t spend all your time tinkering, fixing, and making. Enjoy the fresh air, your friends and family, and the beautiful autumn leaves. It will be winter before you know it!

 

By Paula Martin
Paula Martin was born and raised in Arkansas and received her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of New Orleans. She is a writer, teacher, mom, barefoot trail runner, martial artist, and free-thinker always packed and ready for the next adventure. 


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