Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is it a good idea to take small children camping?

A: Most definitely. Kids love to learn and kids love to be outdoors. Nature is one of the best places to teach children. There are so many amazing things to see and do. Imagine the excitement of a child when they spot a deer or other type of wildlife. Or their enthusiasm to locate varies items on a hike or scavenger hunt. Or the anticipation of catching their own fish. And how about the creativity they have with leaves, sticks, pinecones etc. when doing outdoor crafts. The list goes on and on. The outdoors is also a good place for them to learn life lessons such as team work, self confidence and self worth, awareness, innovation and the respect for nature and others to name a few. A lot of quality time can be spent with your children in the outdoors. Also see the article Camping with your Kids for more ideas.

Q: What do you do if it rains while you are camping?

A: Well, we can’t control the weather so we just have to make the best of it. Rain or any other type of bad weather can really alter outdoor plans. It can be nice and beautiful one moment and turn dark and dangerous the next. A little planning and preparation can reduce the problems and the disappointment of bad weather on your activities. Anticipate the possibility. Take steps to minimize its impact on your campsite and have alternate activities planned. Be sure to consider every ones safety when making decisions. The article Rain, Rain Go Away addresses this issue in a bit more detail.

Q: Do you have any tips to make showering at campgrounds more convenient?

A: Convenient they are not. But after a full day of activity in the heat of the summer they are definitely necessary. Conditions of bathhouse facilities vary at each location. Some are better then others. Check out some simple tips at Taking a Campground Shower. Always do your part to help keep the facilities clean and always be respectful of other campers.

Q: What items do I need to take when I go on a camping trip?

A: The things you will need to take with you depends on what type of camping you want to do, the time of year and also on the activities you plan on doing. For example, if you are backpacking you will have to take more practical type items and be more concerned with weight and size. If you are camping with children, you should consider comfort and also bring more activity type items to keep them busy. Check out our general checklists and customize them to fit your particular needs.

Q: Where should I look for camping and outdoor gear?

A: We have a large selection of quality outdoor products and supplies available to meet the needs of both beginner and experienced outdoor enthusiast. When away from home and many other conveniences, you need reliable equipment. Proper use, maintenance and storage of your equipment and supplies will assure many years of outdoor enjoyment. See the Camp Store.

Q: Do all campgrounds allow you to have campfires?

A: This varies by location but many private campgrounds allow campfires in established fire rings on your campsite. If you are planning to cook your meals over a fire, we recommend that this be verified when you make your reservations and at check in. Also be sure to check for limitations due to drought conditions or high winds etc. Some campgrounds have centralized fire circles where they schedule all camp campfires. Refer to the How to Build a Campfire article and be sure to practice safety when using a fire.

Q: How can I become an outdoor volunteer?

A: There are many national, state and local parks and other organizations that look for volunteers to help with various projects. These projects may include trail maintenance, campground host, program leaders, public awareness, project labors etc. Being a volunteer can be very rewarding. Not only are you helping to preserve our natural environment, but you enjoy what you’re doing and also are given the opportunity to meet many interesting people.

Q: What is the best way to cook if you don’t own a camp stove?

A: A campfire of course. There are many possible ways to cook with a campfire, but my personal favorite is foil cooking. The are a tremendous number of mouth watering meals you can make using this method. Use any combination of eggs, meat and seasonings and you have breakfast. Use any combination of meat, vegetables and seasonings and you have lunch or dinner. Corn on the cob or potatoes make great side dishes. And of course we can’t forget the banana boats for an evening snack. You may wish to check out the article Cooking Methods and the Recipe area for some additional information and ideas.

Q: How can I find a campground in the area where I want to vacation?

A: You’ve come to the right place! Check our campground directories. You will find information about national and state parks and also ways to locate a selection of private campgrounds to meet your needs.

Q: What sorts of things can we do on our camping trip?

A: There are an endless number of things to do while camping. You can enjoy any of the many related outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, backpacking, canoeing, horseback riding, fishing, swimming, bird watching etc. You could also participate in any number of sports, roller blade and other games. How about outdoor crafts or star gazing. In the winter you could cross country or down hill ski, go snowshoeing or ice skate. Another great idea is to experience something in the area you are staying. Check out the state tourism sites in our Destination section. Many state and national parks have activities or ranger programs. And finally check with the campground where you are staying. Many times they have organized activities or may be able to point out area attractions.

Q: How can I get a link to my website added to the Love the Outdoors site?

A: We are always looking for quality websites to add to our site. Check here for linking instructions.

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