Archive for the ‘Camping Ideas’ Category

How to Build a Debris Hut

Of all the makeshift shelters that have been developed and used by outdoorsmen, the debris hut is likely the most popular. This is so for several reasons. First and foremost, debris huts are exceedingly easy to build provided there are resources around you. Second, no matter what the temperature is, a well stuffed debris hut […]

How to Avoid Insects and Other Bugs When Camping

Keeping the bugs away on a camping trip can be a monumental task, especially in the spring and summer months. No matter where you are geographically, the indigenous creepy crawlies always find a way to your campsite. In many cases, bugs are far more than an annoyance. They can cause itchy bites, ruin food, and […]

Tips for Camping in the Mountains

Ironically, some of the coolest and most rewarding places to camp in the U.S. – namely in and around the Rocky Mountains – are also the hardest. Aside from being difficult to get to, campers who are physiologically used to living close to sea level can experience noticeable effects from high altitudes. Additionally weather conditions […]

How to Use a Topographic Map

For the outdoor adventurer, knowing how to read and use a topographic map effectively is an invaluable skill. Whether you’re planning a hike or looking for a place to set up camp in an unfamiliar area, being able to use this type of map will make you a safer, more confident, and better informed explorer. […]

How to Layer Clothing for Cold Weather

On those bone-chillingly cold days in the outdoors, it’s essential to know how to choose the right winter clothes. Even if you’ve stuck to the key tenet of layering for cold weather, doing it with the wrong materials will eventually leave you cold, miserable, and feeling totally exposed to the harsh elements. So whether you’re […]

5 Great National Parks to Visit

America’s National Parks have a unique, interesting history. The first one, Yellowstone National Park, was established in 1872 under President Ulysses S. Grant. Since then, the national parks have expanded to a level of reverence and prestige unmatched by any other natural wonder. They span all across the contiguous United States, from the ancient Smoky […]

The 5 Best Places to Camp in the Winter

Depending on what you like most about the outdoors, the five best places to camp in the winter cover a variety of attractions and activities. Whether you want to brave the harsh cold up north or have a mild, comfortable winter camping experience in the south, the contiguous United States has campgrounds that meet and […]

How to Make Coffee While Camping over a Campfire

For many campers, one of the least pleasant things about “roughing it” is having to forgo a nice hot cup of coffee in the morning. With the rise of automatic coffee makers and instant grounds, the art of making old-fashioned, campfire roasted coffee has unfortunately been lost on many. Luckily, there’s no reason you have […]

Tips for Telling a Good Campfire Story

Telling good campfires stories is a delicate art form. It’s no easy task to keep people’s attention for an extended period of time – especially after a full day of tiring outdoor activities. You can, however, use a few storytelling tricks to make your own campfire tales vivid and outstanding. They’re pretty easy to remember, […]

How to Camp in the Snow

Though the experience itself is often unparalleled, camping in the snow presents some unique challenges. In general, water (especially frozen water) is not a camper’s friend unless it’s in a bottle. And when the cold temperatures necessary for snow to persist are added in, it becomes clear that extra measures are necessary to guarantee a […]