The Best National Parks to go Camping

Going on a camping trip is great, how could it get any better? Well, the answer is going camping at a National Park. The scenery at any National Park is unbelievable and almost untouched.

They are without a doubt the best place to pitch your tent. Whether you are looking to camp at a beach, isolated camping areas, or just the good old forest. These are the best National Parks to Go Camping at, so get ready to start planning your next camping trip.

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Bryce Canyon National Park

This park is known for its giant rock spires called hoodoos and has three unique forests, filled with Ponderosa Pines and Spruce trees as the park heightens in elevation.

This National Park has two different campgrounds to choose from, the best being the Sunset Campground, just a little ways from the park’s amazing and easy hiking trails. This is definitely one place to put on your camping list.

Yosemite National Park

If you are a person who likes laid-back camping in your RV or car this one is for you. This National Park has ten different campgrounds to choose from and is filled with gorgeous scenery and a view of the huge rocky formations. There are also some easy to access and navigate hiking trails that are definitely not a letdown.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park

In this National Park, you will find the Deep Creek Campground which is full of natural freshwater. If you are one for swimming or viewing lovely waterfalls this is the place for you. Just from your tent, you are a short hike away from three different waterfalls that are all equally spectacular. This is especially a great place if you are an avid fisher, as there are a lot of places to fish here.

Capital Reef National Park

If you are looking for a desert oasis, look no further. Capital Reef National Park is your answer, surrounded by its signature red rock cliffs this National Park is home to historic orchards planted by Mormon pioneers in 1880, and during the harvesting season, you can pick nice fresh fruit to enjoy and take home.

This park is also home to historic sights such as an old one-roomed schoolhouse, the Gifford Homestead where you can buy freshly baked fruit pies, and an old blacksmith shop.

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Big Bend National Park

In this lovely National Park, you will find the Chisos Basin Campground fully surrounded by huge rocky cliffs. If you are big into bird watching, this place is a popular nesting site for migratory birds and if you are up for a hike you can the Window Trail which will lead you to see the entire beautiful V-shaped canyon. Kind of a tough trek but well worth it and you have a nice scenic walk filled with dragonflies and butterflies.

America is filled with beautiful National Parks that preserve the scenic nature. You have never camped in a quite a gorgeous place if you have never camped at a National Park.

These are the best national parks to go camping and believe me, there are many more out there that are just as scenically amazing. Have you been to any of these National Parks? Do you know of any that should be added to this list? Share in the comments!

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Camping Supplies You Should Never Forget to Bring

Camping Supplies You Should Never Forget to Bring? When packing for camping it can get very stressful, you have to remember everything you need to bring, and a lot of the time things are left behind, and usually, it isn’t detrimental to the trip.

Camping Supplies You Should Never Forget to Bring

There are some things that can be though and it could be bad if you forgot them. Here are some camping supplies you should never forget to bring. Make sure these items are some of the first things on your checklist because you aren’t going to want to forget them.

Camping Supplies You Should Never Forget to Bring

If you do not create a camping checklist, you are just about lost before you ever leave home. There are so many things to remember to take that you will surely forget something that is crucial to the trip. There are so many advantages of making a checklist when you are planning a camping trip that it would be hard to do without it.

To start, you can sit down with pen and paper and think about what you will need during your camping trip. You can also do this on your computer and print off duplicates so you will have a future reference. It is difficult to make a list for anyone but your own needs. This article will address the basics.

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First Aid

First and foremost, never ever forget a first aid kit! Whether it is one you bought or one that you’ve put together yourself and if you don’t have one go and buy one or make one.

It is crucial you have this with you while camping because you never know what can happen to you or anyone else while you’re out camping and if something very serious were to happen then you’d have what you need in a first aid kit to hold whoever is hurt off until you can reach a hospital.

Remember you are in the wilderness, most likely quite far from a hospital and phone service. It is good to always be prepared.


This is important in the case of an emergency, like if you were to be stranded or lost. Now you could just bring a box of matches you bought from the store but the best thing to do is to take a Tupperware container that seals nicely and glue a piece of sandpaper to the lid.

This way you can fill the Tupperware container full of matches and it will be waterproof (unlike the cardboard box they come in) and sandpaper is a great striking strip if it gets wet just dry it off or wait for it to dry.


Being that you are camping, especially if you are in an area that is just out in the wilderness and not a campsite with other people. Then a compass is highly recommended to have on you.

This way if you decide to go for a hike and get lost or you simply cannot find your way back home from where you are camping then you can use the compass to navigate you. It is better to be safe than sorry, you never know when you may be in a situation you need one.


Always pack some rope, this is another item that you may never know when you are going to need to use it but it is just better to be safe than sorry. You can use it to hang out wet clothes to dry, pull someone out of a situation on a hike or swimming, or you may need it to create a shelter. You just never know, just make sure you pack it on your next camping trip, you may be surprised.


If you are tenting, you will need air mattresses, blankets or sleeping bags, pillows, and maybe some foam, depending on how comfortable you want to be. You will also need a floor cover to place your air mattress on. Now that the bedding is taken care of, you can move on to other needs.


Food and drink are another consideration for your list of camping supplies. Even though you have a fair idea of what you want to take, write it down on your checklist. It is very easy to forget the ketchup or mustard or some other food that will add to your eating enjoyment.

If you want your meats to stay fresh, you will require a cooler and some ice packs. Add to your list by thinking of what pots and pans you will need. While thinking of this, think of how you are going to cook your food?

You will also need some type of cooking stove and propane to make it work. You will need some type of dishes and glasses, whether they are paper plates or real ones; add them to your list along with cutlery. Do not forget a can opener. Small things like this tend to get left at home without a list.

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Personal needs

Your next thoughts should be aimed at your personal needs, such as clothing, shoes, warm clothing for cool evenings, and toiletries. Itemize each thing regardless of how insignificant or obvious it is. You will not be a happy camper if the toilet paper or paper towel gets left behind. All you have to do is imagine your days there, and step by step, go through your routine.


Place on your list any accessories you want to take along for exploring and activities such as bikes, swimming gear, fishing tackle, Frisbee, balls, or anything you want to enjoy on your camping trip. Take some games for evenings and rainy days.  

Write down lawn chairs and lounges, a piece of rope to make a clothesline, clothespins, a tablecloth, and a spreadsheet that you can place on your tent for an awning. The list goes on. The only way to be sure you have all you need is to start planning your trip well ahead of the day you leave.

Yes, packing for a camping trip can be stressful, and adding things to the list that are crucial to have can make it even more stressful because you have to remember to bring them, but these are just a couple of camping supplies you should never forget to bring with you on your camping trips.

Just remember while you are packing this next time to have these things at the top of your list so they are not forgotten, even if you think they aren’t going to be useful, you never know what you will get into out there. Do you bring any of these items on your camping trips? Are there any you would add to this list? Let me know in the comments!

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5 Reasons NOT to go Camping this Summer

Yes we all know camping is a huge thing in the summer, everyone loves it and it is a way to connect with nature. Have you ever thought of why you shouldn’t go camping, though?

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Probably not, well here are 5 reasons not to go camping this summer. Now some of you may agree and others may disagree and that is up to you. Camping isn’t for everyone and that is OK.

5 Reasons NOT to go Camping this Summer

Hygiene is important and if you are really camping and not enjoying your RV then you don’t have the luxury of showering. Some may make the argument that you can bathe in the lake or river.

No Showers

No, just no, who in their right mind thinks it is sanitary to bathe in a body of water that most likely has tons of unspeakable litter and pollution in it and not only that but it isn’t good for the life in the water to be exposed to chemicals in your soap, you want to add to the pollution?

Everyone is Camping

Isn’t the point of camping to get away from everyone and everything? Yet all the campgrounds are going to be stuffed with people because it is summer. Not to mention because they will be stuffed with people there will most likely be no room left so you’ll spend several hours trying to find an open spot at a campground.

You could go and rough it in a random part of the woods but then you are stuck with the possible dangers of wild animals. Doesn’t sound like fun to me.

The Bathroom

This is by far the biggest reason you shouldn’t go camping this summer. Some campgrounds have bathrooms but if you didn’t pay a $40 entry fee then they are most likely HOLES IN THE GROUND in rooms that are covered with bugs and have no lights, so when you need to use the restroom at night you have to carry a flashlight with you and search the entire room just to be sure there are no bugs or snakes crawling around.


Bugs are everywhere, you can’t even escape them at home but going camping makes you a LOT more vulnerable to them. Think about it, you’re going to be out in the wilderness, basically THEIR home.

The mosquitoes are going to be abundant and we all know mosquito spray doesn’t work as well as we’d like it to. Let’s not forget about spiders and wasps in which will invade your tents if you accidentally forget to close them for two minutes.

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(bonus reason!) Money and Time

It takes time to plan out a camping trip (if you want to do it right) and that in itself can be draining, then comes the time it takes to pack for the camping trip and that is completely stressful because you have to make sure several times you didn’t forget anything, especially the important things you can’t survive without.

Then comes the money part, you’re going to need to spend money on food, supplies, the extra gear you might not have and need, etc. by the end of it all you’ll be broke, it just isn’t worth it.

There are plenty of other things you can enjoy during the summer, camping is overrated and while it can be fun it can also be a nightmare and sometimes you shouldn’t take the chance to figure out which one it’s going to be for you. These are 5 reasons not to go camping this summer, stay at home, enjoy the AC and television. Do you know of any reasons you shouldn’t go camping this summer? Share in the comments!

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