Experience History and Nature at Wyalusing State Park

Wyalusing State Park overlooks the Wisconsin and Mississippi Rivers, the park is roughly 2,700 acres scattered with Indian burial grounds. It is one of the oldest parks in Wisconsin, the park offers bird watching, camping, hiking, and canoe rentals.

Wyalusing has over 14 miles of hiking trails spreading throughout Sand Cave, Mississippi Ridge, Turkey Hollow, and Sugar Maple Nature just to name a few.

Experience History and Nature at Wyalusing State Park

So Many Choices at Wyalusing State Park

Wyalusing State Park offers several different choices when it comes to camping for any outdoor adventure. Wyalusing has three different campgrounds to choose from, each with its own unique flare.

You and the family or group can choose from two family campgrounds, the Hugh Harper indoor camp, or an outdoor group camp. Wyalusing State Park can fulfill each need for campers while providing reassurance of safety.

Wisconsin Ridge and Homestead campgrounds boast 33 electrical campgrounds and a total of 109 campsites. Holding tank and dumping station or close by the campground for convenience and safety for the campers.

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Wisconsin Ridge campsites offer hiking trails that have magnificent views and discoveries. No matter if you plan to stay for a weekend or extend the stay to a week, the laundromat is close by and is open 24 hours a day for campers’ convenience.

The outdoor group camp is made up of five different campsites that can accommodate up to 130 people, The outdoor group camp is located near the Wisconsin Ridge campsite, giving occupants the option to use the holding tank and dumping site too.

Hugh Harper indoor camping site is designed for organized groups making the space great for family reunions, weddings, scout group meetings, and school functions. The modern facility offers a commercial kitchen equipped with commercial dishwasher, utensils, and silverware for guests to prepare and enjoy meals together, the indoor camping site offers a recreational room, large meeting room, cafeteria, and dining area.

The sleeping arrangements for the Hugh Harper indoor campsite are four separate heated dormitories able to hold 108 guests. There are two bathrooms for each dormitory with showers, sinks, and flushable toilets. Between the lodge and dormitories, there is an amphitheater, a large fire ring, and large charcoal burning grill right outside the kitchen.

Common Eco-Safety at Wyalusing State Park

There is to be no outside firewood brought in for use at the campsites, firewood can be purchased at the concession stand. Outside firewood has the potential to bring diseases or pests that can harm the parks plant and tree life.

Pic-Perfect at Wyalusing State Park

Wisconsin State Parks have set up selfie stations for campers and visitors to brush up on their selfie skills. There are selfie stations located throughout the Wyalusing State Park set up to capture the most amazing views and for an unforgettable trip that you can share with your friends and have to keep for years to come. Use the hashtag from the selfie station to share your unique selfie with others that have used the selfie station.

Check out this hard to find Male Luna moth! They only live about 7 days and we were lucky to find him!

With the beauty of the Wyalusing State Park all around you, spend the night with nature and open your eyes to gorgeous once in a lifetime sunrise that is cast across the trees and rolling hills. You will find yourself close to Prairie du Chien and all that it has to offer too!

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Tent Camping Tips for Beginners

Tent Camping demands a basic set of necessities, the main consideration being, of course, a tent. There are many styles out there and prices may seem shocking. You can quickly and easily select the kind of tent you need through a simple process of elimination. Our tent camping tips should help get you started!

desert camping tent

Tent Camping Tips for Beginners

Since you’re new at this, chances are that you won’t need an expensive 4 seasons or extreme backpacking tent. The new camper generally won’t be hiking high elevations, in the wilderness, or in cold temperatures. So, forget about the $850,000 price tags or super hi-tech tents that are for experienced campers.

Prices vary but the expensive tents are made to withstand strong winds, old temperatures, and are built to last a lifetime.

 

There are several considerations to maximize comfort and your budget. You want to stay dry, keep warm if it’s chilly, or cool on summer nights. Make sure there is plenty of ventilation, and mesh screening to keep out insects. A 3-season tent should work well for new campers.

The days of camping in an A-frame canvas tent are long over. Those quaint Civil War era tents may be cute but were chilly and damp, smelled of mildew, and ignored the fact that nice weather might include insects.

Today’s tents are cozy, comfortable, and waterproof and can be found for $200.00 or less. Shop at an outdoor or discount store, talk to the salespeople, and read the packages. Hopefully, tents will be set up on display so you can get a good first-hand look and maybe crawl inside to see how it feels.

A 2-person tent may feel cramped and claustrophobic with no room to stow equipment. Splurge on a 3 or 4 person tent so there will be room to stretch out and be comfortable. If you’re stuck inside a tent during a rainstorm, you’ll want a little breathing space. If you’re camping as a group, you may want a large tent and a smaller 2-person tent.

Remember that the size of the tent will dictate its weight. A large tent is obviously heavier than a small tent.

Check the directions for ease of set-up. The new camper won’t want a complicated mess of poles and straps. The poles should be made of hi-strength aluminum or carbon fiber. Some tent manufacturers claim the tent won’t need staking but you want to stake a tent in case of wind or storms.

Make sure the tent is waterproof and has a large rain fly. A small porch or overhang in front help keep rain and debris out of the tent and is a good place to pause and remove your shoes so you don’t bring dirt inside.

 

The front flaps should fold back and tie with an inside zippered screen for warm weather. Many tents, even small ones, offer screened windows and a top vent for air circulation. A nice tent has pockets for the storage of small items. You may want to keep a flashlight handy.

Before your initial camping trip, set up the tent at home for practice and to make sure all the pieces have been included in the package. If you are taking children along on your trip, have a backyard camp out so they feel comfortable and secure in the tent.

Remember, never eat or drink in the tent, even in your own back yard. The smell of food attracts insects and wildlife even after the food is long gone.

 Do not smoke inside a tent or pitch a tent near the fire.

Try to arrive at your camp sit early so that you have plenty of daylight to pitch the tent and attend to your equipment.

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Sheffel’s Hideaway Campground Makes You Feel Like Family

Nestled against hundreds of acres of Point Beach State Forest is the family-owned campground site Sheffel’s Hideaway Campground, opened from April 1st to December 1st but the campground can accommodate your stay before those dates with just a call.

Scheffel’s Hideaway Campground Makes You Feel Like Family
Look at how beautiful it was in the early morning…

Enjoy your camping experience with the State Forest on two sides of the campground, flanked by a locally renowned restaurant/pub on the Southside. In Spring 2011 after years of construction to make the perfect conditions to accommodate all travelers and campers, the grounds went from dream to reality.

All about Sheffel’s Hideaway Campground

Scheffel’s Hideaway Campground is like a home away from home, you can drive in, plugin, and enjoy the campground as a natural and beautiful backdrop. The campground offers 50 large campground sites, some of those campgrounds being pull-throughs.

Each camping ground has its own electric hook-ups, water, and many sites offering sewer connections as well. The campgrounds can also be used for tenting for a rustic weekend away. To ensure privacy the individual showers are accessed from outside the bathroom/laundry room that’s centrally located on the grounds.

Firewood can be bought for campsites or you can use fallen branches from the grounds to burn in fire rings, ice can be purchased to keep your beverages of choice nice and cold. The innovative luxury of Scheffel’s Hideaway Campground is the free WiFi. Keeping you connected with family, friends, or if you’re visiting but plan to work on your stay.

Point beach State Forest by Sheffel's Hideaway Campground
You are only a short drive from Point Beach State Forest – a beautiful hiking spot!

This is the perfect place for you if you like bike rides and walks with nature. Bike through Rawley Point Bicycle Trail basking in the sunlight and natural beauty throughout the miles and miles of trail, this trail is adjacent to the campgrounds making it the easiest trail to navigate to.

Taking a ride North brings you to the Ice Age Trail and trails of Point Beach State Park, heading South will give you access to Mariner’s Trail which is located along Lake Michigan’s shoreline. Scheffel’s Hideaway Campground is a quick 5 minutes from historical downtown.

Great fun for kids too!

Two Rivers may be a small quiet town but it hosts events through the year, check the calendar to see what is happening on a night, week, or weekend you’d be interested in before making motoring in.

The Ice Cream Sundae celebration would be a cool way to spend your time in Two Rivers, the sundae was created right here after all. A few other events are Kites Over Lake Michigan, the Cool City Classic Car Show, Ethnic Fest, and Carp Festival just to name a few.

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Restaurants near Sheffel’s Hideaway Campground

Make sure you make a plan to try the pizza at that locally owned restaurant/pub that borders the campground – Port Sandy Bay. It’s a little unorthodox as to how you order and pay for your meal at a counter, and then they bring it out to your table, but the food is top-notch!

A VIEW from our hike at Sheffel's Hideaway Campground
You can check out Rawley Point Lighthouse!

Grab the calendar, the family, and the events list to plan a stay you’ll always remember. Scheffel’s Hideaway Campground is 90 minutes north of Milwaukee, 30 minutes south from Green Bay, Fox Valley is about 45 minutes to the East, 15 minutes from Manitowoc and the Manitowoc S.S Badger Dock. Keep in mind and respect the privacy of other travelers and campers. This family-owned campground wants to make sure everyone enjoys their stay with the intent of being safe and happy.

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Family Fun at Indian Trails Campground

Indian Trails Campground has been family-owned since 1965, the campground prides itself on always being family-friendly and won’t tolerate disruptive behavior. There are so many experiences in this natural setting, the camp offers lots of themed weekends and activities. Climb to new heights, sleep under the stars, and see the sights.

Family Fun at Indian Trails Campground

Indian Trails Campground offers everything from biking and BMX track, hiking, river paddling, 15-acre fishing lake, playgrounds, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, mini-golf course, and even a game room! The campground has amenities to make memories that’ll last a lifetime.

In 2018 two new heated pools were installed with state of the art Ultraviolet sterilization system, which means the pools have the best water quality which makes for a great swimming environment for you and your family.

Once you’ve swum or floated to your heart’s content, head to the new log building to grab food and snacks. You’ll also find showers and bathrooms in the building. For those deciding to check out the campgrounds during the fall and winter when the weather is a little too cold for a swim, there is an indoor pool you can take a dip in.

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The swimming pond is made up of two beaches, there are inflatables for water fun and also inflatables in the shallow area for the smaller kids to enjoy as well. Indian Trails Campground boasts a 15-acre fishing lake filled with bass, perch, crappie, and bluegills.

Kayak rentals are available for unique fishing trips around the lake, find your own favorite fishing spot. Rent a canoe to float around watching the wildlife. Your family or group can reserve solo or tandem kayaks and canoes for river trips, the trips will take you through wetland habitats, backwaters, and grasslands.

Meander your way down the river enjoying seeing the wildlife that calls the campground home. The sandbars are great to dock to take a little snack break or a few minutes to enjoy the moment. Once you’ve reached the end of the trip you’ll be picked up along with your gear and boat to take you back to Indian Trails.

The BMX track is full of dips, rolls, jumps, and turns. You’ll need a helmet to try your drift skills around the track but don’t worry if you didn’t bring one, helmets are available for rent at the camping office.

Indian Trails Campground offers Tiffany’s homemade donuts from Mothers Day to Labor Day. The restaurant menu sports appetizers, Angus burgers, fries, and endless cups of coffee. Save room for desserts like milkshakes, sundaes, root beer floats, banana splits, or malts. For families on the go you can grab nachos, a soft pretzel, or freshly popped popcorn.

If you think camping wouldn’t be something you’d enjoy you have the option of renting a cabin, kids tipi, teardrop. Pick a log cabin facing the water or a standard cabin with each cabin supporting a six-foot covered porch, picnic table, fire pit, grill, and freshwater faucet. Teardrop campers are for those who want to stay dry, get off the ground, and be cozy.

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Travel with Timber Ridge Director’s Chair

One of my rules is that you always need to be prepared to bring your own chair. Whenever we’re going to a barbecue, sporting event, birthday party, holiday, or any gathering that involves more than just a couple of people then I am always ready with my own seat.

There’s nothing worse than having to stand for hours when you weren’t planning on it. Well, maybe. What if you’re forced to sit for hours in an uncomfortable chair? That already makes my back hurt just thinking about it. Thanks to the Timber Ridge Director’s Chair I’ll never have to worry about either of those scenarios again.

Travel with Timber Ridge Director's Chair

With the Timber Ridge Director’s Chair, you’re getting a folding, breathable chair that is lightweight but also supports up to 300lbs! No more worrying if the chair will hold you or if it’ll last.

The mesh material is stretched over the aluminum frame (21″ seat, 14″ seat depth, 34.5″ height, and 16.5″ director’s chair back height) not just to form the seat and back of the chair but to provide comfort. They’ve humanized this design so that the function of the chair doesn’t toss to the side any hope for a cozy seat; plus, this chair has the added amenity of padded armrests.

The luxury addition to this outdoor folding chair is the attached side table complete with a built-in cup holder. Use it to hold your plate, book, phone, and more! Plus, it can flip down when not in use. I don’t know about you, but I hate those fold-up chairs that poke you in the hiney the entire time you sit in it!

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The portability of this director’s chair is my favorite part. It folds easily and almost flat. Other camping chairs fold up into themselves like awkward cylinders. I want a chair that can be stored almost anywhere and Timber Ridge nailed that with their design!

It fits in our collapsed fold-up camper like a gem and is so lightweight that I am not concerned about overloading our trailer hitch by micro-managing our weight load.

You can enjoy indoor and outdoor activities with this chair. Because it’s easy to carry and store, grab it from the garage and toss it into the trunk next time you’re gong out. You won’t be sorry when you have this convenient seat ready to go in seconds.

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5 Smart Reasons to Rent an RV for Your Next Family Vacation

Why wait for something fun and exciting to do, to spend our vacation days doing? Planning vacations can be a little tough with all the options available. An RV is almost literally like your home on wheels. You can make a stop whenever you need or want to for breaks on your time, and not conflict with anyone elses’ schedules.  That is why we have come up with 5 smart reasons to rent an RV for your next family vacation!

Traveling in an RV is an adventure all in itself. You have everything you need from hindering the time to your destination. Renting an
RV is a different experience from traveling in a car.

5 Smart Reasons to Rent an RV for Your Next Family Vacation

Here are 5 great reasons you’ll find taking an RV for you next family vacation will beat all other plans for travel: 

You’ll save money

Renting a hotel room can be costly, especially if you’ve brought along the family dog. Renting an RV will save you at least 75% on rooming instead of staying at a hotel. Although renting an RV comes with a higher cost of gas, you’ll save on everything else, so that will make up the difference. A full-service stay at an RV park will run you about $25-$45 a night.

You’ll save money on meals since you can cook right in the RV and not run
out for fast food at every meal.

Family time

The family will have time to spend together while RVing because you are all there, along for the ride. With today’s busy schedules for everyone in the family with meetings, soccer, gymnastics, and baseball games heading out on an RV gives families uninterrupted time together. Taking part in family activities like eating a meal or telling stories around a fire helps strengthen the bond between the family.

Experience

To travel in an RV is a one in a lifetime opportunity. You get to travel to places cruises or airplanes can’t take you. Along the way you’ll get to see the monuments, the historical and latest attractions, track where animals have been using their own tracks, looking up at the stars at night.

You can bring along a pair of binoculars to watch the birds flying around in the breezes whenever you’d like, even on the road. While camping children can develop an appreciation of nature.

Fellowship

While staying at RV parks or a campground these are great places to meet new people and make new friendships. Campgrounds offer games, movies, and other entertainment while you’re there. You can meet adults and have a chat or swap stories while the kids play with their kids.

Time outdoors

National parks have gorgeous scenic views you can check out since your RV offers front row seating to all of these, see the large mountains, forests, lakes, and beaches. You can relax taking in the fresh air while hiking, swimming, fishing, or roasting s’mores over a campfire. You’ll get a renewal from nature you might not get anywhere else.

If you think any of these sound great to you then get on the phone with an RV rental company. You and your family will love the decision to take your vacation on the road and off.

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10 Camping Necessities for Women Who Hate Camping

10 Camping Necessities for Women Who Hate Camping? I have a confession to make; I’m not a fan of camping at all. I love the whole idea of spending time with friends and family and enjoying nature and the outdoors but when it comes down to it, I’d just rather sleep in my own bed and have the luxuries that a house and indoor plumbing have to offer.

camping lantern

Glamping is a real thing

I guess that’s why “Glamping” is increasing in popularity. If you don’t know what that is, look it up! For those that truly hate camping, it’s definitely the route to go. If Glamping isn’t in the cards for you at the very least you should consider getting a cabin or RV instead of a tent. The most important advantages are beds to sleep in and a private bathroom, it could be worth the extra money.

For the rest of us that need to survive the dreadful trip of camping in a tent, I’ve put together a must-have list of the 10 Camping Necessities for Women Who Hate Camping.

10 Camping Necessities for Women Who Hate Camping

  1. Wet Wipes – Camping is dirty! There is no way around it. You’ll likely end up sleeping with some of it. Wet wipes come in handy for washing up when a shower isn’t readily available. Plan on dealing with dirt, soot from the fire, and more!
  2. Duct Tape – Yes, duct tape is still a necessity to keep around. Duct tape can repair tears in the tent, broken tools, and gadgets, or even hold your table cloth in place on the picnic table. I don’t think I’ve been on a single camping trip we haven’t used the duct tape.
  3. Insect Repellent – Avoid being miserable and itching the entire time by applying insect repellent. Yes, there will be bugs…of all varieties. Eek!
  4. Socks – Bring plenty of pairs of socks; it tends to be cooler at night and the odds are you’ll likely misplace your shoes at least once or end up walking around in sock feet. If the weather changes or your camping trip includes fishing or the water, your feet will get wet and you’ll want to make sure you have dry socks nearby.
  5. Tools for Cooking – Sometimes cooking while at camp can be a hassle. You don’t have all those utensils and gadgets that you normally do at home. I highly recommend investing a bit in some aides specifically made for campfire cooking. You’ll be able to indulge in a real meal and cleanup will be a breeze. Bring paper plates, cups; it’s just easier. Do your part and dispose of the paper in your fire when finished (do NOT put plastic in the fire).
  6. Lanterns/Flashlights – When you’re in the woods and it gets dark outside it gets REALLY dark outside. You’ll feel more comfortable having lanterns and flashlights at your disposal (I keep my own personal flashlight at all times and am stingy about it). Lanterns help make the days longer so you can get more time out of your trip.
  7. Toilet Paper – Whether indoors or out, you want to be prepared! Do not go camping without this. Toilet paper can make or break a camping trip, swear!
  8. Extra clothing – Come prepared for changes in the weather. If it’s generally warm this time of year pack accordingly but include a little rain gear and maybe a jacket and a pair of gloves in case you get an extreme drop in the temp at night. I always pack extra blankets, too.
  9. Entertainment – If you don’t generally enjoy camping odds are you won’t be interested in just hanging out in the dirt. Books, music journals, cards, and games can help you pass the time in a therapeutic way. Before going, put together a DIY manicure and nail kit and take some time to work on your nails, give yourself a facial, etc. With careful planning, camping can be a great time to do those things to pamper yourself that you keep putting off.
  10. TarpTarps have many uses. They are wonderful alternatives for a makeshift shelter, can protect the bottom of your tent, cover your equipment while protecting you in the rain, and block wind in your campsite. They are easy to fold up and throw in a backpack when hiking. I’ve been on many trips where the tarp has saved the day, BRING IT!

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The Best Whimsical Campfire Cupcakes

My idea of roughing it is staying at Holiday Inn or Howard Johnson’s…so when I tell you that I am camping for a week, you know it might possibly be under duress. I did agree to the purchase of a pop-up camper and have been watching it eagerly be prepared for our first adventure.

This campfire cupcakes treat is in honor of our adventure…and while I make my cupcakes from scratch, you can easily start with a boxed mix.

Whimsical Campfire Cupcakes

This recipe of mine makes 12 cupcakes

You will need:

  • 1 box of French Vanilla cake mix
  • 1 C whole milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 C unsalted sweet cream butter
  • 1 C graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 C cocoa powder
  • 1 bag of mini pretzel rods
  • 1 bag of mini marshmallows
  • 1 package of toothpicks

Directions for cupcakes:

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line a cupcake pan with cupcake liners
  • In a standing mixer, combine cake mix, butter, milk and eggs and mix on medium speed until combined
  • Scoop batter 3/4 of the way into the cupcake liners and bake for 21 minutes
  • Once done, pull out and set aside to cool

Frosting ingredients:

1 C unsalted sweet cream butter
2 C powder sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3-5 TBSP Heavy whipping cream
yellow and orange gel food coloring
1 large piping bag fitted with a medium star tip

Directions

  • Using a standing mixer, combine the butter, powder sugar vanilla and heavy whipping cream.
  • Mix until stiff peaks form
  • Scoop some frosting into 2 bowls, 1 for the yellow and 1 for the orange frosting, leaving some frosting in the main bowl to frost the base of the cupcakes

Directions on decorating

In a small bowl, combine the graham cracker crust and coco powder, mix until combined.

Add 2 mini marshmallows to each tooth pick (about 12) and set aside

Using a butter knife, frost the top of the cupcake using frosting left from the main bowl

Once frosted, dip the cupcake into the coco and graham cracker mixture

Using a spoon, scoop some yellow frosting into 1 side of the piping bag and scoop the orange frosting into the other side

In the middle of the cupcake pipe a small star to create your flame

Cut the mini pretzel sticks in half and place around the “fire” about 4-5 sticks

Add your marshmallow sticks to the top and enjoy!

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Campfires 101: Everything You Need to Know from Fire Starters on Up

Fire Starters? How To Prevent Starting A Wildfire While Camping? Smoky the Bear’s famous catchphrase was right. Here’s a quick outdoorsman’s guide to ensuring the next terrible forest fire isn’t their fault.

how to prevent wildfire

While working on Campfires 101: Everything You Need to Know, we wanted to cover the prevention of wildfires, how to make fire starters, and also important things like making the perfect fire. When you not only like to use your fire as a heat source but want to cook on it? There really are a ton of things to consider.

How To Prevent Starting A Wildfire While Camping

About 10 percent of wildfires are caused by lightning, according to the McGraw Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology.

While there’s nothing that hikers and campers can do about the natural causes, it’s easy to avoid being part of the 90 percent caused either directly or indirectly by humans.

Accidental Wildfires are Easy to Prevent

While the most massive fire in Los Angeles history was ruled arson in September 2009, at least five of the 20 worst wildfires in California history were directly caused by humans in preventable ways, according to the Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention.

The most obvious ways of preventing wildfire on the trail are simple:

1. Pay attention to fire danger warnings, both on the trailhead and online.
2. Make sure cigarettes and matches are cold to the touch before disposing of them.
3. Burn brush only when the burn risk is low, in a clear area and, with water to smother the flames if they get out of hand.
4. Create controlled campfires and extinguish them safely.

Camping And Camp Fire Building Techniques

Building and Extinguishing a Safe Campfire

According to the Boy Scout Handbook, the first question is not how to build a safe campfire; it’s whether a campfire is even necessary. If cooking is the only need, the fire risk is high, and there’s no need for warmth, consider using a camp stove only and not lighting a campfire at all.

If lighting a campfire, choose a spot where nothing will catch flame except the fuel that’s intended to burn. If a campsite has a designated campfire area, use that area. If one is not available, choose gravel, sand, or non-organic soil (such as silt, clay, or sand found along riverbanks) to build a fire on.

Clear away all needles, leaves twigs, and anything else that could catch fire. Make sure that the fire is well clear of bushes, grass, and trees, including overhanging branches.

Do not use any fuel to light the fire (such as gasoline or lighter fluid). Once the fire is lit, make sure that someone is supervising the fire at all times and that a bucket of water is nearby to douse the flames if they get out of hand.

When done with the fire, douse the fire with water and stir it with a stick. Continue to douse and stir until every part of the fire is completely cold to the touch.

Easy Fire Starters for Camping

Yes, it is camping season, the weather is amazing, and it is the perfect time to get outdoors, but camping is not the same without a nice campfire to sit by through the night and roast marshmallows.

The only problem is, is not everywhere you go will have the perfect kindling to start your fire, you could try toilet paper, but that isn’t always going to work, and buying firestarters are just another expense you don’t need, so try these easy fire starters for camping. They require almost no work at all, and you can make or find them at home at no cost!

easy fire starters for camping

Dryer Lint Fire Starters

Not everyone knows this, but dryer lint is HIGHLY flammable, and you have tons of it, assuming you do your laundry. Stop throwing it away and start saving it! Now you could use it all on its own, but that is going to be just like using toilet paper. So instead save a few egg cartons, cut the cartons up, and stuff some dryer lint into each individual pocket.

Next, you are going to want to meltdown some wax (you can go and buy some if you’d like or just use what you’ve got around the house). Dip the pocket from the egg carton with the lint inside it into the wax and pull out, let dry, and voila! Little fire starters for your next camping trip.

Chips as Fire Starters

Some may know this, but chips work great as a quick and easy fire starter. The trick is to pick the greasier ones, some of the best are Doritos, Fritos, and just plain old corn chips. They burn quite long, and you will have a fire in no time!

Charcoal and Egg Cartons Fire Starters

Now, this time, you want to keep the egg carton whole. You ant to take some charcoal pieces and individually place them into each compartment in an empty egg carton. Close it and then light the egg carton up and BAM!

It’s like a homemade firestarter log. Some people like to spray some bug repellent onto the egg carton before they light it to give it a little extra oomph.

Vaseline and Cotton Balls as Fire Starters

You can make so many of these and keep them for emergency use also. Just take and meltdown the vaseline dip one cotton ball in it at a time until you have as many as you want. The vaseline gets into the crevices of the cotton ball making it highly flammable.

Techniques

Hand Sanitizer as a Fire Starter

Almost everyone keeps this stuff handy, and it is probably a good idea too. For a quick fire starter (make sure the brand you use contains alcohol), just squeeze a good amount onto a piece or a few pieces of wood and light it on fire. It will burn long and dry things out, catching the log or piece of wood on the fire.

These are just a few simple and easy fire starters for camping. They are nice to have handy in any situation, easy and cheap to make, and work great. Stop buying fire starters and start making your own!

There are plenty of others out there too. Have you used any of these fire starters? Do you know of any that aren’t on this list? Share in the comments!

Building That Campfire

What you do today affects those who follow tomorrow — advice on camping and having campfires using good no-trace camping etiquette. That is why campfire building techniques are so important!

camping and camp fire techniques

Whether you are camping in a public park or the wilderness, a campfire can be a pleasant blessing, a comfort, and troublesome all at the same time. There has grown an unspoken campfire etiquette: keep it simple and keep it small.

Camping And Camp Fire Building Techniques

There are two camps when it comes to campfires. One side doesn’t see the need to have a campfire at all, especially in summer, when the evenings are warm. They are a hazard in the summer months, and the gathering of firewood can be a problem. The other camp sticks a tongue out at these fuddy-duddy party poopers and will not hesitate to

light a campfire at any time. Those who do choose the fire route often do things that don’t groove with proper fire etiquette. There are a few simple, common-sense rules to selecting a fire site, starting a fire, maintaining and caring for the fire, and what happens after you are gone.

Camping And Camp Fire Building Techniques

Building the Perfect Campfire

Now that you have the perfect fire-starters, you need to know how to build the perfect fire.

Tear off one cup and place it in the center of the firepit.
Using small twigs (kindling), erect a teepee over and around the fire-starter. Place a couple of the larger sticks of wood over the teepee.

Light the fire-starter by holding a match or lighter to the sides and top of the egg cup. Be sure there is enough space around the fire-starter and kindling to allow oxygen to fuel the fire.

When the kindling is burning well, slowly place larger twigs onto the teepee to keep it burning. As the pieces of wood catch fire and burn, add larger pieces of dry wood without smothering the fire.

Camp Fire Safety: Camp Fire Building Techniques

  • Only build fires in a man-made fire pit that has been dug out and lined with sand and gravel.
  • Keep children a safe distance back from the firepit and clear any debris or obstacles that could cause trip hazards.
  • Thoroughly extinguish the fire with water or sand. Never leave a fire unattended.
  • An impromptu campfire built on the ground is dangerous. Even when extinguished, underground roots may be smoldering and lead to a forest fire.
  • Never cut down live trees or branches. Not only is it destructive to the environment, but green wood doesn’t burn.
  • Never use combustible products (such as barbecue lighter fluid) to ignite a fire.
  • Keep a pail of water nearby to douse the fire in emergencies.

Now you have a pack of twelve fire-starters. When packing your camping supplies, take the whole carton or simply tear off one for as many campfires you’ll have. You’ll never look at dryer lint the same way again.

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A tip

When building a fire pit from scratch, a good method of no-trace fire etiquette is to create a fire platform. To do this, gather smaller stones of similar sizes and make a bed. Search out flatter stones and lay them on the foundation of smaller rocks.

Surround the platform if you can and build your campfire on the raised platform. The rocks will hold the heat in, so restarting the fire will be less effort. Before leaving camp, dismantle the platform (remembering the stones can be hot) and discard the ash carefully.

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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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