Camping at Wisconsin State Parks: Discover the Unexpected Joys of Camping

Camping at Wisconsin State Parks is a great way to get back to nature and experience camping in all its glory. People often associate camping with sleeping on the ground, but there are so many options these days, down to rentable cabins!

Camping at Wisconsin State Parks: Discover the Unexpected Joys of Camping

Most of these camping sites have facilities like showers and bathrooms available as well, so you don’t need to worry about getting dirty or going too long without using the bathroom when you go camping. There are many places in Wisconsin where people can find campsites, such as Devil’s Lake State Park Campground and Wyalusing State Park Campground.

Camping at Wisconsin State Parks: Discover the Unexpected Joys of Camping

We’ll share more information about what it’s like to stay at one of these camping sites in our blog post! With 49 AMAZING Wisconsin State Parks, there is literally a place for everyone and something for all to do!

There’s camping for every type of weather, camping to suit your interests, and camping with amenities like showers and bathrooms. If you’re looking for a camping experience in Wisconsin that will make sleeping on the ground feel luxurious, then check out these campsites!

If you need any more information about camping at Wisconsin State Parks or want details on a camping site near you, then simply check out our list below. We are working our way through all 49 Wisconsin State Parks for a Complete Guide series!

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Camping Wisconsin State Parks

Just click on the link if you want to learn more about that park – and bear in mind, we haven’t gotten them all done yet.

1. Amnicon Falls State Park

2. Aztalan State ParkAztalan State Park is considered to be the largest and most important archeological site in Wisconsin. It is located in Aztalan town, Jefferson County. The park is renowned as the grounds where tribes of Native Americans thrived between AD. 1,000 and AD. 1,300.

3. Belmont Mound State Park

4. Big Bay State Park – At 2,350 acres, Big Bay State Park is the largest tract of land in Madeline Island, Lake Superior, Ashland County. Madeline Island is the largest island in the Apostle Island chain.

5. Big Foot Beach State Park – The Big Foot Beach State Park is a 271-acres piece of land located on the shores of Lake Geneva in the Southern Unit of Kettle Moraine State Forest. This is a busy vacation destination during the summer season, with campers, hikers, and outdoor lovers coming to enjoy the fantastic attractions found in the park and Lake Geneva nearby.

6. Blue Mound State Park – If you’re looking for a place to spend the day outside with family and friends, then look no further! Blue Mound State Park has everything from hiking trails, fishing lakes, campgrounds, and more. Read on for more information about what this park has to offer.

7. Brunet Island State Park – Want to know about the natural beauty and wonders of Brunet Island State Park? From hiking, kayaking, bird watching, wildlife viewing, camping, and more we have it all covered!

8. Buckhorn State Park – Spread over8000 acres, Buckhorn State Park is one of the largest state parks, packing in 1600 acres of Buckhorn Wildlife Area and some 2200 acres of Yellow River Wildlife Area. This state park packs in many recreational opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts and is nothing short of a paradise for nature lovers. 

9. Copper Culture State ParkCopper Culture Mounds State Park may not be very popular but it has a lot of historical significance. It was home to the first inhabitants of this region, who are believed to have existed within 4000-2000 BC (over 5000 years ago!).

10. Copper Falls State Park – Imagine spending a weekend exploring spectacular cascading waterfalls, hiking beautiful trails that offer the most fantastic views, staying in old log cabins, a chance to see the creation of ancient lava flows, hardwood forests, gorges, and cliffs in a 3,068-acre piece of land?

11. Council Grounds State Park

12. Cross Plains State Park

13. Devil’s Lake State Park – The largest state park in Wisconsin, Devil’s Lake State Park is about thirty-five miles northwest of Madison and is on the western edge of where the last glacier stopped, right in the heart of the River Country.14. Governor Dodge State Park

15. Governor Nelson State Park

16. Governor Thompson State Park

17. Harrington Beach State Park

18. Hartman Creek State Park

19. Heritage Hill State Park

20. High Cliff State ParkHigh Cliff State Park is one of Wisconsin’s most popular state parks. Located in the scenic Kettle Moraine, on the northeast corner of Lake Winnebago in the town of Sherwood, it offers a wide variety of activities for visitors year-round. From camping to hiking and biking to weddings; this guide will tell you everything there is to know about High Cliff State Park!

21. Interstate State Park

22. Kinnickinnic State Park – On the Minnesota edge of Wisconsin’s Western Region, Kinnickinnic State Park is a 1,242-acre park in which the Kinnickinnic River, locally known as Kinni River, joins the St. Croix River. The mouth of the Kinnickinnic River forms a sandy delta upon which boaters can picnic and camp. Kinnickinnic State Park is a large park that offers something for everyone. It has over 1,000 acres of land with trails to enjoy and forests to explore.

23. Kohler-Andrae State Park

24. Lake Kegonsa State Park

25. Lake Wissota State Park

26. Lakeshore State Park

27. Lost Dauphin State Park

28. Merrick State Park

29. Mill Bluff State Park

30. Mirror Lake State Park

31. Natural Bridge State Park

32. Nelson Dewey State Park

33. New Glarus Woods State Park

34. Newport State Park

35. Pattison State Park

36. Peninsula State Park – Nestled in the heart of Door County, Peninsula State Park is hands down one of the most popular states for camping. With its extensive hiking trails and scenic views, is a favorite destination for campers and hikers alike in the East Wisconsin Waters area.

37. Perrot State ParkPerrot State Park is a Wisconsin state park on the Mississippi River in Trempealeau County, Wisconsin. This 1,212-acre park offers visitors over 20 miles of hiking and biking trails with scenic views of the river valley.

38. Potawatomi State Park

39. Rib Mountain State Park

40. Roche-A-Cri State Park 

41. Rock Island State Park

42. Rocky Arbor State Park

43. Straight Lake State Park

44. Tower Hill State Park

45. Whitefish Dunes State Park

46. Wildcat Mountain State Park

47. Willow River State Park

48. Wyalusing State Park

49. Yellowstone Lake State Park

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How to Get the Black Streaks and Mildew off Your Camper

How to Get the Black Streaks and Mildew off Your Camper? We have all been there, using our campers so much that we forget the simple outside care until we wake up one day and realize that things are starting to look a little shabby. All that time outdoors can take a toll on our equipment, including our camper.

mildew and black streaks

We all know that Hot water and soap with a little elbow grease will get the job done, but we wanted an easier method. We have dealt with it ourselves and polled the experts for ideas on what is the best thing to get the black streaks and mildew off of your camper​.

How to Get the Black Streaks and Mildew off Your Camper

  1. Dawn Dish Soap. It is cheap, cuts grease is non-abrasive, and works well.
  2. Dawn didn’t quite do the job? Try Dawn and bleach mixed as a solution.
  3. Mr. Clean Eraser, this baby can handle almost everything.
  4. Clorox Outdoor Bleach. The product will not harm grass or plants when used as directed. Safe for use around children and pets. Application: Driveways; Sidewalks; Applicable Material: Cement; Glass; Metal; Plastic; Chemical Compound: Bleach; Dirt Types: Bacteria; Fungus; Germs; Grease; Mildew; Organic Matter; Soil; Stains.
  5. Try the brand “Awesome” from the Family Dollar store; it works great!
  6. Spray Nine. It is a Professional-strength cleaner and disinfectant designed to power off tough soils fast. You can use it alone to effectively clean, degrease, disinfect, remove stains, control mold, and mildew, as well as deodorize a surface. It is ready to use and kills bacteria and viruses in 45 seconds.
  7.  Pink Solution. Chem Quest makes the Incredible Pink Cleaner and Degreaser. It is designed to use for your home, Automobile, RV, Boat, and much more. It is a water-based cleaner that contains no petroleum solvents.
  8. Krud Kutter. This clear and odorless tough task remover removes tough, oily, greasy, grimy, gooey problems. It is also a laundry stain remover: safe for all washable, colorfast fabrics: including cotton, cotton blends, and synthetics. A proprietary blend of biodegradable surfactants, detergents, and emulsifiers in a water-based solution. We love that it is biodegradable. non-abrasive. Non-Flammable and non-toxic!
  9. Try a drive-in carwash.
  10. Do you have your own pressure washer? That can be a thrifty way to solve the problem.
  11. Simple Green. This is a revolutionary, all-purpose cleaner. Strong enough to degrease your car’s engine, yet gentle enough to remove stains from delicate fabrics.
  12. Mean Green sold at dollar stores! Cheap comes in one-gallon size for refilling.
  13. Clay Bar. Clay Bar effectively cleans and absorbs dirt deep in the Lacquer surface; car clay fits for different surfaces such as lacquer, glass, and chrome-plated coating.
  14. Lowes has a siding and camper cleaner. You spray on, let it sit for ten minutes then hose off.
  15. Chrome polish for the black streaks, like from the auto parts. Used by professionals for years, Simichrome does a beautiful job of removing surface rust from chrome, polishing aluminum until it looks like new, even sprucing up delicate, heirloom family silver without leaving scratches or abrasive marks.
  16. Original Powder Tide mixed into hot water. Grab a brush and use a little elbow grease to make your camper shine.
  17. Use Tilex for your awning. It will make it look new!
  18. Anco black streak remover, spray on, and wipe clean with dry towel…no water needed.
  19. Camco Black Streak Remover. Easily removes black streaks, bugs, tar, grease, oil, and dirt. Great for use on window trim, gutter rails, grills, and much more. Excellent degreaser for other heavy-duty cleanings. It is a professional strength, ready to use.
  20. Bio-Clean. It allows you to remove those black streaks and stains from boats, trailers, and RVs with ease. Just spray it on and wipe it off, it’s that simple! A multi-purpose cleaner/degreaser designed to remove soils and marks with a minimum effort on a wide variety of hard surfaces. It leaves all surfaces streak-free and sparkling clean. No rinsing needed, and it is residue-free.

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How do You Keep Your Food Cold When Camping Without a Fridge?

How do You Keep Your Food Cold When Camping Without a Fridge? So you want to go camping, and you are without a Fridge? How do you keep your food in a cooler from getting all wet when the ice melts?

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That is the very issue we had to deal with last summer on a two-week-long trip through Indiana. It was hot enough that our fridge couldn’t keep up, and our food was starting to spoil.

How do You Keep Your Food Cold When Camping Without a Fridge?

We asked the experts and came up with a whole host of ideas for the next time we take a long trip. We will plan for the fridge to fail and end up being just fine.

Ice it

  • Dry ice – This seems like a great idea, but it is pretty costly and only available in certain places. The downside? It only lasts 18-24 hours or so. It will not “melt” and water down your food, but isn’t a long-term solution. To find dry ice in your area, do a google search for it. 
  • Layer it – If I’m going to be out for several days (which we do a lot), I buy a five or 10-pound block of dry ice, put it on the bottom of the cooler, and cover it with a layer of regular ice. Nothing will melt, and your cooler ice will last for 4 or 5 days. While dry ice can be a little pricey but you’ll make up the difference in saved ice and supplies by layering.
  • Sprinkle salt over your ice. The chemical reaction will slow down the melting process.
  • Use milk jugs – Fill them almost to capacity and pop them in your freezer before a trip. It will act as an ice block a little longer than the dry ice and will not water down your food as it thaws.
lady holding ice

Seal it

  • Vacuum seal it – You can vacuum seal meals that you know will be in the cooler longer, and that will keep the water out. You can also make foil-pack meals, and then vacuum seal them. We freeze those ahead of time. We do that on longer camping trips, put those items on the bottom, and stack them. 
  • Put everything in plastic Ziploc bags – but make sure they aren’t “slider” tops. Those will let the water in. You can also use a plastic container without the lid on top of ice for cold cuts, butter, etc.
  • Keep it sealed – put a bag of ice on the bottom of the cooler and one on top of the food, but do not open the bags of ice! 
  • Box it up – Food goes in a plastic tub with a lid that sits on top of the ice. Inside of this plastic tub goes one or two layers of corrugated cardboard to insulate the food from the condensation that will come through the bottom. Then you load the food into the tub. 
  • Use jars – try putting everything, meat cheese, condiments, etc. in wide-mouth, quart canning jars with lids. They are the only thing we have found that does not let water in. 

Stack it

  • Build a shelf – Use tops to large pieces of Tupperware and create a shelf over the ice. Keeps all the food you don’t want to get wet, above the ice. 
  • If you don’t have large lids like that, get the shelves from the local dollar store — kind of like the ones that go in a freezer. 
  • Use cookie cooling rack – same principle as the previous two ideas. 

containers for food

Get Fancy

  • Drain it – If you have a drain plug on your cooler, keep it open, so the water drains out and refill as you need to. 
  • Try these 3X Lg. Zero°F Cooler Freeze Packs.
  • Use two different coolers; take a “dinner” cooler and a “drink” cooler. Make sure they are both labeled, so no one opens the dinner cooler for anything because they can easily find their drinks. That helps keep the ice longer.
  • Reflection – Try covering your ice chest with a silver tarp. You won’t believe how long your ice will last because that trap reflects the sun. 
  •  If you want to avoid all of that hassle, check out SnomasterUSA. They’re the best! All stainless steel, full cooling plates instead of wrap-around coils so there’s no temperature varies depending on how you pack your cooler. It has a voltage cutoff, so you don’t accidentally kill your battery.

    It comes with a solar chargeable remote control and insulating cover. They’ve been around for over 20 years in South Africa. It’s one of those things that you either know about them, and you need one because you do long-haul off-road expedition-type trips, or you don’t even know that they exist. 

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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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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.

Matches

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.

Compass

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.

Rope

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.

Bedding

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

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.

Accessories

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

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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Camping Must-Have Packing List For Families

Packing for any vacation or event can be hard, especially with kids. It’s hard enough to pack for one person, let alone an entire family! But it shouldn’t be something you dread, it should be simple. Take a look at this must-have camping list, and you’ll be on your way to nature in no time!

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Toiletries:
-Toothbrush
-Toothpaste
-Toilet Paper
-Hairbrush
-First Aid Kit like these – this is a necessity
-Bar of soap, in case you need to wash a cut or scrape or just want to rinse off while you’re out there

Comfort:
Tent
-Sleeping bag
-Pillows
Air mattress(es)
-Socks, depending on the weather
-Blankets, for when you’re out of the tent and it’s chilly
-Gas and a lighter, to start a fire for warmth and food

While there are some camping necessities, you also want to pack some things for fun while you’re hanging out around your campsite!

Entertainment:
-Board games
-Deck of cards
-Instruments for campfire music
-mosquito repellant

While you may need to bring additional things on your camping trip, this is a great base for what you absolutely must have while you’re out there! Let me know in the comments below what would be on your must-have camping list!

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