Camping season is here! Are you and your family ready?
Here's a good starting point from our camping experts to ensure you have all the gear you need to enjoy a great camping experience. They also sprinkled in family camping gear tips, a camping check list, camping destination tips and ideas, camp recipes, plus links to parks and campgrounds.
Three of America's Craziest Campgrounds
Consider switching things up and visiting one of the nation’s three craziest and unusual camping destinations.
- Civil War-era Fort: Dry Tortugas National Park. Fort Jefferson was built in 1846 on the 16-acre Garden Key island in the Gulf of Mexico will be a stunning historical destination for your next camping trip.
- Area 51’s Backyard: Tikaboo Peak. Overlooking Groom Lake, and about 26 miles away from Area 51, Tikaboo Peak is situated on public land near a portion of Badger Mountain, one of Nevada's tallest peaks.
- Haunted Hocking Hills: Old Man’s Cave. Located at Hocking Hills State Park in the southeastern Ohio town of Hocking Hills, Old Man’s Cave is reportedly a haunted rock structure where the ghost of the 19th century recluse Richard Rowe supposedly haunts the area.
This classically designed oversized camp chair comes complete with a padded seat and back, and built-in cup holder / organizer pocket. Includes a heavy-duty zippered carry bag. Strong steel frame is powder-coated. Seat and backrest are durable water-resistant polyester. Sized 25.5"W x 19"D seat and 38.5" back height. Max weight: 400 lbs.
Room enough for two people to sleep comfortably, this cot will support 225 pounds … on each side … for a total of 450 pounds. Speed frame design comes fully assembled so all you need to do is unfold and get ready for a great night’s sleep. More comfortable and better rest than any air mattress you can imagine.
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Whether you use it as a canopy to sleep under, hide from the mid-day sun, or supplement your RV or trailer canopy, you’ll find this shelter an indispensable add-on to your regular camping gear. You’ll find unlimited uses for this 12’x8’ shade in the backyard at home, too. Takes down to just one compact wheeled carry bag.
A well-built machete is one of the most versatile camping tools you can have. It will do everything from help clear limbs and underbrush from the area of your tent to splitting kindling for that all-important campfire. Overall length is 25 inches with an 18 inch blade length. Comes with a tough nylon sheath that attaches to your belt loop.
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This amazing camp cooking pot is easy to pack and use. Food grade silicon construction is combined with a hard, anodized aluminum base for cooking over any kind of camp stove. A stainless steel ring embedded in the silicon walls makes for an exceptionally rigid structure and secure lifting and stirring. Comes with a versatile lid that features a handy, built-in strainer.
ThermaCELL mosquito repellent units are to camping what the microwave oven is to daily life. No one can figure out how we enjoyed the outdoors in the warm weather months before ThermaCELL. Sets up a 15-foot zone of protection from mosquitoes. This package includes a free bonus refill.
This instant design creates huge living space more than six feet tall. It features a Speed-Frame fiberglass pole frame - pre-attached to body for quick and easy setup. This design includes a spacious screened vestibule front porch for dry entry and gear storage. A zip-closure window on the Speed Frame's large door works with the tent's no-see-um mesh roof panels and 4 large zippered windows to provide ventilation. Dimensions are 9'L x14'W x78” yet it weighs just 28 pounds.
Nothing is as important to enjoying camping as good sleep. Nothing is as important to good sleep as the right pillow. Packing soft synthetic fill and an inflatable TPU bladder inside brushed 50D polyester knit shell, this pillow offers customizable comfort. Curved internal baffles create contours cradle your head, while the scalloped bottom edge settle around you shoulders for optimum comfort.
Just like your trusty drip coffeemaker back home, except this one fits on the burner of any two- or three-burner camp stove. It features a removable, swing-out filter basket and easy-pour decanter. It works great for making cocoa or tea, too. 10-cup capacity.