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 some unique and unusual 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.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
Here's the best must-have camping gear list for summer:
1. Cabela's Big Outdoorsman XL Camp Chair
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 denier polyester 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.
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suggested price $59.99
2. Disc-O-Bed XL Cot Bunk Beds
A versatile sleeping solution for two people to sleep comfortably, this cot will support 500 pounds. Designed for use as a 2-person bunk bed or 2 single cots. This unit gives outdoorsmen a modular, portable, compact, and strong sleeping solution. Designed to fit a broad range of family and dome tent designs. Has an easy no-tool-assembly modular disc system - conveniently fits together. More comfortable and better rest than any air mattress you can imagine.
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suggested price $289.99
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3. Caravan Canopy Sports TitanShade Instant Canopy
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 10’x10’ shade in the backyard at home, too. Takes down to just one compact heavy-duty wheeled carry bag.
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suggested price $229.99
4. Gerber Gator Rugged Machete
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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suggested price $24.99
5. Sea to Summit X-Pot 2.8 L Collapsible Camp Pot
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.
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suggested price $59.99
6. RedHead ThermaCELL TrueTimber Mosquito Repellent with Refill
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.
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suggested price $27.99
7. Bass Pro Shops Eclipse 10 Person Cabin Tent
This design creates huge living space more than six feet tall. It features large mesh windows to provide ventilation, lots of room, and a built-in room divider. An easy to setup design, thanks to a strong fiberglass and steel pole frame, the 10-Person Cabin tent goes up in just minutes so you can get to enjoying your weekend faster. This design includes a rainfly made of 190T polyester with 600mm PU coating and taped seams for dry entry and gear storage.
Dimensions are 14' x 10' x7' center yet it weighs just 30 lbs. 6 oz. pounds.
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suggest price $229.99
8. Sea to Summit Aeros Premium Pillow
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.
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suggested price $42.99
9. Coleman QuikPot Propane Camping Coffeemaker
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.
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suggested price $99.99