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Get In Gear

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Whether you're collecting firewood, hiking, biking, or walking on the beach, when you're camping the days are filled with nature exploration. You don't know what you're going to see or sometimes what you're going to do all day, but it's always an adventure. You don't need to think about school or homework, but you do need to think about what you are going to take with you. Here is a quick list of the things you may need to take along when camping this summer:

  • Sleeping bag
  • Soft sleeping pad
  • Tent (don't forget the poles and stakes)
  • Plastic ground cloth (to keep the underside of your tent dry)
  • Flashlight
  • Bug repellent
  • A variety of clothes
    • Warm clothes for at night or bad weather (wool or fleece is nice and toasty)
    • Rain gear
    • Daytime clothes (bring a variety, you never know what the weather will do)
    • Extra pair of shoes
    • Coat
  • Bath and/or beach towel & soap (be aware that not all parks have showers)
  • Food & ice in a locking cooler
  • Dishes, silverware, biodegradable dish soap
  • Camping stove or cooking grate for the firepit
  • Matches or lighter
  • Whistle & compass (in case you wander off-trail and can't find your way)
  • Swimsuit (if there's a swimming hole)
  • Hiking boots
  • Binoculars & field guide
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat

Now that you know what equipment you need to go camping, go on to the next section (Wild About Camping) to find out more about the wildlife you might encounter.

Go on to Wild About Camping >>

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