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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Planning a camping trip: Tips for being well prepared part 1

Since camping and fishing go together, here are some hints for planning that camping trip by a special guest blogger...my daughter...a world class blogger in her own right as writer and publisher of The Coupon Posse' in the realm of coupon shopping, meal planning, and household organization.

With Memorial Day weekend just a week away, it is time to get ready to go camping!

So, how do you get ready for camping? Is a sleeping bag, package of hot dogs and a case of beer all you need or do you pack up the whole house and take it with you?

As an experienced camper, I can tell you that being prepared is key to having a great time in the woods. Running off with out some essentials (i.e. Toilet paper) can make for a less then good time, and over packing creates extra work that just cuts into the fun time.

Here are some things that we do to get ready for camping season:

Get out the camping gear and look it over. If your a tent camper like us, it's a good idea to set up your tent to re-familiarize yourself with it and to check for any tears, broken poles or zippers. Setting up the tent at home a week or two before the trip can save a lot of frustration later. Really, the last thing you want to be dealing with at the camp ground is a broken tent pole or a big rip that lets all the mosquitoes come in to feast on your face in the middle of the night. It's a lot easier to Macgyver repairs at home then it will be in the woods and if its not repairable then you have time to find the perfect replacement. Look online for reasonably priced camping gear and super cheap shipping. Double check your air mattresses while your at it just to make sure they still hold air.

Checklist the essentials: First aid kit, fire extinguisher, anti-bacterial wipes, bug repellent, TOILET PAPER.

Make a menu and account for every meal, including snacks and beverages for each day of camping.

Consider the weather when selecting the clothing you are taking. Generally, nobody really cares if you wear the same things for 3 days in a row but you should take something different to sleep in because it really isn't a good idea to sleep in the same clothes you cooked in. Extra socks and underwear are always a good idea, especially if you forgot the toilet paper.

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