Camping Makes the Weekend Perfect
by Chuck Fitzgerald C2004. All Rights Reserved.
Do you have a weekend without anything to do or a weekend when
you don't want to do anything? I know what I'd do. I would pack
up the truck and head for the woods. Sitting by a camp fire with
your favorite people solves many problems, so you shouldn't wait
too long between fires. My favorite thing to do on a weekend is
to camp. Are you looking for an easy way to camp? How about car
camping? I love it!
First of all, let's define car camping? When you can drive your
vehicle right up to the camp site, that's called car camping.
Even if you're driving a truck it's still called car camping.
The advantage of car camping versus primitive or base camping is
that you can take anything you want with you. If you want to
take a hammock or huge grill or a stack of magazines, you can.
Load your car or truck with food, clothing, shelter, bedding,
games and anything else you want to take along and get going.
It's really that simple.
So where can you car camp? Just about anywhere. National and
state parks don't allow car camping except in designated
campgrounds, other than that, you can car camp virtually anywhere
on public lands. The internet is loaded with websites that can
help. Start looking at www.backcountrytoys.com/education.htm.
Our Education Center is loaded with up to date camping
Here are some things I take along when I car camp: hiking gear,
bird watching binoculars and field guide, a radio for music and
weather updates, tent, cot, sleeping bag, grill, shovel, fire
starting gear, lots of food and drink, first aid kit, a stack of
reading material - this can also be used for building a fire -
such as newspapers and magazines, rain gear, hammock, dogs and
dog food, folding chairs and table, stove, table service and
utensils..you get the idea. I take all that I need to be
comfortable. If you don't have these things, don't fret, all you
really need are food, shelter and common sense.
Camping is a great way to renew and strengthen relationships.
Take your spouse, your children, your siblings, your friends.
Without the distractions of television, telephone, internet and
alarm clocks, you will have a wonderful time. I'll always
remember something a dear friend of mine told me years ago, "Time
spent in our great outdoors is time added to your life." That
sounds like a good reason to go. Use this information and you'll
Get It Right The First Time.
About the author: Chuck Fitzgerald is the President of Arizona
based BackCountry Toys, an online store providing backcountry
specialty gear and educational information for outdoor
enthusiasts. Visit www.BackCountryToys.com to receive the free
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