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Printer Friendly Camping Checklist
Print this camping checklist to help plan your next trip to the campground. Provided by David Sweet, camping guide at About.com.
Camping Recipes: Preparation: Make Ahead
Easy camping recipes that you make ahead at home.
The Top 10 Spots to Go Camping in California
California is a nature lovers paradise. From its sandy beaches and rocky headlands to tall mountain peaks and alpine lakes, California has a variety of natural environments to explore. Although California has endless opportunities for camping and recreation, these are our favorite places to pitch a tent in the golden state.
Beyond S'mores: The Best Campfire Recipes
If you love to eat at the campground, here are the most popular camping recipes sent in by fellow campers.
Southern California Beach Camping
There are plenty of beachfront campgrounds to pitch a tent in Southern California. Plan a California beach camping trip with this guide to Southern California’s best beach campgrounds.
What Are the Pros and Cons of Airstream Travel...
Airstream travel trailers and motorhomes are a good value, well constructed, and great for vacations or full time lifestyles.
What to Pack for Camping? A Complete Checklist
Here's a complete camping checklist to use for planning your next trip to the campground.
The Best Camping Spots in Lake Tahoe
From South Lake Tahoe campgrounds to Tahoe beach camping, this is your guide to the best camping in Lake Tahoe.
Hearty One-Pot Meals to Make Over the Campfire
A list of camping recipes prepared as one pot meals.
Camp Food Recipes That Your Kids Will Love
Parents sent in these recipes of their kids favorite camp foods. Try these popular camping recipes for kids.
Camping Road Trip: California's Central Coast
Plan a Central Coast camping road trip. Santa Barbara, Pismo Beach, San Luis Obispo, Morro Bay, Big Sur, and Monterey Bay are top camping destinations.
Gearing Up For a Camping Trip
Gearing Up For Camping - What gear do you need?
Outdoor Concerts, Events and Festivals - in...
Outdoor Concerts, Events and Festivals with camping, in order by state. A list of great outdoor music festivals, annual events, and country jubilees that offer camping and lots of outdoor family fun. (USA and Canada)
Do You Know How to Check Your RV's Electrical...
Here's a simple checklist to make checking your RV electrical system a cinch. Check each system in an organized way and enjoy a worry-free RV vacation.
What Should You Expect at US Army Corps of...
A guide to finding campgrounds managed by the US Army Corps of Engineers.
The Keystone Outback Super-Lite Travel Trailer
The Keystone Outback Super-Lite is a great choice of travel trailers. This 35-footer has made exceptional use of space and features, and even includes an outside kitchen.
Happy Camping: Learn to Flush Your RV's Water...
Make sure your family has a safe water supply by taking these few, simple steps in flushing and disinfecting your RV water system. It doesn't have to be difficult, but it's crucial.
Four Wheel Pop-up Camper: Hawk (or Kestrel) Model
If you are looking for a pop-up camper to put on the back of a truck, Four Wheel Campers make the best designs on the market. The newer Hawk model is designed to fit a medium to full sized truck.
Find a Place to Camp in State Parks, National...
Find a place to camp in state parks, national parks and forests, corps of engineers recreation areas, private campgrounds and RV parks.
Learn to Make Delicious Foil Packs Perfect for...
A camping recipe from Cindi Stokes. Our scouts do this recipe the first night of every camping trip.
Free Camping in the National Forests
A guide to finding a free dispersed campsite in the National Forests, plus an account of my adventures in Kaibab National Forest near the Grand Canyon.
Camping Recipes: Preparation: Foil Wrapped
A list of camping recipes prepared using foil wrap.
How to Keep Bugs Away While Camping
If you are going camping, you’ll likely see some insects and bugs. Not all bugs bite, but the ones that do can be a nuisance. Here we have the best ways to keep the bugs away and have an insect-free campout.
Camping Recipes: Course: Entree
A list of camping recipes for entrees.
Camping Recipes: Preparation: Foil Wrapped...
A list of camping recipes for complete meals that are prepared using foil wrap.
The 5 Best States for Camping
Colorado, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, and New York were voted the top 5 US States for Camping.
Camping Recipes: Course: Breakfast
A list of camping recipes for breakfast.
Lesser-Known State Regulations Regarding Travel...
Planning a multi-state RV trip with a trailer or other tow can result in one or more tickets if your rig doesn’t meet state requirement, or if you don’t have a permit for your variances. Read more about how to plan your trip and avoid unpleasant surprises and fines.
Camping Recipes: Main Ingredient: Chicken
A list of camping recipes that use chicken as a main ingredient.
Easy Dutch Oven Cobbler
A camping recipe from Mike Pierce. This quick and easy recipe will satisfy any sweet-tooth.
Which states allow passengers to travel in...
Which states allow passengers to travel in campers?
Camping Recipes: Course: Lunch
A list of camping recipes for lunch.
Tacos in a Bag
Tacos in a Bag - a camping recipe from Rheanna. This recipe is very flexible as you can prep as much as you like. It all depends on your eaters. Usually one bag will fill up an adult male. I got this idea when I worked in a school, and they used these as a fundraiser at tournaments.
Is there a web site to get a blue book for used...
Is there a web site to get a blue book for used campers?
Campfire Fajitas
A camping recipe from Chris. The smoke from the campfire along with the liquid smoke make for a very unique (and quite delicious) combo.
Camping Basics
A series of articles focusing on how to make camping simple and enjoyable.
Camping Recipes: Preparation: Dutch Oven
A list of camping recipes prepared in a Dutch oven.
Should I put a ground cover down under the tent?
Should I put a ground cover down under the tent?
Tex-Mex Foil Dinner
A camping recipe from K9s4moi. This is a recipe you can make ahead at home and just put on the grill when you get to the campground.
Has Your RV Been Recalled?
Has your RV been recalled? If you haven't received a recall notice you may still have a defective RV, appliance, or component. We'll show you how to find out if your RV has been recalled.
Camping Recipes: Course: Side Dish
A list of camping recipes for side dishes.
Starstream SS24QB Travel Trailer
If you're shopping for a high quality used RV travel trailer, take a look at the Starcraft Starstream line. These sleek, well-built travel trailers seem to stand the test of hard use by frequent RVers and full-timers.
Bureau of Land Management Campgrounds
A guide to finding campgrounds managed by the Bureau of Land Management.
Bikers Subs
A camping recipe from eaglescout. This is a great make-ahead recipe for bikers, boaters, campers and anyone who wants a quick meal without all the work. People will love you, if you share.
5 National Parks for Your Next Camping Trip
About.com Camping readers nominated their favorite US National Parks for Camping and these five took top honors: Glacier, Grand Canyon, Great Smoky Mountains, Yellowstone and Yosemite.
Where can I find advice on RV manufacturer...
Where can I find advice on RV manufacturer ratings?
Is there any camping on Nantucket Island?
Is there any camping on Nantucket Island?
A Coffee Lover's Guide to Camping Coffee
Coffee tastes best in the great outdoors. This is your guide to making the best cup of camping coffee.
Tips for Camping With Dogs
Your dog probably loves camping and the great outdoors as much as you do. If you plan to take your best friend on your next camping trip, make sure you plan ahead so everyone has a good time. Consider these tips and advice for camping with your dogs, so that you and your pooch are prepared for dog camping success.
RV Safety: Propane Tanks
One of the basic preparations you need to make before starting an RV trip is learning to care for your propane system safely. This entails tank safety, RV system safety, tank pressures, gauges, valves, connectors, and tank color.
Why Ziploc Omelets May Be Hazardous to Your...
You shouldn't boil with Ziploc bags. Ziploc omelets are not recommended.
How To Remove Mold and Mildew
A simple guide to removing mold and mildew from canvas, tents, and awnings.
Make Ahead Egg Bake
A camping recipe from Amy Mable. My husband loves this for breakfast. It is hearty and delicious, and you can add whatever you like in an omelet. I would not recommend cooking the cheese in the original baking - it hardens and is not really very good that way.
Camping in the Reds Meadow Valley
The Reds Meadow Valley is a top camping and outdoors destination in California near Mammoth Lakes. Highlights include Devils Postpile National Monument, Rainbow Falls and the San Joaquin River.
Buying A New Camping Tent? Features of Camping...
Buying a new camping tent? Here are some tips that will help you look for features in camping tents that will let you enjoy the use of that tent for many years to come.
RV Buying Trends
RVers’ buying preferences are changing. To meet the new demands, manufacturers are making lighter weight RVs and new manufacturers are introducing inventive variations of large and small homes on wheels.
Campfire Corn on the Cob - Barbecued Corn
An easy and delicious campfire corn on the cob is the perfect side dish for the campground. Or try the barbecued corn on the cob variation.
Dump Cake
A camping recipe from David. You'll be making new friends at the campground, when fellow campers walk past your campsite and get a whiff of this dessert.
Best Camping Destinations (Top Spots List)
The best camping spots offer opportunities for outdoor adventure, solitude and nature. Campers love a variety of of environments for camping. We've selected the top spots for pitching a tent and your favorite destinations so that you can plan your next camping getaway.
Delicious Desserts You Can Make While Camping
A list of camping recipes for dessert.
BBQ Pork Loin
A camping recipe from David. This tasty dish requires some advance preparation at home, but very little work to serve it up at the campground.
Beef Stew
A camping recipe from Karen Henton. I made up this recipe while camping at Guntersville Lake Campground, a place my husband and I visit twice a year. I always take my Dutch oven along. We love the beefstew. I keep my Dutch oven greased in between cookings to keep it from rusting. It also maintains a slick interior, and the stew never sticks to the oven.
RV Purchase Scams
Watch out for RV scams: investing a bit of time may save you thousands of dollars, or expose needed repairs before you get stuck with the bill. Take your time planning your RV purchase, sale or trade-in and do your homework.
How can I keep ice from melting for as long as...
How can I keep ice from melting for as long as possible?
Why Camping Is a Great Budget Family Vacation
Family vacations on a budget. Take a family of four camping for a week for under $1000. Once you buy the initial camping gear you can take your family on a second vacation for under $400.
Where To Camp
Camping for Beginners: Lesson 2 - finding a place to go camping
Camping Basics - How to Set Up a Campsite
Camping Basics - how to set up a campsite - tips for preparing a campsite
Learn to Make Boatin' Hillbilly Trash Breakfast
A camping recipe from Pat Frain. This is so easy to make, and you can add whatever you want, and clean up is easy. I made this up last summer and the marina that we keep our boat at and my other boating friends just love it.
Common Mistakes Of New Campers
Examples of common mistakes that new campers make at the campground.
Learn the Secrets of RVing with These Online...
RV Forums are the perfect place to get insider's secrets for a perfect RV trip. RV Forums are the place where RVers tell all that you won't learn from books and magazines.
Have You Ever Taken an Infant Camping?
Advice from experienced parents about taking an infant camping.
Camp Kabobs
A camping recipe from Marsha. Camp Kabobs are easy and mess free. The kids like eating them too, because they're fun to eat. Bake potatoes directly in the fire, add some bread and you've got a meal.
Setting Up Camp
Camping for Beginners: Lesson 3 - setting up camp
Campground Reviews
A clickable image map of the USA to states with campground reviews that were sent in by visitors to the camping site.
Cardinal / Ottawa South KOA, Cardinal, Ontario
Photo of Cardinal Ottawa South KOA, Cardinal, Ontario. This gallery features photos taken by campers of campground scenes, their campsite or cooking area, their RV or tent, or anything about their camping trip. All campers are welcome to submit their camping photos. Page 96.
Morning Star Lake (campground), Forest Hill,...
Photo of Morning Star Lake (campground), Forest Hill, California. This gallery features photos taken by campers of campground scenes, their campsite or cooking area, their RV or tent, or anything about their camping trip. All campers are welcome to submit their camping photos. Page 95.
How to Plan a Camping Road Trip
Plan a successful camping road trip with a few tips and advice form our camping experts. Hit the open road with confidence.
10 New National Recreation Trails
The National Trails System designated 10 new national recreation trails that span more than 150 miles.
Coleman Instant Tent
The Coleman Instant Tent is an ideal family camping tent for camping road trips. The Instant Tent is quick and easy to set-up.
Camping Recipes: Course: Salads
A list of camping recipes for salads.
Alan's Frozen Salad
A camping recipe from Alan. Try this fruit salad for dessert. You serve it frozen like ice cream.
RVer Preparedness Plans for Thunderstorms,...
Across the country thunderstorms bring much needed rain. But they can also bring dangerous hail, wind, lightening, tornados and flooding. RVers need to be particularly attentive to these dangers and prepared to protect themselves. Learn how to spot danger and get to safety when a dangerous thunderstorm approaches.
Camping Food Checklist
A list of foods to consider for daily meals while camping.
RV Living Tips: Living Small
Adjusting to the small space in your RV can be time-consuming, costly, and wasteful. Here are some RV living tips for scaled-down living and cost-effective budgeting for those new to the full-time RVing lifestyle.
Find Solitude in the 10 Quietest National Parks
If you want to find solitude in the great outdoors, visit one of the national park service's least visited parks, monuments, and historic sites.
How to Plan a Camping Wedding
Love the outdoors? Want to tie the knot at a campground? Photos, advice and true stories from brides who recently planned a camping wedding.
Napa Valley Guide to Camping, the Great...
The Napa Valley in California isn’t just for wine lovers and luxury travellers. There are great camping options and opportunities for outdoor adventure.
What should tent campers do in a thunderstorm?
What should tent campers do in a thunderstorm?
Campfire Chicken
A camping recipe from Bob. I tried this by accident one night during a Scout campout, and everyone loved it.
Beanie Weenie Casserole
A camping recipe from Rebecca Bishop. I am a cook at a campsite now and have found this is a big hit whenever I serve it. This recipe can be done on the stove or over a fire.
These Foil-Wrapped Recipes Will Make You a...
These foil-wrapped recipes are easy to make on the grill or at the campfire, require few cooking utensils, and leave little to cleanup.
Camping in Whitefish, Montana and Glacier...
Whitefish, Montana is an outdoor adventure portal and a camping destination located just 30 minutes from Glacier National Park's west entrance.
Who, in your opinion, is the most reliable RV...
Who, in your opinion, is the most reliable RV maker?
National Park Campgrounds
A guide to finding campgrounds using Park Net by the National Park Service.
Alamo Chicken
A camping recipe from Beth. This recipe is easy and very tasty. It's also great for those low-carb diets. After all, anything with bacon and cheese has got to be good.
RV Club Memberships
RV club memberships offer RVers a wide assortment of benefits. We'll tell you about the different types of RV clubs you can join and the most common RV club membership benefits they offer.
Essential Camping Items
What 10 items of camping gear would you put on your checklist? Based on over 2000 survey results, here are what fellow campers consider essential camping gear.
Camping Recipes: Preparation: Skillet Meals
A list of camping recipes for skillet meals.
Camping Recipes: Main Ingredient: Ground Beef
A list of camping recipes that use ground beef as a main ingredient.
Pulled Pork Barbecue
A camping recipe from David. There are many variations of making this traditional southern delicacy, and they are all good. However, if you are into Dutch oven cooking, you might like to try this slow-cook method at the campground.
Camping Recipes: Preparation: Foil Wrapped Meat
A list of camping recipes for meat that are prepared using foil wrap.
RV Checklists
RV checklists help you start your RV trip safely. Use RV checklists to secure your RV for trips, inspect your RV before purchase or rental, and for setting up and leaving your campground.
Wonder Wash
Product review - Wonder Wash, from The Laundry Alternative, is a portable laundry machine that is perfect for washing clothes at the campground.
Campfire Hobo Stew
A camping recipe from S.A. Lee. This is an easy, economical and healthy recipe. We usually set up the ingredients buffet style and then form an assembly line.
Canvas Camping Tents
Shopping for a new canvas tent? Product reviews and price comparisons of popular makes and models of canvas camping tents.
10 Safety Tips for Planning an RV Trip
RV safety tips to help you plan your RV trip. Here are 10 steps you can take using RV safety tips for an enjoyable RV trip.
Camping Recipes: Main Ingredient: Beef
A list of camping recipes that use beef as a main ingredient.
Choosing the Right Tires for Your RV
Choosing the right RV tires depends on understanding its weight limits and distribution. RV tires are the most vulnerable component of RV safety. RV weight determines the right size RV tires.
Eggs in a Hat
A camping recipe from Kym. This is one of our many camp concoctions that we have on almost every trip.
Dutch Oven Pork Roast: Your Perfect Campfire...
A camping recipe from Carrie. I call this recipe Dutch Oven Heaven. The pork roast doesn't have to be fancy or expensive, as it will be slow cooked to spoon-tenderness. Ham will be fine too, but shorten the cooking time to two hours, as ham is already cooked.
Camp Beef Stew
Camp Beef Stew - a camping recipe from Randy. Prepare at least a day before camping. While camping, your prep work is done and the stew can cook for 2-3 hours while you do other things!
Top 10 Gifts for Campers
Find the best gifts for campers with About Camping's guide to camping gifts. Holiday gift ideas for campers and outdoors people.
Camping Recipes: Course: Sandwiches
A list of camping recipes for sandwiches.
Tornado Preparedness for RVers
With over 1,200 tornados touching down in the US every year a RVers chances of experiencing a tornado watch are greater than you think.
Backpacking for Beginners
If you love the outdoors and camping, then you will love backpacking. Get started backpacking with advice on how to pack, where to go, what gear you'll need and backpacking safety and ethics.
Camp Stuff
A camping recipe from Sunny. We were almost done with our trip, and I still had these ingredients left over. So, in an attempt to fix a nice meal without wasting food, I combined everything to make a great dinner for all of us. Yummy!
Campfire Eggs
A camping recipe from Julie. Our family doesn't think a camping trip is complete without at least one breakfast of campfire eggs, even the kids who don't eat eggs at home.
What They Don't Tell You About Camping
So you're ready for your first camping trip. You've got your checklist, and everything is in order. If only it were that simple. What they don't tell you may surprise you at the campground.
Chicken and Dumplings
A camping recipe from David. This is an easy one pot meal.
Camping Recipes: Preparation: Campfire
A list of camping recipes prepared over a campfire.
The Top 5 Wilderness Areas in the U.S.
Campers love the great outdoors and they voted these five wilderness areas as their favorites. Check out the top 5 US Wilderness areas.
Camping Basics - More About Bedding
Camping Basics - more about bedding - alternatives to sleeping on the hard ground.
Storing Your RV for the Winter
Storing your RV for winter takes some careful and thorough work. Keeping your summer residence vacant is a top priority, as is protecting the RV from deterioration.
Michigan Campground Reviews
A guide to camping destinations in Michigan, with campground reviews for state parks, national parks and forests, and private campgrounds and RV parks.
Hash Mess with Eggs
A camping recipe from Julie Ann Craft. My three daughters named this recipe. It does not look too appetizing, but they love it.
French Toast
A camping recipe from David. Try this breakfast classic at the campground. It is simple to make, and the kids will love it.
Camping Check List - page 5
Put together a camping check list to make planning your next trip to the campground easier.
RVers Go Green With Wind Power
RVers looking for a greener way to power their RVs may find the perfect solution blowing in the wind. Wind turbines, or wind generators, may be a superior alternative, or compliment, to solar power.
What Not to Do on a Camping Trip
Want to make your campground neighbors miserable and have no fun on your next camping trip? Read this.
Campsite Cannonballs (meatball soup)
A camping recipe from Kirk. This is one of our campsite favorites.
Camping Recipes: Main Ingredient: Pasta
A list of camping recipes that use pasta as a main ingredient.
Breakfast Sandwiches
A camping recipe from Joy. These are delicious to start your day. We also make them as pies with canned pie filling, cinnamon and sugar in the middle, topped with cream cheese. Try ham and Swiss cheese, tuna and cheese, pastrami on rye, pizzas (pizza sauce, pepperoni, sausage and mozzarella) - the sky is the limit on what you can come up with.
Dirt Dessert
A camping recipe from Kathy. Kids love this stuff.
Campfire Éclairs
A camping recipe from Teresa. This is a fun, easy, and somewhat messy recipe to do over the campfire. You can do different variations of pudding flavors and frostings. Add some sprinkles for fun too.
Best iPhone Apps for Camping and the Great...
Check out this list of our favorites and let us know if you have a favorite app that helps you explore the great outdoors.
California Campground Reviews
A guide to camping destinations in California, with campground reviews for state parks, national parks and forests, and private campgrounds and RV parks.
Your RVing Home Base
Reasons for establishing an RV home base. Full-time RVers need to have a permanent home base of residency. Choosing a permanent RVers home base takes careful planning. What does it take to establish an RV residence or home base?
Baking At The Campground With Dutch Ovens
Whatever you can bake at home in a conventional oven, you can bake at the campground in a Dutch oven.
Bryan's Dutch Oven Stew
Bryan's Dutch Oven Stew - a camping recipe from Bryan. A hearty one-pot meal. If you like dumplings, you can add a can of bicuits to the top and let cook for 15 minutes longer.
How to Make Cowboy Coffee
Forgot the coffee pot? Learn how to make cowboy coffee.
Happy Campers' Cole Slaw
A camping recipe from Mark Thompson. This recipe is best made at home and taken along. Make sure that it is kept chilled in a cooler. It's well worth the extra preparation time.
5 Tips for Easy Campground Cooking
Campground cooking doesn't have to be complicated. In fact, campground cooking can be quick and easy, yet delicious with a few basic preparations.
Campfire Pizza
A camping recipe from Becky and Carol. This is a Weight Watcher recipe for the oven, but friends tried on it on a campfire and it was yummy.
Autumn Chicken- Dutch Oven Recipe
A whole chicken recipe that is easy and delicious for camping. A dutch oven chicken recipe for the campground.
Cheese Crisps
A camping recipe from David. Both kids and adults will like this one, and it's simple to make. The only things that need cleaning up afterwards are the skillet and your fingers.
Storing Food At The Campground
Suggestions for how to avoid food spoilage while camping, plus tips for food preparation and storage.
Camping Recipes: Course: Entrees Beef
A list of camping recipes for beef entrees.
Frank-en-Steak
A camping recipe from SylvieBi. This is a high protein meal for those busy camping days. It reminds me of something the cowboys might have cooked. By preparing the items as listed and placing them on the grill as indicated the prep time and cooking time are combined. Who wouldn't want to spend less time cooking and more time camping?
What does banking a fire mean and how is it done?
What does banking a fire mean and how is it done?
Redwood National Park, California
Home to the tallest trees on earth, Redwood National Park in California is a top national park getaway for outdoors lovers and campers.

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