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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.
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.
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.
9 Must-Know Tips for Winter Camping
Snow camping is enjoyable with the right gear and cold weather essentials. Whether you are snowshoeing into the backcountry or car camping in cold weather, a few essential tips and the right equipment will make winter camping enjoyable. This is your guide to winter camping.
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.
Gearing Up For a Camping Trip
Gearing Up For Camping - What gear do you need?
What to Pack for Camping? A Complete Checklist
Here's a complete camping checklist to use for planning your next trip to the campground.
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.
December Events in the National Parks
Find an exhibit or ranger guided tour in a National Park this December.
What Should You Expect at US Army Corps of...
A guide to finding campgrounds managed by the US Army Corps of Engineers.
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.
What does banking a fire mean and how is it done?
What does banking a fire mean and how is it done?
Camping Recipes: Preparation: One Pot Meals
A list of camping recipes prepared as one pot meals.
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.
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)
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.
Coleman SportCat Catalytic Heater
The Coleman SportCat catalytic heater is a safe, portable propane tent heater.
Camping Basics - Sheets Blankets Pillows
Camping Basics - sheets blankets pillows - adding the finishing touches to your campground bed.
Best Stocking Stuffers for Outdoors Aventurers
Are you looking for the perfect gift for your favorite camper or outdoors adventurer? There are a lot of great camping gifts on the market and we’ve selected our favorites for stocking stuffers. Here’s a selection of the best camping gift ideas that range in price from under $20 to under $200.
Outdoor Games and Toys
Bring your own recreation to the campground with these outdoor games and toys.
Camping Recipes: Preparation: Make Ahead
Easy camping recipes that you make ahead at home.
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.
Swiss Army Knives
Compare features and prices of various Swiss Army knives of interest to ourdoorsmen.
Southern California Beach Camping
Los Angeles has plenty beachfront campgrounds not far from the hustle and bustle of the city. Plan a beach camping getaway in the Los Angeles area with this Southern California beach camping guide, which includes the best beachfront campsites in LA.
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.
Camping Road Trip: California's Central Coast
Big Sur is naturally stunning. The rugged coastline is spectacular for camping and is a top destination in the central Coast.
Bureau of Land Management Campgrounds
A guide to finding campgrounds managed by the Bureau of Land Management.
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.
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.
Why Ziploc Omelets May Be Hazardous to Your...
You shouldn't boil with Ziploc bags. Ziploc omelets are not recommended.
Easy Dutch Oven Cobbler
A camping recipe from Mike Pierce. This quick and easy recipe will satisfy any sweet-tooth.
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.
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.
Florida Campground Reviews
A guide to camping destinations in Florida, with campground reviews for state parks, national parks and forests, and private campgrounds and RV parks.
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.
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.
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: Preparation: Dutch Oven
A list of camping recipes prepared in a Dutch oven.
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.
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.
Wonder Wash
Product review - Wonder Wash, from The Laundry Alternative, is a portable laundry machine that is perfect for washing clothes at the campground.
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.
How can I keep ice from melting for as long as...
How can I keep ice from melting for as long as possible?
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.
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.
How To Remove Mold and Mildew
A simple guide to removing mold and mildew from canvas, tents, and awnings.
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.
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.
Want to Sleep Better Outdoors? Here's How.
Click here for advice on how to sleep better at the campground.
How to Go Backpacking - 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.
Which states allow passengers to travel in...
Which states allow passengers to travel in campers?
Camping Basics - How to Set Up a Campsite
Camping Basics - how to set up a campsite - tips for preparing a campsite
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.
Where can I find advice on RV manufacturer...
Where can I find advice on RV manufacturer ratings?
Camping Recipes: Course: Breakfast
A list of camping recipes for breakfast.
National Park Campgrounds
A guide to finding campgrounds using Park Net by the National Park Service.
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.
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.
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.
Buying an RV Tips
Buying an RV can be daunting with so many things to consider. Learn about the different types of RVs you can choose from here.
Campground Reviews
A clickable image map of the USA to states with campground reviews that were sent in by visitors to the camping site.
RVers GPS and Campground Locator Systems
Today’s world of instant information puts RV GPS devices on our dashboards and apps on our phones that include locations of RV parks and other RVer’s travel needs.
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.
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.
eGear XT-130 Polymer K2 Tactical Torch
This is a tough flashlight that uses a Luxeon LED and has an output of 130 lumens.
Mountain Man Breakfast
A camping recipe from Mountain Man. At the campground, prepare this recipe in a Dutch oven, then slice and serve it like quiche. But it is better when prepared in your kitchen oven. Just mix it up and place in a large flat glass baking dish and bake at 350 for 15 minutes. It is really good and hardy, and you will absolutely get rave reviews.
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.
Where To Camp
Camping for Beginners: Lesson 2 - finding a place to go camping
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.
Driving Your RV
RV driving requires taking many factors into consideration. In this article, I tell you what to know before you take your first trip.
Death Valley National Park - A National Park...
Death Valley is a national park of extremes. The below sea level basin is a land of record summer heat, snowy winter peaks, spring wildflowers and a diverse wildlife. Despite it's morbid name, the national park is a top destination for outdoor recreation and seasonal camping.
Autumn Chicken- Dutch Oven Recipe
A whole chicken recipe that is easy and delicious for camping. A dutch oven chicken recipe for the campground.
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.
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.
Online Discount Camping Equipment Retailers
There are a lot of discount camping equipment retailers online. This is your resource to online camping equipment and outdoor gear.
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.
Backpacking Checklist - What to Pack
Before you head out on a backpacking adventure, make sure you pack these essential items in your backpack.
Canvas Camping Tents
Shopping for a new canvas tent? Product reviews and price comparisons of popular makes and models of canvas camping tents.
Why Go Camping?
There are many valid reasons for escaping the routines of ordinary life, and camping facilitates that escape for many of us.
Have You Ever Taken an Infant Camping?
Advice from experienced parents about taking an infant camping.
Good Sam Club's Top Family Camping Resorts
Campground cooking doesn't have to be complicated. In fact, campground cooking can be quick and easy, yet delicious with a few basic preparations.
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.
The 5 Best States for Camping
Colorado, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, and New York were voted the top 5 US States for Camping.
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.
Free Entrance Days to the National Parks
Dates for National Park Service free entrance days for 2015, including U.S. National Forest, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Bureau of Land Management fee free days.
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.
Get Started Dutch Oven Cooking
Want to try dutch oven cooking at the campground? Here are a few tips and essential tools for dutch oven cooking -- because everything tastes better cooked on the campfire and under the stars.
Turkey in a Garbage Can
A camping recipe from Holly. We fed sixteen people at camp with this recipe! If you want to use a bigger bird, increase cooking time and amount of coals accordingly. It doesn't hurt to sneak a peak near the end of cooking time to see if it's done, but do it quickly and add 15 minutes to the cooking time each time you open it up. If the bird stays away from the sides of the can and you wash it well afterwards, you can reuse your can several times.
Common Mistakes Of New Campers
Examples of common mistakes that new campers make at the campground.
Should I put a ground cover down under the tent?
Should I put a ground cover down under the tent?
RV Living: Pet Control and Pest Control
Traveling in a RV with pets? Get tips on how to control your pets, and make your RV an undesirable neighborhood for insects and rodents.
7 Camping Luxury Items (That You Don’t...
You don't need much to go camping, but the truth is, even the most dedicated campers -- even minimalists -- like to have camping luxuries. Here are five items you might want to consider leaving at home, and one item you definitely do-not-need.
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.
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.
Setting Up Camp
Camping for Beginners: Lesson 3 - setting up camp
Guide to WiFi, WLAN, LAN, WAN, 3G, and 4G for...
Are you trying to figure out the best way for you to stay connected while you’re on the road? If you’re confused about the many ways RVers can connect to the Internet, here’s a simple introduction to WiFi, WLAN, 3G, 4G, hotspots, USB hubs and more, with links to more detailed explanations of these technologies.
Camping Recipes: Preparation: Foil Wrapped...
A list of camping recipes for complete meals that are prepared using foil wrap.
Safari Chef - Portable Camping Grill Review
CADAC Safari Chef is a versatile camping grill with five interchangeable cooking surfaces. Full guide review.
A Guide to Buying Family Camping Tents
Shopping for a new family camping tent? Product reviews and descriptions of family camping tents, including the Coleman Weathermaster, Eureka Equinox, Kelty Grand Canyon, Paha Que' Pamo Valley, REI Camp Dome, Sierra Designs Nomad, and The North Face Bedrock.
Snow Camping Photo Gallery
A photo gallery of snow camping.
The Best Outdoor Apps for the iPhone
A list of the best apps for camping and the great outdoors including iPhone and Android camping apps.
Camping Recipes: Course: Lunch
A list of camping recipes for lunch.
Camping Basics - More About Bedding
Camping Basics - more about bedding - alternatives to sleeping on the hard ground.
Camping Basics
A series of articles focusing on how to make camping simple and enjoyable.
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.
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.
Fruit Cobbler - Dutch Oven Recipe
A dutch oven fruit cobbler recipe. This easy camping recipe is by the Mad Chef of the Forest.
Car Camping Primer
Advice and resources for planning a camping trip.
Camping Check List - page 1
Put together a camping check list to make planning your next trip to the campground easier.
Our Nation's Christmas Tree - the General Grant...
The National Park Service gets ready to celebrate the holidays the second Sunday of December at the General Grant tree, our nation's Christmas tree and only living national shrine.
Camping Check List - page 5
Put together a camping check list to make planning your next trip to the campground easier.
Coffee Can Campfire Bread
A camping recipe from Sam. This is very good. Easy and fun to make and ready in time for lunch.
Cream of Chicken and Rice
A camping recipe from Gary Totten. If you are looking for a simple, fast, hot, nutritious, easy clean up, One Pot Meals that tastes great - add this recipe to your camping menu.
Arizona Campground Reviews
A guide to camping destinations in Arizona, with campground reviews for state parks, national parks and forests, and private campgrounds and RV parks.
Exotic Camping Destinations
Exotic camping in places that are strikingly, excitingly or mysteriously different or unusual.
Who, in your opinion, is the most reliable RV...
Who, in your opinion, is the most reliable RV maker?
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.
First Aid Checklist for Campers
A cheklist for stocking a first aid kit for camping.
Camping Basics - Leave No Trace
Camping Basics - leave no trace - suggestions for keeping a clean campsite.
Camping Recipes: Course: Entree
A list of camping recipes for entrees.
Buying an RV
An RV is a major investment. Learn how to buy, with confidence, the RV that meets your wants and needs for years to come.
Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the...
The Wilderness Act of 1964 will celebrate its 50th birthday on September 3, 2014. More than 300 events will take place across the country to commemorate the
Winter Camping Primer
Winter camping tips and resources.
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.
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.
Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas - National...
Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas, with its natural areas, historic buildings, and cultural landscapes, is a park for all seasons.
7 Spots for Spring Wildflowers
There is nothing like a wilderness landscape covered in natural hues from the wildflowers. Check out our favorite spots for the spring bloom.
Storing Food At The Campground
Suggestions for how to avoid food spoilage while camping, plus tips for food preparation and storage.
Camping Recipes: Main Ingredient: Bread
A list of camping recipes that use bread as a main ingredient.
Arriving Home After Camping
Camping for Beginners: Lesson 5 - arriving home after camping, tips for unpacking and storing your camping gear
Camping Recipes: Main Ingredient: Chicken
A list of camping recipes that use chicken as a main ingredient.
Where can I get information on starting a...
Where can I get information on starting a campground?
State Park Campgrounds
A guide to finding campgrounds available at the state parks.
Sam's Town RV Park, Las Vegas, Nevada
Campground Review - Sam's Town RV Park, Las Vegas, Nevada
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's the best vehicle to tow travel trailer...
What's the best vehicle to tow travel trailer or 5th wheel?
Good Sam's Top RV Parks for Foodies
The editors and consultants of the Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory have compiled a list of the Top RV Parks for Food Lovers for 2013.
The Top 5 Wilderness Areas in the U.S.
Mingo Wilderness, Missouri. Camping.
Belle Campground, Joshua Tree NP, California
Campground Review - Belle Campground, Joshua Tree NP, California
How To Start a Campfire
Easy steps to get a cozy fire going at the campsite.
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.
RV Insurance: What Kinds and How Much Coverage...
RV insurance is one of those necessary evils you’ll have to arrange, but there’s more to RV travel insurance than just insuring your RV. There’s road service, travelers health care, air and land ambulance, property, trailer and a host of insurable options.
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.
Stove Top Beef Stew
Stove Top Beef Stew, a camping recipe from David. This beef stew tastes just as good as that made in an oven.
Dutch Oven Cornish Game Hens
A camping recipe from Robin. I love to cook and use my Dutch oven. I just made this recipe up while walking through the store wondering what would be different for camping.
Where To Camp (continued)
Camping for Beginners: Lesson 2 - finding a place to go camping. Page 2.
After-Camping Checklist
Some suggestions for what to do with your gear when you return from a camping trip. Start with an after-camping checklist.
Winterizing Your RV’s Water System
Preparing your RV for winter storage involves the whole rig, but the most important is winterizing the water system. Learn how, here.
Chicken and Dumplings
A camping recipe from David. This is an easy one pot meal.
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