Category Archives: Camping Tips

Whether its proper campsite planning, cool equipment tricks, or fun ideas you’ll find these camping tips to be a great way to improve your camping experience. Below you will also find useful camping checklists that will help save you time and money.

7 Beautiful Campgrounds for Your Bucket List

We have looked around the net, read user forums, comments, and reviews in search of best camping sites to go. The following seven parks raise to top among others all around the country.

1. The Grand Canyon is a true bucket list destination. The area’s most accessible campground features tent and RV camping. This is the kind of place you’ll still be talking about months perhaps years later.
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2. Jumbo Rocks Campground is just a short hike from some of the area’s coolest rock formations, located toward the western border of California’s renowned Joshua Tree National Park. Being only about 2 hours away from Los Angeles and with just only first-come-first-served sites you’ll want to arrive early.
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3. At Bartlett Cove Camp in Alaska’s Glacier Bay National Park, you will be camping where a glacier once stood. With endless trails to hike and waterways to kayak this place is a quick reminder of why Alaska still remains as the Final Frontier.
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4. If your bucket list starts with Grand Canyon, it is not complete if it does not include the White River Campground located within Mount Rainier National Park of Washington State. This campground features tranquil campsites around the White River, a glacial river filled with salmon and trout. This site is ideal for fly fishermen and backpackers looking for a picturesque basecamp.
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5. Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is not a widely known outside Midwest for its top nature sites. Set among deep pine forests along the banks of the Little Beaver Lake campground is a rare beauty within Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. For boaters, there’s a boat ramp to launch your watercraft towards adventure, and for land lovers, there are plenty of hiking trails too.
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6. The Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness Area covers well over 900,000 acres across both Montana and Wyoming, making it near impossible to pick just a single campsite among the endless possibilities sharing the view and the beauty of the surrounding nature. The area offers great hiking trails and alpine lakes nestled between mountain ranges. Just don’t forget to pack the Grizzly-strength bear spray.
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7. Acadia National Park is only one of many beautiful camping areas in Maine. Here you’ll find hiking trails where the hills meet the Ocean, calm seas to canoe, and historic towns to explore. The area is a hallmark of New England and the rest of the northeast cost of the country.
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How to Waterproof a Tent

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Spending the night in a leaking tent can be a horrible and very uncomfortable experience. Luckily there’s a way to help ensure your tent is waterproof and leak free. Below I’ll discus how to waterproof a tent to prevent rain water from getting inside.

Many newer tents come form the manufacturer with taped seams that are water resistant. However, as you may know if you’ve even been in one of these tent that water resistant is not the same as water proof. By water proofing your tent with a quality tent sealant you can protect your camping equipment, and keep yourself comfortable and safe from the rain.

Items Needed to Waterproof Your Tent

To water proof your tent you’ll need the following items. A tent, water proofing spray, tube of seam sealant, disposable gloves, and a water can, outdoor shower, or hooked-up garden hose. Before you get started you will want to make sure the tent is clean and dry. You should then setup the tent in your yard and make sure the fabric is not bunched together or overlapping.

Applying the Tent Waterproofing Spray

When you’re ready take the water proofing spray and apply it to your tents fabric. For older tents you may need to apply the solution to both sides, inside and out. As the spray dries you should notice a glossy sheen that indicates the solution has been applied successfully. While the first layer is drying you may want to apply a second coat of the water proofing spray to ensure a good shield against rain.

Applying this type of water proof solution may effect the breathability of the fabric of your tent. It will also add weight and stiffness to the fabric. You should carefully monitor the results as you apply the solution so that it goes on evenly. The spray can take a long time to dry depending on the temperature and humidity. If after drying the surface is still sticky to the touch you can try sprinkling some talcum powder on it. You can read more about tent waterproofing spray here.

Applying Tent Seam Sealant

Now that you’ve waterproofed your tent’s fabric you are ready to move on to sealing the seams. For this you’ll need a tube of seam sealant. The stitching of your tents seams often has many tiny holes left behind due to the stitching process. With the application of a seam sealant you can seal these holes to avoid leakage.

Make sure you are in a well ventilated area and put on your disposable gloves so you don’t get any of the sealant on your hands. This type of sealant can be very hard to get off of your hands, or remove from under your finger nails so wearing gloves is a must. Now apply the seam sealant to both sides of your tents seams. Let the tent seams dry for several hours. After everything has dried you may consider applying another coat for better seam protection. You may also want to apply the tent seam sealer to your tents floor, or rainfly.

Testing your Tent For Leaks

Now that the waterproof spray and seam sealant has completely dried you’ll want to test the finished sealed tent for any leaks. With the tent still setup you can spray the tent with a garden hose, use a water can or outdoor shower to dowse the tent while looking for any water getting through. If you notice any leaks, you’ll want to dry that area and reapply the spray or sealant accordingly.

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Tent Cleaning Tips

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It’s just a fact of life that camping sites have a lot of dirt and debris, below I’ll share some of my tent cleaning tips to help your tent stay better looking, and more comfortable for you. After a short time of camping your tent will often accumulate a lot of dirt, and leaves that can be found on the inside and out. In addition, rainy conditions can make it virtually impossible to keep mud out which can even lead to mildewing and damage to your tent. To keep your tent in the best shape possible you’ll want to consider using the following techniques to ensure it stays clean and in great shape.

1. Lay a tarp under your tent to help keep out moisture. The tarp should be big enough to fit underneath and as close to the size of your tent as possible. This will help keep the mud off of the bottom of your tent when it’s time to roll it up.

2. Consider pitching your tent in an area that gets direct sunlight to avoid excessive moisture. If you’re camping in the summer you want to skip this step, especially if you plan on using the tent during the day. You’ll also want to avoid setting up your tent in an area where water could pool if it rains.

3. You might want to brush away pine needles and debris from around the opening of your tents door. It’s also a good idea to watch out for and remove rocks or sticks from where you pitch you tent to make it more comfortable inside and to help avoid puncture damage.

4. Anti-bacterial wipes are great for use around the campsite for removing germs. You can find cleaning wipes or unscented baby wipes for wiping down areas that have become dirty or muddy. These wipes are handy to have in case food or drink is spilled inside. They also work well for removing any insects that make their way inside.

5. Leave a broom and dustpan near the entrance to your tent to easily clean up debris that makes its way inside. It’s much easier to clean a little dirt and mud as you go along rather than have to clean it off of all of the belongings inside your tent.

6. Remove all foods and dirty clothing from your tent to help eliminate odors and keep things smelling fresh. It’s helpful to have trash bags nearby that can use to easily dispose of your trash.

7. Open up your tent during the day to let it air out and get plenty of air circulation. Remember to keep the mesh screening zipped up to avoid unwanted insects from getting in.

8. Bring a bucket, fill it with water, a mild soap, and use a soft towel to wipe the inside of your tent down before you roll it up and put it away for storage.

9. Air out your tent before you roll it up to help avoid mildew and bad odors from occurring. I often let it air out for about an hour prior to packing everything up to let it dry completely.

10. Many newer model tents come with taped seams to help prevent rain water from entering. However, in a prolonged downpour even taped tent seams can leak. For this reason it’s recommended that you purchase a waterproofing tent spray to treat the seams to avoid leakage.

As you can see these tent cleaning tips are pretty straight forward. It just takes normal cleaning maintenance to ensure your tent stays cozy and clean as well as mildew free. A little clean-up as you camp, and before you stow it away can help prevent mold and damage from occurring. Since your tent is one of the most expensive pieces of camping equipment it makes sense to spend a little time to help keep your tent smelling nice, mildew free, and looking great.

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