To say I love camping could be an understatement. I’ve pitched a tent as far west as California, slept in a teepee in Idaho, and made myself at home in many a KOA Kamper Kabin across this nation.

Camping, in its various forms, helps me connect with nature and experience different areas of our country without breaking the bank. 

Along the way, I have discovered some helpful tips and tricks:

No. 1 — The “Best in Tent Camping” book series is incredibly helpful. I have the ones for California, Colorado, and Missouri. They provide information about great campgrounds for tent campers, some insights about trails, and helpful tips for those wanting to explore tent camping.

No. 2 — Vault toilets are not to be feared, but follow the rules. To me, it is common sense to close the lid on vault toilets after use, but I’ve seen more and more campgrounds posting signs that tell campers to close the lid.

Simply put, the campground will smell better if you follow the rules. Also, do not put trash inside the vault toilets. That is a huge no-no. 

No. 3 — Consider making a camping tub. I have a plastic tub with a tight-fitting lid that I clean and restock yearly. It is filed with items that I can use when camping (pots, pans, forks, spoons, napkins, a lighter, insect repellant, etc.).

Since it remains stored in my garage packed and ready to go, it makes getting ready for a camping trip much easier.

No. 4 — Tents can fly! I have camped in some amazing places this way. If I am flying to another state, I will pack a small tent, air mattress, collapsible cooler and other FAA-approved items into my checked luggage. Please note, it helps to fly with an airline that allows free checked luggage with no hidden fees.

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