Updated November 26th, 2005
Happy campers, summer 2003
...or "What to take along on a hike or camping"
Here you will find a quick list of some of our favorite gadgets, books, and accessories to make every hike or camp-out a great one.
Where to go:
Camping With the Corps of Engineers (some of the best campgrounds in the US)
Don Wright's Guide to Free Campgrounds Eastern US
Don Wright's Guide to Free Campgrounds Western US
Coleman National Forest Campground and Recreation Guide
Help along the way:
Camping's Top Secrets! (Hints, helpful ideas, just plain fun reading)
The Backpacker's Handbook (stuff this into your pack)
Great camping in children's literature
Freddy Goes Camping Fun with Freddy the pig. Read before you go, or take it on the trip.
Henry and Mudge and the Starry Night (for new readers)
Usborne Farmyard Tales Camping Out (early readers, picture book)
Moominvalley in November (Camping in the cold with the odd Finnish folks of Moominvalley)
Swallows and Amazons books (almost all have camping, but Swallowdale and Pigeon Post have the best!)
Good stuff to have:
Two-man tent, fits several kids (and the price is right!)
Coleman Two-Burner Propane Stove
2-way radios from Motorola
A compass, mechanical style Use this with Be An Expert With a Map and Compass
Or try a digital compass!
Binoculars, for birds and stars These are reasonably priced, and include digital camera capabilities.
Cook-pans for out of doors
Coleman Northstar Battery Lantern
The mag-light--Small, but powerful. Slip it into your backpack just in case...
The headlamp is invaluable in the woods at night--hands free for getting around. They are also great for biking at night, and for walking the dog!
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