Running into bears while camping can be a harrowing experience. An encounter with a 240-pound black bear has a way of reminding you humanity isn’t always at the top of the food chain. Fortunately bear attacks are rare—you’re twenty times more likely to be killed by a cow than a bear in any given year. Having said that, most of us are more likely to camp in bear country than the local dairy pasture, so it’s important to know […]
When the great outdoors calls, we all answer in different ways. Some toss the cooler in the back of the car and drive to the nearest campground. Others strap on their backpacks and head deep into the wilderness. Either way, you’re going to need to bring food.
While hot dogs, toasted marshmallows and other traditional camping fare may hold a special place in your heart (or your arteries), healthy camping food is a much better option, especially for trips when […]
Some sayings have become such a common part of our language that we take them for granted. Cabin fever falls into that category and is defined as: A state characterized by anxiety, restlessness, and boredom, arising from a prolonged stay in a remote or confined place. Cabin fever has been in our vocabulary for about 100 years, thought to have originated between 1915 and 1920. While Honest Abe is likely the most famous U.S. president to have been born […]
It is a natural human reaction to panic a little when you lose your compass on a backpacking trip in the wilderness. However, it is possible to find directions without a compass. Here are a few tips to help you navigate backwoods territory even without your favorite, trustworthy compass.
The Sun, Moon, and Stars
The Sun: Since the beginning of civilization, humans have relied on the sun to navigate direction. You know that the sun rises in the east and sets […]
Selecting a survival backpack (also called a bug out bag) is a lot different than buying a backpack for a leisurely one-day hiking trip or for your teenager to take to school. Purchasing a high-quality emergency backpack to hold all your survival gear may spell the difference between life and death in natural disasters like earthquakes, tornadoes, and mudslides—or if you get lost in the wilderness on what was supposed to be a dream camping trip.
Most people look at […]
In addition to the usual things you need for traveling abroad—a valid passport and vaccinations for certain countries—there are a few other things to think about if you plan on camping overseas. The laws regarding camping and related activities vary by country, and in fact, some countries do not allow wild camping. It is important to do extensive research before embarking on your trip. While laws vary greatly from country to country, camping etiquette is pretty much universal. That […]
Perhaps you have always dreamed of taking a camping trip with your beloved pet. You’ve pictured your black Labrador Max gleefully splashing and dog paddling in the campground lake while you prepare your fishing gear. Maybe you are a cat person and never considered bringing your tabby cat Pepper along because she is so independent. Yes, it is true that cats are more autonomous than dogs, but with a lot of preparation, camping with felines is a possibility. Whether […]
While you might be tempted to just wing it when you go on a camping trip, it’s a good idea to plan ahead. If you are a first time camper, you may struggle a little to pitch your tent, but doing that, building a fire, and tying simple knots are just the basics and you’ll master these pretty quickly. While you’ll likely have a great time, some moments in the great outdoors—away from modern comforts—can throw you for a […]
If you are going camping or having a picnic in your local forest preserve, chances are you will encounter some pesky critters who call these environments home. In some cases, getting stung by an insect puts you at risk of insect-borne diseases or simply an itchy, painful bite, but for 1-3 percent of the population, a sting or bite from several little bugs can prove deadly due to allergies.
Common Outdoor Bugs
Mosquitoes: These nasty bugs can not only make you […]
If you love camping and are looking for the perfect campground, you might not have to travel outside your own state—or you could opt for a long road trip. Perhaps you have been wanting to visit one of the many beautiful national parks and your dream vacation is to camp under the stars. The National Recreation Reservation Service (NRRS) offers more than 45,000 facilities at over 1,700 locations that you can reserve, but make sure you do so well […]