I would like to try camping, but I am an absolute beginner, and don't know a thing about roughing it outdoors. I guess the first thing I need to organize is shelter, so please help me: what do I need to know about buying a tent for one person?
posted by paleyellowwithorange
on Dec 10, 2013 -
My aunt is a big camper. And we're talking serious wilderness mountain/desert camping, not loading up the RV for a weekend. She shops regularly for gear and thus has most of the basic things. I need to get a Christmas present for her.
What are some objects that serious campers/hikers can never have too many or too much of? Alternately, what would make a good gift as an object that is more attractive or otherwise superior to the basic utility version? (I'm thinking here of like a really good folding knife, but I am purely spitballing here.)
Price range would be ~$50.
posted by Scattercat
on Nov 16, 2013 -
So, the National Parks are shut and husband and I are on a US road trip of a lifetime, during which we were due to visit/camp at many of those National Parks. Boo! Please help us salvage our trip and tell us about your favorite State Parks/hikes/non-NPS camping spots in OR, CA, AZ and southern UT! [more inside]
posted by atlantica
on Oct 1, 2013 -
So there's a new Chick Fil A opening near me next month. I could be one of the first 100 and win free chicken, woo hoo! But... [more inside]
posted by KAS
on Sep 23, 2013 -
I'm going car camping next week, and I'd like to bring a small amount of oil to cook with. I currently have a giant jug of oil and no desire to spend $6 on a tiny glass bottle of the same stuff. is there a container I can decant the oil into that WILL NOT spill in my car? I'm also looking to avoid a leaky container in an oily nasty ziploc. Clearly a cheap or recycled option would be best, but I'd be willing to buy something if it could be washed and reused and would never, ever leak.
posted by genmonster
on Sep 9, 2013 -
I would like to find a way to try out camping, without buying a lot of gear. Can I rent gear somewhere? Maybe from an outfitter or outdoor education sort of place? My ideal would be to fly or drive to a U.S. National Park, put myself in the hands of an expert who will rent me gear and take me to a camp site, help me set up the gear and give me basic instructions about how to use it and cook stuff, then have the expert leave while I try things out for a long weekend. Does such a service exist? [more inside]
posted by OrangeDisk
on Sep 9, 2013 -
Some friends and I would like to go camping. Must be at most two hours drive from Portland, OR, we would like to be far enough away from other people so we can have a drunken good time without disturbing anyone.
Bonus: no Sasquatch. [more inside]
posted by munchingzombie
on Sep 7, 2013 -
I'd like to go somewhere in northern California where I can camp--either tent camping or cabin-type camping--on or very near a lake that I can also swim in. Any suggestions? Pretty much anywhere from the central valley to the CA/OR border is fair game. I'd also be OK with less-rustic accommodations on or very near a swim-in-able lake.
posted by rhiannonstone
on Sep 7, 2013 -
What are the best first come, first served camping sites within a five hour drive of Los Angeles? Sites preferably for car camping, but a mile or two of hike is also fine. Keeping in mind that this would be for this coming Labor Day weekend, i.e. tomorrow. [more inside]
posted by kensington314
on Aug 29, 2013 -
I will be trekking/travelling/volunteering in South America for 6-8 months early next year. I am looking for what to wear and bring. Ideally, comfortable, water resistant, fashionable, lightweight things. [more inside]
posted by saul wright
on Aug 23, 2013 -
I'm looking for a place to go camping for a night, preferably on/near Lake Michigan, over Labor Day weekend, within a 4 hour drive of Chicago. I have never camped before. I have a tent and a tarp. I need help with location, how to make fire, what to do about food, and other things a 32-year-old camping virgin should know before setting out. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by norrington
on Aug 23, 2013 -
I have an old REI Hobitat 6 tent that has reached the end of its useful life. There were some things I really liked about that tent, and some things I really disliked. I'd like to find a tent that keeps what I liked and fixes what I disliked. [more inside]
posted by crookedgrin
on Aug 13, 2013 -
Prepping a car camping trip. I never take pork or chicken when camping in an effort to respect food-handling volatility guidelines. I do, however, ignore those same guidelines with respect to eggs and bacon (bacon is preserved and, well, eggs must be served with bacon at breakfast when camping).
I have been requested to bring 'fresh prawns' to grill. There is no water onsite and there will be no temperature-assured cold storage, but we will have an ice chest with other cold-dependent consumables in it such as the eggs.
The campsite is in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest and averages daily/nightly high-lows of 72/52 at this time of year.
Cursory research appears to establish that prawns are in the same set of volatile meats that pork, chicken and crab belong to. It may be reasonable to source and bring hard-frozen prawns and cook them from semi-thawed.
Departure to campsite expected drive time about five hours; departure to food consumption expected out-of-fridge storage time estimated nine to twelve hours.
I am leaning toward saying no to the request. Hive mind, your analysis please.
posted by mwhybark
on Jul 29, 2013 -
My boyfriend and I are planning a (somewhat) last minute camping trip to Maine. So far these are the details we have finalized. The trip will be from August 3-14, we will be staying in Kennebunk for a night, and we will spend 3 nights in Camden Hill State Park. [more inside]
posted by allthingsconsidered
on Jul 21, 2013 -
Living in Minnesota for the past few years, I've finally taken an interest in camping. It's been real fun and I'd like to progress from car camping to backpacking. There are a lot of recommendations online for men's backpacks but not so much for women. [more inside]
posted by mlo
on Jul 15, 2013 -
I'm looking for a campsite that has waterfalls, rivers, and/or lakes on the campground within two hours of NYC. Thanks!
posted by OsoMeaty
on Jul 11, 2013 -
We just completed a car-camping trip to the Bighorn Mountains in Wyoming and loved it. While there were clearly many others camping there also, it had zero tourist factor. We want to find other places like this. We love to camp, so that is a requirement. [more inside]
posted by BradNelson
on Jul 11, 2013 -
As I'm spending more and more time on bike trips where there are many long stretches without access to reliable tap water, I'm starting to investigate water filters and purifiers as a supplement/backup solution in case the extra water I carry runs out or spills or whatever. But there are so many kinds, and some of them seem really sketchy, and I'm getting overwhelmed! Can you point me to a good, comprehensive resource on how to choose and use water purifiers and filters? Or can you talk me through a typical real-world use? Take for granted that I'll be using them within the US and am unlikely to be traveling in areas where the natural water supply is seriously contaminated.
posted by rhiannonstone
on Jul 7, 2013 -
Since moving to Cleveland, I miss the great canoeing and rustic camping options I had in Wisconsin. Can you suggest some places nearby, or within a day's drive? [more inside]
posted by Tehhund
on Jul 7, 2013 -
How can we prevent gross, damp sleeping bags/pillows on longer car camping trips when there has been recent rain? [more inside]
posted by torisaur
on Jul 2, 2013 -
You are driving through the PNW. Suddenly, you become [tired/inspired by the scenery]. You wish to find a place to camp in your vicinity.
>LOOK MAGIC CAMPING MAP [more inside]
posted by Acari
on Jun 28, 2013 -
I'm thinking of driving down to Oregon (from BC) this coming weekend. I'd like to camp somewhere near the ocean, preferably within walking distance of a beach. Recommendations? [more inside]
posted by no regrets, coyote
on Jun 24, 2013 -
Going camping, responsible for lunches. Need ideas. Googling primarily gives me chili and hot dogs. Ideally, I would like tasty, protein-rich lunch ideas (sandwiches are perfectly acceptable and maybe even desirable) made from ingredients that can be kept at room temperature and which have minimal cleanup. [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit
on Jun 14, 2013 -
Going on a 2 night trip with a couple of vegans. I don't particularly like vegetables and I especially like things like butter. When camping I like to fish, make meaty chili, etc. Can I please have your tastiest things to make and do around the campfire with my vegepeople. [more inside]
posted by Iteki
on Jun 3, 2013 -
I am responsible for feeding about 15 adults dinner on a car camping adventure next month. I always default to "foil dinners" in situations like this, but thought perhaps this time I should try something different and am looking for new ideas. [more inside]
posted by KMoney
on May 29, 2013 -
Although a relatively straight forward question, I feel the need to preface it with a quick bit of background information. I have previously camped with a a well-trained chocolate lab/german shepard, family dog for well over a decade. Now, camping with my own, gentle giant / mini horse. [more inside]
posted by Wynkoop
on May 23, 2013 -
I have never owned a car roof rack. I would like to own one to haul extra stuff. What are the best uses for a car roof rack? What configurations and additional roof rack accessories will I need to best utilize it? [more inside]
posted by jillithd
on May 20, 2013 -
Please help us arrange some details for our California road trip! Questions about places to camp near Santa Barbara, Monterey, Sonoma, the Redwoods, and more. [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty!
on May 13, 2013 -
I may be on the lookout for a new residence soon, and I'm open to alternatives to the usual apartment/house rental. In particular, living in an RV or camper trailer parked on the street outside of a friend's house (or in their driveway if long-term parking on the street is illegal) seems doable. And fun. And possible (I asked). What's it like? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill
on May 6, 2013 -
Does anyone have a recommendation for camping places in southern Vermont, New Hampshire, or western Mass? We're two fit adults looking to find a good tenting spot between Brattleboro and Boston that has hiking trails and water, and is somewhat secluded without being totally backcountry.
posted by transient
on May 6, 2013 -
We're throwing a camping-themed birthday party for a co-worker next week. I need to bring some treats! [more inside]
posted by bookmammal
on May 4, 2013 -
This feels like a silly question, but what do I do about my long, curly, tangle-prone hair when I'm out in the woods for a very long time doing fieldwork? [more inside]
posted by Scientist
on Apr 20, 2013 -
My husband and I love to hike, and this summer we hope to go on some longer hiking trips that will require camping for one or two nights. What gear should we buy to make our trips enjoyable and safe? [more inside]
posted by keep it under cover
on Apr 7, 2013 -
My partner, our dog, and I will be spending 5 nights camping in Algonquin this August. Which of the campgrounds along the Highway 60 corridor has the best hiking trails? As an example of our 'skill level', we really enjoyed the Bruce Trail around Cyprus Lake campground in the Bruce Peninsula. [more inside]
posted by torisaur
on Mar 27, 2013 -
We used to camp fairly often before kids, but our past couple of camping trips have been terrible. How can we love camping again? Give me your best camping tips. (Bonus if you have suggestions for spots within 4-6 hours of LA.) [more inside]
posted by biscuits
on Mar 20, 2013 -
I'd like to take a couple of days in late April/early May to bike from Boston to Provincetown. None of the state parks along that route are open until Memorial Day. Is there any way I can still camp overnight along the route, or am I going to need to find other accommodations? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot
on Mar 20, 2013 -
Help me compile a togo list. I'm open to everywhere, everything. What is your favorite lesser-known US National Park or State Park for car camping? And the best time of year to visit?
posted by 1066
on Mar 18, 2013 -
So I picked up some poison ivy camping the last week and didn't notice it for a couple of days. Pretty sure it was on one of my sweatshirts and gloves. It has only sprouted up on my wrist, which popped up on Tuesday. Do you think my sleeping bag is contaminated? If so what would be the best step for cleaning it? Dry cleaning?
What about other clothing, best way to clean it?
There are a lot of things on the net but I'd like to hear about real people's experience dealing with it.
posted by Astalon
on Mar 17, 2013 -
My family and I will be traveling with some friends to Moscow, ID in July. Our friends will be staying with their family, and we will need a place to stay for a few nights. We hoped to camp, but it doesn't look like much of a camping place, am I right? Where should we stay? B&B? Hotel? Or are there campsites close by? We are 2 adults, 2 kids (ages 2 and 5).
posted by lil' ears
on Mar 11, 2013 -
What should I know before I camp out at the Supreme Court to try to see the oral arguments in the marriage cases in late March? What should I pack? How is the line policed? [more inside]
posted by zahava
on Mar 6, 2013 -
A close friend has decided to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail starting in about 10 days at Springer Mountain in Georgia. It just so happens that I have a week off with nothing to do, and he asked if I wanted to start out with him, and I said yes. Help me make sure I'm not forgetting anything (and/or shed inessentials). Any tips/tricks would also be appreciated for this AT newb! [more inside]
posted by ghostpony
on Mar 5, 2013 -
I'm headed to Mexico - tomorrow! We're driving, and will be headed for Rocky Point (Puerta Penasco) and San Felipe. There'll be a mix of camping and hotels, and it's just me and my SO going. Besides sunscreen and reading material, what should I take to ensure maximum awesomeness? Any great places you've been to in either city that you'd recommend? My Spanish is at about the level of a 3 or 4 year old kid, the SO is fluent, if that matters.
posted by csox
on Feb 13, 2013 -
Five of us from San Francisco and Los Angeles like to meet in the middle along the coast once a year and car-camp for a long weekend. The past few years we've had a blast at Limekiln State Park
campground, but it's under new management now and they won't allow us to reserve a specific ('our') campsite. In case we can't get one of the spots we want there, we'd like some backups to make reservations with somewhere between the southern end of Monterey Bay and San Luis Obispo—any suggestions? Hang on, let me tell you what we liked about Limekiln. [more inside]
posted by carsonb
on Jan 24, 2013 -
I'll soon be off on a big bike tour, and would like reccomendations for running a computer/tablet able to do actual work from a bike dynamo hub (details inside). [more inside]
posted by jaduncan
on Jan 15, 2013 -
Can you recommend a good camping site in Tasmania, possibly in the east? Somewhere with a fair bit of space rather than a caravan park.
posted by panaceanot
on Jan 12, 2013 -
Where on earth can I camp in Hampshire at this time of year? Must be possible to get there by walking + public transport from Southampton. Ideally somewhere scenic. I'd like the New Forest, but everywhere seems to be closed. Is this doable? If not, is it doable wild-camping?
posted by ElliotH
on Dec 29, 2012 -