In my family secret santa exchange, I have been chosen to buy a gift for my sister who is a 31-year old lawyer, married with no children. She loves to go tent camping with her husband, usually at drive-in (rather than hike-in) camp sites. I would like to get her a camping-related gift that is awesome but which she is unlikely to already own. [more inside]
I hate the 4th of July. I live in Portland. Where can I go where others are not? [more inside]
What is the lightest-weight thing that can bring the most joy and laughter to 4-5 people? [more inside]
Pretty much what it says on the tin. What is a good sugar free (or as low sugar as possible) dessert I can make that travels well amd doesn't require refrigeration? [more inside]
I'd like a new sleeping bag that's mine, just mine. It should be perfect. Please advise. [more inside]
We're looking at going camping for the Easter long weekend and taking our telescope with us. We have a couple of requirements. [more inside]
Can you help me figure out whether a tent + mattress or a camping hammock would be best for camping out in Togo for 3 weeks? [more inside]
Requirements: 3-4 hours drive from a major airport (I have Southwest frequent flier miles) Not very cold (sleeping bag is rated 30 deg F) [more inside]
Looking for ideas of really great food to bring on a car camping trip. Bonus points if it involves cooking over the campfire. I am attending an annual family long weekend camping trip with my fiance in a few weeks, and am drawing a blank on what to bring foodwise. I'm looking for ideas of main courses suitable for dinner as well as side dishes or dessert, that will blow people's socks off. [more inside]
I'm going camping for a few days, yay! We're splitting cooking duties with another couple going, but they're celiac and lactose intolerant. How do we feed them? Added challenge: we don't have access to a cooler (that's not likely to change). I appreciate any ideas you have, MeFites!
My partner and I are FINALLY planning on visiting Yosemite in June. We would be driving in from the Bay Area, and didn't make any campsite reservations. The NPS says there are very few openings at the first-come-first-served site(s) in June. Where should we stay at Yosemite to get the best experience? Sparkly nature's majesty-flakes and more questions inside. [more inside]
My girlfriend and I will be going to Burning Man this year. It was the sort of thing we've both wanted to do forever, and finally bit the bullet to do it. I'm scared, but purely for logistical reasons. Any advice? [more inside]
Would it be filed under "Bad Idea", "Proceed With Caution" or "Good Idea"? [more inside]
I just got a set of surplus unused Army sleeping bags (called the Modular Sleep System) and want to wash them. The tags say to use a commercial, front-load washer; can I use my modern, top-load washer that does not have an agitator? [more inside]
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?
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]
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]
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.
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]
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.
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]
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?
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]
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.
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]
What cold-weather sleeping bags allow for two people to bundle together comfortably for serious camping? Zero or under bags preferred. [more inside]
How to make the cheapest road trip fun and comfy? Sleeping in the car snowflakes inside! [more inside]
Weekend backpacking trip near Philly? [more inside]
A friend of mine has been getting back into camping/hiking/general outdoors-ness recently and has asked for my help locating a good 'survival' knife. [more inside]
I am planning a trip to Washington (state) in August. Most of the details are confirmed, but I have a few days that I'd like to fill... [more inside]
The last Memphis travel question was two years ago; anything to add or change from then? [more inside]
Best camping cookware? [more inside]
In the 1980s there was a campground in Orchard Park, NY (a suburb of Buffalo) on Ellicott Road. It closed sometime around 1989. It was called Alpine. I can't find a single mention of it on the internet and would love to know more about the place. It was right here. The camping is long gone, but the quarry is still there and some of the buildings are still standing. I only have fuzzy memories of going there as a kid and I'm trying to learn more about it. [more inside]
Seeking song reccommendations for a song circle/singalong in the woods. I want songs that are simple to teach, fun to sing, sound good, and don't make you feel like a 10-year-old at summer camp. Drinking songs, sea shanties, rounds, folk songs, etc. [more inside]
Seeking suggestions for dog-friendly camping and hiking in the Upper Midwest -- Minnesota, Wisconsin, and the Upper Peninsula. [more inside]
I'm going camping in Algonquin Park in the first week in May. It's going to be cold. What do I need to bring to stay warm? [more inside]
Let's say that I'm looking to buy a serviceable used canoe on the cheap. How should I go about it? [more inside]
I need ideas for a New England/Mid Atlantic spring break trip. Would like to go to rent a house on or near a wild beach... [more inside]
Looking for an old Field & Stream article about meal planning for a short camping trip. [more inside]
How on earth do I pick a camping stove when I have no idea what the hell I'm even looking at? Requested features inside. [more inside]
May in Nova Scotia. Cold? Buggy? Wet? [more inside]
I need tips for hiking and camping from fat-identified and otherwise overweight folks only! FYI I am 5'6. Thanks!
I ran across a travelogue a while back of two young women going on a long bicycle tour in the Eastern U.S. in the 1930s or 1940s. I think they started from Pennsylvania or another nearby state and originally intended to go west, but ended up going south. On the return trip, I think they took a boat up the Mississippi or another major river. Does this ring a bell? [more inside]
Help me think outside the box for tent camping in Northern MD or DE - where can I go besides a campground or sites in a Sate Park? I don't want suburbia in the woods! [more inside]
We are looking to do a two night camping trip in the extreme northeast corner of Washington state. We would love to find a place to camp that is sort of remote- far enough away that we can have our dogs off leash, but close enough to a road to be able to pack in a decent amount of supplies. I have two questions: Is it legal to just drive up a mountain road and camp somewhere? Could we have a campfire without worrying about someone reporting us? We would avoid private property. Does anyone know of a place like this from personal experience? We would love to be by a lake.
I'm being forced off the grid, and I'm waiting to hear back from a couple of job interviews... how can I put this out of my mind? [more inside]
Two moms, three home-educated early-teen boys, planning a learning adventure for two weeks at the end of August. Driving north from South Florida, which civil war sites/events should we not miss? Also looking for great not-too-primitive tent camping. So far all we know for sure is that we want to check out Gettysburg. We want to make it educational, but awesome and fun for our not-too-fascinated kids. Your suggestions welcome!
Tent camping in The Everglades next weekend. AmInuts? Have you done this before - camped in the wet season? What should I expect, or should I drop the idea? [more inside]
Camping near Montreal, Quebec: Looking for a campsite that allows dogs (not just service dogs). Also would like to be able to go fishing. Scenic a plus. (In case it matters, there are six in our group, plus one dog.) Thanks!