campingThe season of camping is upon us! If you're like me, you love getting back into the great outdoors. Sure, I can be a bit of an electronics junkie, and a comfort queen, but returning to nature and really connecting with your surroundings and your family? That's what it's all about.

Okay, gushy moment over, I promise. While camping can be awesome it can also be exhausting if you aren't properly prepared. It can take you more than a few trips to get your bearings and figure out what works for you and your camping mates.

There are so many resources about how to make camping trips easier that they can actually wind up being overwhelming. What's practical, what's neat in theory but hard in practice, and what's just totally useless? It can be hard to tell without trying all of them out for yourself.

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Luckily, I've been camping for many moons and come to you with 8 of my favorite camping hacks. I share them because they WORK, not just because they are awesome. Although admittedly, they are also awesome.

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My big concerns when I camp are as follows: Convenience, safety, and speed. I want to be able to cook delicious things fast and safely, I want to see what I'm doing in the dark, I want to keep all those bugs at bay! To that end the tips I've provided are things I've picked up over the years and used ever since. I hope you find them helpful!

What are you best tips for beginning campers?

 

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