The Ultimate Guide to Camping

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What to Pack for Camping & How to Upgrade Your Next Trip

Whether you’ve been camping for decades, or are just getting ready for your first weekend trip, there’s always the opportunity to upgrade your experience or make it easier. From car camping essentials to how to pack a cooler and more, we’ve compiled all of the best tips and advice we’ve shared over the years to help make your next night under the stars fun, comfortable and memorable.

What to Pack for Your Next Camping Trip

Car Camping Essentials: The Gear You Never Want to Forget

Some campers like to bring everything but the kitchen sink while others prefer to bring only the essentials. Read on for a few tips and tricks that you can add to your camping repertoire to keep packing simple while prioritizing sleeping well, eating well, and having fun.

How to Choose the Right Sleeping Bag

From bag design and technology to the key questions you should ask before making a decision, here’s everything you need to know about choosing the right sleeping bag for your outdoor adventures.

The Right Sleeping Pad for Every Outdoor Adventure

If the thought of sleeping on the hard ground holds you back from truly enjoying a night under the stars, take a look at these popular sleeping pad options and enjoy “sweet dreams.”

Best Camping Games for the River (or Anywhere)

Your vehicle may be stuffed to the brim, but don’t be tempted to skimp on the fun extras that have the potential to be a game changer (pardon the pun!) for your next camping trip. Here are six camping games everyone will love, plus they’re easy to pack.

10 Tips to Camp Like a Champ

Camping doesn’t have to be a big production. No matter if you’re a seasoned pro or going for the first time, here’s how to do it right and love it.

Tips for Packing a Cooler, Camping Recipes & More

How to Pack a Cooler for Camping

As an outdoor adventure outfitter with 50 years of experience, you could say we know a thing or two about how to pack a cooler for camping. Watch our popular YouTube video to find out some of the tips and tricks for packing a cooler that we’ve learned over the years.

The Ultimate Weekend Camping Meal Plan

If you’re planning a weekend camping trip and want to avoid the stress of putting together a menu and ingredient list, we’ve done it for you. All of the meals in this camping meal plan, which have been scaled down for a group of four people, are straight from our arsenal of go-to river recipes.

5 Ways to Make Killer Camp Coffee

There’s no reason to deny yourself a good cup of coffee just because you’re camping. The best brewing methods vary based on the type of trip, but read on for a few classic ways to make delicious camp coffee.

How to Brew Coffee While Camping

3 Dutch Oven Camping Recipes Everyone Will Love

Dutch oven cooking can be one of the easiest ways to feed a crew when you’re camping. If you need some inspiration, these favorite Dutch oven recipes straight from our river trips are sure to be crowd-pleasers.

5 Pro Tips for Dutch Oven Cooking

Dutch oven cooking doesn’t have to be daunting. With these expert tips in your back pocket, your next camping meal will not only be easy, but delicious too.

5 Easy Camping Cocktails

Like whiskey with your campfire? Spice up an evening under the stars with one of these no-fuss camp cocktails for bourbon lovers (or Rye if that’s more your thing).

How to Do Camp Dishes the Eco-Friendly Way

There’s one household chore that doesn’t disappear just because you’re cooking outside: doing the dishes. If you set-up your camp kitchen with dishes in mind, everyone can pitch in and help and make the process much less of a burden.

How to Recreate Responsibly

What You Need to Know About Dispersed Camping in National Forests

Leave No Trace: Tips to Keep Your Campsite Clean and Pristine

Every camper should be familiar with the 7 principles of Leave No Trace for the Frontcountry to help lessen our impact on the lands where we’re recreating. If you need a quick crash course or just need to brush up on the basics, read this before you go.

How to Break Free of the Campground

With developed campsites across the U.S. getting more crowded, going off the grid and camping on public lands is an attractive concept, but you need to be prepared. Here’s everything you need to know about dispersed camping in national forests.

The Golden Rules of Camping Etiquette

Following these camping etiquette guidelines will spare your fellow campers, and the environment you’ve come to enjoy, a whole lot of headaches.

Traveling and Camping in Bear Country: Dos and Don’ts

If you’re planning on camping in bear country, we’ve compiled a list of things you can do to keep both you and the bears safe.

The Ultimate Camping Guide

Photos courtesy GSI Outdoors; Teddy Kelley/Unsplash 


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Cari Morgan

Cari Morgan is the Content Marketing Manager for OARS. Since 2014, she has managed the company’s blog, The Eddy, and has been the primary “voice” behind the brand’s social media sphere.

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