Water is a breeding ground for bugs, so keep your distance.
Avoid overly grassy lands. That damp morning dew is nothing you wanna wake up to.
Plant your camp on elevated land that’s level. Why? In a storm, rain will flow away from your tent.
Who says you can’t set up your own romantic hut? Sundome tent for two, $50, Coleman.com
Guys should avoid peeing too close to the campsite; the salt can attract wild animals and snakes.
True, you want to set up camp near trees, but don’t pitch your tent directly beneath one. Ever heard of avoiding trees during a lightning storm?
On a Limb
Did you know bears love mint? Hang toothpaste with food on a branch where they can’t reach. Aim for 10 feet off the ground and 10 feet out from the trunk.
Want the dirt on what to pack? No problem! Here are some camping essentials that won’t weigh you down.
Ditch the marshmallow on the stick and make a nice meal out of it. Hobo pie iron, $18, Cabelas.com
Meals on Wheels
Pack this for picnicking out by the campfire. Outdoor meal kit, $25, DWR.com
Spooning is permitted. Pick bags with opposing zippers so you can zip the bags together. EMS Boreal sleeping bag, $109, EMS.com
Even the trailblazer needs a lightweight pack with tons of secret pockets. Escape day pack, $50, LLBean.com
Get this must-have headgear (holding your flashlight in your hands is so over). Petzl Tikka Plus LED headlamp, $35, REI.com
Not feeling the campfire sing-along? We didn’t think so. Here are a few songs to download before you hit the trail.
"Run Like an Antelope," Phish
"Uncle John’s Band," Grateful Dead
"Sweet Home Alabama," Lynyrd Skynyrd
"Fire and Rain," James Taylor
"Friends in Low Places," Garth Brooks
"Wild Night," Van Morrison
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