Monthly archive for May 2013

Camping Season Is Upon Us

Camping Tip Of The Day

Storing Camping Equipment

Your camping is a big investment, so here's a camping equipment tip that helps you take care when you store your equipment. Never put away dirty equipment. The dirt can grate against fabric or nylon, eventually rubbing a hole in your tent, tarp, or sleeping bag. Rinse off tents, rain flies, tarps, and other nylon items and let them dry before you pack them away. Hand wash sleeping bags, or at least shake them out and let them air before you carefully store them in their storage bags. Better yet, store it flat so the insulation inside the bag doesn't break down over time Wash and dry all your kitchen camping equipment before you pack it away, and inspect all buckles, webbing, ropes, and stakes before they go back in storage. If you clean and care for your camping equipment every time you use it, it will ensure your camping equipment enjoys and long and happy life.For more Camping tips, visit

Of course, it depends on what part of the world you’re in, but for much of the world, it’s the season for camping.

Boy, it seemed as if the cold would never abate.

So, what should you be thinking about now?

If the thought of dragging out your tent and related material brings out the irritation, consider car camping.

When I was younger I could take camping in a tent. Sure, it was annoying to deal with the morning due and frigid temperatures, but young bones adapt.

These days, I just can’t stand the thought of sleeping in a tent. I need to be off the ground. I need to feel more secure. I need to feel about 10 degrees warmer.

So, I decided to start sleeping in my car whenever I went camping. I have a car well suited for this purpose: A wagon. All I need do is open the back and attach a “car tent”. Then I open a window as need be. To keep out bugs, I cover any opening with black meshing net. Then I just lay down blankets and I’m done.

What an improvement! I’m off the ground so I don’t get wet. It’s several degrees warmer in the car. I am safer. I keep the key in the ignition and a planned escape route in case of trouble.

Also, I have a coffee maker that plugs conveniently into my car’s outlet. It’s all ready to go. If I want I can set the timer.

Consider car camping.

Pat Reynolds, Editor


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