How to Go Camping


What is camping? Camping, by definition, is overnighting in the outdoors, sunset to sunrise. We enjoy all types of camping experiences from backyard to festival camping to weekend trips. Car camping at KOA, state parks, national park campgrounds makes for an epic cross country road trip.

GO•REC education focusses on dispersed camping: overnighting in natural areas where there is no development. That’s the appeal. And the skill of dispersed camping added to activities like hiking, biking, or paddling can expand your adventure long distance and unique places.

No one wants to be miserable enduring a night outside. How to go camping and enjoy it starts with what and how to pack. How do we prepare for a camping trip?

Pack the Top 10 Camping Essentials:

  1. Navigation
  2. Knife
  3. Fire Starter
  4. Light Source
  5. Sun Screen / Bug Dope
  6. First Aid
  7. Water
  8. Food
  9. Clothes
  10. Shelter

…and it’s the shelter that makes it camping! Which is what lesson two is all about.

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