So you want to go camping? The Internet can't help you gather firewood
or get that tent to stay up, but there are many resources to help you
plan your trip, find a campground, make reservations and buy equipment.
Two great general sites that will let you do all these things are
CampNet America and the
Great Outdoor Recreation Pages. Perhaps you know
exactly what you are looking for. A place near Omaha to plug in your RV?
Maybe a backcountry permit in Yellowstone Park? All the answers are just
around the corner with these excellent camping resources.
Planning your trip
There are many Web sites to help you research your trip and find that
perfect campsite. Most national parks feature
excellent camping facilities, and you can even make
online reservations. Also check out the
National Recreation Reservation Service,
which gives you access to 1,700 different locations managed by the USDA Forest Service and the
US Army Corps of Engineers, plus many state parks.
KOA Kampgrounds offer campers consistent quality in prime locations
across the country. Their Web site provides
information on locations and amenities of campgrounds across the country.
If you already enjoy RV traveling, you need to visit Woodall's,
an excellent site for everything RV. Check out their suggested
RV Camping Hot Spots. There are
also several magazines dedicated to the RV lifestyle. Two of them with
good Web sites are Trailer Life and
MotorHome. Finally, a very handy site is
The RV Doctor, where you can ask questions and get
tips on maintaining your vehicle.
From the backpacker to the RV owner, all campers need quality equipment
for survival in the great outdoors. Youcan research and purchase everything from parkas
to pocket knives online. Start by visiting
LL Bean and
Land's End, two catalog companies that offer outdoor
clothing and equipment. Those interested in pitching a tent in the snow
should check out L.L. Bean's camping guide. Coleman
is a leading manufacturer of camping stoves and
many other types of equipment. Retailer REI sells
Once you get there
After a long day enjoying mother nature, it's time to eat a hearty meal
and settle around the campfire. Becky, a grad student and scout leader
in Canada, has compiled a list of
campfire songs, skits and stories.
Camp-A-Roo offers great tips and for camping with kids. Without access to your well-stocked kitchen,
cooking while camping can sometimes be an adventure in itself.
Fortunately, the folks at FamilyFun have put together some
recipes. Try them out, and don't forget the marshmallows!