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Beginner Camping Tips
Larry Whiteley
Simple things you can do to get started camping!
Larry Whiteley

If you would like to get your family out camping instead of in front of the TV or computer, here are some simple things to get you started.

Visit local outdoor stores for advice on preferred equipment that best fits your needs and other pointers. Read books and watch DVD's on beginning camping. Check with your local DNR or Conservation Department office to find good beginner camping locations or, first time out, just camp in your own backyard.

The best advice I can give you, though, is keep it simple. Use common sense and plan ahead. Use a checklist to make sure you have the essentials and to plan meals. Be prepared for any kind of weather. Take along books on wildlife, wild flowers, plants, celestial bodies, and just for reading. Take games for the kids, go exploring, have fun. Don't forget the video or digital camera to capture all the memories.

Larry Whiteley is host of award-winning Outdoor World Radio

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