Archive for June 17th, 2008

Camping 101: What to Take Camping

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

Passport to Texas from Texas Parks and Wildlife

Having the necessary gear packed before heading out on your next camping adventure can ensure a safe and enjoyable outdoor experience…

Some of the basic equipment you would need is a tent, a sleeping bag, and a pillow if you like it comfortable. Some people like to use a roll-up or foam mat to put underneath the sleep bag for extra padding, maybe a canopy if you’re expecting rain so you can have somewhere dry to hang out, and if your campsite is next a lake maybe fishing poles to have fun with.

J.B. Sharp is a camping expert with Academy Sports and Outdoors. He says tent stakes are easy to forget, so pack those first. But that’s not all you should take along.

You want Off, bug repellent, food, a cooler to keep your food and drinks cold, and something to cook your food with like a mess kit.

For added safety, Sharp says never to cook food directly on a fire.

You can use a griddle. We [Academy Sports and Outdoors] sell two-sided griddles that can be used when cooking a steak- it’s going to simulate a barbeque pit. You definitely don’t want to put your food on the fire, so use a rotisserie that can go above the fire. Those are your most common ways of cooking.

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That’s our show…with research and writing help from Alanna Jones… For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.