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What Do I Need to Know About Camping?

We’re planning a camping trip. Well, let me rephrase that, I’m planning a camping trip. Scott’s idea of vacation revolves around nice hotels, hot showers, and eating at restaurants.

Apparently his parents took him camping so much as a little kid, that he’s scarred for life and never wants to do it again; however, he did agree to go for the kids sake. (But between you and me, I actually think he’ll have fun… he just won’t want to admit it!)

I haven’t been camping since I was a little kid so I don’t remember all of the logistics. Obviously, we need a tent (I saw some on sale at Costco – maybe these would work?) and some gear. But beyond that, I don’t remember any of the details.

Camping itself is a very frugal alternative to regular vacations; no pricey hotels or flights. So it should be a money saver, right?

Your turn! Tell me everything I need to know about planning a camping trip!

Do you like to go camping? What tips do you have? How do I find the best campsites? What things do you spend money on and what things do you skimp on?

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