NBS Outdoor Fall Issue 2020

Breath of Fresh Air

In the Covid era, more families set their sites on camping

By M.L. Anderson

there are plenty of quality, inexpensive tents, sleeping bags, stoves, and other necessities available. You may even be able to share gear with family or friends. One way to find out what you do and don’t need is to take a trial run — in your backyard! This is a great way to make sure you know how to set up and knock down your tent (with many tents, there’s a definite learning curve.) If you forget essentials, you’ll be glad you discovered that when you’re steps from home rather than miles from the nearest store. On your trial run, set up your tent, roll out your sleeping bags, and cook your meals outside. If you plan to bring your dog camping,

“ This is a great way to make sure

As we pass the 6-month mark of Covid with no signs of the pandemic slowing down, it’s safe to assume that many of us are experiencing cabin fever. Many of us are still reluctant to fly and congregate in sanitized, yet crowded, attractions that were part of our pre-Covid recreational pursuits. Yet, we’re starved for fun and adventure. That’s exactly why more families are discovering or rediscovering the simple joys of camping. It’s affordable, close to home, conducive to social distancing, and provides a welcome temporary respite from current events.

Try a trial run. If you’re a novice camper, there’s no reason to break the bank gearing up (especially in today’s uncertain economic climate.) Fortunately, you know how to set up and knock down your tent ... with many tents, there’s a definite learning curve. ”

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