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CampingGuy QuestionsAs we enter into a new camping season in North America I’m sure a lot campers and would-be campers and starting to think about the new camping season.  So, I wanted to offer The Camping Guy readers a little Q&A capability to answer any questions that you have as you embark on your next camping trip.

Questions like: what do I pack for a family of four? How do I get my kids involved in my love for camping?  Or, maybe some questions on camping gear, and of course my favorite…food!  The best part of camping is that the food tastes much better!! :-)

So go ahead…ask The Camping Guy a question by hitting the Comments button at the bottom of this article.  That way you can all share your questions and answers with each other.  Go ahead don’t be shy, I know you’ve got a question…….

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  1. Erika said,

    June 11, 2009 @ 6:42 am

    Hi Camping Guy!

    Tomorrow is our first 2009 camping trip. I am soooo excited! Last Fall, my husband bought us a small (19′) travel trailer and we’ve only had a chance to use it twice. I was cruising your site to get some lunch ideas and think I’ll go with the wraps… they sound yummy, Thanks!

    Since I’m new to your site, I’m not sure if you’ve talked about this or not, but today is what I would considder my “gather day”. I’ve got lists of which list to do first, I have to get groceries, wash the sleeping bags, make sure we have tin foil, toilet paper, etc. It’s totally a 2-3 day job for a family of 4 (the kids are too small to pack themselves.)

    We’re trying to leave tomorrow (after my husband gets home from work.) So tomorrow is “pack day”. I will load everything and hopefully get the trailer all ready to go. All he has to do is shower and get in the truck. I have my routines and I know how to accomodate a grumpy, tired guy… take him CAMPING!!! ;)

    Anyway, do you have a specific camping routine like I do? I mean, does it take anyone else 3 days to pack? I thought with a travel trailer it would be easier, but basically all it’s done is give me more room to over-pack ;)

    Here’s hoping tomorrow is the start of a great weekend, and doesn’t become “I dented the tailgate while hooking up the trailer” day! :)

    I’ll be sure to send you an email next week and share our adventures & antics with ya!! Keep the site going, it’s very informative and have yet to see anything I’d disagree with.

    Take care!!

  2. TheCampingGuy said,

    June 11, 2009 @ 8:03 pm

    Hi Erika! Thanks for the kudos on the site. I hope you get lots of fun tips and tricks from it. I don’t think it’s unusual to take a couple of days to pack, especially at the beginning of the season and with two small kids.

    I usually have to do an inventory of cooking items, utensils, etc., check my gear and find out where everything is. I also use camp kits to make it easy to pack. You can check them out at: I find once you get these started, packing is a breeze. Enjoy your trip and let us know how it goes!!


  3. Sandi said,

    June 12, 2009 @ 2:06 pm

    Hi. I am looking for a tent campground closest to SFO airport and out of the fog belt preferably where I can camp for the month of July.

    Thanks so much.


  4. TheCampingGuy said,

    June 21, 2009 @ 10:04 pm

    Sandi. I don’t think there are any tent campgrounds south of SFO. I did some checking and found that most of the good campgrounds are north of SFO. You may want to consider Santa Cruz. But that might be a distance to drive and I believe there’s a campfire ban due to the local forest fires. Sorry, I couldn’t help more. Good Luck!

  5. Northern Camping said,

    June 29, 2009 @ 11:06 am

    Camping Guy,

    I agree, packing for two days is nothing! Here in Maine, I’ll spend months preparring, planning, and packing for my trips during the colder winter months until I can finally get outdoors in the Spring!

    It helps me to pass the time!

    I like your suggestion on your “camping kits”. Having your equipment stored in one simple place and ready to go can save a lot of time and frustration. Espcially if a camping trip pops up on short notice!

  6. Elizabeth said,

    July 9, 2009 @ 8:19 am

    Hello, I am looking for a tent campground no more than 5 hours from chicago, that has good fishing. This will be our first family campout and I want it to be perfect. Where would this ideal campground be?

    Thank you!

  7. TheCampingGuy said,

    July 15, 2009 @ 8:44 pm

    Great Question! I haven’t camped in IL., but I would start with the State Parks website at:

    I noticed on the front of their website they show the Site of the Month - Clinton Lake….looks great! BTW - the link on the front page is broken but if you go to the Alpha listing you can find the Site - it is great! It’s in central IL, tons of fishing and Class A tent sites. Let us all know what you find. Happy Camping….and fishing!

  8. Plan a camping trip said,

    July 16, 2009 @ 6:10 am

    hi there what a great blog you got here.. im planning on camping trip next summer your article will help me a lot. keep writing man!

  9. Linda said,

    July 22, 2009 @ 6:51 am

    Hi, Camp Guy,
    I have a question about camping. We just bought a 1989 Sunline Seville. It does not have a black water tank on it nor did it come from factory with one. I found the manuel online and it just said fresh water system 32 gal. Now my question is this. Can I just plug into the sewer at the camp ground with this or do we need to see about putting a black water tank on there. Now this is the cadillac of it’s line and a high dollar camper in its day. If it needed the black water tank wouldn’t it have come with one? As I’m sure you can guess this is our first camper and we don’t know anything about them but of course we don’t want to spend more money already after just making the purchase. The guy we bought from said he just hooked up to sewer and he never had a black tank on there. But, all my husbands friends with campers say we have to have the black tank. Can you clear this up for us? Thanks , Clueless in NC

  10. TheCampingGuy said,

    July 26, 2009 @ 12:27 pm

    Hi Linda. Thanks for writing. Unfortunately, I’m not a motorized camper “camper” - more of a tent camper. So, I’m not much help for your question. However, I would suggest you try to find some RV forums, blogs or discussion boards to see if someone can answer your question. Sorry…

  11. texas hiker said,

    July 29, 2009 @ 2:34 pm

    For hot weather camping, say in july and august, do you prefer hammock camping, sleeping in a tent, or just on a ground with no tent?

    In a tent things can get a little stuffy. But if you sleep outside the risk of insect and tick bites goes up.

    So which one would you prefer and why?

  12. TheCampingGuy said,

    August 2, 2009 @ 5:04 pm

    Hey Texas Hiker. Thanks for your question. This is a good one! Yes, it can be hot at night while camping. Although a hammock is great to get outdoors and watch the stars, I tend to roll over a lot during my sleep and would probably end up face-down in the dirt! So, my preference is the tent. You can keep bugs and ticks out. I take off the rainfly and can see the stars. My tent also has large window and door screens that keep the tent well ventilated and not stuffy. I also bring a sheet, lie on top of my sleeping bag and put the sheet over me. Hope this helps!

    Happy Summer Camping!

  13. Karthi said,

    September 9, 2009 @ 1:36 am

    Just found your site a little while ago. Looks very interesting, I learned some important things. Keep that

  14. Sandara said,

    September 28, 2009 @ 11:23 pm

    Hi, The Camping Guy, I really enjoyed reading all your post. Especially the tips on how you can more enjoy camping with your family. Looking forward for more cool things you got to share!

    Warm regards,
    Camping in Texas

  15. Heather Place said,

    October 1, 2009 @ 11:19 am

    We are going camping this weekend. If I prepared the cinnamon apple ahead of time would it be okay or is it best to do right before you put it on the fire?

  16. TheCampingGuy said,

    October 8, 2009 @ 4:25 pm

    Hi Heather!

    Sorry I didn’t catch this comment sooner. I would always prepare the apples at camp. Other wise they get all brown and mushy.

    Happy Camping!

  17. Jess said,

    November 22, 2009 @ 12:16 pm

    Hi The Camping Guy! Have you ever tried camping with a hammock instead of a tent? I’ve seen some models with canopies and rain flies. Looks like it might be more for setting up camp along a hike than at a campground. What is your experience?

  18. TheCampingGuy said,

    November 24, 2009 @ 11:05 pm

    Hi Jess,

    Yes, I’ve tried a hammock camping and found it to be uncomfortable. I tend to toss and turn during sleep and the hammock didn’t really allow me to do that. I guess this would be better for someone that can sleep on their back all night. I prefer the ground with a pad in a tent.

    Happy Camping!

  19. Eric said,

    November 29, 2009 @ 2:53 pm


    My name is Eric and I just recently found this blog and have been reading through the different posts here and have enjoyed myself. Keep up the great work!



    NJ Campgrounds

  20. Eric said,

    December 30, 2009 @ 10:52 am

    This is a great blog and all the food sounds awesome


    New Jersey Camping

  21. NSWCamper said,

    January 1, 2010 @ 3:03 pm

    Hi Camping Guy
    I have just come across your blog. I have really enjoyed reading about the differences between camping in the US and camping in Australia. Hope you keep updating the site.

  22. Kathryn said,

    February 23, 2010 @ 11:06 am

    Great site!

    I’m going camping this weekend with a lot of friends and the forecast calls for rain. We look forward to this trip all year, so no one is backing out. We’re prepared to stay dry…. but we’re worried about boredom since . Any tips on staying entertained while stuck under a tarp? Everything I’ve found points to kids (no kids on this trip) or reading a book (rather anti-social). Thanks!


  23. Caravanwise said,

    May 24, 2010 @ 12:05 pm

    I just found your blog and enjoyed reading some of the posts then noticed that it’s been a year since your last post. I sincerely hope you haven’t given up blogging campingGuy.

    Here’s my tip:

    Just a tip. I used to have trouble drying my towel when camping in the damp conditions here in the UK. Then I started to use a face flannel, (you know the 12? square of towel that you normally use to was your face) to dry of most of the water after my shower. By the time you have given the flannel a good rinse and wrung it out you are virtually dry and your towel hardly gets wet at all.

  24. TrailerMan said,

    May 28, 2010 @ 7:05 am

    I just bought a 1983 Glendale 31′ trailer and it’s on a site at a camp trailer park.

    Anyone know where I can find a manual for this camper? I’ve figured some things out on my own, but have no idea what sort of regular maintenance I should be doing.


  25. Camp Master said,

    June 19, 2010 @ 9:44 am

    I’m ready for this years big trip. Going to Maggie Vally, NC. The Great Smokies. Going for a Dutch Oven Gathering and do some camping cooking with friends.

    I’ll see you on the trail

  26. Phil said,

    June 22, 2010 @ 3:08 pm

    Hey TheCampingGuy have you tried a Kelly Kettle. My wife bought me one for my birthday and I recon its the quickest way to boil 2 pints of water with a few dry sticks. I’m not connected with the firm in any way.

  27. Jeff said,

    August 9, 2010 @ 11:15 am

    This is my tip for a must-have on a camping trip, Swedish firesteel - Army model. Its great!

  28. Camping Adventure said,

    August 15, 2010 @ 7:45 pm

    hey camping guy, thanks for sharing!
    I loved reading through your blog.

    Check out our camping checklist- don’t plan your next trip without it

  29. campnow said,

    October 4, 2010 @ 9:22 am

    This is a great blog, I hope you write some more. For Kathryn… when you don’t have kids around, how about a good ole card game like Texas Hold Em. It’s fun you don’t have to play for money (use tooth picks).

  30. eurekasue48 said,

    October 24, 2010 @ 9:07 pm

    Love your recipes. But with all the spare ribs, etc., how do you not have problems with bears? Thanks! Eurekasue

  31. Dov said,

    December 22, 2010 @ 12:48 pm

    I hope you figured out what you wanted to pack, etc.! Camping rocks!

  32. inspector gadget said,

    January 31, 2011 @ 2:23 pm

    If you are going far away camping, a solar cellphone battery charger is a must! I take mine all the time.

  33. Linda Gavello said,

    March 10, 2011 @ 11:35 am

    I enjoyed reading all the comments. Camping is the best way to enjoy a family vacation, and you save so much money because it is also one of the cheapest ways to go, once you have all the camping equipment you need! When I was a child my family hung out at the ocean, a river or a lake, and my fondest memories are of the good times we had, enjoying nature! We use to sit around a campfire and roast marshmellows, putting them on graham crackers with Hershey’s chocolate bars in the middle! UM UM Good!

  34. Nathan said,

    April 7, 2011 @ 6:31 am

    Have you ever tried this gps? :

    Im interested in buying but want an expirienced opinion

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