5 Must See National Parks for Camping Enthusiasts

best national parksSince the creation of the National Park System in 1916, millions of outdoor enthusiasts have conquered trails, waters, and peaks, and rested their heads amid these preserved wilderness areas.

Because each park has so much pristine beauty and adventures to be enjoyed, camping for a few nights, enjoying morning coffee brewed with a great camping coffee pot, can give visitors more time to explore the natural wonders surrounding them.

Though there are some terrific high adventure hiking trails in America, here are five of the best national parks for camping.

Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas

Best known for its healing thermal waters, Hot Springs National Park is camper’s paradise. Read more 5 Must See National Parks for Camping Enthusiasts

Camping Etiquette 101: A Quick Guide to Campground Courtesy

Camping kindness and EtiquetteWhen soaking in the glories of the great outdoors, campers are living in the home of Mother Nature and wildlife. These spaces should be treated with the utmost courtesy. Furthermore, these areas are shared with other campers, who also deserve to be respected.

By following these few simple tips for camping etiquette, individuals and groups can ensure that they don’t become the ‘bad apples’ of the campground.

Be Mindful of Campsite Quiet Time

Most camping grounds have set hours considered ‘quiet time,’ which generally fall between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. Read more Camping Etiquette 101: A Quick Guide to Campground Courtesy

4 Tips for Picking Better, More Durable Hiking Boots

Best hiking boots

All hiking boot manufacturers tend to make similar claims, so it can be difficult to decipher which ones will be best for each hiker’s chosen excursions. To make it worse, personal reviews can be time-consuming to comb through when everyone has their own preferences (and of course, foot shape.)

And just like other camping equipment consumer items, such as tents, camping cookware or backpacks, every manufacturer claims to be the best, cheapest or highest ranked. 

The good news is that shoppers don’t necessarily have to spend an arm and a leg to get the best in shoes. However, they may have to do a little research before they decide. Read more 4 Tips for Picking Better, More Durable Hiking Boots

3 Camping Tools You Can Use to Purify Water

Camping purify water

One of the best parts of camping is the ability to throw off the trappings of day-to-day life and reconnect with what’s really important.

But camping and hiking require us to usually bring our own equipment. Equipment like our own food, water, a good mess kit, tents and spare clothing. However, one of the most cumbersome (and heavy) items is just plain old water. Just one U.S. gallon of water weighs over 8 pounds! And while outdoors, it’s recommended that we drink at least 2 liters (or over 1/2 gallon) of water a day. So a three day hike would mean carrying over 10 pounds of water.

However, campers can make use of natural water sources rather than bringing their own, but they should never assume it’s safe to drink as is (even if it’s naturally running water.) To keep everyone healthy, use one of the following tools to purify the water source. Read more 3 Camping Tools You Can Use to Purify Water

All You Want To Know About Hiking Backpacks

Hiking backpacks

Most people know from an early age that having a quality backpack can make a difference when it comes to getting around and carrying essential camping equipment. Essential camping equipment like tents, a good camping cookware set, food and water.

A strap that’s starting to come undone at the seams can put a significant amount of stress on a person (both mentally and physically.) For serious backpackers, there’s nothing worse than realizing that a backpack is inadequate about halfway through a trip.

No matter what the store’s return policy is, it won’t help if campers are deep in the woods when their backpack falls to pieces. To avoid this type of distress, keep the following tips in mind. Read more All You Want To Know About Hiking Backpacks