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What Is KOA Anyway?

What Is KOA Anyway?

What is koa camping? Actually koa stands for kampgrounds of America. Therefore koa camping refers to popular campsites that have sprung all over America and which are perfect for first time campers. Now that we made it clear what koa camping basically means, we can...

Fun Facts About Zion National Park

Fun Facts About Zion National Park

Zion National Park is full of rich history, beautiful geological features, diverse wildlife and plant life, and many different activities for visitors to participate in. Here are some of the most interesting facts about Zion National Park! Zion National Park covers...

Five Amenities That Can Make or Break Your Campsite

Five Amenities That Can Make or Break Your Campsite

Everyone has a different level of comfort when it comes to camping. You and your family might be totally comfortable “roughing it’ with very few amenities or you might consider it “roughing it” to not be staying anywhere near a spa. When you’re going camping with the...

Maintain Camping Safety At Your National Park Campsite

Maintain Camping Safety At Your National Park Campsite

Camping can be a fun experience, except when you get hurt! This is especially true when you are not near more comfortable facilities to treat a wound or clean up scrapes. Therefore, you should do what you can to create a safe haven around your campsite. Camping safety...

Tent Hacks Your Family Needs To Know

Tent Hacks Your Family Needs To Know

If you are going to be “roughing it” and you’re not going to rent an RV or a travel trailer, then you will probably end up sleeping in a tent.  Since the tent is one of the most important pieces of camping equipment that you will buy when you’re planning a family...

Fun Facts About Rocky Mountain National Park

Fun Facts About Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park is full of rich history, beautiful natural wonders, and plenty of activities for visitors to participate in. Here are some of our favorite fun facts about the nation’s tenth national park. Rocky Mountain National Park is a popular...

Essential Family Camping Gear

Essential Family Camping Gear

When you’re taking the family out camping, planning ahead is crucial.  You can never plan for every situation, but when you’re traveling and camping with kids knowing your kids routines and finding ways to accommodate those routines within the trip can be a lifesaver...

The Ins and Outs of Cool Camping Supplies

The Ins and Outs of Cool Camping Supplies

Camping is not always about roughing it but rather getting in touch with your natural side – along with a few basic amenities, of course. There are a number of cool camping supplies to choose from that can give you some of the comforts of home.  Or, in some cases,...

Fun Facts About Yellowstone National Park

Fun Facts About Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park is full of rich history, natural splendor, and outdoor activities. The park attracts millions of visitors every year, drawn to the unique aspects of the park. Here are some of our favorite facts about Yellowstone. Yellowstone was the first...

Should You Rent an RV or Use a Camping Trailer?

Should You Rent an RV or Use a Camping Trailer?

When you’re heading off on a camping vacation one of the first things that you need to decide is whether you want to rent a recreational vehicle (RV) to use as a base of operations while you’re away or if you want to rent a camping trailer that you can tow behind your...

Choosing your Tents for Family Camping

Choosing your Tents for Family Camping

The old saying, "A family that plays together, stays together," somewhat fits the camping lifestyle as well. When everyone has a job to do in order to create a cohesive camp site, things go more smoothly. Of course, one of the most important bonding experiences is...

Ten Signs of a Family-Friendly Campsite

Ten Signs of a Family-Friendly Campsite

Some campgrounds will advertise themselves as being family-friendly but some don’t because they don’t want to alienate campers without kids.  However, if you are going to be camping with your kids it’s important that you choose a family-friendly campground because you...

Camping Food Basics to Keep You Well-Fed and Happy

Camping Food Basics to Keep You Well-Fed and Happy

Why is that when you go camping, your appetite seems to increase and everything you eat tastes so much better? It is the allure of the great outdoors! When there are no televisions, gaming systems and computer to contend with, you are more apt to expend your energy...

Fun Facts About Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Fun Facts About Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is filled with rich history, a wide variety of plant and animal life, and beautiful outdoor opportunities. Here are some of our favorite fun facts about the park! The Great Smoky Mountains National Park covers 522,427 acres,...

Five Tips For Choosing A Great Campsite

Five Tips For Choosing A Great Campsite

Finding a great campsite can be tricky. You need to be ready to pounce when you find one and you also need to be well connected and know where to look to find the best family –friendly ones.  Here are five tips you can use to help you find a great family friendly...

Helpful Hints For Staying Warm While Camping

Helpful Hints For Staying Warm While Camping

The camping season does not end when the warm weather does. There are plenty of winter camping opportunities and sometimes, communing with nature in the winter time can be as much fun and interesting as warmer times. However, it is more of a challenge for winter...

Fun Facts About Grand Canyon National Park

Fun Facts About Grand Canyon National Park

The Grand Canyon National Park is a unique and beautiful place, filled with rich history and natural wonders. The park had achieved national, and even international, attention, and its formation was advocated for by three different presidents. The mystery and beauty...

What You Need To Know About Camping In The National Parks

What You Need To Know About Camping In The National Parks

Camping is a little different at each national park, and each national park has its own specific rules and regulations. When you call to get more information about camping at a particular park make sure that you find out these things: What amenities are offered at...

Everything You Need To Know About Camping In The Grand Canyon

Everything You Need To Know About Camping In The Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is truly the trip of a lifetime, for both you and your family. There is so much to see and do, and it is something that you should definitely make time in your life to see. Located in Arizona, the desert landscape of the Canyon is highly unique, and...

The Ultimate Grand Canyon National Park Hiking Guide

The Ultimate Grand Canyon National Park Hiking Guide

Hiking is one of the most rewarding activities that you can do in any national park, and especially in the Grand Canyon. Whether you are a first time visitor to the park, or a veteran visitor looking to make the most of your trip, finding one (or more!) day hikes in...

Planning The Grand Canyon National Park Trip Of A Lifetime

Planning The Grand Canyon National Park Trip Of A Lifetime

Planning a trip to the Grand Canyon may seem overwhelming. There are a lot of questions to answer, and a lot of information to sift through. We’ve assembled a guide to help answer some of those questions, so you can plan a seamless trip. Question One: Where am I...

The Ultimate Guide To Camping In Rocky Mountain National Park

The Ultimate Guide To Camping In Rocky Mountain National Park

When you visit Rocky Mountain National Park, chances are you will never want to leave. Luckily, when you’re here on vacation, you don’t have to! There are many ways to stay overnight in the park, no matter what kind of camping experience you prefer, from RV sites to...

Plan The Rocky Mountain National Park Vacation Of A Lifetime

Plan The Rocky Mountain National Park Vacation Of A Lifetime

Rocky Mountain National Park is the pinnacle of national parks. There is a bit of everything in this area, from mountains, to beautiful trees, meadows, and abundant wildlife. When asked to describe a national park, the Rockies is almost certainly what comes to mind...

Plan The Yellowstone National Park Trip Of A Lifetime

Plan The Yellowstone National Park Trip Of A Lifetime

If you are planning a trip to Yellowstone, you may be feeling a bit overwhelmed. The park is a huge area, and there is so much to see and do during your stay. Where do you even start? What do you need to know about the park in order to make the best decisions for your...

How To Camp In Zion National Park Like A Boss

How To Camp In Zion National Park Like A Boss

Camping is the perfect way to get in touch with nature, whether you prefer a more rugged backcountry experience, or whether you prefer to keep the comforts of home with you in your RV. Either way, by remaining in Zion overnight, you’ll be that much closer to all of...

Everything You Need To Know About Hiking In Zion National Park

Everything You Need To Know About Hiking In Zion National Park

Hiking is one of the most rewarding activities that you can do in any national park, and especially in Zion. Whether you are a first time visitor to the park, or a veteran visitor looking to make the most of your trip, finding one (or more!) day hikes in Zion is...

Plan The Yosemite Getaway Of A Lifetime

Plan The Yosemite Getaway Of A Lifetime

Yosemite National Park is a beautiful place to visit regardless of the time of year, but you will find different scenery, weather, and activities available depending on when you travel. During the summer, you will experience a lot of heat, and a wide variety of hiking...

Camping In Yosemite National Park

Camping In Yosemite National Park

Two of the main draws of Yosemite National Park are its beautiful waterfalls and the incredible granite cliffs, that draws visitors from around the world every year. Rock climbing is a very popular activity in the park, especially for all of the adrenaline junkies out...

Plan The Great Smoky Mountains National Park Trip Of A Lifetime

Plan The Great Smoky Mountains National Park Trip Of A Lifetime

If you are considering visiting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, but aren’t quite sure if you should- stop! You absolutely should take the time to visit this incredible national park. The Smokies are within a very doable drive of most of the United States. It...

Best Camping Hacks For Yellowstone National Park 2020

Best Camping Hacks For Yellowstone National Park 2020

When you visit Yellowstone, there is so much to see and do that you won’t want to leave the park, even for a moment. What better way to spend your nights in the area than by camping in the park? You’ll be able to get closer to nature, and be within a short distance of...

Plan The Zion Trip Of A Lifetime

Plan The Zion Trip Of A Lifetime

Zion is one of the most popular parks in the United States. It’s very easy to see why when you get into the park. The scenery is absolutely breathtaking, with trees and cliffs stretching up into the sky, a canyon carving its way through the rock, and the incredibly...

Camping Stoves 101

Camping Stoves 101

If you're getting ready for the camping season, then you'll surely have lots to prepare, and camping stoves are among the most looked for items in the gear. There is a variety of models to choose from since they solve the problem of the dull dry meals you'd otherwise...

Camping in Glacier National Park

Camping in Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park in Montana is a spectacular place to take a family camping trip.  More than 50 glaciers can be found in the park, and more than 200 lakes and streams.  The hiking is great and very family friendly in this park.  There are more than 730 miles of...

Camping in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Camping in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

A family camping trip to Volcano National Park in Hawaii is a great way to experience what Hawaii is like without spending a lot of money.  There are two active volcanoes within the park, and they are two of the most active volcanoes in the world. There are lots of...

Camping in Yosemite National Park

Camping in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park in California is known around the world for its stunning waterfalls and sheer granite cliffs.  If you and your family enjoy rock climbing then Yosemite National Park is a great destination for you.  The park itself is more than 200,000 acres...

Hiking the Appalachian Trail

Hiking the Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian Trail is a national treasure that makes a great family camping trip. The trail itself is over 2,000 miles long and goes through Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut,...

Camping in Denali National Park

Camping in Denali National Park

Not every family is going to want to make the trek to Alaska for a family vacation but if you want a vacation that is exotic and far away without having to travel too far then Alaska might be just perfect for you. Even though Alaska is in the U.S. it feels like it’s...

Camping at Everglades National Parks

Camping at Everglades National Parks

Florida is known for being a great vacation destination for families. Seaworld, Disney World, and the Universal Theme Park are all well known family vacation spots. But you might not know that Florida also has some great family camping, all over the state, with lots...

Camping at Grand Canyon National Park

Camping at Grand Canyon National Park

The Grand Canyon is truly the trip of a lifetime, for both you and your family. There is so much to see and do, and it is something that you should definitely make time in your life to see. Located in Arizona, the desert landscape of the Canyon is highly unique, and...

Camping at Crater of Diamonds State Park

Camping at Crater of Diamonds State Park

For a really exciting family adventure take a family camping vacation at Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas. Crater of Diamonds Park is the only diamond producing site in the world that allows the public to come in, camp, and go digging for diamonds. You even...

Ten Great Family Camping Vacation Ideas

Ten Great Family Camping Vacation Ideas

Planning the perfect family camping vacation? The first thing you need to do is find a beautiful destination! If you are having difficulty deciding, the National Parks and other historical sites offer incredibly beautiful and exciting camping adventures for you and...

The Five Best Reasons to Go Camping as a Family

The Five Best Reasons to Go Camping as a Family

Not convinced that camping is right for your family or that a few days or a week spent in the wilderness without the distraction of TV or video games is the ideal family vacation? These five reasons will convince you that a family camping trip is the idea...

Do You Love The Outdoors?

Do You Love The Outdoors?

Do you love the outdoors? Do you feel like you never get enough time to really spend outside?  Then you should take the family camping for a family vacation this year. Going camping as a family can be a great way to spend some quality time with each other and make...

The Ultimate Guide To Family Camping Tents

The Ultimate Guide To Family Camping Tents

Purchasing family camping tents could be really tricky if you don't have all the data necessary to indicate that it is a good choice. Buying family camping tents actually means planning ahead for a trip, which means that there are several options to choose from not to...

Easy Camping Recipes For Your Next National Parks Trip

Easy Camping Recipes For Your Next National Parks Trip

If you want to go camping and you are not necessarily the best of cooks, do not worry; you will be able to spoil your family with good and easy camping recipes. Even if you are a very good experienced cook adored by your family, but you are afraid of the lack of...

How To Get Discounted Camping Gear

How To Get Discounted Camping Gear

The existence and the very function of the supply chain makes it possible for time to time now and then that brand name discount camping gear be available either online or in regular sports shops. The discounted prices are significantly lower if we think about the...

How To Convince Your Family To Go Camping With You

How To Convince Your Family To Go Camping With You

Who hasn't gone camping? Teenagers, grown-ups, families and friends, people gather in groups and take their backpacks and tents and go out in the open to relax and have fun away from the crowded and noisy urban areas. It was only during the 20th century that camping...

Everything You Need To Know About Camping Trailers

Everything You Need To Know About Camping Trailers

Have you decided to take a camping trip? Do you intend to take your family on a camping holiday? That is just great. A camping holiday is both relaxing and fun, educating and entertaining. You can go on such a trip either with all the luggage, tent included, in your...

The Ultimate Guide To Camping Toilets

The Ultimate Guide To Camping Toilets

There is an international tendency between campers from all over the world to have a camping toilet with them when attending camping events. Why would anyone buy camping loos? Well, practice has shown many people that toilet facilities could be a real problem...

Awesome Camping Hacks For Your Next National Parks Trip

Awesome Camping Hacks For Your Next National Parks Trip

Camping tips could be the salt and pepper of a recreational activity that you have little experience with. Nevertheless, sometimes, the very camping tips you can greatly differ from one person to another. There are as many meanings to this recreational activity as...

Camping Supplies For Your End Of Summer National Parks Trip

Camping Supplies For Your End Of Summer National Parks Trip

From the many things to consider when you prepare for an outdoor trip, the creation of a camping supply list is truly important. An Excel sheet with the to dos is an absolute must: you'll put down all the things necessary depending on where you are going and when....

Fun Facts About Yosemite National Park

Fun Facts About Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park is a place filled with natural beauty, rich history, and diverse animal and plant life. This park has made history in many different ways. Here are some of our favorite fun facts about the park! Yosemite was the third national park to ever be...

The Definitive Guide To Camping Stoves

The Definitive Guide To Camping Stoves

Going on a camping holiday involves a lot of preparation and getting a lot of supplies: clothes, food, first aid items, etc, as a camping holiday is a type of holiday that lasts longer than just a couple of days and during each you have to prepare your familyís meals...

The Ultimate Guide To Camping Showers

The Ultimate Guide To Camping Showers

Hygiene is one major concern when going camping and spending time out in the open without toilets and bathrooms available. Camping gear manufacturers have solved this problem by introducing the portable toilet and the camping shower. Going out in nature definitely...

Camping Safety Guidelines For Your Family

Camping Safety Guidelines For Your Family

The camping safety very much depends on the area where you place your tent, which is why many experts recommend that you only set your tent in local state parks and populated areas. Then, the position of the tent is very important for the camping safety at the times...

The Ultimate Tent Guide For Your Next Camping Adventure

The Ultimate Tent Guide For Your Next Camping Adventure

If you want to take up camping as a hobby and even if you have already been camping until now, you need to be well adjusted for such an experience. Going on a camping holiday is supposed to make you feel good and relaxed. For this, besides what nature has to offer...

Amazing Family Camping Recipes For Your Next National Parks Trip

Amazing Family Camping Recipes For Your Next National Parks Trip

Do you like going camping? Of course you do. Most people enjoy spending a couple of days in the open, which gives them the opportunity to breathe fresh air, experience the wilderness and, why not, sleep under the starry sky. When you go camping, besides all the other...

Snacks To Help You Power Through Your Next National Parks Trip

Snacks To Help You Power Through Your Next National Parks Trip

You are the one to decide whether camping meals are going to be bad or delicious; and even if you prefer eating pre-cooked food when in the middle of nature, there are some great camping meals to be prepared under the most unfavorable of circumstances. You need...

The Easy Guide To Camping Lanterns

The Easy Guide To Camping Lanterns

Camping is one of the most interesting types of holidays. It is normally supposed to be relaxing but sometimes it can turn out to be tiring and unpleasant. If you go camping and you did not do your homework, that is you did not take all the necessary things with you,...

Camping Hammocks Are Just Simply Heaven

Camping Hammocks Are Just Simply Heaven

Are camping hammocks a must when you go camping? Obviously they are not. As long as you have mattresses and cots, camping hammocks are not necessarily mandatory as part of your camping packing list. Yet, camping hammocks can add up to the fun, pleasure and relaxation...

Everything You Need To Know About Camping Generators

Everything You Need To Know About Camping Generators

What could be more beautiful than spending a couple of days or a week in the open, relaxing and exploring the wilderness? Apparently nothing. Yet, no matter how nice and relaxing a camping trip or holiday is, still there could occur a lot of unpleasant incidents which...

Camping Gear Your Family Needs

Camping Gear Your Family Needs

It is not until you go camping for the first time that you fully understand the importance of a complete camping gear. The equipment as such is divided in several categories ranging from the basics necessary for any outdoor trip and to the details one often tends to...

The Best Campsite Games For Kids In National Parks

The Best Campsite Games For Kids In National Parks

Going on a camping trip with the whole family is a very nice thing to do, especially when you are not an insider and you have not done it yet. If your family also has kids then the whole enterprise can become a really hard task to handle. To make sure everybody is...

What To Pack On Your National Park Camping Adventure

What To Pack On Your National Park Camping Adventure

How to dress when you go camping? Well, most often, common sense is the one to influence the choice of camping clothing, plus, everyone will consider the climate and the season specific to the destination site. Good protection and reliable thermal control, these are...

Camping Food Checklist For Your Next National Park Trip

Camping Food Checklist For Your Next National Park Trip

Good camping food is very important since it determines the comfort standards of the whole trip. Though tastes very often vary, it is nonetheless true and generally admitted, that camping food has to be easy and quick to make. Here are a few tips that can prove highly...

Camping Chairs For The Intelligent Camper

Camping Chairs For The Intelligent Camper

Camping chairs were created on the principle of folding chairs and following the guidelines of simplicity and functionality. The very folding feature is a necessity given the fact that the camping chairs have to be carried around easily: lightweight and ergonomic such...

This One Camping Hack Can Be A Complete Game-Changer

This One Camping Hack Can Be A Complete Game-Changer

Do you want to go camping? Great choice for a vacation! When you go camping, you get a chance to get in touch with nature, to experience and sincerely enjoy the scenery and the wildlife that so many places in this world have to offer. Whether you travel in a camper...

Five Tips for Hiking With Kids In National Parks

Five Tips for Hiking With Kids In National Parks

Hiking with kids is a lot different than hiking on your own. When you’re hiking with kids, the focus shouldn’t be on the destination but on the journey.  Take time along the way to notice the wildlife and natural landscape. Let the kids play around and don’t be so...

Five Easy Tasks Around the Campsite the Kids Can Help You With

Five Easy Tasks Around the Campsite the Kids Can Help You With

By the time you get the kids to the campsite they will probably be cranky, bored, and more than ready to get out of the car and run around. But you need to keep an eye on them and set up your campsite.  The simple solution is to have the kids help you set up the...

Family Camping Cooking Tips

Family Camping Cooking Tips

Cooking for the family outdoors can be an amazing experience that brings everyone together and can even be a creative way for the kids to try new foods. But trying to plan a menu and shop for enough food to keep everyone happy and well fed during the entire vacation...

Camping Snacks Your Family Will Love

Camping Snacks Your Family Will Love

Kids are notoriously hard to please when it comes to food, and getting them to try new foods can be challenging. So when planning your menu for your camping trip try to pick foods that you have all the time at home that you can cook at a campsite. If you have a two...

Basic First Aid Tips For Your National Parks Trip

Basic First Aid Tips For Your National Parks Trip

Cuts and scraped usually don’t need that much attention. When your children get cuts and scrapes, don’t make a big production over it or you will just scare them. Wash the cut with soap and water, or use an antibacterial wipe if you’re not near any water, put some...

First-Aid Kit Checklist For Your National Parks Trip

First-Aid Kit Checklist For Your National Parks Trip

When you go camping with kids you cannot have too many first aid supplies.  Of course you hope that during the course of the trip, no one will get any injuries and that everything will go smoothly but that rarely happens.  Injuries might be small scratches, bug bites,...

Five Ways to Get Great Deals on Camping Gear

Five Ways to Get Great Deals on Camping Gear

Buying all the camping gear that you need to have for everyone in the family can get very expensive, very quickly.  If this is your first family camping trip, then you probably don’t want to spend thousands of dollars on new high end camping equipment until you for...

The Ultimate Guide To Camping Lanterns

The Ultimate Guide To Camping Lanterns

Lanterns and flashlights are something that every family will need on a family camping trip.  You can pretty much count on having to leave a lit lantern as a “night light” in the kids’ tent if your kids are young, and there should always be a lantern around for...

Your New Guide To Camping Stoves

Your New Guide To Camping Stoves

When you’re camping with the family, you will definitely need a two-burner or even a three-burner camping stove.  The little one-burner stoves are great for when you’re camping alone, but if you have a family to feed, it’s a lot faster and more economical to use a...

Choosing The Right Pack For Your Adventure

Choosing The Right Pack For Your Adventure

Once you have decided whether or not you want an internal frame pack or an external frame pack, you will need to choose the size of your pack. Here is a brief overview of the most common sizes of packs and how much gear they hold so that you can make an informed...

Five Important Things to Consider When Choosing a Tent

Five Important Things to Consider When Choosing a Tent

Once you have decided on the type of tent that will work best for your family and the size that you need, there are other things that you need to take into consideration before you purchase a tent.  Make sure that you check out these five things before making a final...

Tips for Figuring Out How Much Space You Need in a Tent

Tips for Figuring Out How Much Space You Need in a Tent

In order for each adult to be comfortable in a tent and to have room for personal stuff, sleeping bags, clothing and so on you need to plan on having 30 square feet per person in a tent.  You might need more or less depending on the size of the person but as a general...

How To Prepare An Amazing National Parks Trip in 2020

How To Prepare An Amazing National Parks Trip in 2020

A successful camping trip is based on following some organizational guidelines. Planning is one of these. Planning a successful camping holiday moves around making a camping list. First you should make a list of the things you have to do about organizing your camping...

A Beginner’s Guide To Packs

A Beginner’s Guide To Packs

Choosing the right pack to carry your gear and the items that you will need to take on a hike with you is more important for the teenagers and adults in your family than the little ones. If your little ones want to help carry items on a hike then a high quality...

Top Tips for Avoiding Bears in the National Parks for 2020

Top Tips for Avoiding Bears in the National Parks for 2020

The National Parks are home to many different kinds of animals, but one of the common ones to see in any given park is the bear. The most common bear found in the parks is the black bear, with some parks even housing the occasional grizzly. Bears are majestic and...

The Ultimate Guide to Camping: From RV’ing to Backpacking

The Ultimate Guide to Camping: From RV’ing to Backpacking

Enjoying nature can come in many different forms, and many different vehicles, when it comes to the national parks. Camping is a pursuit that many people want to do, but everyone has different needs or different wants when it comes to their personal camping...

Tips on Layering for Camping and Backpacking

Tips on Layering for Camping and Backpacking

If you're visiting the National Parks, you'll need to stay warm, even in the toughest conditions. But as the weather changes, you'll need to be able to adjust accordingly. Even if the weather doesn’t change drastically during the day, depending on the activities that...

Tips for Camping in the National Parks

Tips for Camping in the National Parks

Visiting the National Parks is the ultimate American Experience. However, making arrangements for the trip and dealing with the crowds of the more popular times of year can be a nightmare for families. Navigating these waters can be tricky, but there are a few key...

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