Tuesday, March 6, 2012

A Guide to Camping and The Descendants DVD Giveaway! - CLOSED!

A Guide to Camping

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In The Descendants, it was a tradition of the King family to go camping on their ancestors' land. In this feature, we will explore some cool places and interesting new ways to camp with your family, including the best time of year to go camping, what to bring, and fun activities to do on site.

Based on the best-selling novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings and set in Hawaii, THE DESCENDANTS is a sometimes humorous, sometimes tragic journey for Matt King (George Clooney) an indifferent husband and father of two girls, who is forced to re-examine his past and embrace his future when his wife suffers a boating accident off of Waikiki. The event leads to a rapprochement with his young daughters while Matt wrestles with a decision to sell the family’s land handed down from Hawaiian royalty and missionaries.

Where to Camp

If you’re a beginning camper, you probably want to start by finding an organized campground within driving distance. Campgrounds can be either public (usually run by a government agency, like national forests) or private (usually run by individuals or businesses, like campground resorts or RV parks). Public campgrounds will likely offer you the most options and are usually set up by the government to preserve the area, so you should research those near you. You will also want to make sure that the campsites you are looking into offer the amenities that you need. Think about whether or not you will require things like a shower, bathrooms, and areas for cooking and cleaning your dishes. Also, consider what kinds of activities you might want to engage in before booking your campsite. Will you want to play water sports or swim? Do you like to hike? Look for sites that will be able to accommodate your needs, and remember to book ahead because popular campsites can fill up many months in advance.

When to Camp

Though people typically assume that the summer is the best time to go camping, the spring might actually be your best option! Though the summer boasts warmer nights and less hectic schedules for families with children, the spring often has less busy campgrounds (which means you have a great selection to choose from, more privacy, and usually less expensive reservations), similar temperatures to summer (though perhaps not as scorching during mid-day), and less pesky summer bugs like mosquitoes! In most regions, camping in the spring offers you the same things that you love about summer, but without the added burden of camping during peak season.

What to Bring


Knowing what to bring on your camping trip really depends on where you’re going, what time of year you’re planning on camping, and what activities you want to do while you’re there. In general, there are some basic things that every camper will need. Unless you are camping in an RV, you will need a tent so that you will be adequately protected from the sun, wind, rain, bugs, etc. Tents also provide you with privacy from other campers and give you a place to store your clothes and other necessities away from the elements. You will also need a sleeping bag, a pillow, and a pad. Remember that you are, essentially, sleeping outside on the ground, so you will want something that will make you as comfortable as possible and provide you with enough warmth for whatever region you’re camping in (in some places temperature will drop drastically at night, even in the summer). Additionally, don’t forget to bring plenty of water (you may not be near a water source), food and cooking supplies. Some campsites have grills, but if yours doesn’t you might want to bring something like a propane stove for cooking, and all the necessary accouterments (pots and pans, utensils, spatulas, charcoal, etc.). Also, remember to bring basics like a first aid kit, any medications you may need, extra clothes, etc. Before packing, make sure you have planned your trip out thoroughly and make yourself a checklist of everything you will need.

Fun Activities

For some people, the mere act of leaving the city and setting up camp to relax in the wilderness is enough. If you’re not one of these people, there are still plenty of things you can do while camping to keep yourself (or your kids) entertained. Depending on your locale, you can do things that are unique to your locale. If you’re camping in a mountainous region, try going for a hike, or doing a photo scavenger hunt for animals and plant life native to that region. If you’re camping near a lake or another body of water, you could take a leisurely swim, fish (if the area permits it), or try canoeing, sailing, jet skiing, etc. Some campsites also have areas for sports, like baseball fields, basketball courts, etc. Check in advance to see if your campsite has these things, and then make sure that you bring the necessary equipment to play! You can also bring desks of cards or small board games and play with your group around the fire after a long day of hiking or swimming. Another fun (and practical) activity is to have a picnic. Get your whole group involved in setting up a table, getting a fire started, and cooking. Finish the meal off with some good old-fashioned s’mores around the campfire!

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76 comments:

eclairre said...

love fishing :)

Crystal said...

A campfire!

Kate said...

I love camping because it forces people to interact with each other. There is no tv, computer, phone, etc. to distract you. Can't wait to take my daughter when she gets older.

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Rebecca Graham said...

I like fishing when I go camping.

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Denise Taylor-Dennis said...

I love camping because it is simple and you can really unwind. Smores are great too LOL.

Kris said...

I love just relaxing and being away from phones, computers, etc.

Aileen said...

Love being outdoors. arobimom at gmail dot com

Claire said...

I love getting away from the fast pace and information overload of everyday life. No cellphone reception at camping sites! ;)

Kim said...

The smell of the outdoors!

Anonymous said...

I like the entire family being together outdoors.

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Leah Baird said...

Love swimming. And the smell right before is rains, but it's not really a camping thing. So swimming is my final answer.

Mysharona said...

i like sleeping under the stars

J. Cannon said...

I love fishing!
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David Hollingsworth said...

I'm not really the biggest fan of camping, because you have to deal with bugs, snakes, spiders, and strange noises at night, and when I went camping, I was picked on alot.

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deanna said...

I love being able to hear crickets
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susan1215 said...

I like sitting around the campfire

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sottovoce said...

I love the solitude of camping...and I hate the "outdoor" plumbing. :-) Thank you.
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peterg201 said...

Fresh Air, just like in the song "green Acres"

Amber said...

I hate all the bugs!
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Jody Sisson said...

I just love being outdoors when camping.
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Erika P. said...

I don't like the insects!!

Dara Nix said...

I LOVE getting away from EVERYTHING and I HATE the mosquitoes!
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tavernie said...

I love cooking over the camp fire!

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ellie said...

I hate no air conditioning. It's not fun camping in the summer in Texas.

Joy said...

I hate everything about camping, especially the bugs.
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Edward Pena said...

fishing and camp fires....

Laura said...

I love getting away from it all!

SB said...

I love the quiet, I hate bugs

latanya said...

I love being outside

jlafount said...

I enjoy the lack of city noise

fozzy331 said...

Love the outdoors cooking, hate the bugs LOL

double D said...

I love being out in nature.

Giant Sis said...

I hate bugs!

Catherine said...

I hate everything about camping! Please don't make me go!

ani hearts japan said...

I do not like camping at all! But I love staying in a cabin and going hiking during the day...that's the closest I get to camping!

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Jim W. said...

I love how quiet and peaceful it is, no cell phones, tv or Internet.

Kristen said...

I love eating breakfast cooked over a fire...tastes better.

Karin said...

Love the peace and quiet, but hate the mosquitos!

heatherzilla said...

I love being out in nature, hiking, kayaking, picnics, boating, sightseeing. But, I stay in a cabin, not a tent. I had enough of tents in the Army, and I never want to sleep in one again.

Shelley P said...

I love the peace and quiet, the fresh air and being with nature : )

BBrittBrat1398@yahoo.com said...

I dont like the insects.
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Stacey P (cosaver213) said...

Love to take the family fishing :)

ferriz said...

i hate condensation on the tent in the morning.

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Jessica said...

I love spending time with my family!

Caryn said...

I love cooking over a campfire when camping

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babytrees said...

love the taste of campfire cooked meal

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lisa said...

love campfires and camp food : )

Valerie Taylor Mabrey said...

I love getting to sit around a fire
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Tamar said...

I love camping for the fun smores. :)
Tam S.

Anonymous said...

I love campfires and roasting marshmellows.
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Kara said...

Worst part about camping is getting cold and not being able to get warm again. :)

Hotsnotty2 said...

I love hanging out by the campfire

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Anna F said...

love the smell of smoke in the air!

Anonymous said...

I like sleeping alfresco!

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Jennifer Paige said...

I love setting up a hammock and lying next to the fire.

ChosenToBeFree said...

I love to watch the stars.

Sandra K321 said...

I love opening the tent flap in the morning and having the air so clean and fresh and everything is so peaceful.

thescribbler said...

I love to camp, love fishing, spending time around the campfire and swimming!

pauline15 said...

I love camping, but my favorite wilderness adventure is white water rafting!
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Penny Kathleen said...

Wow! I haven't been camping since I was a little girl, but the thing I loved best about it was just spending time with my family! Loved cooking around the fire and hiking!

Erica C. said...

I hate feeling like I need a shower while camping.
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Christina said...

Christina - xristya@rock.com - I love the fresh air and I love campfires! Also the lovely woods and flowers!

kathy pease said...

i do love camping but i hate ticks,I am waiting on blood tests to confirm if I have lyme disease after being bitten by a tick my animals must have brought in in december.so camping will probably be out for me because now im even afraid to go in my own backyard..lol

mary gardner said...

i love cooking over the fire. i'm glad i don't have to do this daily, but for a once in a while thing it can be fun.

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bigbossross1 said...

Making smores!

sandy1955 said...

I've never gone camping so maybe I'll learn something from this
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Andrea Henry said...

the bugs ...I hate the bugs...

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amyd said...

hate the bugs!
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Atreau said...

I love how peaceful it is.

wallindeb said...

I love sitting around the campfire and roasting marshmallows.
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Swtlilchick said...

I love sleeping outside,it makes me feel closer to nature

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daveshir2005 said...

I hate when I have to go to the bathroom.

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Breanne said...

I hate the bugs

kerri69 said...

I love roasting marshmellows and the quiteness after the kids fall asleep

Gianna said...

I'd like it for my husband and I.

brianpiero said...

Thanks for the giveaway...we love camping with the kids & exploring the nearby pond to catch (and release) frogs !

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