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5 Lesser Known Ways to Ensure Quality Camping — not Glamping

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Whether you鈥檙e a seasoned camper or this summer is going to be your first, everyone can enjoy a better camping experience with a little planning鈥攁nd sometimes thinking outside the box. For example, car camping has become increasingly popular. This is largely due to the fact that vehicles like the new, quality Hyundai offer more space and indulgences than ever before. Why camp in a tent when you can curl up in your very own vehicle and be soothed with heated seats and state of the art sound systems?

No matter what kind of camping you have in mind this summer, make the most of it. Here are five ways to ensure the best campout yet:



1. Get your permits in advance

This sounds like a no-brainer, but the permit regulations for campsites are always changing and can be highly competitive. You don鈥檛 want to risk 鈥渟eeking if there are any left鈥 when it鈥檚 possible to get these permits in advance. This is also your opportunity to look beyond your usual campsites. For example, in some places it鈥檚 possible to camp in spaces like the sand dunes of the Oregon coast. You鈥檇 never think this was allowed, but it鈥檚 actually a little-known secret. If you don鈥檛 ask (or research), you鈥檒l never know.


2. Forego the booze

If camping and alcohol have always gone hand in hand for you, you might cringe at the idea of a night under the stars completely sober. However, it鈥檚 a truly back to basics experience that you need to revisit. This is what the heart of camping is, or used to be. As an added bonus, you decrease the odds of an emergency. Nothing is worse than being away from civilization and suffering an alcohol-induced emergency. This will also better help build a positive memory for children if they鈥檒l be part of your camping crew.


3. Borrow equipment

Major retailers like REI offer rental programs so you can take advantage of the best camping equipment without having to shell out big bucks. No matter what kind of camping you have in mind, why not go into the experience with top of the line equipment? You can rent just about everything from tents to fishing equipment and snowshoes. This also lets you test out equipment you鈥檝e been thinking about without making a commitment.


4. Check discount sites for guided camping trips

If you think sites like Groupon are dead, think again. They鈥檝e just become such an ingrained part of our lives that they鈥檝e lost that 鈥渘ew appeal.鈥 Where these sites are really flourishing is with experiences. That makes sense. Increasingly, people are committed to paying for experiences instead of tangible items, and camping is one of them. Check out what kind of deals are available near you (or wherever you鈥檙e willing to travel) and take your camping to the next level. If you鈥檙e not an experienced camper, no problem. Let an expert take the lead. In some cases, they may even bring or pack in all of the equipment for you. Remember the old days of Scouts or Girl Scout Camp when you had the adults take care of all the nitty-gritty for you? It can happen again.


5. Take it to a treehouse

There鈥檚 camping, and then there鈥檚 glamping that takes it up a notch. Not all treehouse rentals are luxurious, though many are. Plus, there are more treehouses available to rent than you probably think. This is a truly unique form of 鈥渃amping鈥 that you鈥檒l want to check out at least once. With such a variety in terms of type, location, and available activities, treehouse camping might just become your new addiction. You can go as rustic or upscale as you like.


Ready to make this summer one you鈥檒l never forget? Camping is an American tradition, and you can customize it however you like. What camping goals do you have for the summer?

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