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Tips for Tent Camping

Part of the Camping For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Camping is a wonderful way to spend time in the great outdoors. But if you’re tent camping, you don’t want to welcome too much of the great outdoors into your tent. Happy campers observe simple rules, such as those in the following list, to keep tenting tidy and safe:

  • To keep the inside clean (or at least cleaner), park your boots and shoes outside the tent. You can herd those wet and dirty items into a big plastic bag to protect them from weather.

  • Don’t bring food into the tent. Animals can smell it a mile away, and you don’t want a bear — or any smaller critter, for that matter — sharing your tent.

  • Safety first: Don’t light matches or use any flame-powered device inside the tent. That includes flame-powered heaters of any kind. Tent fires are extremely serious, possibly deadly.

  • Resist the impulse to use the tent as a springboard. Kids of all ages are tempted to fling themselves against the side of the tent for the bounce-back effect. Sometimes the tent breaks. That’s b-a-a-a-d!

  • Walk, don’t run, close to tents. Stakes and guylines are easy to trip over, and no camper enjoys a face-plant.

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