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IT’S TIME TO GO CAMPING (AND WE’RE HERE TO HELP)


If you didn’t grow up in an outdoorsy family — where mom and dad would load the crew into the Country Squire for a week of tent camping — the prospect of taking your own family out for a weekend of “roughing it” may seem daunting.

WHAT DO I TAKE? WHERE WILL WE GO? WHAT WILL WE DO WHEN WE GET THERE

Good questions all, and ones we hope to answer in the next few weeks as we enter the heart of the camping season. Fall, with its cool nights (ideal for sleeping), its daytime highs in the 70s (ideal for playing) and its dry air and the diminished chance of rain, is the perfect time for beginners to explore camping.

We start at the beginning, with the question:

WHAT DO I NEED TO TAKE?

Camping is one of those rare sports that you can ease into without buying a lot of equipment, mainly because you can improvise with what you may already have. True, you will need a tent — shelter is key, and while you could string up the tarp you use to collect leaves, you’ll be happier with four “walls” to provide a modicum of privacy and protection. Beyond that, though, your initial financial investment is limited.