Helpful Hints Page * Camping Out

For camping ….

Choosing a tent?

  • Choose one with a 6 foot high ceiling.   You can do it.  Just look around and you’ll find one.   There’s a pop-up tent that has a 6 foot ceiling, and that’s pretty cool.
  • Use the container system inside the tent.   That helps with packing after your camping trip is over.    Everything inside the tent goes into a container, instead of having all little things scattered around the tent.    If you’ve brought a lot of things with you, use the plastic bins.
  • Bring a go-pher .  That’s the stick to pick things up, a gripper stick.   This can help you reach high places in the trees if you are hanging food out of reach of the bears.
  • Camp in  bear-free places  , smiles.
  • Keep ALL food out of the tent if you are camping in the wilderness or in Pennsylvania or real country places.     Raccoons definitely do invade your tent if you keep food anywhere near there.
  • Keep all food out of the tent.   That’s worth repeating.
  • Plan — for rain , if you are camping with kids.    (Camp in a civilized area that ‘s not too far from a shopping mall) .  This is helpful in big, unpredicted storms.  Or you can just pack up and go home  if necessary.
  • Bring a good flashlight  – at least 300 lumens or even better yet 450 lumens.
  • Expect it to get colder – and pack for that.  Plan for everything and you are good to go.
  • Bring  allergy pills if you are allergic to the trees, flowers or plants.
  • Carry purification tablets for the wilderness  trips.
  • Don’t camp out in the wilderness  unless you are experienced or unless you have done the proper research . (This entry is only helpful hints — you’ll need much more information than this.   This entry is just meant as a reminder — for camping trips, not as any expert information.  It’s all fun).

There are campsites for every specialty.   Some campsites are meant for experienced campers, others meant for family camping – with children.

Hecksher State Park in Long Island is a more “civilized camping”  -it’s in a park and it’s pretty comfortable for kids.    Safety note –    Bring lots of bug repellent.   There are lots of mosquitoes in Huckster.   On rainy days, there’s lots of  daddy-long-leg spiders that hide under the fly of the tent.   The up side of this place is that there is a pool on the grounds a short distance from the camping site area.

Hither Hills State Park –  Great camping for tents and RVs.      However,  you need to make reservations over 9 months in advance for this place.  It is very popular.   The seagulls are around but not too annoying.  And this place has a camping store on the grounds, has lockers, showers, and has a small playground.  There’s refreshments sold and a beautiful beach, ocean.

Pennsylvania State Parks  –   more of a wilderness experience ,very nice.    Be careful in some you might see black bears or bear cubs.    Usually there is a campsite hostess – usually it’s the first  RV there in the camping grounds.  The hostess can fill you in on anything you need to know.    Not all campgrounds in PA have the hostess there.

The Twelve Dollar Tent (off season)







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K at the beach artfromperry

This picture on the beach is at  a state park in Connecticut, USA


Empty beach path through the dunes

Not sure, I think these pictures are at Hither Hills.  I took them long ago.