Camping is fun, but if you're not prepared it can be disastrous! Here's some Realistic Ideas of what to expect:
You’re in the woods, it does get dark at night—no we do not have street lights… (flashlights are a must)
Yes, there are bears in the woods. Odds of seeing one here is slim. In 20+ years we've only had a few in the dumpster. They want nothing to do with people, they run when they see you.
Unlike a hotel, you must bring your own blankets or sleeping bags, towels and soap. Yes, our bathhouses and outhouses have toilet paper.
Respect the privacy of other campers around you.
CAMPING WITH CHILDREN???? kids and camping go great together. However, other campers may not appreciate your children as much as you do.....especially EARLY in the morning when they're trying to sleep. Kids must stay on their site until 8AM, unless they're with a parent. Please no loud talking or radios after 10:00PM....other folks may be trying to sleep. Parents of young children will appreciate you....and hopefully repay the favor by keeping their children quiet early in the morning. If you’re expecting to party or if you need absolute total privacy, perhaps you should consider buying your own land.
CELLPHONES: Service is spotty in the mountains. Verizon works best in the campground, most folks can at least text from their sites. It really depends on your phone and your site. AT&T phones work nearby. TMobile if you're lucky you might pick it up nearby. Most other carriers.....well you might as well just turn it off and leave it in your car while you're here.
RENTAL EQUIPMENT: While we don't rent equipment, there is a great little store in Livingston Manor that does. It's just 15 minutes away. Morgan Outdoors is located right on Main Street just before the traffic light. Click on the green tent.
WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU
Pack enough to be comfortable, but don’t go crazy.
·Tent (Please see my tenting guide below)
·Sleeping bagthat is rated to at least 35 degrees or blankets and quilt. Don’t forget a pillow. Slumber bags/indoor sleeping bags are just not warm enough.
·Extra blanket or quilt, you might get chilly in the middle of the night.
·Foam pad - this is the BEST for under your sleeping bag. This is for comfort and warmth. While air mattresses are comfy, cold from the ground radiates through them. If you are using an air mattress, put a quilt on top of it as extra insulation.
·Dining canopyor a couple of tarps. If it rains you will want to cover your picnic table. Then you’ll have a dry place to eat and play cards.
·Clothing — it can get chilly at night, pack long pants, sweatshirts, jacket (hat and gloves - you might be glad you packed them!) A raincoat or poncho is a must!
·Flashlight and matchesare a must, it does get dark here at night.
JUST FOR CHILDREN
·Don’t forget toys, pack a few new ones to occupy them when you’re busy.
·Water shoes or old sneakers for the river...a plastic shovel and pail is fun for the river too.
·Extra shoes (they will get their first pair wet)
·Their own flashlight, plus glow sticks are great in the tent as a night light.
·Bring hat & gloves, remember, if they get cold & miserable, you’ll be miserable!
Honestly your best option is to leave them home! Some get really scared being out of their own environment. If you go out, you must bring your dog with you. Please see our complete pet rules.
A Current Rabies Certificate IS Required!!! Click here for Pet Rules
FOOD AND COOKING
·Cooler—pack your food cold! Freeze the meat you are not going to eat the first day. Fill and freeze a 2ltr soda bottle with water.
Makes a great ice pack and then becomes drinking water. ·Go easy on planning the meals. Honestly a hot dog tastes great cooked over a fire. ·If you don’t want a lot of cleanup, plan simple meals your first time out.
Cereal and pastries, scrambled eggs for breakfast.
Sandwiches, hot dogs, burgers, potatoes wrapped in foil, etc…
·A CAMP STOVE makes it really easy to boil water and cooking with pots and pans.
It's easy to cook over CHARCOAL...much easier than over wood. Charcoal is an even heat. A campfire flame is good for
hot dogs and marshmallows. Otherwise once you get a fire going, cook over the coals, or you'll just burn your steak
and chicken...burnt on the outside, raw on the inside.
·Bring paper plates, cups, napkins, paper towels, plastic ware, etc.
·Pots and pans (foil pans are great for cooking baked beans and such, no cleanup, just throw out) and cooking utensils you might need.
·Tinfoil, zip lock bags, sponge, liquid soap (Dawn rinses in cold water), Brillo pads
·Deck of cards, board games
·Bug spray, Lantern, citronella candles
·Cooking Stove, charcoal grill, propane grill
Keep it simple until you know you like camping. Borrow from friends, hit yard sales.
Most expensive items: tent, lantern, stove, grill, dining canopy, screen house.
Consider it an investment in your leisure time. Try buying one or two pricier items a year. In a few years, you’ll be well equipped.
Coleman fuel stove and lantern: A fuel lantern is brighter, the stoves cook hotter. Coleman Fuel (not gasoline) is sold in gallon cans. Most likely you will not use that much in a weekend. However, more economical than propane.
Propane stove and lantern: Not as bright, doesn't burn as hot. However, much easier to use, the bottles screw on and off. Totally disposable, less waste and you don’t have to pour the fuel into the stove or lantern.
If you don't really know much about tents please read this:
Tents are expensive, but necessary for camping. Your other option is sleeping in your vehicle. You might want to borrow a tent, however set it up at home first. We've had people find out they have no poles, wrong poles, tents with holes, broken zippers, etc.
Click here if you'd like to RENT A TENT at a shop near the campground.
Cheap Tents: Please remember the adage, "you get what you pay for". On rainy weekends we usually have at least one or two tents thrown in our dumpster. Why? Because they leaked and ruined the camping trip! Buy a tent that has a rain fly, it’s a Must! Also look for a tent that has a “bathtub” bottom, this is a heavy duty waterproof material floor that goes about 6” up the sides of the tent.
Size Really Does Matter: When they say a tent states it sleeps 4 people, it means 4 reallllly small people who are really good friends, that only bring a sleeping bag with them. In reality you will most likely have 4 good size people with sleeping bags, pillows, duffel bags, extra shoes, electronic toys with all their attachments, extra blankets, etc..... Trust me, trying to fit 4 people and all this gear in a 4 man tent just doesn't work.
Buy a bigger tent!R&R stands for rest and relaxation. You want a tent that is large enough for everyone to have some space to stretch out and sleep comfortably. Remember those queen size air mattresses take up alot of room. Also a tent you can stand up in makes it so much easier to get dressed. Two room tents will give lots of room for sleeping and storage. Just remember however, that these can be very heavy. They are great for car camping, but not walk in sites.
Look for lots of windows:While it doesn't get really hot up here in the mountains, it can elsewhere. You want a tent that has 3 windows and a door. You'll appreciate the ventilation.
Tent Design:They make all different styles, from Dome to Cabin. Check them all out, go to Campmor, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Cabelas, etc. It’s great to see their features in person. But be sure to buy one with quick clips, a fast way to attach your tent to the poles. Otherwise you have to thread the poles thru the tent sleeves. It’s time consuming and frustrating when the poles separate in the sleeves.
Rainy Weekends Do Happen:Enjoy listening to the sound of rain on a tent, it's a great excuse to sleep late and not feel guilty about relaxing. You'll appreciate that roomy tent, you'll be able to sit up and play board games or cards.
TRUE FACT: It is a recognized fact, that husbands are known to go ballistic when it's late, they’re tired and the tent is not going up right.....lol, it's amazing how important directions are.
Sooo Realllly Important: Before camping the first time, set your tent up at home. This way you can practice and make certain you are not missing parts. This way if you arrive after dark...you won't stress out as much. : )
If you have any questions about camping, please call or email us. We’ll be glad to try to assist you. Don't worry, no question is stupid, lol...well most aren't. So go ahead, if you need advice, just ask. We want you to have an enjoyable camping trip!
Just remember that camping is an outdoor experience, be prepared for rain or shine. (We however, prefer the shine!)