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Camping 101

First time hitting the wild outdoors? Don't stress. We've gathered some basic tips to get you started. 

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Find Your Campsite

Use these resources to find your perfect campsite including tips, recreation activities, and site amenities:

Want to go big? Consider an RV camping adventure! We've curated a list of a few key strategies you can use to protect the beautiful scenery around you while on the road.

But don't forget, your backyard can be the best campout spot of them all!

Know What To Bring

Be sure to research what amenities are offered on-site before you pack to ensure you only bring what you need. Check out the Great American Campout's camping checklist for a list of essential items.


Before you head for the outdoors, take the quiz to figure out which animal most matches your camping style.

Leave No Trace

Don’t forget to practice the Leave No Trace rules! For more tips, check out our favorite camping activities and try them at your campout.