Ultimate Camping Guide: Oregon

The Beaver State has beautiful landscapes and locations, and there are plenty of options for camping in the state. From the Oregon Coast across to the national forests and vast bodies of water, there are many campgrounds and campsites to choose from. This article will cover what you need to know for camping in Oregon.

Where to camp in Oregon

Oregon is one of the few states that offers dispersed camping, where campers do not have to pay a fee or grab a permit to camp in Oregon’s State Forests all year round. However, campers are still bound by Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) regulations, so there can be no campfires or charcoal barbecues on dispersed campsites during the fire-risk seasons. In these area, there are no maps to navigate, so don’t go ahead and camp dispersed if you’ve never camped before or are new to camping, even though ODF have started creating marked out clearings for dispersed camping. Oregon State Parks that you can camp at include Cap Lookout State Park, Umpqua Lighthouse state park, Harris beach State Park, Sunset Bay state park, South Beach state park, Fort Stevens state park, Bullards Beach state park. Each of these state parks have campgrounds and campsites, take a look and see which area has what you need. There are a lot of national forests you can camp in, these include Willamette, Siuslaw, Deschutes, Umpqua and Wallowa Whitman.

What to pack for camping in Oregon

There are essential items to pack into your inventory that carry across all types of camper. However, there are specifics too. If you are a hiker/backpacker who is always on the move, and maybe pitching up for just one nighters on your journey, you’ll need a lightweight tent to ease up your carry. The Tentsile UNA 1-erson Tree Tent is the perfect choice, as it’s incredibly comfortable and quick to set up. Much faster than a traditional tent. If you’re not sleeping and just resting up, the T-Mini 2 Person double camping hammock is just like the UNA, light, quick to set up, and super comfortable.

For the backcountry campers, who require a hub for their base camp. Something a little more sturdy to hold up multiple days and nights no matter the weather or terrain, then a heavy-duty tent will do the job. The Safari Connect 2-Person Tree Tent is made of the most durable materials, and takes no time at all to set up. The suspension system that Tentsile Tree Tents have opens up the versatility of camping, and allows you to camp almost anywhere. Over water and on rocky terrain. The Safari range is heavy, so it’s best to split the carry weight amongst your team of campers, unless you are alone, then a vehicle is recommended.

Now for the beforementioned essentials; sleeping bags are a must, an all season sleeping bag will do you just right for Oregon across the year. A portable phone charger is important, as your phone will be your main GPS system as well as a way to call for help if necessary. Sunglasses are important when camping, even in winter. There’s nothing worse than sore eyes when you’re trying to relax. A first aid kit is a top priority, you never know when you’ll need it, but you should definitely have one. And finally, bring plenty of food and water.

What to consider before camping in Oregon

There are a few things to consider before camping in Oregon, that vary in severity. Look up rules and regulations for things like maximum stays, fires, ‘Leave no Trace’ guidance and anything else that is on the website about camping in Oregon, you can read this https://secure.sos.state.or.us/oard/displayDivisionRules.action?selectedDivision=2830 or take a look at a shorter list here https://www.oregon.gov/odf/recreation/pages/camp.aspx.
Ensure your safety by adhering to the guidance on the website previously mentioned, as well as learn basic camping safety procedures. For example, if you can light fires, ensure theya re kept to a handleable level and don’t get over fed. Avoid any dangerous animals by reading up on your area beforehand. And if you are camping in a public campground, keep your valuables safe by keeping them out of sight or on your person at all times.
Ensure your comfirt when camping and researcg were ameneites are located, such as washing machines for your clothes and showers to keep your hygiene in check. Also, trash cans, keep your environment clean and dispose of your waste!

Oregon camping tips

In Oregon there are many campsites and campgrounds, both dispersed and established. Before booking a slot at one, ensure you read their rules and regulations and confirm if its somewhere you want to spend your time. Check if the amenities you require are available. Get familiar with state rules when it comes to comping too. When you do find your desired location, ensure you book as far in advance as possible and consider the time you are booking. High season is during summer, so maybe it’s best for you to take the weather risk for a quitter camp in spring or fall. Pack in preparation for various weather, keep a close eye on weather forecasts closer to your leaving date so you know to take extra clothing.

FAQ

Where can you camp in Oregon?

Oregon has many options for camping, depending on your preferred style of camping you will lean more toward some places than others. However Oregon permits ‘Dispersed camping’ – meaning that campers don’t require a fee or a permit to camp in Oregon State Forests all year round. However, they are still bound by Oregon Department of Forestry regulations, such as no campfires or charcoal barbecues being allowed on dispersed campsites during fire-risk seasons.

Where is best to camp in Oregon?

Depending on how you like to camp, there are varying best ways. For the solo campers, a dispersed campground may be to your liking for a more primitive way of camping. For the groups, an establish campground in a state park would be great fun as you can interact and work with the other campers there.

When does the camping season start in Oregon?

Mid-June to July is the start of the summer, this is when people will tend to go camping as the weather starts to turn to the sunny!

februari 22, 2022 — Jack Thomson

Ultimate Camping Guide: Utah

The Beehive State has a lot of camping possibilities. With a number of national parks, littered with free camping sites, dispersed camping and establish campgrounds, there’s plenty of choice. From southern Utah to the salt lakes, the popular Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon. This blog will cover what you need to know about camping in Utah

Where to camp in Utah

Utah has some amazing backcountry locations as well as popular campsites. The popular places to camp are Utah’s state parks, these include Bryce Canyon national park, Capitol Reed national park, Snow Canyon state park, Goblin Valley state park, Bear Lake state park, Antelope Island state park, Wasatch Mountain state park. Some more dispersed areas include Lake Powell, Great Salk Lake, Dixie National Forest, Goblin Valley and Snow Canyon. These areas of national forest and bodies of water have many campgrounds and campsites worth checking out.

What to pack for camping in Utah

Depending on the style of camping you wish to experience, your inventory will differ, however there are essentials that all campers must pack to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. For those who enjoy hiking or backpacking, travelling on a path and pitching up for a night here and there, you’d require a lightweight tent. The Tentsile UNA 1-person Tree Tent is perfect for that use, as they are incredibly light, quick to set up, and provide a comfortable night’s sleep. As well as have may applications and are incredibly versatile, allowing you to camp almost anywhere over any terrain as long as you have the trees. If you are a hiker or backpacker but don’t plan on staying overnight and instead prefer to pitch up a rest spot, then the T-mini 2-person Double Camping Hammock will be the perfect hangout for you. Like the UNA, an incredibly lightweight and quick to setup bit of kit, as well as very versatile and comfortable.
If you are a backcountry camper or wild camper, needing something that will give you a hub for your base camp, then something heavier and more durable will be needed. The Tentsile Safari Connect 2-Person Tree Tent will withstand all weather conditions and can take a lot more that it seems. Made of the most durable materials possible.
An essential bit of kit that all campers must carry is a sleeping bag, preferably a 7-season bag to get you through the coldest nights. A portable phone charger is a great decision as mobile phones are the modern gps, and a first port of call when help is needed. Sunglasses are often forgotten but are important to maintain the health of your eyes even in the winter when the sun is low and bright. A first aid kit is a no-brainer, they are always necessary as you never know when they’ll be needed, a quick bandage is important to stop any potential spread of infection. Finally, bring plenty of food and water.

What to consider before camping in Utah

There are plenty of options for camping in Utah, but each area will have its own rules and regulations, much like how each state has theirs. Get familiar with these rules before you head to your desired location, and ensure you know what is allowed and what isn’t. Maximum stays – knowing how long you’re allowed to camp in a spot, is important information to know. Fire – whether you’re allowed to set them, and how large they can be. Camping permits – extremely important to learn, check online for the area you want to camp in to see what permits are needed. https://www.nps.gov/cany/planyourvisit/backcountrypermits.html
Ensuring your safety is paramount, if fires are allowed then ensure it’s not large, learn to build a fire pit to keep it contained. Wild areas of Utah are home to many animals, some can be dangerous, check before you head to your area on the types of animals that are in the ecosystem and see what you can pack/do to protect yourself. When camping in popular campsites, the possibility of theft is always there, so either keep your valuables at home or keep them out of site/on your person at all times.
Check the area of amenities to maintain your hygiene, such as showers and washing machines, these will aid in your comfort and overall enjoyment of your experience.

Utah Camping Tips

As mentioned, getting familiar with the rules of the place you are travelling to will aid in your experience. Make bookings far in advance and research the available amenities in the place you wish to camp. Depending on the time of year you wish to embark on your experience, consider the crowds and the season, if you prefer to have a quitter camp then the trade off for winter from summer may be the better option. Keep an eye on the weather forecast, as that can determine what to pack, such as anoraks or raincoats. Remember to have fun and try new things!

FAQ

Where can you camp in Utah?

Utah has many options for camping, depending on your preferred style of camping you will lean more toward some places than others. If you enjoy camping primitively then a dispersed campground will be for you. For those who enjoy the company of others, established campgrounds are great for social campers.

Where is best to camp in Utah?

Depending on how you like to camp, there are varying best ways. For the solo campers, a dispersed campground may be to your liking for a more primitive way of camping. For the groups, an establish campground in a state park would be great fun as you can interact and work with the other campers there.

When does the camping season start in Utah?

Mid-June to July is the start of the summer, this is when people will tend to go camping as the weather starts to turn to the sunny!

februari 22, 2022 — Jack Thomson

Ultimate Camping Guide: Pennsylvania

The Keystone State has a lot of camping options. With a number of national parks, hiking trails, dispersed camping and establish campgrounds, there’s plenty of choice. State parks with cabins and national forests with covered areas, perfect for a pitch. This blog should cover what you need to know for camping in Pennsylvania.

Where to camp in Pennsylvania

As well as traditional campsites and campgrounds, Pennsylvania offers primitive camping or wild camping locations, and if you plan on staying just one night a camping permit isn’t needed. Read more here.
There are a myriad of state parks for camping in Pennsylvania, these include Cherry Springs state park, Raccoon Creek state park, Ohio Pyle state park, Ricketts Glen state park, Colton Point state park, Presque Isle state park and Black Moshannon state park. There are also plenty of national forests and natural areas where camping is available, like Allegheny, Loyalsock, Pocono mountains, the Dutch wonderland, Lake Erie, Bald Eagle, Forbes, and of course the Grand Canyon.

What to pack for camping in Pennsylvania

Depending on where you intend to camp, you will need to pack accordingly. If you are planning on hiking or backpacking, you will benefit greatly from lightweight equipment. Our T-mini 2-person hammock and UNA 1-person Tree Tent are perfect selections for either a quick-pitch rest or an overnighter. If you are travelling and camping in a vehicle, a heavy-duty tent may be more suitable. Our Safari Connect 2-person Tree Tent is ideal for those overnighters, if there are more of you then a Safari Stingray 3-person Tree Tent will tick the box. Essentials that you’ll always need when camping are sleeping bags, a portable phone charger if you are using your phone to navigate your way, sunglasses to protect your eyes from that glaring sun, a first aid kit and plenty of food and water.

What to consider before camping in Pennsylvania

There are many factors that come into play when it comes to camping in Pennsylvania, these can be split into three sections; Legal, Safety and Fun. Legal relates to things like maximum stays, setting fires, leave no trace guidelines and other rules and regulations based on the state or campgrounds. Safety can coincide with legal factors, such as if you are setting a fire – check if its allowed first, but also make sure you’re setting it in a safe environment with no excess debris around and keep it as contained as possible. Don’t over fuel it and let it get too high and out of control. Avoid dangerous animals if you can, pack the appropriate repellents and research the area you wish to camp/hike in. When staying at a campground with other people there, keep your valuables safe and locked away in your car when you’re sleeping in your tent.

Pennsylvania camping tips

In Pennsylvania there are many campsites and campgrounds, both dispersed and established. Before booking a slot at one, ensure you read their rules and regulations and confirm if its somewhere you want to spend your time. Check if the amenities you require are available. Get familiar with state rules when it comes to comping too. When you do find your desired location, ensure you book as far in advance as possible and consider the time you are booking. High season is during summer, so maybe it’s best for you to take the weather risk for a quitter camp in spring or fall. Pack in preparation for various weather, keep a close eye on weather forecasts closer to your leaving date so you know to take extra clothing.

FAQ

Where can you camp in Pennsylvania?

Pennsylvania has many options for camping, depending on your preferred style of camping you will lean more toward some places than others. If you enjoy camping primitively then a dispersed campground will be for you. And for the social campers, an established campground.

Where is best to camp in Pennsylvania?

Depending on how you like to camp, there are varying best ways. For the solo campers, a dispersed campground may be to your liking for a more primitive way of camping. For the groups, an establish campground in a state park would be great fun as you can interact and work with the other campers there.

When does the camping season start in Pennsylvania?

Mid-June to July is the start of the summer, this is when people will tend to go camping as the weather starts to turn to the sunny!

februari 22, 2022 — Jack Thomson

Ultimate Camping Guide: Ohio

The Buckeye state has some of the most attractive natural forests, hiking trails and bodies of water. Ohio camping can be in different sorts - including campsites, campgrounds (both established and dispersed) and wild/backcountry camping. There are plenty of tent camping opportunities in Ohio, across state parks and the open land. This blog will cover what you need to know for camping in Ohio.

Where to camp in Ohio

There are many traditional campsites throughout the state of Ohio, however a major positive factor of the state is how it’s one of the few that allow wild camping without a permit. However, this is only for one night in one place. The perfect time to practice primitive camping and hone in on bushcraft skills. For those who wish to camp in controlled areas, with the chance to meet other campers, then here is a set of places you should consider. Cherry Springs state park, Racoon Creek state park, Colton Point state park, Great Seal state park, East Fork state park, Tar Hollow state park, Cuyahoga Valley national park, Alum Creek state park, East Harbour state park, Shawnee state park and Ohio state park. All of these state parks have their own set of campgrounds, each equipped with their own rules and regulations, welcoming different styles of camping and different numbers of people. Each campground is worth researching for the different amenities and pitches, this will be covered more in a future section of this blog.

What to pack for camping in Ohio

There are essential items to pack into your inventory that carry across all typ4es of camper. However, there are specifics too. If you are a hiker/backpacker who is always on the move, and maybe pitching up for just one nighters on your journey, you’ll need a lightweight tent to ease up your carry. The Tentsile UNA 1-erson Tree Tent is the perfect choice, as it’s incredibly comfortable and quick to set up. Much faster than a traditional tent. If you’re not sleeping and just resting up, the T-Mini 2 Person double camping hammock is just like the UNA, light, quick to set up, and super comfortable.
For the backcountry campers, who require a hub for their base camp. Something a little more sturdy to hold up multiple days and nights no matter the weather or terrain, then a heavy-duty tent will do the job. The Safari Connect 2-Person Tree Tent is made of the most durable materials, and takes no time at all to set up. The suspension system that Tentsile Tree Tents have opens up the versatility of camping, and allows you to camp almost anywhere. Over water and on rocky terrain. The Safari range is heavy, so it’s best to split the carry weight amongst your team of campers, unless you are alone, then a vehicle is recommended.
Now for the beforementioned essentials; sleeping bags are a must, an all season sleeping bag will do you just right for Ohio across the year. A portable phone charger is important, as your phone will be your main GPS system as well as a way to call for help if necessary. Sunglasses are important when camping, even in winter. There’s nothing worse than sore eyes when you’re trying to relax. A first aid kit is a top priority, you never know when you’ll need it, but you should definitely have one. And finally, bring plenty of food and water.

What to consider before camping in Ohio

There are a few things to think about before camping in the Buckeye state. There are different rules and regulations in each state, but they all cover a general set of policies. Things like maximum stays – how long you can camp in certain locations, whether it’s in the wild or in a campground, there’s always rules. Also, check out camping permits where you plan to camp. Fires, and whether you can have them. If you can, keep safe and don’t over fuel it, learn to create a firepit in order to both keep the heat contains and the flames down. Check the local wildlife online and see if you’d need to be extra careful about dangerous animals.
Another thing to consider that people forget is checking local amenities to make you comfortable. Things such as washing machines for your clothes and showers for personal hygiene. Also, trash cans, respect the environment and dispose of your waste. You’ll sleep better at night if you know you’re keeping the peace with mother nature.

Ohio camping tips

Before heading out in your camping trip in Ohio, get familiar with the rules of where you’re travelling. As previously mentioned, there are rules and regulations for each state, however there are variations within the state depending on the local jurisdiction. It’s worth checking them out before you head there and pitch up.
Make your bookings far in advance and research the available amenities, see if they suit your style of camping and the number of campers you have in your group.
Depending on the time of year you book, there are chances of large crowds. Consider the time of season, if you’d prefer a quiet trip then you may have to trade the busy summer for a quiet winter.
Pack in preparation for the weather, keep an eye on the forecast to inform your decision on if you need to bring an anorak.

FAQ

Where can you camp in Ohio?

You can camp anywhere in Ohio, but double check the local rules and regulations to see if a permit is needed.

Where is best to camp in Ohio?

Depending on how you like to camp, there are varying best ways. For the solo campers, a dispersed campground may be to your liking for a more primitive way of camping. For the groups, an establish campground in a state park would be great fun as you can interact and work with the other campers there.

When does the camping season start in Ohio?

Mid-June to July is the start of the summer, this is when people will tend to go camping as the weather starts to turn to the sunny!

februari 22, 2022 — Jack Thomson

Ultimate Camping Guide: Texas

The Lone Star State, home of big food and big dreams. But it’s also a great place for camping! With a myriad of established and dispersed campgrounds, and many Texas campsites, there’s no limit to the possibilities in the southern state. There are a few choices ranging from state parks to hill country camping, to free camping in the wilderness. This blog should cover all the basics for camping in Texas.

Where to camp in Texas

As previously mentioned, there is great choice for traditional tent camping in Texas. There are several Texas state parks to choose from in all corners, North Texas, East Texas, South Texas and West Texas. A few worth mentioning are Colorado Bend state park, Davis Mountains state park, Guadalupe River state park, Caddo Lake state park, Caprock Canyon state park and Inks Lake state park. There are some vast areas of water that have some amazing campgrounds, Lake Travis, Inks Lake and Lake Somerville are some of the more popular choices. For the more outlandish campers, there are areas of land that are beautiful and bountiful enough to warrant some wilderness camping. The Texas Hill country is favourable for backcountry camping, with some selection of dispersed campgrounds. This is a great place to practice primitive camping and bushcraft skills.

What to pack for camping in Texas

Your list of items will vary depending on the type of camping you wish to experience and the location you have chosen to camp. There is some basic equipment however that are the same for everyone.
To be more specific, if you are a hiker or backpacker and plan to carry sleeping gear with you for a quick 1 nighter in different locations, you’d require more lightweight sheltering. For those who don’t wish to sleep but instead rest up while on your travels, a Tentsile T-Mini Double Camping Hammock is the perfect product for you. A quick set-up taking less than 10 minutes for the ability to lay down and relax, suspended in the trees. For those who wish to sleep, the Tentsile UNA 1-Person Tree Tent is an incredibly good choice for a lightweight camp. Quick set-up and light carry weight, it’s one of the best choices we can suggest. If you are a couple who fancy spending the night close together, you cannot go wrong with the Tentsile Flite 2-Person Tree Tent. Equally as light, and just as quick to set-up.
For those who are backcountry camping, out in the sticks, spending a lot of time in one place and potentially battling against strong weather, you’d require something more heavy duty. A little heavier, but worth the carry, Tentsile's Safari range are made with the most durable materials and are an excellent hub for a basecamp. The Safari Connect 2-Person Tree Tent is fantastic for wilderness camping and can be set up with only one person if needs be. Each of Tentsile’s Tree Tents are built with the patented anti-roll technology developed by the creator, allowing a comfortable night’s sleep.
As mentioned before, there is a set of equipment that carries across all campers - necessities. A sleeping bag is one, as you need to stay warm in those Texas nights. A portable phone charger, as mobile phones have become a GPS system as well as a device that can be used to call for help if needed. Sunglasses are 100% necessary in Texas, you need to protect your eyes if you want to enjoy your trip without issues. First Aid Kits are just as necessary as a sleeping bag. And it goes without saying, but plenty of food and water for your trip.

What to consider before camping in Texas

There are a few things to think about and they vary in severity. There legalities to consider, such as maximum stays, fires, ‘Leave No Trace’ guidance. You need to ensure that you do your research on your area of choice to ensure you don’t run into any trouble. Texas recently passed legislation making it illegal and punishable by a fine of up to $500 to camp in public spaces without permission, so ensure that the area of forest or beach or hill you plan to camp on aren’t included under this act or check if permission is obtainable. http://www.jgradyrandlepc.com/local-governmental-entities/texas-bans-camping-public-places/.
Ensure that you maintain your safety, in line with the fire legalities, if a fire is a llowed ensure it doesn’t get over fuelled and keep it contained. Pack appropriately for animals that could be of threat, and if you plan on staying in a public campgrounds keep your valuables well hidden or on your person at all times.
At the end of it all, make sure you enjoy yourself. Check local amenities for washing facilities for personal hygiene and for your clothes, check where the garbage cans are to keep your environment clean. https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/parks/park-rules.

Texas camping tips

Get familiar with the rules of the location of where you’re travelling, like I mentioned in the previous section. Make your bookings far in advance, and research the available amenities so everything is covered. Consider the time of year and the deals that are on at certain campgrounds, this will vary the crowd size depending on what you would prefer. Pack in preparation for various weather conditions, especially if rain looks likely, keep a close eye on the weather forecasts leading up to your trip to inform your decision.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can you camp in Texas?

There are numerous campgrounds and campsites throughout Texas, your best bet is to google the area you wish to visit (North or South etc) and do your research.

Where is best to camp in Texas?

One of the most popular locations is Big Bend National Park.

When does the camping season start in Texas?

Mid-June to July is the start of summer when most campgrounds start to roll out higher pricings and deals.

How much is camping in Texas?

The lowest prices are $18 per night but will increase closer to the start of high season.

Where can you go primitive camping in Texas?

Here are some popular sites for primitive camping you can look up: Sand Branch, Roadrunner Flat, North Prong, South Prong, Lone Star Hiking Trail (There are a few along this trail), Hill Country Wilderness Camp Area and Colorado Bend.

Can you camp overnight in Texas State Park?

all visitors are required to pre-purchase and print day-use and overnight camping permits through the Texas State Parks Reservation System before traveling to a park. All reservations can be made online at www.texasstateparks.org or by calling 512-389-8900.

februari 22, 2022 — Jack Thomson

Ultimate Camping Guide: Florida

Florida is yet another American state with vast areas of natural beauty, countless tourism spots and an extremely popular place to travel. With many national parks for exploring, state parks to camp in, popular camp grounds and gorgeous national forests – there’s no difficulty in finding something to do and somewhere to go. This article should cover a lot of information regarding camping in the Sunshine State, starting with….

Where to camp in Florida

There are some picturesque locations to comp in Florida, no matter the type of camper you are. Do you like forests? Vast bodies of water? Look no further than sunny Florida. Here is a list of places for you to check out:
Ginnie spring
Ocala national forest
Turtle beach
Hillsborough River state park
St Augustine
Key west
Everglades national park
Forgotten coast
Florida department
Jonathan Dickinson state park
Manatee springs state park
Central Florida

There a lovely mix of locations here, each being just the trunk of a tree of camping, with so many roots. A lot of the state parks have a mixture of establish campgrounds and dispersed camp grounds for tent campers and RV/Van campers. There a lot of camping spots along the forgotten coast, as well as at fort de Soto – some locations you can’t pass up the opportunity to camp at. When taking at a look at campsites, bare in mind that you may have to reserve your pitch. We will go into more information on this later in this article so make sure you read ahead!

What to pack for camping in Florida?

Depending on your desired location, and the type of camping you wish to experience, your inventory will differ. For backpackers and hikers, who don’t plan on staying overnight in one place for a long time and are on their feet a lot – a lightweight tent is essential for ease of your experience and simile set-ups so you can be resting as soon as you lay down your pack. Tentsile’s 2-person double camping hammock, the T-mini- is amazing for those who wish to take a rest in any location. And we mean any location! (As long as you have 3 trees to attach to that is). If you’re planning on sleeping on your journey, the Flite 2-person Tree Tent is a tried and tested tent that is perfect for those on the move. Are you flying solo? The UNA 1-person Tree Tent is exactly what you need. Don’t believe me? Just take a look yourself!
Are you a hardened camper that like to set up a base camp, and stay overnight for an extended period of time? Tentsile’s heavy-duty Safari range are perfect for any backcountry camper. Depending on the number of campers, the Safari Connect, Safari Vista or Safari Stingray will tick all of your boxes.
All campers of all types will have items in their inventory that cross over. Such as the essential sleeping bag, portable phone charger, sunglasses (an absolute must have in Florida!), sun lotion, a first aid kit, and plenty of food and water. We cannot emphasize enough that you must bring a lot of water in hot states like Florida! And maybe a hat too, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

What to consider before camping in Florida

This is an important section. You can’t just get up and go camping in any state in the Us. There are rules and regulations you must adhere to, to avoid anything that could absolutely soil your experience. Ensure you cover all the legal aspects, such as maximum stays in locations, whether you can set a fire, Leave No Trace guidance, weapon carry, absolutely anything that is on the Florida state website regarding camping. Make sure you follow the rules that have been out in place for a reason.
Another super important factor is yours and your camping partners’ safety. If you are allowed to set a fire, ensure it’s under control. Don’t over fuel it. Keep it low and safe from surrounding debris. We emphasise watching videos on campfire safety and learning as much as you can before you stick a lighter under a bed of sticks! Animals are a cause for concern when wild camping, so follow any guidance you find online and read about other campers’ experiences and do what you can to ensure you don’t run into any problems. If visiting a campsite/campground with other campers around you, ensure you keep in mind the potential for theft of your items. If possible, store valuables in the car (or don’t bring many at all!). Don’t leave your purse or wallet in your underfloor storage when you head out for a hike!
With the important stuff out the way, just make sure that you set yourself out to have fun! Consider where amenities are if you are going to a public camping location to maintain your personal hygiene and clothing. Locate your local garbage cans to make sure look after the campsite and the environment around it. Here is a link to Florida state park rules so you can brush up on them before you head out - https://www.floridastateparks.org/plan-your-visit/florida-state-park-rules.

Florida Camping tips

Here are some tips to bear in mind before you head out on your camping adventure in Florida.

Get familiar with where you are travelling, and read up the rules and regulations. As beforementioned, check the campsite rules to avoid any altercations with authorities, same goes for state parks.
Make your booking far in advance to avoid issues with reservations, and so you aren’t let down by a lack of space. If you’re planning on camping during high season, that is a must-do, as the summer is a time where all the kids are out of school and huge crowds will be planning on camping in the heat of the Sunshine State. It could be best to trade off a quieter camping trip in the low-season of spring or fall, but be aware the weather won’t be as great as summer.
Pack in preparation for the various weather, all depending on when you plan to camp. Keep an eye on the weather forecasts to see if you’ll need to bring a raincoat. Florida can surprise you!

FAQ

Where can you camp in Florida?

The Sunshine State has many established and dispersed camping grounds, as well as the state parks having campgrounds littered throughout. As for backcountry camping, primitive campsites in Florida State Parks are primarily along trails built and maintained by the Florida Trail Association. Most state parks charge a nominal fee per person, between $1 and $5 per night, to camp in the backcountry. Some of the more popular primitive camping destinations have vault toilets and fire rings. Just check online for your desired location.

Where is best to camp in Florida?

This question depends on your preferred type of camp. Backcountry camper? Check out the primitive campsites that are around Florida, a quick google search will land you a place that isn’t too far from where you are entering the state. Enjoy campsites with other campers around? Check out Central Florida, there are some great bodies of water to lounge in and amenities that can cover a lot of necessities.

When does camping season start in Florida?

Bookings increase in volume around the month of June, so it’s safe to say the season starts around then.

februari 22, 2022 — Jack Thomson

Ultimate Camping Guide: North Carolina

The Old North State is abundant with state parks, bodies of water, gorgeous landscapes and national seashore. There are many hiking trails, dispersed campgrounds and establish campgrounds, as well as dense backcountry for all types of campers. This guide will provide as much necessary information as possible so you can enjoy North Carolina for all it’s worth.

Where to camp in North Carolina

There are many places to camp in NC, here is a list of great places to camp which you can do a little research on yourself. Bare in mind, each campgrounds will have their own rules and regulations, so please read up on them before making a booking. There are many areas of different layouts, such as vast water bodies like cape lookout, dense forests and hot springs.
Places to camp includes:

  • Jellystone park
  • Lake Powhatan
  • Stone mountain state park
  • North Carolina state park
  • Uwharrie national forest
  • South mountains state park
  • Mount Mitchell
  • Fort Macon state park
  • Chimney rock
  • Cedar island
  • Linville gorge
  • Croatan national forest
  • Davidson river campground
  • Broad river
  • New river state park

What to pack for camping in North Carolina

Depending on where you are wanting to camp, there are varying pieces of equipment you will want to pack. The specifics are down to the style of camping you wish to go ahead with. There’s backpacking where you’ll be doing lots of carrying and hiking. And there’s backcountry, where you’re make a basecamp and stay for a while in one spot. For backpacking, lightweight gear is essential. Tentsile’s 1 person and 2-person Tree Tents, the UNA and the Flite, are perfect choices. If you aren’t camping and just hanging out in spot for a rest, then the T-Mini 2 person camping hammock is a great size to have a lay down and relax in your desired location.
There is equipment that all campers should pack, as they are essential across all types of camping. This includes sleeping bags, portable phone chargers, sunglasses, rucksacks (check out our 45L day rucksack!), first aid kits and plenty of food and water. And money of course.

What to consider before camping in North Carolina

There are many factors that come into play when it comes to camping in North Carolina, these can be split into three sections; Legal, Safety and Fun. Legal relates to things like maximum stays, setting fires, leave no trace guidelines and other rules and regulations based on the state or campgrounds. Safety can coincide with legal factors, such as if you are setting a fire – check if its allowed first, but also make sure you’re setting it in a safe environment with no excess debris around and keep it as contained as possible. Don’t over fuel it and let it get too high and out of control. Avoid dangerous animals if you can, pack the appropriate repellents and research the area you wish to camp/hike in. When staying at a campground with other people there, keep your valuables safe and locked away in your car when you’re sleeping in your tent.

North Carolina Camping Tips

In North Carolina there are many campsites and campgrounds, both dispersed and established. Before booking a slot at one, ensure you read their rules and regulations and confirm if its somewhere you want to spend your time. Check if the amenities you require are available. Get familiar with state rules when it comes to comping too. When you do find your desired location, ensure you book as far in advance as possible and consider the time you are booking. High season is during summer, so maybe it’s best for you to take the weather risk for a quitter camp in spring or fall. Pack in preparation for various weather, keep a close eye on weather forecasts closer to your leaving date so you know to take extra clothing.

FAQ

Where can you camp in North Carolina?

There are numerous campgrounds, dispersed and established, where you can book a place to camp. When it comes to wilderness camping, ensure you check the rules and regulations of the state for how long you can stay and what you’re allowed to do.

When is best to camp in North Carolina?

High season is in summer, low season is in fall and spring. This is due to weather being more predictable in the summer, as well as school holidays.

When does the camping season start in North Carolina?

Mid-June is normally when the numbers at campgrounds and state parks start to increase.

februari 22, 2022 — Jack Thomson

Ultimate Camping Guide: Michigan

Michigan has many areas of natural beauty, tourism spots and is a popular place for travel. With plenty of state parks, campgrounds and lakes, there’s much to do for all types of campers. This article will cover what you need to know about Michigan and camping in the Great Lake State.

Where to camp in Michigan

From lakes to forests, dunes to parks, there’s many locations available for camping. Lake Michigan has many amazing campgrounds to experience; Sandy Shores is on the eastern park of the lake and is names after it’s clean sandy beaches. There are many grass sites and there are local stores nearby. You can rent cabins on the private beaches or spend time with others on the public beaches.
Weko Beach Campground is on the southeast side of Lake Michigan. It’s an hours drive away from most stores and hotels, so it’s quite isolated. Families have Captain Mikes Fun Park nearby, which offers many activities and facilities for youngsters and adults.
St. Ignace Campgrounds is at the Straits of Mackinac, the crossroads between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. Its famous for his lodging options, with some offering amazing views of the lake and the surrounding hills.
Porcupine Mountains is an area for extreme camping enthusiasts. If you dare to brave the infamous Summit Peak, there is a gorgeous view of the countryside and forest. There are a few campgrounds around the Porcupine mountains such as Pomeroy Lake, Balsam, Maple, Perch, Pine Mink, Wolf and Racoon.
Captain John Langland Park is in Onekama, near Pierport and Bear Lake. A well-organized village, with beautiful beaches and approachable prices. The area is for both hard-core and beginner campers, as there are few stores and resorts in the close vicinity.

What to pack for camping in Michigan

Depending on where you intend to camp, you will need to pack accordingly. If you are planning on hiking or backpacking, you will benefit greatly with lightweight equipment. Our T-mini 2-person hammock and UNA 1-person Tree Tent are perfect selections for either a quick-pitch rest or an overnighter. If you are travelling and camping in a vehicle, a heavy-duty tent may be more suitable. Our Safari Connect 2-person Tree Tent is ideal for those overnighters, if there are more of you then a Safari Stingray 3-person Tree Tent will tick the box. Essentials that you’ll always need when camping are sleeping bags, a portable phone charger if you are using your phone to navigate your way, sunglasses to protect your eyes from that glaring sun, a first aid kit and plenty of food and water.

What to consider before camping in Michigan

There are a few things to consider, most importantly the rules and regulations of Michigan state in regards to fires, maximum stays, Leave No Trace etc. Follow this link to find out more https://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-350-79119_79145_81215---,00.html
Along with this information, you have to ensure that you stay as safe as you can. If you can start a fire, ensure you keep it a safe distance from surrounding debris and ensure it doesn’t get too large. When out wild camping, wild animals are an issue unless you pack the proper equipment, so search for information about your desired location.
Of course, you have to ensure you have the most comfortable experience, as well as enjoyable. Cinsider where the amenities will be, such as washing facilities for both your own hygiene and clothes. Look got the nearest rubbish bin to ensure you leave no trace and keep your surroundings free from litter and damage.

Michigan Camping Tips

In summary, before heading out to camp in Michigan, get familiar with the rules of your chosen area. Make booking reservations far in advance, and research the available amenities to ensure they suit your needs. Consider the time of year you are planning on camping, as the population of campgrounds will vary on the season.  Pack in preparation for various weather if rain looks likely, keep a close eye on the weather forecasts. Most of all, enjoy yourself and the outdoors!

februari 22, 2022 — Jack Thomson

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This section will provide information on the best locations to take your Tentsile tree tent/hammock within the US.

An expert guide on camping within Washington State

An expert guide on camping within New York and New York State

An expert guide on camping within the state of California

An expert guide on camping within Colorado

An expert guide on camping within Michigan

An expert guide on camping within North Carolina

An expert guide on camping within the state of Florida

An expert guide on camping within the state of Texas

An expert guide on camping within the state of Ohio

An expert guide on camping within Pennsylvania

An expert guide on camping within the state of Utah

An expert guide on camping within Oregon

januari 19, 2022 — Hannah Hughes

Ultimate Camping Guide: Colorado

Colorado is an incredibly popular spot for mountain hiking, biking and generally enjoying the splendour of natural beauty in the mountains, canyons and forests. Camping here is split into established campgrounds and dispersed campgrounds. Established campgrounds having active pitch sites, amenities and often come with a fee to park up. Dispersed campgrounds are on the cusp of backcountry camping, where you will be camping outside of a designated campground. This can mean driving up a forest access road to a pullout where you can park your small RV. It can also mean backpacking into the mountains and finding a flat spot to pitch your tent. Dispersed camping is best way to find free camping. In this article we will cover a range of factors relating to camping in Colorado for new campers, but may also include something extra for you experienced campers. Filled with campsites, hiking trails, national parks, mountains and fishing locations, Colorado has much to offer.

Where to camp in Colorado?

There are many locations in Colorado where it’s possible to tent camp, here’s a list for you to check out with locations that range from mountains and canyons and forests.
- Rocky Mountain National Park
- Great Sand Dunes National Park
- Indian Peaks Wilderness (excellent for hiking trails)
- Ouray
- The Flattops
- Sawatch Mountain Range (excellent for hiking, biking and fishing)
- Crested Butte and Gunnison (excellent for mountain biking)
- Routt National Forest
- Sangre de Cristo Mountains
- Twin Lakes
- Aspen
- Poudre Canyon
- Tenmile Range

What to pack for camping in Colorado

Depending on the type of camper you are, you will want to bring certain equipment. For the backpackers and lightweight campers, the UNA or Flite will suffice if there are a maximum of 2 in your camping party. For 3 or more, take a look at the rest of our classic range. Make your camp a comfortable home by including a hammock to create a stack, for a place to relax.
Always bring rain gear, jackets and maybe an extra rainfly in case an accident happens. Weather is unpredictable everywhere, and it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
A Map/navigation system. Even though we could just use our phones for a GPS signal, there may be times where you can’t get any signal, so it’s always handy to go old school and pull the map out, it could also be quite fun to orienteer with a map.
Sunscreen and insect repellent, the integrated insect mesh on Tentsile tree tents can’t protect you when you’re outside, so it’s always handy to have some in your inventory.
Having a backpack allows you to stray away and venture from your base camp, our 35L Day Rucksack is the perfect companion and is made of durable material, the right choice.
Sleeping bags are a necessity, partnered with an air mattress (one of our Skypads will be best) for a comfortable nights sleep.
Quick-dry shorts/trousers are always handy. And so are thermals for the nights where the temperature drops.

What to consider before camping in Colorado


There are a few key factors to bear in mind when planning your camping trip to Colorado, such as:
A lot of locations in Colorado are first-come-first-serve, as well as many having zero amenities and are closed during the winter. So if you’re wanting to take advantage of a camper, RV campsites, or other established dedicated campgrounds, look up your desired location beforehand.
In many places, fires are banned due to the amount of forestry and Colorado’s dry climate.
Leash-laws for dogs are on many campgrounds, so if you wish to bring your pup check your desired campgrounds rules and regulations.
During peak seasons, many campgrounds and camp sites will have a max capacity of campers, so ensure you pre-book id you’re planning on camping during the summer particularly.
Some campgrounds will have fees for reservations or permits for your vehicle to park up. Same goes for tent pitches.
Finally, check up on bear canister regulations for wilderness camping.


Colorado camping tips

Here are some key tips you should keep in mind before embarking on your camping trip in Colorado:
Reserve a place at your desired campgrounds well in advance, especially for popular spots like Rock Mountain Nation Park.
Reserve a permit for wilderness camping in locations such as Indian Peaks/
At night, the mountain air gets very cold, so ensure you pack plenty of layers to be prepared for those drastic temperature changes.
Check the road conditions before settings off, ensure the journey will be safe for you and your fellow campers.
Pack away rubbish and toilet paper as wild animals will be attracted to these, and you don’t want any uninvited visitors!
Respect the trees and the natural land, leave no trace and return the area you camped in back to it’s original state, or in a better state.
Black bear are quite common in Colorado, so don’t leave any food or scented goods like toothpaste in your tent.


Frequently asked questions


Can I camp anywhere in Colorado?

Unless otherwise noted, camping in national forests is free, anywhere in the country.


Where can I camp during the winter in Colorado?

Some great places include Colorado National Monument, Great Sand Dunes National Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, Oil Well Flats, Fruita and Buffalo Creek.


Is it safe to camp in Colorado?

Bears are quite common, so ensure you do your research and bring the necessary equipment in order to avoid any problems.


Are camp stoves allowed in Colorado if there is a fire ban?

Gas grills, gas fire pits, gas stoves, and gas lanterns are allowed. The rule of thumb is whether or not the fire can be “turned off,” rather than “put out.”
januari 19, 2022 — Jack Thomson