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Kayak’s Guide to an Unforgettable Summer Camping Trip 

From The Champion's Corner | July 2022
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Camping is chill, even more so with the right crew. If you’re with us on that, grab a few long cut cans, pack up your bow, and get ready to camp, like a champ.

Where Should You Go?

Wherever the hell you want - We’re being funny, of course. But really, don’t overthink it. You can camp pretty much anywhere in the US. Beyond the large crowds and overpriced paraphernalia – National Parks can be cool. Some of the top rated for backpack camping include but aren’t limited to:

 

 

And if you’re lucky enough to live nearby or know someone who knows someone (and have the right permits/licenses), you may get lucky and get in a good hunt. See https://www.nps.gov/grte/planyourvisit/elkreduction.htm for example. On the flipside and for the less manly of men, there exist things like public/private land and state campground too.. Sometimes this is where you pull up your car, set-up a 45 lb instant tent, and pretend you know your stuff – Boujee, but fun. We’ll accept you either way – If you’re into this sort of thing, visit Reserve America and check out local sites..

But whether it’s a National Park, private land or glamping out of an SUV, there are a bunch of key things to consider in planning around a camping trip.

Planning Vitals

Weather - This one’s tough. Plan around fair weather if possible. Hard rains or excessive humidity can and will ruin any camping jaunt.

Scenery - You’ll level up your experience with the right views. Think mountains, water, canyons, rivers, etc..

Wildlife - Bears and Bison are cute from afar. Just don’t be the idiot that gets too close and makes the six o’clock news.

Reservations - More national parks work on a time-entry reservation system now. Don’t get screwed. Plan ahead.

Permits & License - Read up on local rules and regulations. It’s sometimes surprising what’s allowed and what isn’t. This is especially true if you’re packing some kind of heat.

What About Activities? So Many Activities!?

Well, there’s hunting. Public land is typically where this is most doable. But for the rest of the simps, try some of the following:

 

  • White water rapids
  • River tubing
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Archery

 

If you’re lucky enough there might even be a local brewery nearby.

Should I Bring My Knife and Flashlight?

The age old question asked by men everywhere. The answer is absolutely. Depending on where you are, you should also consider the following:

Compass - Your fancy GPS watch will only last so long.
Bear-proof canister(s) - These are great for backpack hunting and camping, especially in areas with fierce predators.
Fire starter - Duh.
Portable cooking stove - These and backpacking meals can come in handy.
Lightweight tent - Unless you’re glamping, you’ll need this.
Bear spray - Again duh
Bug spray - Last but certainly not least. Unless you’re a fan of west nile, don’t camp without it.
A tarp - Tarps are multi-purpose and while they keep out rain and wind they have many other use cases.

 

Should I Invite My Redneck Buddies

Hell yea.

A truly epic and unforgettable camping experience 9/10 comes back to who you’re with. Whether it’s backcountry trekking, 4-wheeling private land, or simply just sluggin rocky tops on a public beach near a state campground, having your pals around is almost guaranteed to enhance the experience. And heck, you may make a memory or two..

A truly epic and unforgettable camping experience 9/10 comes back to who you’re with. Whether it’s backcountry trekking, 4-wheeling private land, or simply just sluggin rocky tops on a public beach near a state campground, having your pals around is almost guaranteed to enhance the experience. And heck, you may make a memory or two..

Epic Conclusion

At the very least, we hoped this enticed you to purchase your 10th assisted folding pocket knife.

In all seriousness, next time you’re thinking of camping (or hunting, or both), we really hope you think of Kayak and all of the great info we compiled above.. Of course, don’t forget the biggest tip of all, buy Kayak. You’ll thank us later.

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