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When done well, camping is among life's true pleasures. Before embarking on an outdoor adventure alone or with friends and family, it is important to familiarize yourself with tried and true camping tips and advice. The article that follows offers just the start any burgeoning outdoors enthusiast might need to plan their next outing.

When camping, get your shelter squared away before nightfall. It can be hard to set up camp when it's dark outside. This is particularly true for those city-dwellers that are not used to pitch-black darkness. Avoid being in that position; find good shelter before the sun goes down.

To increase your sleeping experience while camping, bring a pad along that you can place under your sleeping bag. This pad acts as a barrier between you and the hard ground where twigs and tree knots may cause strange sleeping conditions. If a pad isn't handy, bring a few extra blankets that you can fold over on themselves to create some cushion.

Let everyone know they have a say in the campsite and should help pick a favorite spot. Discuss things like the state you would like to see, particular parks that interest you and what type of camping experience you are looking for. Since the are so many great options to choose from across the U.S., it might be hard to select only one! It may be easier to choose a few front runners and have family members vote.

When going camping you need to ensure that the tent you build can easily hold you and anybody else that comes along. You should have no problem sleeping and getting through the nights when camping.

Camping offers just about anyone the opportunity to peacefully commune with nature. But, in order to have the type of experience you truly desire, it is necessary to possess a certain degree of understanding and know-how. With any luck, the guidance contained above has provided the foundation every camper needs to have a wonderful outdoor experience.