Magazine article Sunset

Joy of Camping

Magazine article Sunset

Joy of Camping

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Sunset editors' favorite campsite tips (for first-timers or old pros)

I love the outdoors but like to keep it out of my tent. I lay down a "wipe your paws" doormat in the dirt, mandate that shoes go on a rug just inside the tent, and pack a brush and dustpan. Keeps the pine needles down and my spirits up.

-ERIKA EHMSEN, ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR

You know that cozy I-don't-want-to-get-out-of-the-warm-sleeping-bag feeling? With the Napsack, now you don't have to; it's a wearable sleeping bag, by Poler ($730; ftoierstuff.com}. I wouldn't hike in this, but it can certainly get you vertical and through a warm breakfast.

-JESS CHAMBERLAIN, MARKET EDITOR

Two words: the Perseids. Find a peaceful spot in the West and stay up late for this epic meteor shower (this year the peak night is August 11). Watching the sky explode from my sleeping bag in California's Desolation Wilderness is always one of the best nights of my year.

HALEY MINICK, EDITORIAL ASSISTANT

Warm water is a godsend . …

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