Joy of Camping: Sunset Editors' Favorite Campsite Tips (for First-Timers or Old Pros)

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Joy of Camping: 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

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Warm Water is a godsend. Set a metal bucket next to the campfire and you'll have warm water for washing your face before bed. In the morning, set buckets in the sun, and after a day of hiking, you'll return to warm water.

-MARGARET SLOAN, PRODUCTION COORDINATOR

You know that cozy I-don't-want-to-get-out-of-the-warm-sleepi ng-bag feeling? With the Napsack, now you don't have to; it's a wearable sleeping bag, by Poler ($130; poierstuff.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. …

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