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Five Best Camping Books To Show You The Ropes of Camping

Updated on October 1, 2010

One of the best ways to enjoy a few days away from hectic work schedules, nerve-wracking traffic and unwanted visitors is by going on a camping trip. There’s just so great things you can say about getting invigorated by the fresh air and the freedom. To enjoy maximum convenience and relaxation though, you need the sufficient knowledge to carry on with it. Being armed with information is one way to save time and effort and a way to have peace of mind.

Some of basic must-know information are about what to bring, what to do (as well as what NOT to do) on camp and what to do before heading back home. You’ve got to be prepared with a list of camping gear for your basic needs like food, water, and shelter. You also have to be informed of safety measures you should take because you won’t be camping in your own backyard. Aside from these, you also need to know how to use your equipment and what to do in emergencies.

To learn about what’s and how-to’s, you don’t have to go like a mouse in a new maze. Let the camping experts share with you all you need to know about surviving and getting the best out of your camping vacation. Here are some of the most informative books that are sure to get you packing in no time.

Camping & Wilderness Survival: The Ultimate Outdoors Book [Paperback] By Paul Tawrell
Camping & Wilderness Survival: The Ultimate Outdoors Book [Paperback] By Paul Tawrell

Camping & Wilderness Survival: The Ultimate Outdoors Book [Paperback] By Paul Tawrell

Get all the camping lessons you need to get you fit for the outdoors! This book will get you ready for the end of civilization and give you a crash course on the art of surviving on the basics. From choosing your camping equipment to pitching a tent, from using different compasses to administering first-aid, it will get you into pro action sooner than you think. Tawrell gives you the lowdown on different terrains and how to survive in each type. He discusses the flora and fauna residents and how to be a good temporary neighbor. He also tackles different weathers and what to do in each. For emergencies, this book will get you ready for building different kinds of shelters and equipping your camping survival kits with all the vital components. In addition to that it also provides you with different scenarios to keep you from losing your wits in actual disasters. Don’t miss on this because it’s everything a good camper should know.

Camping Made Easy, 2nd [Paperback] By Michael Rutter
Camping Made Easy, 2nd [Paperback] By Michael Rutter

Camping Made Easy, 2nd [Paperback] By Michael Rutter

Looking for a camping book to teach you the ropes without the rhetoric, high-falutin words and saturating technicalities? With more than two decades of camping experience up his sleeve, Rutter gives you the basics and more in this very comprehensive book about all camping. It includes information on what equipment to bring and even how to get them with smart buying tips. It also tackles camp food: how to prepare them and what to prepare in different situations. It saves you all the headaches associated with camping – especially for beginners. Those camping with their families will also greatly appreciate this book because it contains tips for family outings and getting the kids to enjoy them. For more camping fun, the author also packs in loads of information about outdoor activities such as mountain biking, canoeing, fishing and wildlife watching.

Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills, Third Edition [Hardcover]  By Abigail R. Gehring
Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills, Third Edition [Hardcover] By Abigail R. Gehring

Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills, Third Edition [Hardcover] By Abigail R. Gehring

If you are thinking camping can be very expensive, think again. While this book, it discusses more than just camping. It’ll show you lots of valuable information on things that will help you trim down the expenses for food, tools and many more. Learn how to grow and preserve your own food for camping. This book discusses how to give your fish and meat longer shelf lives. It also teaches you how to make treats such as cheddar cheese, blueberry peach jam, maple syrup, bread and wine. This way, you can cut the grocery list and still have a merry camp meal time. This book will also teach you how to cook on a campfire if you want to skip the camping stove and do things the old-fashioned way. Get to think of it: you’ll be saving a lot of weight and space without the stove and the camping gas bottles. If you’re having a hard time fitting camping tools into your budget, this book will also help you a lot because it even tackles tool-making! When it comes to emergencies, it helps you keep yourself together with easy first-aid directions. And of course, this book also shows you the fun stuff like hiking, fishing and canoeing. This will definitely serve you well on camp and even after.

Camping for Dummies [Paperback]  By Michael Hodgson
Camping for Dummies [Paperback] By Michael Hodgson

Camping for Dummies [Paperback] By Michael Hodgson

How do you know if you’ve got the right hiking boots? Are you sure you’re bag is fit for the outdoors? This book will show you how to get ready for camping with all the right equipment and more. Learn what characteristics make certain good camping gear, how to pitch up a tent, where to camp to avoid disasters such as flash floods and how to tell the weather without the camp radio by watching insects and birds. This book will keep you perked up on anything like a veteran outdoorsman. It also discusses ten most important things for surviving. It shows you what to do in times of emergencies in any weather. It doesn’t miss out on the popular outdoor activities too. If you’ve never gone hiking, mountain biking, canoeing or kayaking before, now’s the time. This book will help you get started with easy-to-follow discussions in layman terms. This book is so easy and witty; being a beginner won’t make you the least bored at all.

The Backpacker's Field Manual, Revised and Updated: A Comprehensive Guide to Mastering Backcountry Skills [Paperback]  By Rick Curtis
The Backpacker's Field Manual, Revised and Updated: A Comprehensive Guide to Mastering Backcountry Skills [Paperback] By Rick Curtis

The Backpacker's Field Manual, Revised and Updated: A Comprehensive Guide to Mastering Backcountry Skills [Paperback] By Rick Curtis

Be a camp master with this all-inclusive camping manual. From planning your camping trip to heading home without a trace of a campsite, this book will keep you on the right track. It teaches you how to plan camping trips with regards to how many people you’ll be with and what their capabilities are, with regards to the camp location and weather and with regards to the food and camping equipment you’ll need. It shows you how to get a good set of camping equipment less the cost. It tells you what to expect and what to do with the unexpected. This book teaches you how to keep the bears away and how to cross a river. It teaches you how to administer first-aid and how to attend to people with special health needs. And of course, since you’ll really be looking forward to great time in the outdoors, this book doesn’t leave out important topics such as cooking, water purification and camp hygiene. It’s got everything you need for camping on any occasion. If you’ve got a camping question in mind, just flip the pages.

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