Monday, June 8, 2009

CAMPMOR Back To Basics!

Campmor stocks loads of products you need for just about any outdoor fun, from bug spray and first aid kits to inflatable mattresses - even a kid-powered ice cream maker that you can use at camp, or at your next tailgate (be sure to check your local child labor laws). Campmor has got you covered! Throughout this series, we’ll reacquaint you with the basics for car camping, day hiking, paddle sports, cycling and much more. Yes! Even in today’s tough times, you can still get out and have fun, even though Uncle Bernie stiffed you. Check out the sample selection below. It will get a family of four out car camping, and includes most everything you need to “get back to basics” of having fun again.

A quality tent can make or break your trip. We recommend the Eureka Fourway 9x9 5-Person Tent with 4 Windows. This tent is large enough to accommodate a family of four with, perhaps some room left over for Fido, or Grandma if she’s spry. Protect your investment with these basics: Prevent rips in your tent floor with a Ground Cloth as a cheaper alternative, and apply some Seam Sealer to protect your tent and its contents - less expensive and cleaner than the sleazy motel you passed on the way to the park.

Sleeping Bags come in a variety of shapes and sizes, like mummy vs. rectangular, long length vs. regular, or even left vs. right zipper. A great place to get started is this Kelty Eclipse 35 Degree Rectangular Sleeping Bag. Its synthetic insulation should keep you warm, spring, summer or fall.

Camp cooking can be as simple as boiling water or as elaborate as you want it to be. Whatever you plan on cooking, you’re going to need some kitchen basics! The Open Country 6 Person Camp Cook Set will get you off to a great start, containing a few pots and pans for whatever you are cooking, and a some plates to serve it on. And here’s the GSI Outdoors Camp Gourmet Deluxe 23 Piece Kitchen Set which should keep you covered for utensils and your kitchen tools. Should you need some seasonings to spice up your meal, check out the Multi Spice Shaker It’s even great to keep on your desk at work! You never know when you will need to add some cayenne pepper to a Lean Cuisine.

The Texsport Deluxe Dual Burner Propane Stove gets things cooking. It has two burners and uses easy to find recyclable propane cylinders.

After dinner is a great time to gather the family by the campfire for marshmallow roasting, settled into some comfortable Campmor Armchairs. The built-in drink holders are convenient, and our tailgate testers tell us they do a fine job holding a cold one.

A water carrier like the Reliance 5 Gallon Fold-A-Carrier cuts down on water runs, but don't forget to pick up a few water bottles like the Nalgene HDPE Wide Mouth Loop Top 1 Quart BPA Free Bottle for hikes away from camp.

The Outdoor Products Element Daypack is an easy way to carry those water bottles as well as the Campmor Camp Medical Kit – a must have.

Where am I going to keep all this stuff? Try the bargain Deluxe Zippered 24 x 42 Canvas Duffel Bag It will help keep all of your smaller items together, for your next outing.

Now, you just need to find a place to start your next adventure. Check out the National Parks Service website located at and start planning!