Camping 101

Campsite Morning at Butte Lake

Best Camping Gear for Kids: Keep Them Having Fun and Enjoying the Great Outdoors

Relaxing on Butte Lake after a day of hiking

June 23, 2022

Read on for our kids’ camping gear essentials: campsite toys to bring, what to pack for family day hikes, tips for creating a kid-friendly campsite, and our favorite books to read around the campfire. I also share the camping toys we love but leave home when it’s time for the real deal. … Read More

Camping Breakfast Burritos for Easy and Delicious Mornings

Another night around the campfire

September 18, 2020

Make-ahead breakfast burritos have quickly become a favorite camping tradition in our family. We are not morning people. And when I say “we,” I mean John and I aren’t morning people. When we went to Lassen earlier this summer, the kids were wide awake and ready to get out of the tent at 6 am. After starting the boiling water for our coffee and cocoa, we wanted a warm breakfast without a lot of work.  … Read More

Camping Crafts for Kids: Make Your Own Camping Lanterns That Double as Tent Night Lights

Camping Crafts for Kids - DIY Lanterns

July 16, 2020

Before going on a trip, I like to do a project or two to get the boys excited about where we’re going. Given everything going on, our little 3-day Lassen camping trip was a huge deal for us, so camping crafts for the kids had to follow! … Read More

The Best Family Tents for Car Camping in 2021

January 31, 2021

Trying to figure out the best family tent for your family? Before you get too bogged down on questions about pole structure and the benefits of nylon vs. polyester, remember that the best family tent is the one that’s going to get your family outside together the most often. … Read More