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I’m going camping this weekend for the first time since moving to New York City five years ago, and despite having camped many times in my life, I’m a little anxious. When I lived in Northern California, I frequently had the opportunity to enjoy the open wilderness with friends. But here in the big city, fewer people are up for weekend trips to the country — at least those which involve backpacks, tents, and a dearth of food-delivery options.
I will be the most experienced camper in this weekend’s group, and I’m pretty rusty. Since my journey into the woods has me both excited and scared (any Sondheim fans?), I thought I’d hike through the Camping category in Answers to gear up for the weekend.
I found some great lists of important items I shouldn’tforget — obvious things like a tent, sleeping bag, and flashlight, as well as things that I probably would have neglected to bring: extra batteries, first-aid supplies, and toilet paper (oops!).
As far as food is concerned, we are bringing a small cooler and some rudimentary cooking equipment, so that widely expands our sustenance possibilities. And I found some delicious recommendations on food items to bring along. Is there anything better than bacon and freshly scrambled eggs after sleeping in the great outdoors?
What am I forgetting? Do you have any advice for this city boy heading to the country? What tips do you have for a safe and enjoyable camping trip?
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