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2023 Camping 101 Guide

2023 Camping 101 Guide

Camping can seem daunting to a beginner, but with the right guidance and preparation, it can become one of the most rewarding experiences (and our favorite activities)! Whether you're drawn to the idea of waking up to birdsong, gazing at starry skies, or simply seeking an escape from the daily grind, camping provides an unparalleled connection to nature. Here are three essential tips to ensure a successful first camping trip:

  1. Setting Up the Perfect Campsite: Choose a flat area away from the wind, ideally at a distance from water sources to avoid pesky insects. Clear the ground of any debris that could make sleeping uncomfortable. If you're using a tent, ensure all its parts are present and that you're familiar with the setup process. Don’t forget to securely stake it down to prevent it from flying off in the wind!
  2. Building a Cozy Campfire: Ensure you're in a designated fire zone before starting a campfire. Gather three types of wood: tinder (small twigs and dry leaves), kindling (small sticks), and firewood (larger logs). Start with tinder, add the kindling once it's aflame, and then add your logs. Remember, safety first! Always have water nearby and never leave your fire unattended.
  3. Camping Essentials: A comfortable sleeping bag, suitable for the season, is key. Also consider packing a pad or air mattress for added comfort. Bring enough water, easy-to-cook foods, a first-aid kit, and a flashlight with extra batteries. And while it’s idyllic to disconnect, a fully charged phone is essential for emergencies.

Now that we've equipped you with some basic knowledge, how about putting it to practice? Join us for Camping 101 hosted by Wondery Outdoors ambassador Jess in partnership with Friends of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks who will provide all camping gear for participants including tents, sleeping bags, mats, and more.

WHAT Camping 101: Learn the ropes of setting up a tent, cooking outdoor meals, and camping safety. Enjoy hikes, a Sunday morning yoga session, and community with other women-identifying campers
WHO Hosted by Wondery Outdoors in partnership with Friends of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks
WHEN Saturday, October 21 to Sunday, October 22, 2023
WHERE Aguirre Spring Campground, Las Cruces, New Mexico


Learn the ropes of camping with our experienced guides plus enjoy hiking, yoga, and fireside meals. Spaces are limited–sign up now and let's discover the magic of camping together!


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