Basic tent camping in state parks and national forests has been an American family tradition for over 100 years.
Soon after motorcycles and automobiles became widely available back in the early 1900s, American families realized that tent camping offered an economical way to travel, vacation, and visit interesting attractions located many miles away from their homes. Every summer, millions of families packed their camping kits in their cars and drove to exciting destinations. After arriving in these destinations, families set up their tents and kitchen canopies in developed campgrounds and spent a week or two relaxing, eating great camp meals, and enjoying the great outdoors. Children played with new friends, swam almost every day, engaged in various recreational activities, and learned about the relationship between plants, animals, and our environment.
The objective of those tent camping vacations was (and continues to be) to live in the outdoors as comfortably as possible - with just the clothing and equipment that could be transported to the campsite in the automobile (or on a motorcycle). Unfortunately, many families undertook trips with inadequate knowledge, clothing, and equipment - and consequently suffered unpleasant experiences. Many children were especially traumatized by these ill-prepared camping trips because they got cold, hungry, or uncomfortable - and then were admonished when they complained and told that camping was supposed to be "roughing it." But, nothing could be further from the truth. Camping is supposed to be fun and enjoyable.
Over the past 50 years, the combination of poorly planned trips - plus exaggerated stories about human and animal attacks, lack of familiarity with modern camping equipment, heavy marketing of motels and RVs, and the difficulty of identifying the best campgrounds in unfamiliar regions of the country - have negatively impacted the popularity of family tent camping vacations in some regions of the country. Although several books have tried to explain how to make tent camping more comfortable, these books have not provided up-to-date information about where to find the best equipment, how to live comfortably in a campsite, and how to find the safest and most comfortable campgrounds.
Therefore, I have written four books that provide detailed information about modern tent camping in developed state and federal campgrounds. Much of this information cannot be found in any other source. Autographed copies of my books can be ordered directly from me, or un-autographed copies can be ordered directly from Amazon.com. Information about each book, can be found in the BOOKSTORE link on the MORE page. Just click the Amazon.com links for each book.
In addition to my books, I have posted over 120 YouTube videos, and maintain a Modern Tent Camping Facebook page that provide up-dated information about modern tent camping equipment, procedures, and destinations. Hot links to these pages can be found in the MORE link posted at the top right of this page. Send your comments, suggestions, and photos of favorite camping destinations to my email address