Millions of Americans enjoy camping in state parks every year. This book is designed to make finding RV-friendly state parks easier. Included is information on nearly 1,750 state parks, forests, and recreation areas in 49 states that offer accommodations for RVers.RV Camping in State Parks includes:
- State Maps
- Contact Information
- Total Number of RV Sites
- Number of Sites with Hookups
- Amenities and Facilities
- Activities and Attractions
- Wireless Internet Access
- GPS Coordinates
Very helpful for finding state parks. Gives all the info on the parks as to whether there are electric, water or sewer hookups. We have used it 3 times so far in two different states. There is also a map for each state showing which area of the state parks are in so you can focus on the area you are headed for. Wish it had pictures of parks but not a big deal, once you find a park you can always check it out on their website.
With 3 kids 5 and under, I wanted some guidance in planning upcoming summer camping trips. This book has it all – very practical with tips on everything from choosing a campsite to set up to meal planning. Adult humor built in as you read as well. I even flagged pages for referencing later – that’s a sign of a solid informational book. The checklists are useful – I would have forgotten several items that were identified. If you are new to camping with kids as I am you will find this very useful. Highly recommend!
- I’ve read a few books on camping with kids over the years, but none emphasizes the importance or explores the full landscape of preparedness more than this new one I picked up the other day. Olsson is a list maker, and there is perhaps no better trait you want in someone who’s planning or helping you plan a trip. As I’ve mentioned before, the motto we lived by in my scout troop was “A prepared scout is a happy scout.” This is true in for all campers.
In this book, Olsson answers all your questions about camping with kids. There are sections that deal with having all the right gear, from boots to tents. Later she gets you prepped and ready to camp with her signature lists–Little Tykes Gear Checklist, Software Checklist (that’s clothing), Camp Kitchen Cleanup Checklist–before explaining in the next section how to setting up camp, prepare meals, keep the site clean, etc.
The third section is my favorite. Anyone who has planned a camping trip knows the risk of over planning the sleeping and eating to the neglect of the other 14 or so hours in the day. You have to have something planned, be it hiking, rafting, fishing, throwing horseshoes, collecting flowers… something, or your family will go nuts and take you with them to the funny farm. Olsson’s final section has you covered enough games, activities, and crafts to keep your brood happy for a month in the woods.
But that’s not all (trying hard not to sound like a infomercial), there’s a lot of sound advice here. Smart Tips are scattered to nearly every page with sage guidance that will make your trip as smooth as a well-swept tent floor (she has advice on that too):
Save some cash by buying kids’ hiking boots used. (They’re going to outgrow them before they outwear them.)
Fish away from other anglers. Your kids will scare all their fish away and ruin it for everyone.
Stash socks in a mesh bag for easy locating. And don’t forget a plastic bag for dirty laundry.
All this is sewn up with important safety and first aid info, meaning you’ll want to take the book along with you.
Besides being printed on recycled paper and having wonderful illustrations and cute, rounded corners, this book is also a wonderful guide for parents, and anyone who wants some tips on planning a good camping trip. I love that it has recipes, complete with tips on what to do beforehand to make the camping cooking easier. If you’ve wanted to be more organized with your planning of camping trips, but didn’t have the time, this book will help you tremendously. Plus, it’s well written, by a real writer (not just someone who decided to write a camping book)!
- As a parent who has done quite a bit of camping with my two young daughters, I was skeptical when my wife picked up this book in the store. But as we paged through and read passages, I was pleasantly surprised by the many thoughtful ideas and the way they are presented in witty, personal stories. Having now read the book more thoroughly, and having employed many of her tips on, for instance, coaxing the kids up the trail, I can say for sure that the book is loaded with good advice, creative solutions to common issues, and wise assessments of gear. The personal tone of the writing makes it fun and funny to read, but also let’s you know the content is born of experience in the outdoors with kids.
My wife and I marveled at how often the author’s tales exactly reflected our experience, and in several cases how her advice aligns with practices we learned the hard way. If you plan on camping with kids, this book is well worth buying and reading.
Olsson breaks down the whole process of camping from start to finish. Including information and checklists to consider before scheduling, in preparation for and while on the camping trip. She even has a quick reference “park ranger” character who intervenes throughout the book with useful tips and tricks to consider. My favorite feature of the book are the checklists. Olsson includes checklists for what to pack, gear to bring, and the most useful of all a complete first aid kit checklist. I appreciate the wit she delivers along with her wisdom of how to successfully and easily travel to the woods with kids. She put my worries at ease, and I am now in the process of planning my first camping trip with my family.
This is a great camping guide, thorough and well written. The book is in a very easy to read format and I especially appreciated the checklists provided by the author. Being a suburban mom to two young boys, I really related to the author’s anecdotal and easygoing style. It really inspired me to think I could take my children camping and make happy memories for them as well! We are now planning our first camping trip for the boys and we’ll definitely take this book with us.