Everyone has heard stories of “bad” camping trips. A lack of planning is the cause of many such episodes. Carefully evaluate where you are going, what you will do when you get there, the climate, and how long you will be on the trail. Don’t forget to make reservations if necessary, check the weather and make sure you have enough food and clothing. Also plan for water, or the lack of it. Make a gear list for each kind of trip you take. After trips, update your lists, improve them and save each for future reference. Finally, always plan for the unexpected. Check out this website for further information regarding planning, gear selection and shopping, reducing weight, and more.