Books to Help You Unplug and Camp Out

Summer is here! Time to unplug and camp out. Camping has provided many memorable experiences for our family, as well as a chance to disconnect from our busy lives and reconnect with each other. Last Fourth of July we made the trip to our favorite spot, Spencer Spit State Park on Lopez Island.

Everything went as planned until we discovered our rented tent was missing its poles. What do you do when you find yourself on an island over a holiday weekend, all ferries booked, with no tent poles? You improvise. See photo left. Three 2 x 4s, some rebar and we had ourselves a makeshift tent. Thankfully it didn't rain and once again we had a great family time. And the Lopez Island Community Fireworks were fabulous!

Before you embark on your next (or first) camping or outdoor adventure, prepare yourself with some of these resources. And don't forget your tent poles.

Complete Guide to Camping and Wilderness Survival

This is the most comprehensive book I found on camping and wilderness survival for both novices and experienced outdoor enthusiasts. Professional Outdoor Media Association Pinnacle Award for Book of the Year.

A Woman's Guide to the Wild

The author addresses camping and the outdoor experience from a female perspective in this thorough introduction to the basics. She not only covers practical advice geared toward women but the differences in the way women may approach being in the wilderness.

Expert Companions

A handy reference guide of real-world advice to help you prepare for all levels of outdoor adventure, both physically and mentally.

The Down and Dirty Guide to Camping With Kids

My favorite pick for camping with kids, this book's four sections - trip planning, gearing up, organizing the campsite, boredom busters, and first aid and safety - make it easy to reference. Filled with tips, checklists and "secret weapons," such as how to make homemade fire-starting eggs, this handy guide provides all you need for successful outdoor adventures.

Outdoor Adventure Trips

Author Gil Gilpatrick offers expert advice based on his 65 years of wilderness experience. This master guide handbook is geared to those who already have a base of outdoor experience and knowledge and want to successfully lead a safe and enjoyable camping, hiking, canoeing or hunting trip.

Camping Activity Book for Families

A thorough, easy-to-use guide that helps with planning your trip, setting up camp, outdoor adventures, and camp activities to keep everyone happy on your camping trip.

Camp Out!

This book provides 174 skills, projects, games and more, and is a great all around outdoor activity book geared to kids 7 and up.

Kids' Guide to Camping

A fun basic guide for young readers laid out in a kid-friendly, engaging format. 

If you are not up for a full-blown family camping trip, you may want to check out other resources for Fun Outdoor Activities with Kids.