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12 Essential Camping Supplies

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Books and Games

Camping is a way to unplug from computers and electronic forms of entertainment. Encourage your kids to read, enjoy the quiet time, and put away their handheld videogames during your trip. For younger kids, bring their favorite books and bedtime stories to help make them feel at home.

Bring playing cards and simple board games without a lot of pieces to lose. Telling ghost stories, reading, or playing games by the campfire or inside the tent will make more lasting memories than playing videogames. There's something special about living and playing outdoors for a few days!

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