Camping Around the Pacific Northwest

Summer is approaching, which means great weather for the Pacific Northwest. This is a prime opportunity to start planning your camping trips for the season. Not sure where to begin? Check out these camping locations by their key features:

If you want to camp on a riverfront

Hoh River Trail – Olympic National Park

If you want to camp in the backwoods

Barclay Lake – Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Park

If you want to camp on a beach

Shi Shi Beach – Olympic National Park

If you want to camp in a yurt

Cape Disappointment State Park – Washington/Oregon Border

If you want to camp on a lakefront

Owhi Campground – near Cle Elum, Washington

If you want to camp at a fort

Fort Flagler State Park – Port Townsend, Washington

If you want to camp close to home

Denny Creek Campground – 50 miles east of Seattle

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Who’s Ready to Go Camping?

Learning how to be an expert camper doesn’t happen overnight, but it’s important when planning your trip that you don’t leave anything behind.

Here’s a list of items we think should be included on your next camping trip:

  • Water: Depending on the length of your trip, you’ll want to have as much as you can carry.
  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag: Choose one that is water-resistant and durable.
  • Sleeping pad
  • Portable stove
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio in case of an emergency.
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First Aid kit
  • Camping chairs
  • Cooler
  • Lightweight backpack
  • Lantern: in case you want to play games while sitting around the campfire.
  • Board Games, frisbees, bikes
  • Tarp(s)
  • Fire sticks: These will come in handy when lighting campfires.
  • Matches in waterproof container
  • Propane canisters
  • Trekking poles: These will help on those high elevation hikes.
  • Hiking boots
  • Sturdy, lightweight rain jacket
  • Paper cups, paper plates and utensils, paper towels
  • Pans and/or pots: When it comes to cooking around the fire, you’ll want to make sure you don’t forget these!
  • Cutting boards, or some other kind of surface to set food on while preparing.
  • Emergency reference material, such as a first aid book.