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Use a rain fly. This is a large tarp that's erected over the picnic table for shelter from sun
and rain. Avoid those with a pole in the center. That's right where you'll want to put a
picnic table. Instead, get one with a ridgepole.
Always securely stake down the rain fly to keep it stable in the wind, even if it is calm
when you set it up. Wind has a habit of rising up in the middle of night during a
thunderstorm. If you secured it right, you won't need to get out of bed to check on it during
During bug season, you might want to take a gazebo. These are essentially a rain tarp with
mosquito netting on all sides, to provide shelter from bugs, rain and the sun.
Be sure you have backup batteries of every size that you use, and that they're fresh.
A little folding stool with a canvas seat is perfect for tent camping by car or canoe.
Folding lawn chairs are great for relaxing around camp.
Tie a clothesline between two trees, and hang your wet towels and swimsuits over it for
Hang up your sleeping bag during the day to air it out.
Make sure your flashlight batteries are fresh before leaving home (yes, it is worth