3 Awesome Books For Researching Your Next Camping Adventure

Every year, millions of people in the U.S. head off on a camping trip. If you’re one of those people who enjoy indulging their passion for the outdoors life, you’ll know it pays to be prepared. Regular campers should already know the basics they need to take and the type of clothing they need to pack. They’ll also have a good idea of the conditions they can expect.

However, if you’re new to camping or you’re planning on a larger, more demanding camping/hiking trip, taking the time to research by reading some of the many camping/hiking books on the market can be hugely beneficial. By researching ahead of time, you can gain the maximum enjoyment from your trip. To help you on your way, here are three awesome books for researching your next camping adventure

America’s Great Hiking Trails

The Appalachian Trail is one of the most popular in the United States. It’s also the trail that many campers and hikers hold an ambition to visit. And with numerous camping grounds along the way there’s ample opportunity to pitch a tent or stay in a shelter. However, anyone wishing to know more before they go should enjoy America’s Great Hiking Trails by Karen Berger.

Not only does the book cover the spectacular Appalachian Trail, it also includes other popular camping/hiking trails including Pacific Crest, the Continental Divide and the Natchez Chance. In total, this award-winning book covers 11 of the Unite States best-known trails. It’s packed full of information and it’s sure to serve as an inspiration for anyone who is planning their next big adventure.

Camp Sunset: A Modern Camper’s Guide To The Great Outdoors

There’s a lot to think about ahead of the camping trip, so ideally you want information that sets everything out clearly. Camp Sunset aims to provide detailed directions for the modern camper, including checklists and how-to guides that will be essential to a good experience. It explains everything from packing the right equipment and clothing, to how to protect yourself against the inevitable insects that are part of camping life. It doesn’t leave out mealtimes either – you’ll find out how to cook fun recipes and create cocktails while camping.

The book also teaches campers to make the most of their surroundings. It has tips on how to photograph nature, and if you’re concerned that boredom might take over along the way, you will find helpful tips on how to tell camping stories and approach popular activities like fishing. In addition, you’ll gain information on star gazing so you can maximize your appreciation of the night skies. This book is recommended for researching prior to your camping trip, but you will also find it invaluable to take with you.

The Complete Idiot’s Guide To Backpacking and Camping

This book has proved popular with both beginner backpackers and advanced alike; it’s especially inspiring to novices who might not yet be convinced that camping or backpacking is for them. This book should convince readers to understand that outside activity is open to everybody of any ability. It also serves as you form of encouragement for anyone wishing to enjoy the many open trails and camping grounds in the U.S.

Additional Sources

As well as the above books, if you’re camping in a specific area, don’t forget to do some additional research by looking at area guides. The National Park Service has guides available online and the U.S. National Forest has several guides available for purchase. To further research your next camping adventure, look for apps that give you information specific to the area that you plan to explore.


Researching your camping adventure can help beginners and experienced campers alike get the most out of their next adventure. There are numerous books available and the books featured in this article give a broad overview to optimize the success of your camping adventure. As well as the books, don’t forget to take advantage of the many guides and apps that are available.

If space allows, take your guides/books with you so you can refer to them along the way. Pack light, versatile clothing such as alpaca so you’ll ready for all conditions. You can see our full range here.

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