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Camping Tips

Camping Tips

Things you should know before heading out on your next camping trip including what to pack, what to expect and safety precautions.

Camping Gear Reviews

Camping Gear

Sometimes it can be difficult to know what to take with you, so we present the latest reviews on all of your camping essentials.

Camping Sites

Camping Sites

Finding the perfect campsite can be a challenge and there are many factors to consider, such as location, amenities, and price.

Welcome to Mr. Happy Camper!

Your helpful guide to all things camping.

Mr. Happy Camper is a team of bloggers who love nothing more than spending time outdoors and under the stars. 

There is no better way to relax and connect with nature than by pitching a tent and enjoying all that the great outdoors has to offer.

We want to share our passion for camping with you by providing helpful tips, gear reviews, and campsite recommendations. 

We aim to inspire you to get outdoors and explore the beauty of our planet too.

So, what are you waiting for? Get out there!

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Why Trust Us?

At Mr. Happy Camper, we prioritize transparency, expertise, and integrity in all our content. When it comes to camping, trust is paramount, which is why we go above and beyond to earn and maintain the confidence of our readers.

We do all the research, reviews, and comparisons so you don’t have to, ensuring that every piece of advice, gear review, and campsite recommendation is backed by thorough investigation and firsthand experience. Our team consists of passionate campers with years of experience across various terrains and climates, allowing us to offer insights and guidance tailored to both beginners and seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Whether you’re seeking expert recommendations for essential gear or trustworthy tips for your next adventure, you can rely on us to provide honest, reliable, and unbiased information to enhance your camping experience. All you have to do is spend less time scrolling and more time enjoying the great outdoors!

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Buyer's Guide

Mr. Happy Camper is your go-to resource for making informed decisions about camping gear. Whether you’re in the market for a new tent, sleeping bag, or portable stove, we’ve got you covered with expert advice and detailed insights.

We provide essential background information on each product category, helping you understand how they’re used and what features to look for. From ultralight backpacking gear to family camping essentials, we’ll help you navigate the options and find the perfect fit for your needs.

Our guides identify key decision-making factors for each product category, whether it’s durability, weight, ease of setup, or comfort. We evaluate how products perform in these areas, providing honest assessments based on our own experiences and extensive research.

With us on your side, you can shop with confidence, knowing you’re making the right choice for your camping adventures. Happy camping!

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The Essential Guide to Camping in Utah

Ready to explore the great outdoors? Learn everything you need to know, including the best campsites, activities and safety tips, in our essential guide to camping in Utah.

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What essential gear do I need for camping?

We can’t stress enough how crucial it is to get your hands on a durable tent to keep you dry, a sleeping bag that’s cozy enough for nighttime temperatures, and a sleeping pad to keep you insulated from the cold ground. For stowing all your essentials, choose a backpack that aligns with your trip’s duration. Don’t forget a headlamp for those late-night treks to the bushes, and cooking gear like a portable stove to whip up some outdoor gourmet treats. Remember to dress for success (think layers and weather-specific gear), bring a trusty first-aid kit, navigate like a pro with proper tools, and ensure sufficient sustenance and hydration – or means to purify the water you find.

How do I choose a good campsite?

You’re going to want to set up your home away from home on flat ground to avoid an unintended midnight hill roll. Look for a spot that gives you a bit of cover from winds but steer clear of setting up camp under tree heavyweights – you don’t want any surprise acorn showers or branch drop-offs. While being within a stone’s throw of a water source is super convenient, make sure you’re at least 200 feet away to safeguard the purity of these precious waters. And let’s not forget about leaving adequate space between you and your fellow nature enthusiasts – for everyone’s peace of mind.

How do I stay safe from wildlife while camping?

The golden rule here is to know thy furry and feathered neighbors. Keep your grub under tight security – bear-proof containers are your best friends in critter-central areas, or go old school and hoist your food out of reach. Always keep your temporary abode tidy, properly stash your toothpaste and deodorant (yes, they love those too), and acquaint yourself with the “In Case of an Animal Encounter” handbook (okay, not a real book, but make sure you know what to do).

How do I build a campfire safely and responsibly?

Firstly, confirm that your campsite is cool with you lighting up a blaze. Once you’ve got the thumbs-up, stick to existing fire pits or rings. Keep fire-squelching goodies nearby – water or a shovel will do the trick. Your fuel should be deadwood found lying around, not snapped from living trees. Fires are basically toddlers – they should never be left unsupervised. And when it’s time to say goodbye, drown every ember. The morning after touch-test should tell you it’s cold.

How can I minimize my impact on the environment while camping?

We’re huge on leaving nature exactly as we found it, meaning we walk the walk when it comes to Leave No Trace principles. Stick to the well-beaten path to avoid disturbing untouched land, pack out what you pack in (nobody likes a litterbug), admire natural wonders and critters from a respectable distance, and avoid the siren call of the “perfect” campfire spot outside of designated areas. It’s all about ensuring our wild playground stays pristine for generations to come.

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