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Beginner’s Guide to Camping

I’m not an expert in this field, but I would like to provide my own personal tips of what I learned while camping this weekend.

Tuckahoe is located 35 miles east of the Bay Bridge, so it was about an hour drive for us. We ended up getting there at night, which made it hard to find the location. Once we did, it was time to set up and start cooking. 

Beginner's Guide to Camping

Where: Tuckahoe State Park
Website: http://dnr2.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/eastern/tuckahoe.aspx
Address: 13070 Crouse Mill Rd, Queen Anne, MD 21657
Cost: $27.05, prices may vary based on the time of the month

Beginner's Guide to Camping
Best Time to go:

Early Fall or Spring. I don’t believe November was the best month to go camping in my opinion. It was too cold to enjoy the time there.

What to bring:

  • Small Towel
  • Toothbrush/ toothpaste
  • Change of clothes
  • Wipes
  • Saw
  • Broom
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Firewood
  • Don’t forget lighter fueled
  • Lanterns
  • Sleeping bag & Extra blankets

What to wear (depending on the month you go, but for November make sure to pack):

  • Leggings
  • Jacket
  • Gloves
  • Hat
  • Boots
  • Thick socks

Helpful Tips:

  • Buy Sundome 2 Person Tent
  • Make sure to look up exact directions beforehand
  • Bring a handy man ( the girls were useless haha)
  • Bring pepper spray, pocket knife or any items to protect yourself
  • Pack toilet paper, in case there are no restrooms close by
  • Make sure you have a full tank of gas and check battery of the car because you’re going to need the lights to set up

Our camping Experience

It was a great campsite, big, not close to other campers and we were close to the restrooms. I thought we would of had to walk quite a bit from our car to get to the site, but we were able to park right in front of it. 

Beginner's Guide to Camping

Beginner's Guide to Camping

They provide free firewood, but they request that you leave a $4 dollar donation. The wood was wet, so it took a bit of time for the fire to get started. Our hands were freezing because we didn’t bring gloves or enough blankets to really keep us warm. Yes! We didn’t come prepared for the cold, which was a big mistake.

As it got later into the night the colder it got, so we ended up going to bed pretty early to try and kept warm. The tent I bought was horrible and the ground was very uncomfortable. I couldn’t sleep the whole night, so around 5AM I woke up Mel and we decided to go sleep in the car. The best decision we made!

Beginner's Guide to Camping

One thing that we gathered from this experience was that we were not made for camping or the cold. But still determined to try this again, maybe in the spring or early fall.

Beginner's Guide to Camping

 

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