"Some places you’ll see a road that you can’t drive a car on but you can definitely bike. It’s basically a ‘bike camping this way’ sign. You can find cool old campsites that clearly used to be heavily used and are now abandoned so you don’t have to create your own space."—Tom Fucoloro, Seattle Bike Blog writer


"I bought a pair of welding gloves from a hardware store to use when tending campfires that I find to be much more durable than the ones marketed as fire gloves. They also tend to cover a good part of your forearms too, which is great news for your otherwise-singed arm hair."—Jesse Van Hoy, University Child Development School program director


"Heat up water and put it in a water bottle and put it by your feet to stay warm at night."—Brittany Richardson, former Backroads guide

 

"Burritos are a crowd-pleaser! Everyone can put whatever they can or can’t eat into it—there are a lot of food allergies nowadays, and I do a lot of group camping."—Greg Whittaker, Mountain to Sound Outfitters owner


"My new trusty Swiss military-grade backpack, which I purchased for $25 at a navy surplus store. Surplus bags are waterproof and super-resilient."—Trevor Eakes, UW student 

 

"Take turns having one person get up before the rest to boil water and prepare breakfast. Waking up to breakfast is the best thing ever when it’s really cold out and you don’t want to get out of your sleeping bag."—Lina García Schmidt, former harvester at Baywater Shellfish Farms harvester


"If you have damp socks at the end of the day—this has to be in a cold climate—hang your socks over your shoulder while you sleep, over a shirt and under a fleece jacket. Your body heat will cause the water in the socks to evaporate, and you’ll have warm socks in the morning."—Carson Tidyman, Seattle University student and Eagle Scout


"Never bring a fork. Anything you can do with a fork, you can do with a spoon or fingers."—Carson Tidyman, Seattle University student and Eagle Scout