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The Down and Dirty Guide to Camping with Kids: How to Plan Memorable Family Adventures and Connect Kids to Nature Paperback – April 17, 2012
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“Olsson provides a comprehensive guide to car camping with children, from infants to preteens. Through her extensive advice, greenhorn parents will quickly evolve into knowledgeable campers, capable of offering their children rewarding experiences in nature that will last a lifetime.”—ForeWord Reviews
“A treasure trove of information and ideas that would be a fine addition to any camper’s bookshelf. The author’s conversational, first-person approach feels like a chat with a friendly neighbor. Her well-crafted prose is sprinkled with a humor that parents will particularly appreciate.”—The Deseret News
“This book is an incredible resource for families just beginning their outdoor adventuring.”—Eco Child’s Play, www.ecochildsplay.com
“I love the author because she is a mother herself, as well as a very organized one! Perhaps the most appealing parts of the book are the numerous checklists. The illustrations are clean and simple and they fit with the whole retro theme of the book. Perfect for your kids to browse and learn from. Olssen makes it easy for busy moms and dads to plan, pack, and execute an amazing camping weekend.”—Natural Family Today, www.naturalfamilytoday.com
“The book is packed with enough detail to allow someone who has never camped in their life to venture confidently into the woods, but even veteran backcountry campers will find plenty of useful tips on everything from first aid to making camp.”—The Daily Camera (Boulder, CO)
“If you’re like me, no matter how much you plan, the Wing It factor always comes into play when you go camping with children. But now there's a book that can help you tame the chaos of mushing your whole family and a ridiculous mountain of gear into a single tent. You won’t find a more comprehensive how-to on the subject than The Down and Dirty Guide to Camping With Kids. Olsson leads you through practically every decision you need to make—from where and when to go, to what to bring (less than you think), to what to cook (single best compendium of s’mores recipes ever), and how to keep the kids out of your hair (berry paints! photo safaris!). Because it’s so sensible, the guide is great for everyone, from seasoned backcountry veterans who want to learn a few new shortcuts to families that have never once set up a tent or banged a stake into the ground. Olsson’s tone is chipper yet informative, and never condescending. The book is crammed with handy packing checklists, simple but clever camp recipes, and lots of genuinely helpful advice, like always bring your bikes and orient your tent door to the best view.”—Katie Arnold, Outsideonline.com.
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The book by Olsson is fun, funny and helpful. I now know way more than I did 10 years ago about camping with kids (having learned the painful way), but there is much in here I did not know and everything in here is what is wish I HAD known. It is that good. The book included humorous stories from her camping days as a kid and with her own family (and who doesn't enjoy a good camping disaster story!). My favorite was the one about the sister who used poison ivy to wipe her backside after a pit stop in the woods. I have vague recollections of a similar error. Mixed in with the entertaining anecdotes is plenty of solid advice. The poison ivy story is followed up with guidelines for avoiding poison ivy, for treating a poison ivy rash, and for getting the oil out of your clothes. The author isn't afraid to let us learn from her mistakes. Isn't that the best way to learn something - from someone else's mishaps? It's a refreshing take on camping with kids.
The book is packed with the basics on gear, planning, and food (great recipes for a new kind of s'more), but there's also beefy chapters on arts and crafts and games and activities to keep the kids entertained at the campsite.Read more ›
In this book, Olsson answers all your questions about camping with kids. There are sections that deal with having all the right gear, from boots to tents. Later she gets you prepped and ready to camp with her signature lists--Little Tykes Gear Checklist, Software Checklist (that's clothing), Camp Kitchen Cleanup Checklist--before explaining in the next section how to setting up camp, prepare meals, keep the site clean, etc.
The third section is my favorite. Anyone who has planned a camping trip knows the risk of over planning the sleeping and eating to the neglect of the other 14 or so hours in the day. You have to have something planned, be it hiking, rafting, fishing, throwing horseshoes, collecting flowers... something, or your family will go nuts and take you with them to the funny farm. Olsson's final section has you covered enough games, activities, and crafts to keep your brood happy for a month in the woods.
But that's not all (trying hard not to sound like a infomercial), there's a lot of sound advice here. Smart Tips are scattered to nearly every page with sage guidance that will make your trip as smooth as a well-swept tent floor (she has advice on that too):
Save some cash by buying kids' hiking boots used. (They're going to outgrow them before they outwear them.Read more ›
My wife and I marveled at how often the author's tales exactly reflected our experience, and in several cases how her advice aligns with practices we learned the hard way. If you plan on camping with kids, this book is well worth buying and reading.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Easy to read and practical advice - great for this non-camper married to a camper! We're using the book to plan our first fall camping trip.Published 18 hours ago by Jaime
Prepping for our first camping trip in 15 years. Have read this book cover to cover and it is very helpful. Purchased this in addition to 'Camping for Dummies' by Michael Hodgson.Published 1 month ago by cawalker77
Very helpful for a first timer. Funny, sweet and full of useful information. Highly recommended.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Improved our camping experience by a bazillion percent according to my childrenPublished 7 months ago by curious
the book Down and Dirty Guide to Camping with Kids is a great book for review, did contain some new tips.Published 13 months ago by MARION