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So you want to go camping?

As fall speedily approaches, SoCal residents rush to the outdoors to enjoy their favorite activities! The sun is still shining but the chilly weather allows for it to be more green and lush outside so hiking, camping, climbing, and trail running are a more feasible option. This is exciting for us living in California since we have some of the best hiking and camping options in the country! 

Here’s a how-to guide with some local and non-local options to hike and camp. There are lots of click throughs with additional how-to guides that we suggest you read.  

What to bring : 

  • Tent

  • Sleeping bag 

  • Sleeping pad 

  • Blankets 

  • Portable stove / cookware/ propane 

  • Non perishable foods 

  • Bug spray 

  • Sunscreen 

  • Lots of water 

  • Head lamp 

  • Toiletries 

How to build a campfire 

Backpacking Tips for Beginners 

How to book a campsite 

Book a campsite through recreation.gov 

Choose a campsite based off the national park you desire 

(2hrs-8hrs drive) 

  • Joshua Tree National Park 

  • Cleveland National Forest 

  • Big Basin 

  • Santa Barbara beach camping 

  • Angeles National Forest 

  • San Bernardino National Forest 

  • Los Padres National Forest

  • Sequoia National Forest/ Park

  • Kings Canyon 

  • Yosemite National Park 

  • Tahoe National Forest 

Easy meals when camping: (depends on the cooking vessel/if you bring a portable stove)

  • Veggie chili 

  • Soup of any kind 

  • Hard boiled eggs 

  • Peanut butter jelly sandwiches 

  • Instant coffee (reiterating bringing lots of large water bottles)

  • Scrambled eggs

  • yogurt/granola 

  • Hot dogs 

  • Rice / beans 

  • Grilled cheese 

  • Potato hash 

For more tips and tricks we recommend joining Facebook groups : 

Hiking and Camping in Southern California 

SoCal Camping Families

SoCal Campsite Cancellations & Reservations

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