Books to Bring When You Go Camping

Headed to the great outdoors for a camping trip this summer (what's left of it) or this fall? Well we have two book recommendations for you.

First up, if you're looking for a great book to read on your trip, Bustle recently recommended Rants from the Hill by Michael Branch in their list of "11 Books to Bring Camping with You this Summer."

Why Rants from the Hill? Here's what Bustle has to say:

If the subtitle doesn't clue you in, Michael P. Branch's Rants from the Hill covers a wide range of insane, often unbelievable, encounters from Nevada's Great Basin Desert. A humorist and an environmentalist, Branch channels his unmatched wit and love for his unforgiving surroundings into his book-long rant about everything from his crazy neighbors to the pesky desert animals to unexpected wildfires and more. Fun and charming, Rants from the Hill will not only change the way you look at the desert,  but it will transform your opinions of the people who live there, too.

For anyone who is planning to go camping with children of any age, look no further than Helen Olsson's The Down and Dirty Guide to Camping With Kids.

In a recent Scouting Magazine piece, Olsson explains that the effort involved with bringing the whole family is worth it:

Olsson admits that camping with kids can feel like a lot of work — it is a lot of work — but “it’s so awesome to get out there in the woods with our kids. Camping trips leave us all feeling more connected to nature and to one another. It’s worth the effort.”

Tips from the book range from advice about what to bring, what food to eat, where to go, and when to know if your kids are old enough for camping.

Even if you have a baby or toddler in the mix, your family can be ready to camp. Olsson and her husband first started camping with their infant son when he was about 10 months old.

Toddlers require a little more prep work before heading into the wild. In addition to keeping your child’s typical nap and bedtime routine, Olsson suggests turning to books for encouragement. Her kids loved reading Curious George Goes Camping by Margret Rey, S Is for S’mores by Helen Foster James, Duck Tentsby Lynne Berry and other camping-themed children’s books.

Read the whole article in Scouting magazine here.