Destination: the Great Outdoors
cartoon Bigfoot waves from inside a realistic tent in a sunlit forest

Well, this is a little embarrassing. Apparently, I’m all thumbs when it comes to pitching tents. But don’t you worry, I’ll have this up in no time. I think I put this thingamajig in here and the whatchamacallit attaches to that thing over there and voila! Hmm? Well, you know what? Now is a good time to build my campfire.

It’s always a good idea to get your firewood locally. Transporting cords of wood further than 10 miles from where you plan to use it increases the spread of invasive species. Lucky for me, the last group of campers left behind their extra firewood. So, now all I have to do is gather a generous pile of kindling for a nice, cozy fire.

Tent camping is not for everyone. Maybe RV camping is more your speed. It sure is a great way to enjoy the great outdoors with modern conveniences. Plus, there’s the freedom to hit the road and discover more destinations than you can shake a map at! 

Whether you’re roughing it in a tent or living it up in an RV, all campers should be mindful of spreading invasive species. Buy your firewood where you plan to burn it (certified heat-treated if possible). Sweep out your tent or RV prior to leaving. Spray down your vehicle with water or compressed air to remove mud and plant parts from tires and fenders.

One last thing if you’re heading out in a RV this season. Look for suspicious splotches in your vehicles’ wheel wells and underside. Egg masses of invasive insects could look like dried mud. Remove suspicious splotches with rubbing alcohol. Doing these things every time you go camping helps reduce the spread of invasive species that can ruin your favorite campsites.

Happy camping!

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PlayCleanGo’s Official Spokescreature

P.S. Firewood rules, regulations, recommendations, and pests of concern are different throughout the USA and Canada. Use this Firewood Map to learn how to be a more responsible firewood user. 

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