What it’s good to know in case you’re tenting this Memorial Day weekend


The pandemic sparked a boom in outdoor activities among people looking to flee. Camping was an activity that many people either reintroduced or tried for the first time in 2020.

The North American Camping Report 2021 found that the number of households who identify themselves as campers (but don’t necessarily have to camp every year) rose by a record 3.9 million households in 2020 to a total of 86.1 million. According to the report, the number of first-time campers in 2020 was five times higher than the previous year.

RVs also boomed in connection with the increased interest in camping. According to the report, 1.7 million more households received a mobile home in 2020.

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The general idea of ​​camping has changed in recent years thanks to the newly formed “glamping”. Glamping is defined as a camping experience that includes a greater number of services and amenities. This means that more people are interested in camping, but not necessarily in going offline.

Gifford Pinchot State Park in Lewisberry saw accelerated growth in its campsite in 2020. Park ranger Jennifer Green has been in the park for 16 years and says she loves it. “Most days I can open the park and watch the sunrise with my coffee. It’s beautiful, ”says Green.

She says the best tip for families planning to camp is to use your yard for the first time. Get a tent, learn how to pitch it, make sure your kids sleep comfortably in the tent, and easily learn about some things you might have forgotten before you actually leave. “State parks are usually a good place for first-time campers as they have many amenities and are usually close to a store in case you need to buy something you’ve forgotten,” says Green.

A midstate guide to Memorial Day

The United States National Park Service (NPS) oversees all of the country’s national parks, many of which see campers year-round. When it comes to camping necessities, the most important things to remember while camping are water, food, clothing, shelter, cooking and cleaning supplies, and personal care products, according to the NPS.

If you want to sleep in a tent, Green recommends halving the recommended occupancy size for the tent. “The recommended occupancy of tents is usually marketed without considering the space required for your materials. So if you’re trying to adjust the recommended size for your group, you’re likely to be very cramped in your tent, ”says Green.

Camping advice and where to camp in Lancaster County

Make sure you check the weather for the area you will be camping in so you are prepared for the environment you will be in. If you’re camping in the Midstate, tune in to abc27.com/weather for the latest information from your most accurate local forecast.