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Essentials for a successful camping trip (if only in the backyard)

Here are a few key ingredients for a successful camp-out (if only in the backyard):

 Tent (or a blanket and tarp)

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 Sleeping bags (or sheets and blankets), and a pad or air mattress (improvise with a pile of newspapers covered with a sheet)

 Flashlight and extra batteries

 Insect repellent

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 Warm clothes

 Extras such as binoculars, camera, radio, books, magazines, cards, games, toys, s’mores supplies

SOURCE: National Wildlife Federation

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