Here are a few key ingredients for a successful camp-out (if only in the backyard):
■ Tent (or a blanket and tarp)
■ 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
■ Warm clothes
■ Extras such as binoculars, camera, radio, books, magazines, cards, games, toys, s’mores supplies
SOURCE: National Wildlife FederationTaryn Plumb can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.