The food tastes better, the air is fresh, and it may be the best sleep you’ll ever have. Camping offers a layered feast for the senses. The sights, the sounds, the smells provide a natural background to spending time together relaxing and having fun.
There are many camping choices in Missouri. Planning is key, from finding the right location for hiking or water sports, to packing the right tent, gear, and supplies. Bring layers for weather and have an essentials box for first aid, batteries, and fire starters.
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Going camping? Before you build your campfire keep these firewise tips in mind:
- When you prepare to make your fire, clear a generous zone around fire rings. When humidity is low and wind is high, debris can become tinder for a stray spark or ember. Store your unused firewood a good distance from the fire.
- Never use gasoline, kerosene or other flammable liquid to start a fire.
- Keep campfires small and controllable.
- Keep fire-extinguishing materials, such as a rake, shovel and bucket of water, close by in case you need to quench your fire in a hurry.
- Never leave a campfire unattended!
- Extinguish campfires each night and before leaving camp (even if it's just for a few moments).
- Call 911 at the first sign of a fire getting out of control.
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