10 URBAN MYTHS ABOUT CAMPING – BUSTED
Bears Are Waiting to Attack
More people die every year from choking on hot dogs than bear attacks. You’re unlikely to even see a bear. But to be sure, keep food airtight (like, in your RV fridge).
Burnt Marshmallows Are Dangerous
It’s ok if your S’more game is just getting started. A burned marshmallow or two will not cause anything but the desire for another cold beverage.
Go Ahead, Throw Anything Into a Campfire
You can, but why would you? Keep cans and other metals out of the campfire. They don’t melt down and just look sort of sad in the morning.
The GPS on Your Phone is Map Enough
Service can still be patchy in some areas and why risk it? If you are really going off the grid, a compass and waterproof map will never run out of batteries. We keep our phone charged even wild camping in our RV.
Do Not Swim 30 Minutes After Eating
You might not feel great, but there are no recorded accidents due to eating a burger before bellyflopping.
Poison Ivy Is Contagious
Contact with a rash won’t hurt you. Contact with the oil from the leaves will. It can cling to clothes, pets and equipment so wash everything in hot and soapy water (again, this is where an RV comes in handy).
A Hole in the Ground is Your Powder Room
Most campgrounds have very modern to good-enough public restrooms and shower facilities as well as running water. Our bet: bring your own.
Hating Rabbits Keeps Smoke Away
White rabbit, I hate rabbits – we’re not sure why rabbits became the ultimate enemy of campfire smoke in popular lore, but we find it only works when the wind does.
Men with Hockey Masks Await
We’ve seen the movies. Luckily, most campgrounds are monitored, staffed and by appointment. Stick to well-run campgrounds, state parks and national parks and the most you will fear is a very talkative neighbor. Another RV bonus: walls, a door and a lock! And if worse comes to worse, drive away!
Camping is Hard, Dirty & Scary
RVs are the perfect bridge between hotel and tent. Popups give a tent vibe. Others are hotels on wheels. However you go, you get the benefits of the outdoors when you want them and the convenience and security of a home on wheels the rest of the time. Find your fit with our RV quiz.