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5 Top Tips to Know Before Going Camping in Westchester

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Think you’re all ready for that camping trip? Before you pack the car and hit the road, read up on these tips from a local expert.

By Paul Adler and Gina Valentino

Don’t head out on the trails without a bit of know-how first. In order to get our bearings, we asked Gennaro Ferraro, a conservation educator at Rye Nature Center, for some savvy hacks.

Inform Others

Always have a plan and let others know where you are going and when you are expected back home.

More Than a Knife

Bring a primary blade along with a backup pocketknife. Your primary knife should have a 5” blade made of a solid piece of metal. This helps with everything from cutting limbs and fire building to processing game.

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Don’t Forget Fire

Bring multiple fire-starting devices. A Bic lighter is a safe bet, but bring other sources as well, such as a ferrocerium rod.

Clothing Matters

Pack at least two full sets of socks and undergarments, pants, and a shirt. When dressing for cold weather, always wear wool, as it stays warm when wet. For warmer months, microfiber synthetics are a great choice.

Sustain Yourself

Bring food that has both nutrition and calories. There are many great J.A.W. (just add water) foods, or consider trying overnight oats while you hike.

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