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Family Camping: Lakeside in Vermont


No need for sleeping bags if you don’t have them. Take pillows and comforters right off the beds at home—they’re much more comfortable, and they probably need a good washing anyway.

Campfire Area

Pack one folding chair for every person in your group. Buy or collect firewood while it’s still light, so you’re not foraging in the dark. In our family, we’re particular about our marshmallow roasting sticks, so get those squared away during daylight hours as well.

Fire Tips

To grill your farmers’ market bounty, you’ll need a hot bed of coals. A wood fire is nice, but most state parks have standing charcoal grills for campers’ use, too. If you want to take some of the thrill (read: risk) out of grilling, use charcoal.


Please Note: This information was accurate at the time of publication. When planning a trip, please confirm details by directly contacting any company or establishment you intend to visit.

Updated Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

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One Response to Family Camping: Lakeside in Vermont

  1. Karen Frieder April 14, 2009 at 2:39 pm #

    We began camping in state parks last year, mostly in Florida. Very often, they do not permit tying anything to the trees and specifically prohibit clotheslines. Please check with park authorities before putting anything in or on the campsite vegetation!

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