SUPPLIES flashlight and batteries; sleeping bags and pillows; maps for hiking trails; tent; canteens or reusable water bottles; first aid kit, including insect repellent and sunscreen; firewood and matches or a lighter (first, make sure fires are allowed); snacks (Trail Mix, granola bars); pots, pans and disposable utensils; and clothing for various weather conditions.
ACTIVITIES Pack appropriate clothing and shoes for hiking trails: shorts, t-shirts, athletic socks and tennis shoes or hiking boots. No campfire is complete without s’mores! Bring chocolate bars, marshmallows and graham crackers – and metal skewers to get perfectly browned marshmallows. If you plan to go hunting or fishing, be sure you have the appropriate licenses. See https://www.TN.Gov/TWRA for Licensing requirements. If you plan to go boating or do watersports, be sure to pack a swimsuit and lifejackets. Bring extra blankets and cozy up under the night sky for an evening of stargazing.
HAZARDS Bears: Keep your food items and toiletries locked in the large metal bear boxes on your campsite. Bugs: Check your sleeping bags and tents for spiders or other insects before you settle in for the night. Check your clothes and exposed skin for ticks after hiking. Botany: When out on the trails, keep your eyes peeled for poison oak and other toxic plants. Buddies: Always bring someone with you when venturing outdoors. Many campsites have spotty cell reception, so you need a buddy in case of emergency.
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