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Be sure to practice setting up your tent ahead of time. (MyNorthwest.com Photo/Tom Tangney)

Camping for first-timers

For a lot of people, summer means camping season. And for the rest of us, let's just say it's not our first choice. But if you are a camping novice, it becomes a question of safety and survival—which is why you have to learn the basics.

If you're unsure of where to start, you can head to REI and sign up for one of their outdoor classes.

Know your camping checklist by downloading the right apps, like CampingList Pro and Woodall's RV & Camping Copilot.

Once you collect all the necessary gear for your trip, don't just set it aside until it's time to go. Practice setting up your tent at home before leaving, and break in those brand-new hiking shoes well ahead of time.

And always pack twice as much water as you'll think you'll need.

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