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The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Ice Caves

Lake Superior, Wisconsin

Made up of 21 islands and 12 miles of mainland, the Apostle Islands National Seashore is a natural beauty in any season. With more lighthouses than any other national park and outdoor adventures ranging from scuba diving to camping, it adds 1 more activity to its impressive roster in the winter, when visitors can hike on frozen Lake Superior. Icy sea caves are accessible along its sandstone cliffs, with thousands of icicles transforming the lakeshore into a veritable winter palace.


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Camping Tent
Tent

Tent

Plan on spending a night or 2 under the stars? Picking a tent is important. Consider durability, size, space and proper ventilation when purchasing a tent because close quarters can easily become a claustrophobic nightmare. Choose wisely. 960 1280

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GPS

GPS

A compass or GPS device is your best guide around unfamiliar territory. It's a must-have on any campers list of things to pack. 960 1280

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Flashlight

Flashlight

Pack a sturdy flashlight and fresh batteries. You never know when you may need it for an emergency or to help spot things that go bump at night, right outside your tent. 960 1280

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Sleeping Bag

Sleeping Bag

Make sure you have a down sleeping bag when planning your next outdoor adventure. A sleeping mat or pad underneath your sleeping bag will help make your night underneath the stars more comfortable. 960 1280

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Rain Gear

Rain Gear

Good rain gear, including a rain coat, is important to keep campers dry during stormy weather. 960 1280

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Backpack

Backpack

A backpack is a hiker's best friend. Pack it with snacks, water and all your hiking essentials, and hit the trails. Backpacks come in a variety of sizes and some are made specifically to handle all forms of extreme weather. 960 1280

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Insect Repellant

Insect Repellant

It's a must-have item to pack for your next trip outdoors. Insect repellant is a camper's first line of defense against bugs, including those pesky mosquitos. 960 1280

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Fire Starter Kit

Fire Starter Kit

Yes, you can start fires the old-fashioned way, but we suggest you come prepared with lighter fluid, paper, wood, matches or a lighter to help start your campfire.  Of course, make sure you follow the campground's fire safety guidelines. 960 1280

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Gas Stove

Gas Stove

A small gas stove is helpful to make elaborate, but quick meals while you're camping. Wake up to a pot of coffee in the morning or make a meal out of whatever you bring to eat or catch in the woods. 960 1280

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Sunblock

Sunblock

Don't forget to pack sunblock, especially if you're camping in the heat of the hot sun during the summer. This is especially important for hikers who enjoy long, arduous treks along clearly marked trails in the wilderness. 960 1280

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S'mores

S'mores

A good camping experience must include non-perishable food, including s'mores. You can't resist the chocolaty goodness melting over a couple marshmallows and carefully wedged between 2 graham crackers. 960 1280

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Pocket Knife

Pocket Knife

A pocket knife is a camper's ultimate multi-tool. It comes equipped with a magnifying glass, cork screw and small knife to get you out of a bind. 960 1280

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Sandwich Maker

Sandwich Maker

You don't really need to be elaborate when cooking meals over a campfire, but something like this sandwich maker is perfect for making grilled cheese sandwiches when you're tired of the regular camp food faire like hot dogs or hamburgers. 960 1280

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Hiking Boots

Hiking Boots

Find a sturdy, comfortable pair of shoes or boots that have good tread -- necessary on hiking trails that are sometimes dangerously close to a steep drop-off. 960 1280

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Cooler

Cooler

A cooler keeps your food safe when you're not eating. Store it in the car when you're done munching on a snack, lunch or light dinner to keep away unexpected visitors. Odorless garbage bags are an alternate option if you don't want to drag a cooler to the campgrounds. 960 1280

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Lantern

Lantern

A lantern always comes in handy for late-night reading in the tent or if you're just looking for a better way to brighten things up without relying on the light from fireflies at night. 960 1280

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