Let’s go camping

It’s almost the 4th of July, and, if you’re anything like me, you still haven’t figured out what to do with that long weekend.

True, there are usually some good movie marathons on cable, but you could probably use some time in the sun before you start to look like one of those mole-people. (Oh, they exist…I think I saw it on tv somewhere…)

So, why not take a low impact, low cost vacation and go camping? You might even prove that those MacGyver re-runs really were a good use of time.

If you need to brush up on your survival skills before hitting the great outdoors, this weekend is the Great American Backyard Campout. What better place to try to remember your old boy-scout tricks than the safety of your own yard?

If the thought of leaving your high-tech life at home leaves you a bit panicky, have no fear. There are plenty of fun new gadgets to make your camping trip feel a bit more 21st Century.

Pump up an air mattress, and you’ll forget you ever left home.

Or, for the ultimate experience of sleeping under the stars, check out this hammock.

And this GPS system with emergency beacon will ensure that you can escape the great outdoors in the case of a killer bee attack. (I DEFINITELY saw that on tv…)

But, whatever you do, leave the blackberry at home.