Essential Camping Skills Class

8:30am12:30pm America/Chicago
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$59 for REI Members

$89 for non-members

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  • Fitness level 1 Relaxed
  • Group size 10 people
  • Instructor REI Experiences Guide

Preparing to enjoy time away in a tent? Let REI's expert guides help ensure you're ready for memorable days and restful nights in the great outdoors. We'll introduce you to the fundamentals of creating a campsite that mirrors the comfort and organization of your own home! First, we'll discuss site selection, essential gear, and preparation, then we'll dig into hands-on practice with shelters, sleeping systems, critter-proof kitchen setup, storage, bathroom facilities, and Leave No Trace principles. You'll leave eager to put your new skills to use and excited to plan more adventures!

  • Learn to identify and build a campsite using the principles of Leave No Trace
  • Practice setting up a camp kitchen, tent, and critter-proofing your food storage
  • Learn about the gear needed for backpacking and systems for carrying it effectively

What to bring with you


This course is held in an outdoor space behind the REI Austin Gateway Store. You will receive an email from our team with specific details 48 hours before your course.

Activity location

Austin-Gateway REI

9901 N Capitol of Texas Hwy, Austin, TX 78759

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