I can't go camping without it. Listening to nature, a bubbling brook or a gently flowing river in the Idaho backcountry is certainly nice, but when the sun sets and the fire glows brightly, it's time to kick the party up a notch, and that's when someone needs to step forward.

We never camp without three things. A music source (iPod, phone, Mp3 player all work) a speaker box, and the appropriate cords to marry said items; Bluetooth is too hit or miss in the woods.

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I usually act as campsite deejay because people have come to expect it. I also tend to do the majority of the cooking, because I like to. I get hit up to be the onsite bartender frequently too.

I'm still rocking an iPod. In any given hour, you'll hear bands such as Led Zeppelin, Florida Georgia Line, Kane Brown, Zac Brown Band, A Tribe Called Quest, The Doors, and many others rotate through. Camping is just better when you have tunes, and campfires are a must in my opinion.

I will say that if there are people camping anywhere remotely close to us--there usually aren't--then we are courteous. I don't appreciate getting blasted out all night by other camper's music either, so we keep it down somewhat but still let the music play well into the early morning hours.

Let's acknowledge those who step up while camping in the Gem State and provide musical entertainment for the rest of us.

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