I have selected three knots for you to tie: the sheet bend, bowline, and the trucker’s hitch. Each of these knots are tied for specific purposes and are used quite frequently during our camping trip (and in life following the trip! – you will be amazed at how often you use these knots). Qualities of a good knot include 1) fitting a specific purpose, 2) security when tied, and 3) ease of getting undone. Many excellent knot tying websites with videos exist in hyperspace (Netknots is a good one) and even as apps for mobile devices. Learn to tie these knots and practice, practice, practice.
The sheet bend is a way to connect two pieces of rope or attaching a rope to an existing loop. Place a quick release onto the knot and it easily comes undone.
The bowline is a secure knot used when you join a rope to an object or to create a loop at the end of a line.
The trucker’s hitch is used to tightly secure a load, say to put tension on a rain tarp. It is a rope version of a block and tackle and a most essential knot to know.