Family Camping: While a romantic getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life is one of the reasons families choose to go camping, for kids – it’s the ultimate adventure.
If you are planning a family camping trip this summer, here are some tips that will ensure your vacation is both a safe and fun experience.
TIPS FOR HAVING A WONDERFUL FAMILY CAMPING EXPERIENCE
Family Camping: Pre-camping preparation.
Teaching your kids and all who will be participating in the family camping some basic camping tricks is important. Teach them how to make a fire from stones and grass, how to unpack camping gear and other basic setup.
If you have small children, you may want to select a tent that will accommodate all of you comfortably. On the other hand, if you are camping with older children, it may be a good idea to purchase additional pup tents to give them some sense of independence.
Another great tip is to practice assembling the tents in your backyard so as to avoid wasting time at the campsite.
Family Camping: Selecting a campsite.
Depending on whether you decide to “rough it” or choose a campsite that is close to amenities, you can research the many campsites online that offer comprehensive information on the area. This will enable you to decide not only what equipment, clothing, and food you need to take, but the available hiking areas and points of interest as well.
Ensure that the campsite you select is an official campsite area. Moreover, when researching camping sites it’s a good idea to look for those areas that are on the high ground. Thus, if it rains, your tent and equipment will not become waterlogged.
Family Camping: Make a checklist.
This is very important to ensure you do not forget anything on your camping trip. Among the items on your checklist, some of the more important items you will need are:
* Cooking gear such as a frying pan, a few pots, a bucket, barbecue grill or stove, bags with a Ziploc, and cooking utensils. In addition, food containers and canned goods are best. It is also recommended that you prepare meals at home and package them in containers for the trip. Also bring water, a can opener, hot water kettle and coffee pot, and a cooler with a block of ice.
* Packing the appropriate clothing is also essential. Depending on the location, wearing light layers is a good idea as well as packing some sweaters and jackets for the evening hours. Extra socks, hats, and gloves may also be warranted. If you intend to engage in some hiking, proper hiking boots are necessary.
* Sleeping bags, first aid kit, flashlights, cell phone, garbage bags, toiletries, sunscreen, ointments, a map of the area, insect repellent, games for the kids, and rainwear.
You can get most of these items at local stores or get them online here.
Family Camping: Settling in.
When you reach the campsite, choose an area to set up the tents. Ensure there are no rocks or debris where the tent will be set up.
Most campgrounds will post warning signs or instructions regarding specific animals and vegetation.
Abide by the rules of that camping area to avoid getting into problems with the law. (that’s a total fun spoiler).
Family Camping: Fire Safety.
When preparing a campfire, if appropriate, ensure that it is set up further away from the tents. After you have roasted the marshmallows, sang songs, and told ghost stories; douse the fire before going to bed.
You don’t want to end up as grilled meat for wild beasts the next morning, God forbid.
Family Camping: Make camp rules.
It’s easy to get lost in the freedom of a family camping experience and engage in excesses. These excesses could be life-threatening.
Therefore it is important for the adults/parents to lay down some rules on a family camping trip. And make sure to enforce these rules.
The rules should not be strict else they will defeat the idea of family camping fun, but they should be centered around safety.
Explain to the kids that these rules are meant to keep everyone safe.
Family Camping: Plan plenty of fun activities
What’s family camping without fun and games? It would be better to stay at home and watch TV 📺 than come camping and still be bored.
Bring board games, hunting gear, boats for kayaking, go hiking if it’s a rocky area. Just have some unusual fun.
One simple trick is to ask your kids what kind of fun stuff they’d like to have on a family camping trip. If they opt not to camp, you can take them to these places instead.
You’d be amazed at the “crazy” but fun ideas they’d come up with.
Finally, enjoy the entire camping experience. Sleeping under the stars, communing with nature, and relishing the time spent with family will not only bring a family closer together, but the memories of this experience will last forever.
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