Many of us have memories of camping when we were young and want to share that experience with your own kids. Camping is a great way to get away from the crazy schedules of life but it also is the ultimate adventure for kids. If you are planning a family camping trip this year, here are some tips that will help you plan your camping adventure and make it a safe and fun experience.
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5 Tips for Family Camping Trips
If you have small children, you want to select a tent that will accommodate all if you comfortably. On the other hand, if you are camping with older children, it may be a good idea to purchase additional tents to give them their own space.
Tip: Practice assembling the tents in your backyard so you can avoid wasting time at the camp site. This is also a great time to make sure you have all the tarps, poles and gear needed to make your experience goes great!
I can remember one camping experience when we took some family members with us. They hadn’t checked their tent before they arrived at the campsite and ended up short several poles. Their tent barely stayed up for the two night adventure. Definitely worth the time at home to check your gear!
Selecting a campsite.
Whether you decide to rough it or choose a campsite with all the comforts of home, you should do a little research online before you arrive. This will help you to decide what equipment, clothing, and food you need to take.
Make a checklist.
This is very important to ensure you do not forget anything on your camping trip.
- 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.
Choose your Site:
When you reach the camp site, 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.
Build a Fire:
When preparing a campfire, make sure 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.
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.