It is always useful to have a few tips at hand for planning a successful camping trip, especially when you have kids. For an excellent family camping trip, you can consider these tried and true methods in making your camping a rewarding and fun experience.
Selecting A Site
Campsite choosing must be based on the capabilities of the camping party and their interests. If you have novice campers, selecting the campsite at an established campground in a national or state park may be the best option. Many families enjoy camping at night since they spend their days hiking and exploring. If this is true for you, ensure the campground is close to the activity destination. And if your family doesn’t love roughing it, pick one that has flushing toilets and running water.
Booking A Reservation
Make sure you’re booking early if you are not camping along a trail somewhere since most bookings are made a year in advance at popular campgrounds and national parks. Some work on a first-come, first-serve basis, so arrives early at the destination to find a good spot.
Besides the campsite, the level of preparation is the best predictor for a successful camping expedition. Your basic camping equipment for any outdoor camping trip will necessitate at least the following:
Storing all your camping essentials in storage bins is a great idea to keep everything accessible at the campsite. Pre-label the bins to make it easier to find items. You can store them under a picnic table or in the back of your vehicle. They are also effective at keeping wildlife out of your goods.
- First aid kit (well replenished and stocked)
- Tent with a ground cloth and rain fly
- Sleeping bags with the right rating for temperature
- Camping cots, mattresses or foam pads
- Extra batteries and battery boxes, just in case
- Rain gear (lightweight ponchos come in very handy)
- Camping stove with fuel
- A camping lantern with fuel
- Can openers and camping cook set
- Water carriers
- Waterproof containers
- Camping cooler
- Insect repellent
Getting wet is a sure way of ruining the entire camping trip, and the likelihood of rain at the camp is almost a given. To stay dry, be sure to pack waterproof shoes and rain gear and keep the sleeping bags and tent dry.
Always place a tarp underneath the tent that fits the dimensions of the tent, otherwise fold it.
Ensure the tent is seam-sealed during the past year. It is obtainable from most sporting gear and outdoor stores.
Keep all sleeping bags in the middle of your tent during the night, not touching the walls. Condensation on the walls may find its way onto sleeping bags despite no rain. Keep waterproof gear next to the sides of your tent.
If rain is probable, put the rain fly up and leave a few windows zipped open slightly at the top to minimize condensation inside the tent.
The whole family will have a better camping experience if everyone is assigned a few responsibilities. Some cook ,while others gather firewood, do some clean-up and haul water.