A camping trip is an excellent opportunity for kids and parents to spend quality time together. To make your family camping trip enjoyable, you need to remember to bring the essentials. Here is a quick checklist of everything you need to enjoy nature with your family.
Bring a Suitable Tent
While it might be tempting to grab the smallest ultra-light tent that you can squeeze your brood into, being crammed into a tiny tent can lead to arguments. If you drive a car with plenty of storage space, such as a Kia Sorento, then it is worth packing a tent that has not only room for sleeping, but also one or two vestibules for storing your muddy boots, clothes, and personal belongings.
Ensure a Good Night’s Sleep
You need more than just a sleeping bag to make sleeping under the stars enjoyable. Bring an inflatable camping pillow and a mattress pad or blow-up mattress to protect you from the hard, bumpy, cold ground. You’ll also want earplugs to block out the sounds of wild animals (and snoring family members) and an eye mask to prevent the early dawn light from waking you. It’s hard to enjoy family time when you’re exhausted, so make sure you bring the essentials so you can all sleep well.
It’s possible to eat well on a camping trip, but you need to plan and follow a few common sense rules. The CDC recommends packing foods in waterproof containers to keep them safe and keeping them in an insulated cooler. Pre-chill the cooler by loading it with ice a few hours before you fill it with frozen or pre-refrigerated food and drinks. While you are on your camping trip, follow basic food hygiene rules, such as cooking meat all the way through and at a suitably high temperature, and storing cooked and raw foods separately.
Other camping essentials include sunscreen, bug spray, and a well-supplied first aid kit. Kids often scrape their knees and elbows during camping trip activities such as hiking or swimming, so bring plenty of plasters and antiseptic cream. Make sure that everyone has suitable clothing for enjoying the great outdoors, including sturdy shoes, waterproof clothing, a hat, and a pair of sunglasses. These essentials can help to keep you safe, dry and comfortable during your trip.
Plan Fun Activities
Camping is great fun, but some kids object at first to being separated from their games consoles and computers. Bring them on board with the camping experience by letting each child choose the family’s activities for one day. Some kids may also enjoy keeping a camping journal, where they can record their activities and save souvenirs from the camping trip, such as pressed leaves or flowers.
Enjoy the Time Together
A family camping trip is a perfect opportunity to spend time with your kids and partner. To avoid arguments, you must remember to pack the essentials you need to keep your family safe, dry, well-fed and happy.
Jesse Murillo always takes the opportunity to take the family camping whenever she can. She enjoys sharing her passion for the great outdoors with an online audience and writes for a variety of relevant websites.