You have preferred a date, made your bookings for a campsite and there is excitement in the family especially the children for the anticipated adventure. Camping along with kids is dynamic and stimulating at the same time. The technicalities involved are to be considered and prepared. Pre-preparation for meals and safety precautions are all to be dealt with responsibility.
Nature is soothing and calming provided your memory escape of bug spray, extra batteries or toilet paper makes it very inconvenient. The campfire warmth adds to relationships provided you can light the fire. Thus, camping needs planning, knowledge, and implementation. You need to create a temporary house with all shortcut facilities. The tips given here will assist you in gearing up for the event.
Word of Advice as Forecast
Pitching of tent
Make off the campground as it may give you the notion of being in the city because of closeness to other tents and noise. Moreover, the bear may make their way here because of habit. So, get away from the habitual path. You can camp close to your vehicle.
With technology at hand Google, national forest and other wilderness regions close by. Select the spot; it may make your travel through dirt roads but worth the effort. Keep in mind to be near the waterbody for then you can cook with ease, swim and go into deep sleep with the soothing sound of water at night. Pick flat soft ground.
Tarps are necessary
You are having a good time in the tent; everything is perfect, and the weather suddenly changes. It rains and does not seem to stop. All of you are tent bound and restless. Moreover, cooking is difficult as it was planned to be done outside. That is why tarp is a must. Erect a tarp over your cooking region once the tent is pitched. You will not be confined and hungry.
Carry plenty of glow sticks
Glow sticks will illuminate the place locally, and you know where your kids are in the tent without stepping on them. You can attach one on the collar of your dog and not spend time searching for him. Attach glow sticks to obstacles like tent pegs, stumps of trees for your safety.
Wound or injury takes away the fun from the event. Glow sticks are very effective at night. It is better to put color code on the glow stick. They come in different colors. Differentiate the bedding of children by varying colors. This way you know where the children are placed or who yell for you from the direction of the sound.
Prior meal planning
Get ready with snacks and other meal preparation before leaving home. Your kitchen is well stocked and equipped with tools like a knife, chopping board, etc. The facility of running water is there. So, preparation like chopping, peeling, cutting, etc can be done with ease. There is no dearth of utensils as well. You can marinate meat and stock in different zip-top bags in the freezer.
With children, snacks in between meals are in big demand. Buy or prepare snacks but make one-person consumption snack package. Your child is likely to finish one packet at a time, and there will be no wastage. Moreover, you will not need to wash more utensils or end up in the kitchen without enjoying with the family.
Carry play items of children
This does not mean you carry hoards of toys. Be selective — a few outdoor game items like a ball for sports. Children have the knack of turning tree branches into something imaginative which occupies them for a long time. The novelty of such play items gets them involved.
Carry nature-based toys such as binoculars, butterfly net, water-gun, bubbles, toy buckets, shovels, etc. which helps them in acknowledging nature. Kids enjoy erecting their shelter in the open. A few sheets or blankets and rope pieces will add to their fun. This will keep them occupied and contented.
Pack clothes with innovation
The dirt and sand spoil the tent and the sleeping bag. Pack clothes diversely. When you pack clothes like T-shirts, socks, etc roll them and put a rubber band around it. Explain the packing to children when they are planning to get ready pull out one roll without disturbing the rest. It is easy for kids as well as adults.
Pack enough match sticks the long ones to ignite the campfire. It is best to carry a lighter as well in case the match sticks get moist. Lighter is easy to operate. In fire start up pack lint, toilet paper rolls, etc. This trash is useful for a campfire.
Personal hygiene ease
Carry individual soap flakes along with soap bar as well as a vegetable peeler. Stock it in the airtight container. At bath time pick one and use all that remains should be thrown. You need not worry about the wet soap storage. Take small shoe organizer with a hanging mechanism on top. Kids and family members can help themselves without making the tent wet.
At camp dirt, germs or bugs are a big threat. Hand sanitizer and moist wipes are handy, but all dirt is not cleaned by it. If you set a hand washing station, children can take care of their hygiene. Fill easily to use a reusable bottle with a tap. Fill it once it gets empty.
Small Survival Kit
Most important is to carry a first-aid kit or emergency kit that it is also called. This kit is placed in the car or the tent and used when required. Place a small kit in your purse which you carry on a trek or while going for walks. It will be handy in case of crises.
Outdoor games like scavenger hunt are played for simple fun by young and the adult. The child may go to pick pine cone or acorn etc. and prick himself. The blood oozing out can be treated by a small survival kit. Be prepared for minor emergencies and well equipped as well.
Camping is more enjoyed in the summertime. Families go for winter camps as well. This is gaining popularity. It is better to read a lot about both camping seasons before you venture out. Your knowledge will help you in preparing and looking after the possible danger you and your family is likely to face.
Family camping tips come handy to read and remember. It’s a good way to spend quality time with family and friends in the outdoors. Camping preparation can be a drain on energy; on return putting the things away is also tiring. If you are accompanied with other relatives or friends, you divide the work and enjoy the event.