Even if you have not gone camping since you were a child, it can still be a fun activity. If you have information to aid you and the drive, you can still have a good time. Use this advice to help you!
You might think you can find enough wood for your fire in the woods, but the wood you find might be wet and not want to burn. As an added precaution, bring along wood from around your yard or logs from a home store, and keep them where they will stay dry.
Let everyone know they have a say in the campsite and should help pick a favorite spot. Have a conversation about where you want to go. The U.S. has dozens of great camping options. Throw out your ideas to see if they stick with members of your family.
When you buy a new tent, always set it up at home once before taking it camping. This helps you learn to put up your tent and make sure there aren’t missing pieces. This kind of “dry run” also helps lower your frustration level when setting up the tent at the campsite
Over-packing is better than under-packing when it comes to children. Camping can get very messy and dirty when you bring your children. Kids love to play in the dirt and will bring it back to your tent. As the day moves along, your children are going to get really messy. You may not be able to keep them clean, but you can bring a change of clothes. Be ready for anything.
Enroll in a first aid course, especially if your trip will include kids. If something unexpected comes up, you will be ready to handle it. Do your research properly. Find out if the area has poisonous snakes, what type of wildlife lives in the woods, etc.
Make your kids a “jungle breakfast”. Tie juice boxes, tiny boxes of cereal and fruit to trees in the woods. This hunting experience adds a sense of excitement to the trip. This is a fun way to bring excitement to the morning.
Look into pillows made specifically for camping. Regular bed pillows can become damp if the weather is wet or humid. These pillows will also retain water from the air during humid conditions, so they can mildew. Pillows specifically designed for camping have a barrier to stop this behavior.
If you want to recreate the fun you had camping when you were a kid, you need both information and a strong desire to camp. Get your imagination going with this piece and you will remember the feeling of a great outdoors experience, and want to do it again.