After a long winter, we all need some quality time to spend it with our loved ones and welcome the spring. The best way to do it is to plan a camping trip and enjoy the beautiful nature. Depending on your personal desires, preferences, and lifestyle you can choose to plan a family camping trip by the river or, on the other hand, climbing up a mountain.
Today, more and more people decide to go camping and have a breather from the hustle and bustle of city life. As you’re probably all too painfully aware, one of the most common problems for modern parents is the lack of time, which is why you can only count with a couple of times a year for a prolonged vacation. So, if you want to get the most of it, you’ll have to prepare accordingly.
Whichever way you go about this, there are always some basic rules you need to follow, especially if you’re bringing your tykes with you. Here are a few tips on how to prepare your camping trip and enjoy without worrying about the what-ifs.
Organization is everything. Proper planning will save you time in the long run, not to mention your nerves. If want to get the best campsite, you’ll have to make a reservation on time. If you don’t, you might have to go with your second-favorite place, but, let’s face it, it’s second with reason.
First thing’s first – you’ll want to buy or rent a tent big enough for your entire family. If you mean to camp with your kids in the same tent, you’ll need at least 30 square feet per person (for adults), plus at least half that for the kids. If you have teenage kids, they’ll probably need a tent of their own, and you’ll need about 20 feet per person in that case. To put it into perspective, a family of four will need at least a 6-man tent.
Once you’ve chosen the perfect habitat, you’ll need to pay attention to other things, such as safety features, sleeping arrangement, a bit of the 21st century tech, food and fun. Let’s dissect this bit by bit.
Depending on the season, you can choose between few different types of sleeping bags to suit you. Go with something light for summer (a plain hiking bag should do the trick), with a temp rating of 35+ (Fahrenheit, of course), but otherwise, go for broke.
If you can wean the kids off their smartphones, all the more power to you, but if they insist on bringing a piece of the 21st century on your camping trip, make sure you have an off-the-grid charger. Don’t be afraid to ban smartphones, though, they’ll thank you for it at a later point.
First off, knock on wood. But, you’ll need to consider bringing a basic First-aid kit with you. Chances are you already have one such kit around the house, so just go with that. If not, here’s a useful checklist:
On that same note, you should have an entire separate compartment or even a bag for different medications. Again, if you have kids, you probably already have a homemade pharmacy, but in case you don’t, be sure to bring some of the following:
Unless you’re into the whole hunt-my-own-food deal, you’ll need to make a list of groceries and stop by a store before getting on the road. On that same note, when in doubt about how much food to get, more or less, always go for more.
Sometimes, nature and fresh air can’t be enough for kids. They need to be entertained all the time. This can take more activities in advance if you decide to camp on the mountain. Camping by the river has that luxury of spending a day in the water and splatter in the shallow.
That’s why you should bring:
If your family is yearning for a summer dip and your children enjoy the water, make sure they are safe.
If you’re all about swimming and sailing be sure that everyone is safe before taking your craft on the water. They should meet safety standards and be based on your kid’s weight and size. Short of that, go for a pair of inflatable armbands or a kickboard. Safety first!
Depending on the time of the season, you should choose between different sunscreen factors in order to protect your kids. This is especially important when you camp near the river because the sun reflection is much higher and stronger.
The summertime and the living is easy, right? Well, if you have the right cooler and the right cold drink beside it can be perfection! Hot weather can cause agitation in children so a cold drink should always be hands.
In the summer time, mosquitos and many other annoying insects can ruin your vacation. It’s not just about scratching; some of them can cause a serious problem especially because the skin on kid’s body is a lot more fragile. You can find these lanterns easily in your own town.
This can be a right decision if you want to bring your children on fresh air and have a great time in the healthy environment. Here are a few useful tips if you want to get the most of it and play it safe at the same time!Camping in the woods
Keep in mind that temperature can vary on the higher ground. Even in the summer, the temperature can drop during the night. You don’t have to pack lots of stuff, but it must keep your children warm so you can spend more time playing outside.
Unlike camping near the river, a day in the boonies is a bit shorter. That’s the reason a flashlight can be a lifesaver. Just imagine doing what bears do in the woods, but without being able to see anything. Not a nice prospect, is it?
On a similar note, a flashlight can also become a toy if you want to have a light spectacle with your children!
It’s not the same if you want to go to a hiking with your kids or stay by the tent all the time. If you’re all about adventure and sports, you should consider bringing mixed shoes. This way you and your kids will see a wonderful nature that surrounds your campsite.
A parasol is a useful thing to bring no matter where you go (provided you do it during summer). Your primary goal should be protecting yourself and the kids from suffering sunstroke (an all too real possibility on the mountain, despite being surrounded by all the woods).
When planning a good camp trip, it’s necessary to be organized. A good plan will always give you some spare time to relax and enjoy the time with your family. Spending a few days surrounded by nature, water, and fresh air will give you a chance to relax your mind.
The spring time is the best for to the boonies because you’ll be surrounded by a nature exploding into life, while summer is the best time to enjoy swimming and water sports.
Did you like reading my article? I do hope so! Do you want to share more from my list? Don’t hesitate to share your ideas with me in the comments section below. If you enjoyed reading my article, please share it with your friends who have plans of camping in the future.
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