Your family has probably been asking to get away from home for a vacation. You can do this even if you are on the tightest budget. Camping could be the answer to your problems. Below, you will find some tips that will make your camping experience as enjoyable as possible.
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. It’s always prudent to bring wood that you have gathered beforehand, and to store it in a location where it will stay dry.
Keep an eye on the weather. Rain or other conditions may impact your travel time and your experience at the campsite. Make sure that you have gear that is appropriate for the weather conditions that you may face. Adjust your departure time as necessary to try and avoid the bulk of the bad weather, if possible.
When you decide to go camping you want to make sure that you bring a flashlight with some batteries. You want to be able to see in the middle of the night just in case you have to get up and go to the bathroom, or just to move around.
Camping is definitely a fun time, but there might also be uninvited guests at your campsite. Who are these guests? Bugs! This is their environment and they like camping, too. Make sure you have bugged repellent with you to tell them to stay at their own campsite or to go visit other campers who weren’t quite as prepared as you were.
Be certain that your tent has enough space for both yourself and whoever else comes with you. This will allow you to sleep more comfortably and get up easier during the night when you need to use the bathroom.
Carry a bandana or handkerchief with you. A bandana is very versatile and can be used as a blotter, potholder, mini-bag and more. There are countless other uses for such items, so try your best to remember to bring a bandanna or a large handkerchief with you.
Let people know where your group is headed. Just in case anything happens to any of you, you want to know that there are people who know where you are at. This is a good precautionary measure to take if something were to happen to your camping group, because help will be on the way soon.
Take along a specialized pillow or two for camping. If you use your bedroom pillows, the humid weather will make them feel hot and sticky. They also absorb moisture out of the air and can mildew quickly. Camping pillows are made with a protective, moisture-proof coating to prevent these issues.
Unless you are going to be spending a significant amount of time camping, buying expensive sleeping bags is really unnecessary. Even if your old and musty sleeping bag is rated for below freezing temperatures, it is excellent padding for the ground even when it is hot outside and you will feel comfortable sleeping on it.
Bugs do not like fire at all, so it is a good idea to keep your fire burning all night while you are sleeping. If you find that there is a huge bug problem during the day, it would help to keep a fire burning at that time as well.
By doing some planning and some research, you can take an ordinary camping trip and turn it into something truly special. Take the time to use these tips to plan your next family camping trip and everyone will have a great time. Create the memories that last a lifetime this year!