Trying new areas for camping can lead to new experiences, but you will need to be prepared in order to stay safe. All of the tips given can be used anytime you plan to go camping.
Reserve your spot at a campground as soon as possible. Particularly in the summer, many people are interested in camping with their families. If you make your reservation in the winter, you are much more likely to get the best rate possible. Those savings can translate into additional family fun while on your vacation.
Look up activities to engage in prior to getting to your destination. This will allow you to check for any deals that may be offered. Also, it will help you be more prepared when you actually get to your destination. You can find trails that may be appropriate for everyone in your family or restaurants that you would enjoy.
Water is very important when camping. When camping at a campground, there should be ample supply of water available, but on the trail, you will have to carry some with you. If you are going long distances, you should probably carry iodine tablets to sanitize any water you find before drinking. Be careful, dysentery can be deadly.
All participants should have a say in where you go camping. Talk about which state to go to. There are thousands upon thousands of places to choose from. If it simplifies things, pick four or five favorites and then give everyone a vote.
Use separate coolers for perishables, ice and drinks. While it does not matter if the perishables and drinks go into the same one, make sure to pack your ice separately. This will keep the temperature down so that you will have ice for much longer than you would have otherwise.
It is better to over-pack than to under-pack, especially for kids. Camping can be a sloppy time. Dirt and dust are like magnets for children. As the day moves along, your children are going to get really messy. You don’t want to interrupt their fun, it’s a joy of camping after all; but, keep some extra clothing with you for them. Remember, always be prepared!
When going camping, try to buy non-perishable items to eat. There are no refrigerators in the wild, so everything you bring has to be kept in good order. You can certainly bring a cooler to put food in, but the cooler will be added bulk on your trip. Therefore, make an effort to bring more non-perishable foods than perishable.
If you’ve brought the kids along, feed them a “jungle” breakfast. Take smaller boxes of cereal, small cups of fruit and juice boxes away from your site and tie them up to treas. When they wake up, they’ll have to search the “jungle” for breakfast. It’s a fun way to make camping a little more exciting for the children.
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.
When you go camping, be sure to have a few activities in mind other than just… “camping”. The camping experience is enriched by hiking, swimming, exploring and things like that. Be sure to engage in some of these other activities so that you have the fullest camping experience you’ve ever had.
It is more enjoyable to go camping when you are properly prepared. Put the tips you’ve learned here to use the next time you are planning a camping trip and you will ensure that you have a fun, safe, and relaxing time.