Camping is an outdoor activity where you spend a night in a tent, usually in the mountains. Camping is fun but can also be difficult and involve a lot of hard work. Still, it’s worth it. You are guaranteed memories that can last forever. In addition, the family can get plenty of free time for kids along with a great experience. As well, camping helps to build lasting memories with family and friends. However, you must follow specific tips to stay safe while having lots of fun. This article presents a family camping checklist for you.
Tips For Camping With The Family
Mark Your Calendar
Campgrounds can fill up quickly so plan your outing at least two weeks prior. Also, plan to go on a workday to avoid commuter traffic. Moreover, leave in the afternoon so that you can set up your camp before it starts to get dark.
Camping with kids alone is excellent but, to keep everyone occupied, you can invite other families or your kid’s friends along.
Prepare The Gear
Prepare a checklist to make sure that you have what you really need. However, avoid carrying goods which are of low use. With this, you can check your tent, stove, lighter, torch, and batteries beforehand for repear and for ease of use.
Prepare The Food
Write down what you plan to eat for each meal. Then, prepare what you can make at home. For instance, you can marinate meats, pre-cut vegetables, wrap potatoes in foil, etc.
Even better, when you pack, arrange the food meal by meal. Indeed, remember the required condiments and utensils such as can opener, knife, pan, etc.
When travelling by car or van or caper, there are some things that one must carry:
Car Stick – If, in any event, car doors get locked or any such situation arises, this stick can be used to break the glass and escape.
Sharp Objects – A sharp knife can be best in cases such as thefts because this can be one of the best weapons to save oneself.
Flare Gun (Optional) – This gun can be used to protect yourself from wild animals such as bears, wolves, etc.
These are some of the essential tips that you must follow when planning a camp trip.
Family Camping Checklists
These are basic items that you must carry along with you on your trip.
Campsite Gear Checklist
- Tent, poles, stakes
- Sleeping bag for each member
- Lantern/ Torch
- Batteries for torch/ fuel for a lantern
- Mattress and extra blankets
Kitchen Items Checklist
- Fuel for stove/ portable cylinder
- Soup pan
- Roasting sticks for the bonfire
- Plates, forks, knives, spatula
- Cups, mugs, frying pan
- Table cloth
- Clothes for daytime
- Shoes for hiking, walking, easy-on shoes, water shoes
- Extra layers for warmth
- Insect repellent
- First-aid kit
- Prescription medications
- Toothbrush, toiletries
- Campsite reservation confirmation, phone numbers
- Maps, area information
- Bikes, toys
- Pet supplies and food
To sum up, this is a checklist of the basics that you need before heading out to a camp. We hope that this helps you.