Family Bonding – Tips for Going on Your First Camping Trip
Camping is now more popular than ever, with a rising number of people wanting a ‘staycation’ holiday. With the right camping tools and equipment, you can enjoy your time at a meager cost with your whole family. And if this is going to be a first for each one of you, then you’ve got some reading to do.
Here are tips that will make your first outdoor sleepover more memorable:
1. Keep everything simple.
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For your first family camping trip, forget about strapping on backpacks and heading into the wild for a week. One or two nights in a campground close to civilization will be good enough as a start. This first for the family may be more successful if go to a campground with flush toilets, electrical outlets, showers or any of those basic home comforts.
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2. Go with at least one experienced camper.
It’s great to go camping with your family. But since you’re all beginners, it would be best to have a more experienced camper to come along. This individual will probably have know-how and equipment that would help make your trip more successful. Moreover, if there are kids around the same age as yours who can come with you, that would be just awesome. Young ones are quick to get bored, but not when there are other young ones they can play with.
3. Pack good quality camping meals and snacks.
As mentioned, keep everything simple. Cook dinner using campfire forks, which cost about $4 each. Bring some bell pepper strips, mushrooms, hot dogs, cherry tomatoes, and pineapple chunks. Try skewing and cooking them on top of the fire! After the meal, clean the sticks in the fire and use them for toasting some marshmallows. Allow the kids to toast their own, and have lots of marshmallows, as some will likely catch on fire. Don’t forget to pack chocolate bars and graham crackers too to make s’mores.
4. Plan for restful nights.
> Extra blankets to make sure everyone will be warm – Better to bring more than needed than to be cold all night long. Long-lasting hand warmers – those commonly used by skiers – will be just great too.
> Separate pair mattresses or pads – Use singles, not kings or queens so everybody can keep their tossing and turning to themselves. Cots are also a great option.
> Individual sleeping bags – This is always better than everyone sleeping together under a layers of blankets. But keep this in mind: you will surely get what you pay for. If you don’t have the budget to buy quality equipment, consider renting or borrowing for now.
> Lastly, ear plugs – Noises during the night are much louder inside a tent. Just a single dog barking is all it takes to keep you awake for hours.