5 tips for first-time campers
Camping is a great experience for any family, but if you’re new to having family camping trips, it’s one that can be confusing. There’s a lot to it and if you’re not careful, you can find yourself over-packed, bored, or worse. Before you head off into the woods, take a look at these 5 tips for first time campers. They will help you get started in a way that is less stressful and less confusing.
Be sure your tent size is right
Whether tent manufacturers want to admit it or not, their sizing is way off. A tent that claims it sleeps 2-4 will in reality, only sleep 1 or 2 with their gear. To make sure that everyone is comfortable and not right on top of each other, buy a tent that is a size larger than you think you need. This will make sure that you have plenty of room for sleeping bags and other things that may find their way into your tent.
Plan for cooking
Recipes made over a campfire are delicious, but if you’re lacking what you need to cook them? You won’t be able to taste the tasty. Make sure that you have a quality dutch oven and cast iron skillet with you as well as any cooking utensils you may need.
Make sure you have lighting
Flashlights are awesome, but they won’t light your entire camp. Make sure that you have at least one lantern on hand for those darker areas. This is especially important if you’re camping with kids.
Plan for weather
Even if the weatherman says it’s going to be nice? Plan for it to not be. Sudden storm, pop up showers or even a cold snap can all ruin a camping trip. Bring sleeping bags and a canopy to keep your family warm and dry. (Also be sure your tent is properly waterproofed)
Plenty of entertainment
Yes, you might be in the woods with plenty of things to do, but kids can get very bored, very easily. Be sure to bring plenty of entertainment for them like coloring books, crayons and games they can play while out there to keep them busy. Camping games are easy to come up with and really fun for kids of all ages.
Camping as a family is one of those things that your family can do over and over again without too much cost. Once you get started, it’s very easy to know what you’ll need and what you won’t, to toss it all in the trunk and go. The biggest thing to remember is why you’re out there in the first place…to enjoy your family.