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Tips for Family Camping Trips

Updated on October 10, 2017

Camping Offers Families A Great Escape

By getting away from the hustle and bustle of every day life from the distractions that phones, televisions, computers, and all the stress of modern life, you can enjoy the wonders of the outdoors, engage in healthy activities and spend quality time with your family. If you are not a well experienced camper, here a few good camping tips will make your trip go smoother and hopefully create pleasant memories that you will remember for years to come.


Children can get a little nervous during their first time out in a tent, particularly if they are young. You can help ease the first time jitters and help your children get ready for their first real camping trip by doing a trial run right in your own backyard. This enables your kids to see what would be like sleeping in the outdoors, and if they run into any serious problems, they can always take refuge inside and ask for some help.

Many camping areas offer plenty of outdoor activities as well, fishing, swimming, canoeing and exploring just to name a few. I would highly recommend that if your family or spouse absolutely hate being outdoors that you engage in another activity.

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Planning A Family Camping Trip

Making a list of gear that you will need is something that works not only for Santa, but for parents planning out a camping trip. This is one of the most important camping tips, it helps avoid the awful experience of arriving at your campsite and finding out that you have missed something crucial. Take the time well before your camping trip to make up a list of the items that you need and check off each item as you pack.

Another camping tip for families is to bring along plenty of things to do. This not only includes items for hiking and swimming, but activities for around your campsite as well, such as playing cards. It's best to have a number of different activities, so if the weather becomes a bit nasty, you'll have something to do, other than watch the rain. Outfitting each member of the family with rain gear is a plus and will enable you and family members the ability to fish or venture outdoors with out being soaked.

Get separate tents for the children and parents, particularly if your children are a little older. As kids move into their teen years, their desire for privacy increases. While your teenagers might still enjoy a camping trip with the entire family, they will still appreciate a chance to have their privacy when sleeping.

Know Your Camping Gear

Get to know your gear too. You don't want to arrive at your camping destination and be clueless as to how to set up your tent or shelter. If you want to roast marshmallows or just enjoy sitting around a campfire, make sure that you are familiar with the proper way to build and contain a fire. Follow the local laws on open fires to, setting the woods on fire can lead to very serious consequences. Have access or bring along plenty of drinking water and knowledge of proper food storage for the safety of you and your family. You can workup a great appetite while enjoying the great outdoors and there is nothing like the experience of enjoying a great meal.

Take along a first aid kit to handle any scrapes and cuts that you or a family member may and encounter. A good insect repellent is a must have to.

By following these basic camping tips for families, you will have a solid foundation for planning your camping trip to the great outdoors and create many fond memories for you and your family as well.

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