Camping is one of the best outdoor activities, and perfectly suitable for pretty much every family. However, in order to make a camping trip safe and fun, it’s important to follow certain tips that will ensure that. This is even more important if there are small children involved. So, if you’re planning to go camping for a weekend, or to spend the whole summer traveling from one place in a camping van, here are some useful tips for an exciting and above all, safe family camping trip.
Research the destination and plan the route
It’s kind of impossible to have a fun camping trip if you’re not sure where you’re going. That’s why it’s crucial to research the destination and plan the route, including where you’ll be taking breaks. That way, you’ll be more relaxed, because you’ll have an overview of your trip, which will make everything easier to plan. As for researching the destination, that’s important because it allows you to prepare yourself and bring all the necessary supplies and other tools and gadgets.
Make sure your car is fixed
Since you will probably be driving on your way to your camping spot, then you should make sure your car is well-maintained and in good condition. The last thing you need is for your car to break down while you’re in the middle of nowhere. If you’re too busy to check your car before the trip, then at least google and write a list of all car repair shops near your camping spot, so you’ll be able to get help easily if something bad happens to your car. However, in order to be safe, it’s best to repair your car prior to going on a trip.
Get ready for some uncomfortable moments
Camping isn’t the same as staying in a resort surrounded by all the amenities you enjoy. So, if you’re planning to go camping, then you should prepare yourself for some eventual (and possible) uncomfortable moments. Things like insect bites, weird sounds and just being surrounded by wilderness can be a little strange and maybe even uncomfortable in the beginning. So make sure you’re ready for that, and you’ll have an amazing camping trip without worries. The point of a camping trip is to get in sync with nature, and these annoying occurrences are a vital part of every experience.
Bring all the necessary supplies
There are certain camping supplies that you should absolutely bring with you. Things like a tent, sleeping bag, a flashlight and cooking tools are all must-haves, so be sure to pack them first. Additionally, you may be required to cut a rope or a branch, and in that case, an automatic otf knife is something you should definitely bring with you. Having a sharp object can be extremely useful if you’re going camping. If you’re worried you might forget something, then it’s important to prepare a list of things you plan to bring with you. That way, you can be sure you won’t forget anything.
Plan the activities for the little ones
Kids can be restless and stubborn, especially during long car rides and in unfamiliar situations. That’s why it’s necessary to plan the activities that will keep them occupied while you’re traveling to your camping destination. Also, it would be smart to plan some activities to do while there: hiking, exploring nature, learning about plants and animals are all fun things to do that can benefit your children as they’ll learn about the environment. Camping is a great way to strengthen family bonds, spend some time outdoors and teach your children some important lessons about nature. Since kids nowadays enjoy using tablets and phones a little too much, it’s better to leave such gadgets for car rides, and entertain them with board games and age-appropriate books instead.
Make sure everyone’s fed, hydrated and safe
We’ve already mentioned that you should pack all the supplies, tools and gadgets, but when you’re traveling with kids, you need to be extra prepared and cautious. Therefore, when packing, make sure you’re having enough snacks, purified water and a first-aid kit. Also, since insects, especially mosquitoes, can be a little aggressive in the wilderness, you should bring an insect repellent to protect everyone from bites. You can even make your own anti-insect spray, especially if you’re concerned about the chemicals in commercial products.
The food that you intend to bring should be solid or canned,, so it will last you for days without getting spoiled.
If there’s one experience that is suitable for the whole family, then it’s camping. However, in order to have an amazing time, it’s essential to be prepared and organized. Bringing all the supplies, researching the destination, and being respectful to nature are all crucial tips that should never be forgotten nor ignored. Also, be sure to fix your car before leaving, so you’ll be able to have a safe and wonderful camping experience without any issues.
Published by Chloe Taylor