Handy Tips for First-time Family Campers
Nowadays, camping has become ever so popular, with a mounting number of people preferring a ‘staycation’ holiday. With the right equipment, you can have a great time at a cheap cost with the family. And if this is a first for all of you, then you have some reading to do.
Consider these tips so you can to a blast on your first outdoor sleepover:
1. Keep things simple.
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Your first family camping trip is not a good time to strap on those backpacks and indulge in the wilderness for an entire 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.
Camping with your family group is great. But because you’re all neophytes, it would be wise to have a more experienced camper to tag along. This individual will probably have know-how and equipment that would help make your trip more successful. In addition, if there are other kids who are the same age as your kids and can come along, that would be just great. Boredom can be a problem of children, but not when other children are around.
3. Pack good quality camping meals and snacks.
As mentioned, keep everything simple. Cook supper with campfire forks, which can be bought for around $4 each. Take some basics with you, like hot dogs, cherry tomatoes, bell pepper strips, pineapple chunks and mushrooms. You can skewer and cook them above the fire! After your meal, toast some marshmallows using sticks cleaned in the fire. Let the children toast their own, and bring tons of marshmallows, as some of them will surely 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 keep everyone warm – It’s better to have an excess of them than to be cold the whole night. 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. You can also choose to bring cots.
> Individual sleeping bags – This is always warmer than sleeping together under a bunch of blankets. But take note: you will certainly what you pay for. If you have no cash to buy quality equipment, perhaps you could rent or borrow for now.
> Finally, ear plugs- Noises at night are lot louder in a tent. Just a single dog barking is all it takes to keep you awake for hours.