Handy Tips for First-time Family Campers
Camping has become more popular than ever, with an increasing number of people choosing 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 everything 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 night or two in some campground near civilization should be good for starters. Your first campout could be more successful if pick a campground that has showers, flush toilets, electrical outlets or any of the other home comforts.
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2. Go with an expert.
Camping with the family is fun. 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. Additionally, if there are other kids about the same age as yours who can tag along, that would be perfect. Boredom can be a problem of children, but not when other children are around.
3. Pack good quality camping meals and snacks.
Once again, keep things 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. Skewer them and cook them over 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 those chocolate bars and graham crackers for your s’mores.
4. Plan for peaceful sleep.
> 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 better than everyone sleeping together under a layers of blankets. But remember, you will get what you pay for. If you don’t have enough money to purchase quality equipment, maybe you can rent for now or even borrow.
> Finally, ear plugs- Noises at night are lot louder in a tent. You can spend hours awake with only one dog barking.