Tips to Prepare for a Camping Trip

The great outdoors beckons many families when vacation time comes around.  Without access to television and computers, camping provides a great environment for families to spend some quality time together.

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Perhaps this is your first time camping.  Maybe you aren’t camping but roughing it away from the comfort of your own home, in a cottage or RV.  If so, you’ll want to prepare for your next trip to get the most enjoyment out of your vacation.

Here are some great tips to help make your next camping trip more enjoyable:

Sleeping

If you’re using a tent, make sure you have everything needed for assembly.  This includes tent stakes and a hammer.  You will also need a tarp for added protection during the rainy season.  Bring your sleeping bags and comfortable pillows, too.

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Eating

For your travels, pack food that you will prepare for meals, as well as snacks and plenty of water.  Insulated transport bags, food storage boxes, cooler boxes and film wrappers will all help you make sure you have the freshest food available.

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Pack cooking equipment and utensils such as a camping stove, pots, pans, dishes, cups, silverware, spatulas, tongs, can openers and oven mitts.  Remember to include trash bags, dish towels and dish washing liquid for clean-up.

Lighting

If you’re going somewhere with reliable sunshine during the day, a good idea would be to bring solar powered lights so you don’t need to think about powering them.  Also, bring handheld flashlights and extra batteries.

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Pest Control

Insect repelent, fly swatters and a bug zapper can help keep your camp insect-free.

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Emergencies

When you’re out in the wilderness, it’s not easy to get medical attention quickly.  Thus, a first aid kit is absolutely essential to have everything you need for most injuries.

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Don’t Forget the Fun!

If you like mountain biking just pick up a bike carrier and you’re all set.  Grab a heavy duty raft for the entire family if everyone is in for some white water rafting.  Just because you’re roughing it outdoors, doesn’t mean you have to leave all your toys at home!

 

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