We’ve written many articles related to camping with your family. It’s a great way to build traditions, and there’s something you get from spending time outdoors camping that you just can’t get with your nose buried in an electronic device. Many families would love to go on a family trip, but they really don’t know how to get started. This article will cover some of the basics of family camping and help to get you outside.
First off, you’ll need some gear. You can find plenty of buying guides online that will review all of the necessary equipment you and your family will need. You’ll want to look at tents, sleeping bags, and pads, cooking gear, coolers, etc. Another great option for getting outfitted is to head to a reputable outdoor retailer, where staff members are trained to get you the best gear for your family’s specific needs.
If you’re not quite ready to rough it in a tent, you and your family could look into renting an RV. Most modern models come equipped with everything you’ll find in your home. Once at a campground, you can still experience joys like day hikes and campfires, but when it comes time to bed down, you’ll have the luxury of a real bed and in some cases, showers and toilets.
Planning ahead is one of the vital steps for getting into family camping trips. Take some time to research the best campgrounds for families, look up some great camping meal recipes, and most importantly, check the weather forecast before heading out and plan accordingly.
Depending on the age of the kids in your family, you’ll want to make sure you have plenty of activities planned while camping. If you’re car camping and have the space, consider throwing an extra bag in the trunk that contains things like Frisbees, coloring books and crayons (for rainy days), beach toys, fishing gear, etc.
Finally, before you ever head out, you should practice at home. Set up your tent in the backyard and practice cooking over an open fire. You can even sleep in the tent with your family so that everyone gets used to the idea of snoozing under the stars prior to taking to the wild.