Keys to a Successful Family Camping Trip

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The key to a successful family camping trip is to leave behind all your ‘other keys’.

No really, take this statement literally.

One of the most essential elements in a successful camping trip of any sort is the mindset that one is in. In order to get into the ‘camping’ mindset; leave behind all the tension that comes with carrying all your ‘other keys’; house keys, car keys, locker keys, drawer keys etc. When you enter the woods, be sure to leave your city life behind.

Camping trips are easy to get right. Remember, camping is in our blood. Human beings have been camping for thousands and thousands of years now. First came camping, then came civilization. Remember.

List of Camping Essentials

Right after you plan your camping trip, remember to go to a shop and purchase all of these items. Trust us, they are all equally important and are extremely useful in one situation or the other.

So don’t try to be selective, these are just 9 items that you have to carry (unless, whoever it is you are going camping with like, an agency or something, provides you with these items):

  1. A Tent
  2. Sleeping Bags with pillows, if possible
  3. A camp stove
  4. A lighter
  5. A cooler (for the food)
  6. A first aid kit
  7. Headlamps/lanterns
  8. Paper vessels (paper plates, paper cups etc)
  9. Wastebasket bin
  10. Camp chairs and cots

With the packing bit taken care of; here are a couple of other key tips that help you plan a successful family camping trip:

Plan In Advance

When you are dealing with nature, things can get slightly unpredictable. Thus, many campers suggest that you thoroughly plan out the camping trip right from the start to the very end. Doing so is beneficial as you can avoid the following troublesome situations that characterize an unsuccessful camping trip:

  • The camping trail/area being shut for camping activities.
  • No place to set up the tent as all slots have been reserved.
  • Camping in an unsafe environment.
  • Camping in the wrong season.
  • On reaching, discovering a lack of camping activities.

Just plan in advance and none of this should happen to you.

camping gear

Keep The Food Sorted Out

Some camping trips are deemed to be unsuccessful on account of hunger. Food is very important to a successful camping trip.What’s more is that one of the charms that are associated with camping is preparing the food outdoors. Cooking together is an integral fun family camping activity.

Therefore, keep your food scene always sorted out. Pack the right kind of food, do your research for that before. Always carry some dry food that doesn’t require any preparation like crackers, candies, chocolates etc.

Water is also just as important as the food here. Not having enough water while camping can be a major source of frustration and trouble.

Preparing camping meals

Assign Every Member Of The Family With ‘Camping Responsibilities’

A successful camping trip is a fun camping trip. The more real it feels, the more fun it is. Therefore, the idea is to get every member of the family a real feel for camping.

An easy way to do that is by assigning every member with certain ‘camping responsibilities’. For example,you and your partner can be in charge of cooking, your kids can be in charge of collecting firewood and setting the tent up.

Be Prepared To Combat The Rain

Really, most of the unsuccessful camping trip stories begin with the onset of rain. The weather is unpredictable and therefore, irrespective of how planned one gets, rain is always possible.

If you are one-step ahead of the rain, there’s no chance for it to ruin your trip. There are different things that you can do to protect yourself from the rain. Some of which are:

  • Place a tarp under your tent.
  • Ensure that the seam of your tent is completely sealed up. If not, seal it properly with seam sealer.
  • If your sleeping bags aren’t waterproof, to protect them from condensation, keep the bags in the center of the tent at night time.
  • Some tents come with a rain fly up. If you have such a tent, any signs of rain, just put that up out there.

camping in the rain

Hopefully,this article has cleared up a lot of your camping doubts. Take a note of these tips and your next family camping trip will be a successful one, Cheers!

Author’s Bio:

Yogi and Suchna believe in taking the road less travelled and stumbling upon some hidden gems along the way! For over a decade, they’ve mapped their way across various continents, sniffed out unusual routes, discovered new flavours and stayed at quirky hostels. TheVillaEscape is their expression of soul travel. To check Iceland Trip From India you can catch up with them at TheVillaEscape.

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Richard Remick

Richard is the founder and the chief editor of Outside Pursuits. Passionate about the great outdoors, Richard spends much of his time in Colorado enjoying skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, cycling, hiking, and camping. When at home in Florida, he is most often found in the water. He loves water sports such as paddle boarding, kayaking, snorkeling, and scuba diving. He is a certified scuba diver. Because of his wealth of knowledge and experience, Richard has been invited to contribute articles to many outdoor-focused websites, such as Florida Rambler, and has been profiled on travel websites such as JohnnyJet.

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