While it can be a nice escape for you and the whole family, there’s no doubt that camping can be hard work. Making a reservation, organization your gear, and making final preparations can make life hectic, despite the fact that you’re supposed to be going on a vacation. But even though preparing for your trip can feel overwhelming at times, it’s definitely worth all the work. On your trip you’ll enjoy exploring nature, making lasting family memories, and spending quality time away from your busy life. Which is why it’s so important that you ensure you bring along all of the camping gear you and your family will need.
Camping Out with the Family
The first thing you should do is pick the dates for your camping trip. Keep in mind that many campgrounds can fill up very quickly, so be prepared to make reservations several weeks ahead of time.
Camping with just the family can be great, but inviting another family to join you can essentially help to cut your work in half, can save you on expenses, and can give the kids some friends to interact with.
Preparing Your Gear
You may think you brought along all the gear and supplies you need, until you’re at the campsite and realize you forgot the propane and marshmallows. So, play it safe and create a camping checklist. This list should include camping gear and supplies for the entire family, including the dog, if you plan on bringing him or her along.
The average camping checklist looks something like this:
- Sleeping bags
- Camping lantern
- Camping stove
- First aid kit
- Sleeping pads
- Pillows and blankets
- Camping chairs
- Extra batteries for lantern and flashlights
- Fuel for stove
- Cookware and dishware
- Portable coffeemaker
- Trash bags
- Insect repellent
You should also create a separate checklist for food. Plan out each meal ahead of time. This will ensure that you have all of the supplies and ingredients for every meal, based on the length of your trip. Don’t forget to include snacks and extra drinking water. Additionally, if you plan on making anything fancy, make sure you prepare these dishes ahead of time, store them in Tupperware containers, and label them so you can easily find them when you’re searching through the cooler.
Personal Items Checklist
So, you have a food checklist and a camping gear checklist. Now, each member that’s going camping should create a list that includes all of the personal supplies they’ll need. Make each person responsible for packing their gear, unless it’s a young child, in which case mom or dad will need to take care of writing the checklist and making sure everything is in order.