Enjoying outdoors with your family is the best way to bond and to explore nature. Camping involves many fun activities that you can do. Do you know how will you entertain your loved ones when you come to a campground?
Planning an outdoor trip is very important to stay safe and protected. You will need to prepare some things before going to the wild. If you are going to spend time outdoors for a long time it is crucial to bring camping equipment that will make your vacation enjoyable.
Without some camping essentials, you can end your trip soon as the rain starts to fall. Follow this guide and your family will be happy to go outdoors with you again. In this article, you will find out how to prepare for an outdoor adventure and which are the things to take on a family camping trip.
What do I need for camping with a family?
If you want to spend a good time outdoors you should prepare yourself. Planning is not a hard thing if you consider what are the necessities to protect your loved ones in the wild. Think of the basics first and then consider taking things that will make your trip memorable and worthwhile.
An outdoor tent, clothes, food are the basics to bring. However, you should think of the whole process of camping before heading to your favorite campsite.
Let’s say you will prepare meals over a campfire. To do that, you will need to take a cooking set, a firestarter, foods, a cooler, etc. Think carefully about what do you need for a specific activity and prepare the things in a specific place so you won’t forget them.
Now take a look which are the essentials that you should bring with you.
What size tent do I need for family camping?
You will need a big tent so you can enjoy your comfort and privacy. Do you know which tents are the most popular among families? Parents love big canvas tents as they are breathable and give the feeling of being at home.
However, I should remind you of some of the tent’s features so you will decide if it is appropriate for your adventure. These tents are spacious and durable however they are heavy due to cotton material.
If you will go camping in the car and stay in nature for a long time then this shelter should fit you. However, if you plan a short trip it is better to get a smaller tent that pitches fast and will serve you to spend a few nights outdoors.
What to wear on camping?
Proper clothes can decide if your trip will last or you will go home soon as you arrive at the camp. You will stay in nature so it means you can face rain, wind or snow. You should be prepared when the weather gets worse.
Take clothes that are synthetic. Why not take cotton clothes? Cotton is skin-friendly and gives comfort but it won’t protect you from getting wet. Cotton absorbs moisture fast and dries slowly; this is why you should bring clothes that will protect you. Consider anorak or a rain jacket, a hat, and a good pair of shoes for all of you.
Are you a parent of a newborn and going camping in bad weather? Newborns are very sensitive so you should bring stuff to make him feel comfortable all the time. Don’t worry you can go outdoors with him, however, consider how to tent camp with a baby in cold weather.
Food to take camping
Camping food should be easy to make. You can cook food at home and take it with you. On the other hand, it is fun to bring the ingredients and make food at the campsite over a campfire. I suggest that you involve kids to help you.
What kind of food should I bring for camping?
Picking the food that you will take outdoors can be tricky. You must be aware that you won’t be able to bring all kinds of food because some of them spoil fast.
Consider taking dry foods and other long-lasting foods that are easy to prepare over a campfire or a portable camping stove. Consider taking these ones:
- Canned food
- Dehydrated foods
- Beef Jerky
- Protein bars
- Dry fruits and vegetables
- Instant soops
Fast-spoiling foods to avoid
You should watch out what your family consumes. Some foods can spoil very quickly. Eating them can make your stomach hurt or even worse – you can become infected with salmonella. Leave these type of foods at home:
- Deviled eggs
- Milk and other dairy products
- Fresh salami
- Fresh meat
Consider the food that won’t spoil fast. You can take fresh food and put it in the cooler. This way it will be fresh and won’t spoil so fast.
Make camping s’mores!
How about making s’mores at the evening campfire? Consider making this campfire treat as kids love it! You can buy marshmallows or you can have fun with children making s’ mores. What do you prefer?
If you decide to make it fun this is a way to go. Get fruits like bananas, strawberries, or other fruits your kids love. Stick the pieces of fruit on the stick and dip them in the marshmallow fluff that you buy in the store or make at home.
Memorable camping trip
The purpose of family camping is to relax from daily obligations and to have some nice moments in nature. I give you some tips which will make your adventure amazing and memorable.
Bring a camera
We are taking photos to remember the good time we had. If you come home from the camping adventure you will memorize it for some time but pictures will last forever. It is best that your camera is waterproof so the weather won’t be a problem.
If you don’t have it don’t you worry. Get a camera that you can afford, it doesn’t have to be the latest model or a camera of a reputable brand.
Photographing wild animals
I think that being in nature is the most precious time where we can unwind and explore the wild. Animals are an important part of the ecosystems and you have a great opportunity to see how they live.
When you are in the camp plan your day to be active. Fill up your backpacks with clothes, some food, water, and start exploring. Talk to your kids and tell them how they should behave in nature. Animals are shy in the wild so you should be quiet enough to see them.
Have your camera close so you will be able to take a quick picture. You can have it around your neck or in the backpack pocket. Let the kids take pictures too. It is important that you let them do things so they can learn and feel more confident (bringing the firewood, getting some water, helping with the tent setup etc.).
Taking family pictures
Family pictures are priceless, don’t you agree? Take pictures of your cooking, catching a fish, hiking, taking a short pause for a snack together, etc. Don’t forget to take pictures of your children; they will love to see them when they grow up.
Make an album
Technology is changing fast and evolving. You can have your pictures on the computer disk and look at them but the true charm is to have them in the album. Develop your pictures and put them in the album where you will put all the family camping moments.
I recommend that you label an album with places so you will have a perfect family album.
Make a camping trip fun
Camping is all about having fun, especially when you are with your loved ones. A fun camping trip requires planning so take care of the necessary things so you will be enjoying out there. Take your kids exploring as they will learn many things about nature and its inhabitants.
Also, take pictures of you spending time together. Making good memories will affect children positively as they will remember the quality time spent with their parents.