Anyone ready for the best camping trip ever? That amazing once-in-a-lifetime, never-to-be-forgotten trip; where family adventure is the order of the day. We’ve got the greatest tips for the best camping adventure out there! Ready, set…let’s go camping!
Top Camping Tips
1. Preparation is the name of the game
Let’s face it, you don’t want to get to your destination and start figuring out what all your gear does. You could be there for some time, with perhaps a few pointed fingers tut-tutting and smirking as they watch on! So, the answer of course lies in preparing, to avoid those camping blues when you get there.
If you don’t know already, or you’ve just invested in that brand new, super-duper, does it all tent, then you need to figure it out before getting there. Figure out where the ropes and the poles go, check out the zippers and most importantly make sure you know how to get it back in the bag again. Get the whole family involved so everyone has a job when pitching the tent.
Check all your gear and make sure that everything’s in tip top shape and ready to go – check the gas bottle is filled, you’ve got extra batteries for torches and lamps or even charge them if you’ve got rechargeable batteries.
Make sure you’ve got the chairs, tables and that the sleeping bags are packed. Someone aint going to be happy without a chair or a sleeping bag! Get everyone to pack their own gear, so no one needs to take the fall and be the bad guy!
The essentials include toilet paper and this is a must have; always pack extra as you can never have enough. You’ll often find that camping sites aren’t stocked! The extension lead and camping plug is essential. Even though you’re in a tent, electricity can certainly make your life easier, unless you want to really rough it to make it more exciting! Camp site points often need a special adapter. Have one packed, just in case.
2. Don’t let darkness fall!
One thing you should really try and avoid is to arrive in the dark. You’ll all be tired and cranky and trying to fiddle around and pitch a tent in the dark is certainly no fun for anyone! Setting up camp is pretty hard work, even in daylight. So avoid the night time jitters…from the whole family.
3. The unspoken rules of camping!
Yes, there are unspoken rules when it comes to camping, and if you don’t want your fellow campers glaring and shouting at you then it’s best to follow them. Amazingly some people like to sleep in, even in a tent. So get the kids showered, fed and watered and head out for a bit of adventure early in the morning to explore your area! Early morning is the coolest time to spot stuff too! It’s also nice and peaceful! There is another rule that must never be broken, when you’re heading to the bathrooms, don’t go storming through people’s camp sites, you could have people growling at you in no time at all! You do not want to be in a camping site with bad relations flying around…it will make your trip, well, not so awesome to say the least.
4. Get those survival skills honed
Yes, we know, it’s only camping and not a survival trip of note, but hey, it’s still good to be prepared. Of course we’re not suggesting that you’ll be doing the Bear Grylles of survival tactics, just have the good old first aid kit packed for any accidents that might happen when you’re out exploring! Ensure that you ‘cater’ for a bit of everything. Some essentials to pack are mosquito repellent as well as an antihistamine cream for that nasty itch afterwards which the kids certainly aren’t fond of! You’ll also need plasters, bandages, sanitizers, disinfectants, cold and flu meds, sunblock, after sun and hats all the way.
Now down to some extra survival skills…each child needs a backpack with a couple of basics – a headlamp, water bottle, sunscreen and healthy snacks to keep them going. Of course you’ll need the same plus a few extra handy things like the awesome GERBER 31 – 002601 Bear Grylls Card Tool, which is an all-in-one survival tool. Check it out here.
Be a prepared camper.
5. Packing Principles!
If you’re heading to the mountains, or heading to the sea, it can get seriously cold out there, so make sure you pack for your destination. Don’t forget those costumes too. Swimming in your underwear is not an option, okay?
6. It’s all about family
Give the kids their own tasks, as after all this is a family event…they can help pitch the tent, collect water, set out the chairs and even unpack. Once you’re in the full swing of things you can allocate them some duties and rotate them. Also get them to help with preparing meals, washing dishes and other tasks that you need doing.
7. Oh no, bad weather!
So you’ve planned that fab hike for the day, and the rain sets in! Argh, what to do? Well you can pack a couple of board games, get the kids to write in their travel journal, or even visit a cool museum if there’s one in reach. But remember it’s also a whole heap of fun to go exploring in the rain, so if you’re up for the adventure, go ahead!
8. Leave it as you found it
You don’t want to leave a dirty campsite when you leave so clean up and leave it as you found it. If you brought it, take it back with you.
There are the travelling rules for being camping. Do you have any cool tips to add? Please let us know! Watch out for our next article on the most awesome camping adventures around!