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Camping is an excellent way to spend quality time with your loved ones. It allows you to get in touch with nature and enjoy the great outdoors, which can help improve health and well-being.

The wilderness can provide the perfect opportunity to bond with family members or friends. As a family, camping can teach children valuable skills such as survival techniques and respect for others.

If you are a novice to camping, it is always advisable to prepare. There are many essential items that you should take before heading into the wilds of Mother Nature, such as tents and sleeping bags.

Especially when going on a camping trip with family, the last thing you want to do is forget any essentials. You may spend most of your holiday looking for where you left something instead of enjoying yourself.

If you intend on taking the whole family out into the woods this summer, here are 8 tips to ensure that your trip will be fun, relaxing, and safe:

8 Tips for a Successful Camping Trip with Your Family

Select a Good Location for Camping

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When selecting a convenient location for family camping, be mindful not to choose somewhere too remote.

If you venture far enough out into the wilderness, you may find that there is nowhere nearby to buy supplies, and it’s tough to find help if needed, and provide a totally safe environment for young children.

When starting out in family camping, look for established campgrounds, for example, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, boasts numerous campgrounds where you can pitch a tent, or Pigeon Forge TN cabins are available if you want a taste of an outdoor experience without sleeping rough.

A suitable location is close to amenities like food stores, restaurants, and public transport links.

Make Sure Everyone Knows What to Pack

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Before embarking on a camping trip with family, ensure that everyone knows what they need to pack.

And if you have young children who aren’t packing for themselves, make sure everyone’s on the same page about who’s packing.

If kids are packing their own bags, it’s worthwhile making sure that nothing has been tossed out before you leave, and may also save you a lot of stress to work off a packing list.

If your children are old enough to pack for themselves, doing so can give them great experience with responsibility, and make them feel like they’re part of the trip, instead of just being forced to go on it.

Bring Lots of Food

It’s worthwhile bringing extra food than you need when camping with your family, especially if you’re staying in separate tents and have no idea who may be raiding the food stash for a midnight snack!

But also because there may be accidental food loss, as the risk of this is higher with children around – tipping over cooking pots, dropping things on the ground, leaving the lid to a cooler open and everything thawing out!

Some campsites offer access to electricity, which may mean you can use refrigerators and stovetops, but still bring lots of cold and dry ingredients. Food like energy bars, nuts, dried fruits, and granola, and stocking up on bottled water.

Keep Track of Food Containers

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It’s important to keep track of your food containers, especially when they’re being used by multiple family members who may not understand the importance of keeping them sealed in the wild. 

Food containers which are open attract wildlife, so it’s important to keep them sealed, keep food scraps sealed, and make sure you’ve cleaned down all cooking surfaces so you’re not inviting unwanted guests to share a meal. 

Keep in mind that wildlife can even smell food within a tent, and tents often aren’t seen as an obstacle. Depending on the species, monkeys are clever enough to unzip a tent for food, and insects like ants can get in through the smallest openings.

So make sure you have food containers firmly sealed, the best way to store food is within a container, within a cooler, within your car, if you can.

Plan out the Activities

To avoid boredom, plan out your activities in advance, and make sure these are activities the whole family can enjoy and take part in.

There are plenty of things to do when camping, including fishing, hiking, mountain biking, rafting, and swimming. Don’t forget to bring your cameras, binoculars, and insect repellent though so your time remains enjoyable.

If you prefer indoors, you can read books or play board games, even when it’s raining from within a tent, so bring along some emergency cards or dice. 

Prepare for Emergencies

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Thousands of people need to seek medical attention every year due to various accidents and injuries. Some of these incidents occur because of human error, while others are the result of Mother Nature.

Regardless of the cause, when you’re camping in the outdoors, it’s important to know how to react quickly if an emergency strikes.

Taking a first aid course in advance is a great idea, though at the very least, make sure that you have a first aid kit ready at all times with basic gear you can use to treat minor injuries.

Don’t Forget About Safety and Comfort

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Although camping can be fun and exciting, it can also be very uncomfortable if you’re not prepared. And when you’re traveling as a family it only takes one member to be uncomfortable to kill the whole mood.

The first step to ensuring the whole family’s comfort is to pay close attention to the weather forecast and check the area before setting up camp. If there’s a storm moving in and you can change plans, it’s best to heed that warning.

Bringing along comfort items like air mattresses, pillows, sleeping bags, camping chairs etc can make a world of difference to the w hole experience. 

But don’t forget to bring toiletries and personal hygiene products, as these are things that are essential to comfort, but which often people (and kids!) forget; toilet paper, toothbrush, deoderant etc.

Take Breaks

Camping is supposed to be fun, but it can also become exhausting, especially if you’re packing your days with activities, cooking for the whole family, and spending a lot of time in the sun.

So it’s important to rest and take breaks.

When you’re tired and exhausted you miss things and become less reactive in situations which require you to be switched on. And this can compromise your familys safety. 

There’s no shame in taking the occasional nap, especially if it’s in a hammock with a bit of ocean breeze!

Camping is a wonderful way to reconnect with nature and spend quality time with your loved ones. The key to making the experience memorable is planning and preparation.

Follow the tips above to make sure you have everything you need. It’s crucial to educate yourself about the basics of camping before you set out on your journey so you can get the most out of the experience.

Megan is an Australian Journalist and award-winning travel writer who has been blogging since 2007. Her husband Mike is the American naturalist and wildlife photographer behind Waking Up Wild; an online magazine dedicated to opening your eyes to the wonders of the wild & natural world.

Having visited 100+ countries across all seven continents, Megan’s travels focus on cultural immersion, authentic discovery and incredible journeys. She has a strong passion for ecotourism, and aims to promote responsible travel experiences.


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