Camping can be great fun, but it really isn’t something you just want to do on a whim. It will work out much better if you plan a camping trip and plan it well. The following article outlines important things you should consider before heading out for that weekend getting in touch with nature.
If you are traveling with children, consider staying at a campground that is specifically designated for families. Campers in these areas know what to expect and will not have an issue if you have a cranky toddler or your children want to run around, scream and play. You will probably be more relaxed as a result and have a better time.
With camping, comes the campfire. Make sure your campfire is in an open space and far enough away from brush or trees so you don’t run the risk of a stray spark catching them on fire. Surround the fire with stones to help keep it contained. Most importantly, never leave any campfire unattended. If you need to leave for any reason, make sure the campfire is extinguished completely.
When choosing a tent, pick one that has plenty of room for you and all of your camping companions. This ensures the most comfortable sleeping arrangement and allows you to move about without disturbing others.
Before you set out on your camping trip take the time to check the weather forecast for the area that you will be visiting. There are many great websites that can also give you a good idea of what weather is typical for the area during the time you plan to visit. If you have the correct information, you can pack properly.
When you bring your dog on a camping trip, make certain he has adequate tick protection. Bugs thrive in forests, and many flea treatments do not extend protection to include ticks, so ask your vet before departing if your dog has everything he needs and what you should do for proper tick prevention and removal.
If you are camping near a lake and will be swimming and boating, include life vests for anyone going out on the boat. Young children and any child who does not know now to swim should wear a life vest even while playing around the shore or on the boat docks.
Reminder: Don’t attempt to go boating or take children to go boating if you’re not trained. To avoid any incendent, you should have at least completed the basic training for boating offered by Boat Schools.
To have a great camping trip with children, you should try to think of activities that will keep them entertained. You can play games, sing around the fire, swim, hike, canoe, go boating, go biking or even give them a camera to take photos. If your kids are entertained, they are more likely to enjoy the experience and want to go camping again.
As was shown in the above article, camping can indeed be great fun, but it does take some advanced planning to make sure it all goes well. Use the advice and tips shown here to make a checklist so your trip is one of relaxation and not one of “I wish I would have planned this better beforehand”.