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What to Take on a Family Camping Vacation

Camping vacations are affordable, accessible, and memorable; if you haven’t taken your family on a camping trip before, you are in for a treat, spend quality time together in a beautiful natural environment and learn about the local wildlife. But make sure your camping trip is comfortable.

A family camping trip is an excellent idea, but it still requires some planning and experience. Reduce the learning curve by reading the article to help you begin planning the camping trip of a lifetime. When you catch the bug for camping, you can enjoy one of these vacations more often. 

Suitable Tent 

A family camping vacation is an excellent chance to connect with your family and to connect with nature, but you need to make sure you are comfortable when you are out in the wilderness. Tents come in different shapes and sizes, and it’s important to pick the right one for your family size and your holiday location. So what should you look for in a tent for a family vacation? 

The main things to take into account are size, waterproofing, and features such as awnings. The style of the tent might be an important consideration for you, but there’s no point in your tent looking stylish when it doesn’t keep you warm and dry. Similarly, there’s no point in heading into the wilderness for a camping vacation without an awning if the weather is rainy on location.  

Camping Furniture

Camping vacations are all about getting back to nature and are an excellent way to teach children about the local animals and the natural environment. Still, you want to make sure you are comfortable when you’re there; there’s nothing worse than being on a camping vacation, getting caught in bad weather, and not having enough home comforts to make it enjoyable. 

There’s no doubt that camping furniture is optional, you don’t need it to have a nice time with your family on a wilderness adventure holiday, but when you have camping furniture, it creates a level of comfort on-location that you are accustomed to at home. Camping furniture can mean a table, some chairs, storage units, and portable kitchens to make camping more like RV living.   

Proper Beds 

Camping is sometimes called “roughing it, but you don’t want to have a rough time when you’re on vacation, quite the opposite, you want to have a comfortable and pleasant time in a natural environment. When you come back from a hike, sightseeing, or some wildlife watching, you want to put your head down on a comfortable pillow and a reliable bed, so choose them wisely.

There are several options for camping beds, including air mattresses, foam mattresses, self-inflating mattresses, and fold-down camping beds. Factors to consider when choosing camping beds include the size of the beds and how easy they are to transport, and how comfortable they are for your family members to sleep on. Also, consider the pillows you bring. 

Cooking Things 

When you arrive at your campsite one of the first things you want to do is eat something. All camping trips require cooking things such as a stove and fuel, portable cooking pots, plates, cutlery, garbage bags, water carriers, and liquid for washing up. Remember to bring cooking things that are eco-conscious and unlikely to harm the local wildlife with product chemicals. 

The main cooking thing you need to bring is the stove; you won’t get very far without one. Choose between a gas canister stove, a solid fuel stove, a solar-powered stove, or a liquid fuel stove. Think about your camping location and the expected weather when buying your camping stove. For example, solid fuel stoves produce a soft flame, but gas is best for windy weather. 

Torch and Lantern 

When you are in your home, you switch the lights on when it starts to get dark, it takes a second, and you have light for your evening; that’s not the case when you are in the wilderness. If you are new to camping, this might take you by surprise; it gets very dark very quickly, so make sure you are prepared by bringing the right camping torches and lamps for convenience. 

What is the difference between a torch and a lantern? In short, a torch directs light in a central direction while a lantern emits light in all directions. Lanterns are excellent for camping because they can be hung on the inside of a tent and provide the same level of light you can expect from a family home or an RV. Make sure all your family members have personal flashlights at night.   

Entertainment 

Heading into the wilderness with your family is exciting. It’s exciting for the parents and the children because you are in a new place and a new situation, but as the novelty wears off, you will need something to entertain family members. During the day, you can enjoy local activities like hiking, sightseeing, and wildlife watching. At night you can play board games and read. 

If you want to add some interest to your camping excursion, consider bringing a DJI Avata camera drone. This device is a drone coupled to a wearable visor, but unlike other drones, this video camera device is easy to fly and handle, even by young people without any training. Simply put on the visor and see what the drone sees; the control moves intuitively with you.  

Handheld Radios

Smartphones are amazing technology, but they have their limitations when it comes to camping in the wilderness. If you don’t have a signal, you can’t access your maps, and you might not even be able to get in touch with family members by phone. For these reasons, it’s sensible to bring some handheld radios with you and make sure each family member has one they can use. 

Handheld radios don’t require a mobile network to communicate; instead, they use radio waves that exist naturally in the earth’s atmosphere. This is the most reliable way to get in touch with family members when you’re in the wilderness. There are different types of radio to choose from, such as long wave and short wave radio. Long-wave radios are best for family camping.

Clothing 

No matter what vacation you go on with your family, you will need some smart packing techniques. Smart packing allows you to take more on your trip by using the space wisely; this is especially important when you are camping because everyone needs to bring more clothing for different types of weather. Bring clothing for windy conditions, as well as warm weather. 

So how can you pack smartly and fit more in your rucksacks? Start with the shoes; these go in th bottom of the rucksack to provide balance in the bag, making it easier to carry. Of course, you will have different types of footwear for different camping conditions. Inside the footwear, you can pack more items like socks. Remember to roll your clothing to fit more items into the bags.   

Personal Items 

Each family member will need personal items to ensure they are clean and comfortable on the camping trip. While you can expect a camping trip to be a little bit rougher than a hotel holiday, it’s amazing how a freshen-up in the morning or the evening can change your outlook and set you up for the day. Encourage your family to make a checklist for personal items to bring along. 

Personal items that can be useful on a camping trip include towels and face cloths, a toothbrush and toothpaste, deodorant and brushes, sunscreen, toilet paper, and a mirror. Personal items can be packed conveniently in toiletry bags or by using packing cubes to create more space in suitcases. Some rucksacks and suitcases also have compartments designed for personal items. 

Compasses 

A compass is an easy thing to overlook when planning a camping trip, especially when you are new to camping and you use a smartphone for directions regularly. Ask any camping enthusiast, and they will tell you to bring a compass with you even if you are camping locally. Since you are on a family camping vacation, you have more responsibility and need to bring a compass along.

There’s no doubt you can use the compass and map on your smartphone if you have a signal and enough battery life, but you can’t rely on this in bad weather or if you wander out of range. A compass uses a reliable magnetic north that helps you walk in the right direction when you get lost on a hike or a walk. Always stay in control and guide your family back to the campsite.  

Final Thoughts

Family camping vacations make an excellent holiday in the spring, summer, and autumn. Each season brings something different for you to enjoy and create family memories that will last a lifetime. If you want to make your wilderness experience as comfortable and enjoyable as possible, use the tips in the article to bring the right things along and stay in control of the trip. 

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