Camping is a fun and exciting activity to look forward to doing with the whole family, and we don’t want to ruin it, so careful planning is a must.
When family bonding is involved, we always are very excited, but preparation, sometimes, is overlooked because we think that member of the family, no matter what happens, will stick to one another even in situations that are unexpected, so it is just okay to do things spontaneously. However, this kind of thinking is not always acceptable, especially with the kind of trip that involves a little threat to your little ones.
Trips, like visiting famous churches or destinations around the world, need a little planning, like listing down itineraries to visit or hotels to consider staying overnight, and there will be no so much danger to worry about. However, if it’s camping, you and your family, are opting for, then this goes beyond using your credit cards for room bookings and flight planning.
Below are some tips to make sure you will have a great outdoor bonding experience.
Prepare a Tent to House the Whole Family
First of all, it is not a complete camping experience without the tent. This will serve as your hotel in an isolated area. For a family camping, small tents are okay, but if you want to have a comfortable sleep or stay in the tent while having a break from the activities, then big tents are the ones you should opt for.
There are affordable cabin tents for families that not only are big but can survive different weather conditions. It can stand the strong winds and rain and an even protect you from the heat of the sun.
Choose a Campsite
Camping is not camping without experiencing it in a real campsite. However, don’t be too quick in choosing an area for doing this exciting outdoor activity, especially because you have small kids with you. There are sites that close to water source, so in case you want to go fishing, you can do IT any time, or you can also try flat and smooth ground.
However, if I were to ask about, I’d choose the site that is on a higher ground or a site with trees around it.
A site on a higher ground and still with a source of water near it is perfect to ensure that you’d not wake up wet because of the increased level of water.
A site with lots of trees around it is a great choice If you are staying one day and one night, for you surely don’t want to have a tent that has that sauna feel because the sun rays have already been cooking it although cabin tents mentioned above have sun-ray protection features. Just make sure that your tent can fit the free space. It is also a great chance to teach your kids that value of trees.
Bring all these Small Necessities for Emergency Situations
Of course, you won’t forget about the tent because it obviously the biggest one you’ll need, but how about the small ones with huge and significant importance?
Make sure that your first aid kit has the following:
Flashlight and extra batteries for the dark night. Kids might love to go walking at night, so having this will give you instant illuminance.
Lighter to create flame. To counteract the cold night, get combustibles and woods, and create a flame through a lighter.
Adhesive Tape for a temporary rip and tear fix. However strong and weather resistant your tent it, it is always good to prepare for damages.
Scissors to cut stuff with a little ease. Sure knives are sharper, but scissors help you cut bandages and tapes more easily.
Baby wipes or Antiseptic wipes for skin sanitizing and for killing germs. Kids will be kids, they will play muds and dirty stuff, so better bring this one.
Sterile gauze pads for larger cuts and wounds. Parents and kids will need this in case they get cut to prevent germs from entering the open wounds while giving it air for healing.
Elastic bandages for sprains to reduce the flow of blood to a certain area.
4. Bring Food for Your Tummies
It’s a no brainer that you will need food to survive in a campsite where stores aren’t walking
distance. While it is always a must to bring food with you, it is not right to bring food that can
easily get spoiled. You can opt bread and spread, or you can also consider having can goods
with you as they are easy to pack.
5. Prepare Your Whole Family For it
Last but not the least, make you and your family ready for this outdoor activity. All other preparations will be put to waste if your whole family is not conditioned yet. Preparing your family involves knowing whether they have allergies to certain insects or making them interested in this thing, especially the kids. Also, avoid catching a cold or getting sick before the camping day. Sick people are not in the mood to move, nor do they want to do activities. Thus, make sure you, your partner and your kids are all physically healthy and fit.
Camping is a memorable family bonding experience, so make sure that you create good ones that will make you want to go down memory lane in the future. Cliché it may sound, but really, failing to plan is planning to fail. Therefore, with the tips given above, I hope that your camping with the whole family will be a fun one.