If you haven’t tried camping with your family before, you might wonder why you should even consider it. First of all, camping is a lot cheaper than any other means of celebrating your holiday. Since you will have to make your own dinner, you can essentially half the budget which you would normally spend during normal days. And second, by camping you can be able to get a feel of nature.
If you’re wondering how to go camping with your family and actually enjoy it, then here are my top 5 camping tips for you:
1. Think about your camping needs
Before you head out to camping with your family, think about the reason why you want to go camping in the first place. Do you want to go on a road trip with your family and stop wherever you feel like? Are you planning to go camping on a hike? Do you want to pitch your tent and stay on the same place for a few days, or prefer setting it up on a new spot every single day? In fact, there isn’t one right way to camp, hence you should consider your own preferences and proceed to a camping holiday which suits you and your family.
2. Practice pitching your own tent
Practicing pitching the tent which you and your family will use during your trip is actually a good idea. Other than allowing you to look like a pro on the camping site, you can even find out if something’s missing right away as well. Of course, you don’t want to arrive at the scene without any tent pegs or poles with you.
3. Make sure to pitch your tent properly
In most cases, you will be given an assigned spot on a camping site. However, it would still be a wise idea to consider the direction you’re facing your tent on that pitch. Consider important factors such as the direction from where the wind is coming from, which part of your pitch is the softest and most level, the presence of any trees or something which could possibly fall on your tent, and the proximity of a camping fire spot (just in case you want to make a fire, which is at least 10 meters away from your tent). You want you and your family’s camping trip to be enjoyable and safe as possible, and considering such factors is a way to go.
4. Seek advice from a knowledgeable outdoor shop
Especially if this is the first time that you and your family tried camping, and you are a bit unsure of what to do or bring, seeking advice from an expert can actually help you save a lot of money and even time. For example, if you want to consider some expensive camping necessities such as sleeping bags, tents, backpacks and shoes, you might want to consider heading to a knowledgeable outdoor shop in order to seek for expert advice. Also, while you’re at it make sure you don’t even up with cheap products which could possibly break halfway through the trip.
5. Bring the right gear
Bringing the right camping gear with you is key towards a successful and enjoyable camping together with your family. However, you can also try being creative and create your own camping hacks for fixing some issues which might occur during the trip. When shopping for the right gear, always think about the 3 key elements of a successful camping: sleeping, cooking, and storage.