Camping is a wonderful family activity, in theory. In practice, it can be a nightmare if you are not prepared. What starts out as a quiet family bonding experience making S’mores around the campfire, can easily turn into a disaster if it rains, or if you are stuck sleeping on a tree root all night.
Luckily, there are ways to ensure your foray into camping with the family produces happy memories for all of you. Plenty of people have made rookie camping mistakes so that you don’t have to! Here’s what some now-experts have learned along the way:
Research The Best Location For Your Family
There are all different kinds of campsites, for all different types of campers. Some places can be remote, with no access to plumbing, and others are well-equipped with toilets, sinks and showers. Start by checking out the campsites at a National Park near you, or, if you already have a specific location in mind, look for private campgrounds in that area.
Bring A Rain Tarp (Or Two)
While rain is not ideal for a family camping trip, if you come prepared for it, it won’t have to put a damper on your good time. Many tents now come with their own rain tarps, but if the tent you have does not, it is strongly recommended to bring a tarp to protect your tent (and you!) from the rain. Experts also recommend bringing along a second rain tarp to lay under your tent to prevent groundwater from seeping into your tent.
Turn Camping to “Glamping” With Extra Supplies
One of the biggest travel trends right now is “glamping,” which is an amalgam of glamorous camping. While glamping trips can be expensive, you can create your own DIY glamping experience with a little help from our RIO camping accessories. Why bother sleeping on the floor of your tent when you can rest comfortably several feet off the ground on one of our camping cots? And you no longer have to worry about tweaking your lower back while sitting around the campfire thanks to our portable stadium seats and camping chairs.
Create A Meal Plan
Whether you’re planning a remote retreat into the woods, or a camping trip in a more populated private campground, meal planning is essential to the success of your experience. With preparation ahead of time, you’ll be able to spend less time worrying about where your next meal will come from and more time enjoying nature with your loved ones. Bring along camp tables so that you can all pull your director’s chairs around them and enjoy your family meals together.
Let There Be Light
When you’re used to city (or suburban) living, it can be easy to forget how dark it gets out in the woods. Make sure you pack lanterns, flashlights, and/or headlamps for everyone in the family, along with plenty of batteries, just in case. Being able to light up dark woods and pathways will help everyone stay safe after dark, especially when it’s time to make trips to the bathroom.
Are you planning a camping trip with your family this fall? If so, we’d love to hear from you! Share your camping photos with us on Instagram by using #campingwithRIO
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