Are you looking to get out of town and do some camping? Escape the city or heat?
Camping can be a lot of fun and not too expensive. I have been camping since I was a tiny tot. My parents started in a tent over 55 years ago. We have camped a lot. They have camped from Florida to Alaska and everywhere in between. So not only did I learn from them but I have done my fair share of tent camping as well.
Here are a few tips that will make your camping trip more fun.
Especially for Mom.
The great thing about camping is it can be very low cost and low tech. Most everyone starts camping in a tent. You can get a used tent on Craigslist and some cheap sleeping bags. If you are going somewhere that gets chilly these will be helpful.
Don’t forget to see if you can borrow one. – Camping is one of those things that people find they either love or they don’t. Meaning camping gear is readily available pre-loved or experienced.
Camping mats make a pretty big difference, so try to get your hands on some. You may already have Foam floor mats in your kid’s playroom and they work great to cushion your tent floor. If you don’t want to drop the cash, just throw a bunch of blankets in the car and sleep on those.
Here are a few of the things I have learned along the way:
- Pool noodles on your tent guy wires – Tent Ropes are a trip hazard. So marking them with bright pool noodles or tie ribbons on them.
- Trash bags – You want to make sure you are not littering. Plus, you can stuff dirty clothes and wet towels in trash bags.
- Ziploc bags – These are so helpful for so many things.
- Anti bacteria wipes – You may find that you are not close to water and yes it will be dirty. You are camping for goodness sake.
- Hand sanitizer
- Bug spray – Did not you know that you don’t have to spray you skin? You can spray shoes and clothing. Be aware you need to protect against ticks and mosquitos.
- Sun screen – Apply early and often.
- Table Cloth – Remember what I said about it will be dirty. Well it will be nice to throw a clean cloth over the surface you are going to feed you family. (You can just stick in a flat sheet or a Shower Curtain if you don’t have a tablecloth.)
- Grab some glow sticks. You can use glow sticks in the cooler to see what is there without using a flashlight. Plus you can use glow sticks in water bottles for glow in the dark bowling.
- Don’t forget some card games for entertainment. Uno and Rook are great for all ages.
- Duct tape – This can be used for anything. From a strap to a sling.
- Flashlights – You will need these. I recommend you have one for everyone. Trips to the bathroom in the middle of the night will be much smoother. Did you know you could turn a gallon jug of water into a lantern with a flashlight?
- DIY Hand washing station can be made from an old empty laundry detergent bottle.
- Solar lights are perfect to light the way at night. It will probably be really dark in the campground.
- First Aid kit – Accidents happen so be prepared.
- Poison plants remember: Berries White, Run in Fright, and Leaflets of Three, let it be!
- If you are going to have a campfire. Great fire starters can be made at home by save dryer lint in an empty toilet paper roll. Also, a pencil sharpener makes excellent shavings to start a fire.
- Matches or a lighter. Don’t want Dad to have to rub sticks together to build a fire.
- Freeze gallon jugs of water. Bonus Ice and water when it thaws. Also you foodstuff will not be soggy and wet in the cooler.
- You can use a shoe organizer to keep you kitchen/cooking items together and off of the ground.
- Store your utensils in a plastic Pencil box.
- I strongly suggest you use disposable paper products for your camping trip. You will have enough to keep up with and do without adding dishes to the mix.
- Large plastic storage totes with lids are great for keeping everything together.
- Store your spices in a straw. Singe the end of a straw fill with your spice and singe the open end. Cut open when you are ready to use. Easy to re-singe and seal. Or Empty Tic-Tac boxes make the perfect traveling boxes for spices.
- Prepare snacks that don’t need to be chilled before you leave home. Fill a bin with your of pre-measured snacks.
- Crack your eggs and put them in a plastic bottle. Easy transport and easy to scramble.
- Omelets in a bag or jar – prep all at home and mix together in a bag or a jar. Easy peasy breakfast is ready to cook. No fuss no muss. You can even put the bags in boiling water to cook.
- No bowls cereal. Solo cup, Ziploc bag with cereal. Put Ziploc the bag in the cup, add milk – easy breakfast. Easy clean up – just toss the bag and you can reuse the cup.
- Walking Taco’s – open a snack size Doritos or Frito’s and your standard taco fixings right in the bag. Prepare you all your fixings at home and store them in Ziploc bags for easy prep.
- Hobo packs – almost anything can be cooked in foil on the campfire.
Buzz Feed has great camping meals here is the link. click here
Don’t feel like you have to make big meals. Hot dogs are the perfect camping food. Pork and beans travel well. You can put the can on the fire, just make sure you open that can first. Everything tastes better when cooked and eaten outside.
Don’t forget the ‘smores! Let the family have junk food.
My Mother’s best tip is if you are going to a campground with electricity, you may find that an electric skillet will be your friend. You can cook every thing in it, plus it’s only one thing to pack.
If this is your first camping trip, make reservations and don’t go too far. Be flexible and have fun. You are making memories that will stay with your family forever.
Remember it’s only a few days and they will go fast. Your kids will LOVE it!!
Schools out, summers in, let the drama stop and the fun begin.
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