Spring is finally here, and that means it’s finally camping season again. Whether you’re hiking part of the 2,200 miles that make up the Appalachian Trail or pitching a tent in your own backyard, camping can be a great way to get your family into the great outdoors and inspire your kids to stay active. 87% of campers participated in multiple outdoor activities, so if your kids find that they love camping, it can be a great way to get them started on other outdoor hobbies that will keep them active. There are a few ways to make your camping trip more comfortable that you might not be using; try these hacks for your next spring camping trip.
When you’re packing for a camping trip, you want to pack light enough that you can move easily, but not so light that you’re forgetting the essentials. Bring a good backpack, and prepare kits ahead of time with the basics. Don’t forget toiletries, fire starters, clothing, trekking poles, and anything that’ll make your trip more comfortable. Check out this blog post for more tips on what to bring in your camping kit starter pack.
One of the easiest things to forget during your camping trip is lighting, but it’s incredibly important once the sun goes down. Always have extra batteries for flashlights, as well as a headlamp. You can even use a headlamp to make a simple lantern with a full water jug that will keep your entire tent well-lit.
Tried And True
Sometimes, when you’re in need of tips for surviving in the great outdoors, history can be your best teacher. Consider the Egyptians, who invented the first locks some 4,000 years ago. Even some modern building techniques have changed little from when they were first used; stucco was widely used in ancient Greece over 1,000 years ago and is still being used today. Our ancestors were great at surviving in nature; do a bit of digging in your history books (or online) and see what survival tricks you can find.
When you’re camping, everything should have more than one purpose. This will help you cut down on space when you’re packing, while also making sure you’re prepared for anything that might get thrown your way. When putting together your camping supplies, ask yourself, “What else can I use this for?” If you can only think of one use for an item, see if there’s an alternative that can be used for multiple tasks.
Camping with the entire family can be fun, but unless you’re fully prepared, you could have a bad time. Keep in mind that over 90% of state park visitors do so during the day! If you’re not used to overnight stays, extra prep is essential. When you’re getting ready for your first camping trip this spring, remember these tips to ensure you bring everything you need with you for a fun and safe camping trip as a family.