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Family Camping Tips

By Anders Yerst

When I was a child I really enjoyed camping with my dad. We would grab our tent, fishing poles, sleeping bags and head down to the local lake for a weekend of camping. Camping can be a great activity for the entire family to enjoy together. On the other hand it can also become a disaster if you're not prepared or don~t know what to expect.

If you are not experienced at camping then it might be best to start with a commercial campground. These campgrounds are often listed in the yellow pages. The costs of these campgrounds is often nominal and they usually have showers, bathrooms, electrical hookups, running water nearby , fire pits and a camp store for any necessities that you may have forgotten. Established commercial campgrounds also often have activities for the entire family including swimming pools, hiking trails, paddle boats and fishing lakes. Although most of these campgrounds are set up for campers they almost at always have tent sites as well.

Once you get some experience with camping you may then decide that you want to rough it out in the woods on your own.

Regardless of where you go camping it is important that you be prepared. The following is a list of items you should consider for ensuring you are prepared for an enjoyable camping trip.

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Regardless of where you go camping the most important thing is that you are prepared for anything. Here is a list of things you should consider to make sure that you are prepared for a fun trip camping.

1. One of the most important things you will need is a tent. You can find tents in various sizes depending on a number of people in your family.

1. Tent. There are a wide selection of tents available in various sizes from two-person tents to larger family sizes. You may consider getting the children their own tent because they will enjoy having their own space.

3. Flash lights and extra batteries.

3. Matches

4. Flashlights with plenty of extra batteries.

5. Remember that you'll be cooking on an opened fire and so you'll need to bring some old cookware.

7. First Aid kit. This should include band aids, peroxide, gauze, burn cr~me, tape, a tool for removing splinters, and anti bug spray.

7. Water for drinking

9. Trash bags. Whether you go camping at an established campground or in the woods somewhere it is imperative that you leave the area exactly as you found it. If the location does not have trash bins then pick up your trash and take it with you. Don't ruin the experience for the next family.

Camping can be a wonderful activity for the whole family. By taking a little time to prepare for the unexpected you will ensure a great time for your family.

© Anders Yerst


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