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Whether you are an armchair-loving, indoor kind of person or an outdoorsy adrenaline junkie, or you want to do so something other than a city break, or perhaps you enjoy camping trips with your family or friends. There is something about hiking through nature and sleeping under the night sky that makes camping universally appreciated and loved. However, camping also implies somewhat unpleasant situations. For example, you are the only one willing to do the ‘hard work’ (setting up the tent, making a bonfire, cleaning the camping lot), or you and your family members are not sure what to do. These six tips for a successful family camping trip will help you circumvent any unsavoury situations you may encounter.

four tents on a field with mountains in the distance representing a family camping trip
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1. Do not go on an extended camping trip if your kids are not ready for it

The very fact that you are free to choose whether you want to explore the great outdoors or sit in a chair next to your RV and gaze at the surroundings for hours on end is why we think camping is one of the most versatile and invigorating activities. Perhaps you have been on countless camping trips in your lifetime. However, consider that your kids may find it stressful and scary to spend a few days in the ‘wilderness,’ especially if this is the first time for them.

One possible solution is to do a ‘camping drill.’ They can spend a day or two in a tent in your garden. It will allow your little ones to sense the beauty of sleeping under the starry sky and have a great deal of fun. If you don’t have an outdoor space, you could set up a camp for an afternoon in the nearby green area where camping is allowed. This experience will help your kids ease into the process without having to get out of their comfort zone entirely.

So, our advice to you is to grab your tent and other camping gear, pack everything up in your car or RV and give your children a camping trip trial run!

2. Let the kids participate when you start setting up your camp

Make this family camping trip an opportunity to teach your kids the basics of camping from early on. Things such as setting up the tent, cleaning the terrain, peeling with a knife, and other essential skills may seem to you like an unavoidable task that has got to be done, but your kids will most surely enjoy doing something that they have never done before. When surrounded by fantastic nature, they will feel compelled to help you create your humble abode, all the while bringing barrels of fun into the entire process.

Creating the perfect campsite, together with your kids, will make the process fun instead of tedious.

A family siting around a campfire by the lake
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3. Careful planning is crucial for a successful family camping trip

If you want you and your family members to be happy campers on your family outing, you will have to devote a certain amount of time to careful planning. Decide what supplies you will need and what quantities, check if anything is broken or missing from your camping gear, etc.

Remember that planning does not concern only items and tools that are useful on a campsite. Yes, you need to bring a knife and blankets, but it is also essential to pay attention to external circumstances such as weather and the camping site location.

If you happen to own an RV, this will make planning so much easier since you won’t have to worry about damp tents and cold nights because it will provide great shelter. However, it would help if you were confident that your vehicle is reliable. For that reason, your RV should stay in peak condition throughout the year. It is perilous to ride, and camp in an RV not used in a while or left out in the parking lot for too long. Most avid campers store their RVs when they do not need them. It is something you should consider, too, for it will ensure your family’s safety and comfort.

Also, if you know that your son is terrified of insects to the point of anxiety, he probably won’t change his mind throughout a single night in the forest. For this reason, be sure to inform yourself about the various unpredictable factors such as this one so you can provide comfort for your child. You can do so by talking to fellow campers who have already visited this location.

a perfect view from an orange tent
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4. Familiarize yourself with rules and regulations of the site

It is also an excellent opportunity to inquire about the incumbent rules and regulations in the national park, forest, campsite or mountain where you intend to go camping:

  • In some areas, pets may not be allowed, and not knowing this in due time could ruin your plans altogether.
  • Make sure to check if there is potable water at the campsite. If not, be sure to check if there is a nearby town or village where you can fill up your water tank. 
  • Ensure that you have all the necessary equipment, such as a fire extinguisher or first aid kit.

The great outdoors won’t be too enjoyable if you do not adequately prepare for the family camping trip.

5. Pack your entertainment as well as your camping equipment

As we have discussed, the planning phase is trickier than what it may seem at first. There are many things to check, buy, pack, and think about that it all may soon become too overwhelming to appreciate what camping is actually about – having fun! So, don’t let the preliminary stress of planning your trip wear you out. To ensure you have fun, bring stuff such as:

  • a small canoe if there is a lake in the vicinity, 
  • toys for the kids, 
  • water pistols in the summer
  • frisbee in the winter, 
  • a badminton set, 
  • a telescope to explore the constellations you probably do not have a chance to see if you live in a big city.

There are plenty of games and fun activities for the most successful family camping trip ever!

a campsite with a bright tent and starry sky
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6. Turn off your smartphones and laptops

It might be that you have already been aware of all the practicalities we have mentioned. You might have already known that you need to plan your trip copiously beforehand. However, it is vital to perceive this trip not only as a chance to see and spend time in nature but as an opportunity to bond with your partner and kids. For this to happen, you have to make it clear that technology has got to be put aside for the time being. Otherwise, your family might miss out on the glorious moments that a camping trip can provide.

As you can see, a successful family camping trip is more than doable as long as you follow a few simple tips. With a bit of planning, obtaining some necessary information and a speck of imagination, you can organize a memorable family trip that everyone will want to repeat.

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