Nothing will help a family bond than discovering a life out of a home, by taking family camping vacations whenever they can. I know this because I have seen it work for my family. Well, let’s just say that as soon as both my children were old enough to say my name, I took them for the first camping trip. Despite recording small bites here and there from bugs, they fell in love with the outdoors. Now that they are both big girls, they are always first to implore me to take them camping. Well, when you are the only boy in a house of three exemplarily beautiful ladies, how can you say no?
But then, one thing with all ladies is that they love packing, even stuff that they know for sure they will not use, but that which they imagine they will need. So it is always a war about packing. But over the years, I have managed to convince them to adhere to a simple packing procedure for camping.
Here is what we do:
Pack by the things that you will need, starting with the sections of your home. For example, start with the kitchen. What type of cookware will you need? Do you have the camping stove packed? The food, water, drinks, a bucket, dishwashing means, matches/lighters, plates, spoons and such? If you are going car or RV camping, you can pack more things, even bring along a cooler.
Move on to the bedroom now. You may need sleeping bags, camping cots, hammock, tents for all or each to his own, sleeping pads and mats, an extra thermal blanket and so on. We usually love to carry something warm because the weather can turn around on you fast when you are camping. Carry a sleeping bag that is rated for that particular season. For example, a three-season sleeping bag will not be much good for a snowy winter.
Is there anyone who will need a camping chair? It is easy to bring along one. I have a foldable chair that I take along with me for reading, drinking wine or just lazing and watching the sunset. Otherwise, you can just pack air loungers, one for each person. They will serve you as a coach would. Bring a lantern, firewood if you are going to make a campfire, or maybe you can check the rules and regulations of the park and see whether they allow people to collect firewood.
Bring books too if you love reading.
Now to the bathroom, this is a very important consideration, which many people forget anyway. You can bring along a portable toilet, that is, if you have ascertained that there are no facilities at the campsite. If you have a toilet fixed in your RV, that should do. You can also bring a portable shower, personal hygiene items like soap, shaving kit, sanitary towels, antiseptic for bug bites and scratches, towels and others.
Remember to pack a survival kit on top of the ordinary items that you bring along. Who knows what could happen when you are out there? And remember flashlights too, one per person.
The worst parts of camping are usually considered to be the packing and unpacking. However, I have found that camping and packing for camping goes much smoother when you go into it organized and in control of the situation. Below you will find my best tips for preparing you and your family for a weekend camping trip. Get out there and have some fun!