Ways To Have Fun While Camping With Your Family

Give Yourself To Nature While Camping Whether your camping trip will be brief or long, there are always things you should keep in mind for your trip. Too many people go camping without reading up a little on it first. This article will discuss information and tips that you should need to know before you embark. Pre-cool your ice chest by filling it with loads of ice, at least six hours prior to departure. When you are about to leave, pack up your refrigerated cooled drinks and block ice, not cubed. Popping room temp beverages will take up valuable ice-life, and the cubes will melt much quicker than a block! When you are heading out for that long awaited camping trip, don't forget to take along your cell phone. Your cell phone can be one of your most important safety lifelines in the event of an emergency, though you may be tempted to leave all the texting and calls behind. Make sure it is fully keep and charged it protected from the elements in a plastic bag or waterproof case. If you are planning any kind of backcountry camping, a must carry item is a fire starter kit. If you are in a survival situation, fire is a way to cook, keep you warm, purify water, and signal for help. Many camping stores sell fire starters that can be used when wet and do not require any fuel. If the need arises, also, try making fire when you are not in a survival situation so you know you can do it. Before going camping, take a course in first aid, especially if you plan to bring children with you. If something bad happens, you'll be able to take care of it because you'll know exactly what to do while waiting for a health professional to show up. You should also do some research. Know if there are any poisonous snakes in the area, what type of wild animals call those woods their home, etc. Make sure you plan out your route in advance of your trip. Look to see if there are any special places that you can stop at along the way. It will make the drive much more enjoyable and you may have a lot of fun in the process. Granted, you may need to get to your destination quickly, but if you have time, taking the scenic route is worth it. If you are traveling with children, consider staying at a campground that is specifically designated for families. Campers in these areas know what to expect and will not have an issue if you have a cranky toddler or your children want to run play, around and scream. You will probably be more relaxed as a result and have a better time. Use separate coolers for perishables, ice and drinks. If the drinks and perishables go into the same one, make sure to pack your ice separately, while it does not matter. This will keep the temperature down so that you will have ice for much longer than you would have otherwise. When collecting wood for a campfire, focus on three different sizes: the finger-size wood, that will catch fire right away, the arm-size wood that will keep it going, and the leg-size wood that will allow you to keep the fire going for a long time. Getting different sizes of wood helps you to start the fire and keep it going. Get everything you need ready for your meals before you get to your campsite. If you are only camping for a few days, this initial trip to the store should be all that you need to do. Stock up on nonperishable items, too. You don't want you or your family members to be hungry on your trip. Camping in the wilderness alone is one of the most dangerous things that you can do. It is essential that you always bring at least one friend with you unless you are incredibly knowledgeable about the wilderness. This is not always possible, even though additionally, bringing several friends with multiple tents is the ideal situation. Check out your first aid kit, before setting out on your next camping trip. Replace them if there are any items that are missing. Remove them and replace them will a new package if any of the ointments or medications are low in quantity. Check the expiration date on topical ointments and medications and replaced any that are outdated. Do not take anything that belongs in nature with you when you leave. When you are loading up the car, make sure other, pinecones and rocks objects remain where they are, although have fun and take pictures. This is one of the unspoken rules of camping. Everyone should have the same opportunity to enjoy these things. Remember, when you are camping you will not have access to many kitchen luxuries. At most, you will have a can opener as well as a basic burner. This means canned foods make a great meal, but even better are things that need very little preparation, like peanut butter sandwiches. Make sure that your tent is ready before dark if you don't plan to sleep under the stars. Some camping locations get very dark and this can make setting up your campsite nearly impossible. You also never know when something could go wrong during set-up, such as a broken pole or a sudden tear in your tent. When camping, most people enjoy relaxing around a campfire. To prevent your fire from becoming out of control, you should incorporate a few safety practices. First of all, build your fire away from bushes and trees so that sparks from your fire will not start a forest fire. You will also want to use a circle of rocks to contain your campfire. Do not ever leave your fire unattended. Before leaving your campsite, make sure your campfire has been totally extinguished and that there are no remaining hot embers. When looking into a campground, inquire about the different fees they may charge. You may find that you are charged for water, electric, fire wood and additional campers. Learning the fees ahead of time will allow you to properly budget for your camping trip. It will help you avoid becoming stressed at the gates and ruining your trip. There are ways to keep the snakes out of your camping site for safety. Avoid places with piled up rocks, bushes that are thick, woodpiles or deep brush. Check everything you have on you to ensure a snake isn't hiding in your clothing or bags. Seal your tent at all times and close the perimeter with sand or dirt to prevent snake from slithering under. Pack your food properly to avoid food poisoning. Bring preserved foods and foods that don't spoil easily. Bring a lot of ice, and don't forget to drain your cooler. Now that you know what camping entails, you'll be able to come up with a plan so your trip goes more smoothly. Knowing what to expect is only part of the fun though, the main part would be actually getting out there and doing it. 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