Taking a family camping trip can be a great opportunity for bonding and relaxation. Nature’s effects will work in full swing as long as the necessities are packed and safety plans for the trip are implemented carefully.
Camping in the middle of the woods separated from the television, computer, and cell phone towers with nothing to do can become very boring for just about any family. So, it is also important to plan fun interactive things to do with your family. Below you will find a simple camping trip survival guide with a list of necessities and game suggestions when taking your family ( small or large family) on an adventure.
When packing your bags, foods, and utensils, keep in mind the beauty of camping and try to bring as many biodegradable supplies as possible. Forgetting something really important like your soap, matches, or first aid kit can turn your trip in a sticky situation. Hopefully, you’ve doubled checked your supplies. Just in case, here is a list of essentials and often forgotten supplies to compare your supply list too.
Camping Gear List
Bug spray, camera, radio, flashlights, lanterns, portable grill, chairs, pocket knife, matches/lighter, tarp, rope, stocked first aid kit, toilet paper, toothbrush, zip lock bags, antibacterial soap, baby wipes, trash bags, cooking/eating utensils, cups, napkins, plates, snacks, breakfast, lunch, and dinner, drinks, bottled water, graham crackers, marshmallows, Hershey’s chocolate bars, coolers, tent, sleeping bags, pillows, blankets, clothes, undergarments, socks, lounge pants or shorts, towels, cards, games, fishing poles, and a compass.
Explain to your family in order to have a safe and fun camping trip; you will need helpers and assign responsibilities to your children and have your spouse participate. Ask one child to be in charge of making sure all the tents are closed when not in use, ask another child to be sure all food is sealed or in the garbage so not to attract animals and bugs, ask your spouse to be the potty watcher for when someone goes to the bathroom to be the lookout for animals.
Of course, the types of responsibilities you assign will depend on where you are camping and for how long. But making each member of the family feel as though they are contributing will help ward off anyone isolating themselves, especially teenagers.
After you have set up your camp area and tents, set off with your family on a nature walk or scavenger hunt. Tell your family to look for rare souvenirs to bring home as you explore the campgrounds. You can also explore trails, ravines, and springs. Just be careful to have a plan of action for any type of emergency.
Once you’ve explored your surroundings and safely made it back to your campsite, this would be a perfect time to break out any games you brought along. Two fun favorites are horseshoes and corn hole, or you could take out the fishing poles and go fishing.
After dinner and when the sun goes down, get the fire blazing and have your family gather clean twigs to roast marshmallows. This is a kid’s favorite when camping and make for a yummy treat after dinner.
While camping can be somewhat of an isolating vacation if you’re looking to reconnect and/or bring your family closer, this is the perfect trip.