Top Tips For Preparing For Your Family’s Camping Trip

September 30, 2021

Things to consider before you go camping.

Going camping can be a brilliant experience. It is a fantastic way to get away from a bit, away from the hustle and bustle of modern life, escape to the great outdoors and just take a break for a while. 

You need to think about things, such as the weather, being prepared for whatever hits you, looking for the best waterproof tent material. Going camping is about more than just escaping to the outdoors. You have to be prepared. If kids are joining you, you need to make sure they have everything they need. If they are young, make sure they have plenty of hygiene products, and diapers. Ensure they will be entertained at night. With pets, make sure you take waste bags, and that they have food and water. 

So, aside from these things, what else do you need? Well, quite a few things, let us give you some of our top tips to help you ensure that your family’s camping trip goes super smooth. 

Prepare for any weather. 

Even if the weather forecast says it will be sunny, it is wise to pack for wet weather just in case. We all know that weather can change really quickly, so it is wise to always pack for everything. Take warm layers, a warm hat, waterproof clothing, sun protection, insect protection and so on. It might seem like overkill, but if the weather changes, at least you are prepared. And when you are camping, it is much harder to warm up than when you are at home. 

Plan activities in advance. 

Another good thing to do is to plan your activities before you leave home. You can find local things to do in the areas you are going camping, or you can just plan out your days. There is no guarantee you will have Wi-Fi where you are going, so having a plan set before you leave could save you some painstaking attempts to find Wi-Fi while you are there and try to find things to do. 

Take a first aid kit. 

It is not over-preparation, it is thinking in advance. Always take a first aid kit with you. You never know what could happen while you are out in the big wide world, and a first aid kit can come in really handy. First aid kits are not just handy for cuts and wounds, if your shoes start to rub, there will be plasters to protect your ankles and feet. If you have a dog with you, it is a good idea to take an extra kit just for them. 

It will be invaluable if there is an accident while you are away. 

Keep an eye out for camping sales. 

Before you leave and pack up, always look for sales, you can save some big cash on accessories and kit. Always do your research before you invest and ensure you are getting the best price you can for your kit. 

Nothing wrong with being over-prepared. 

Packing light can be great, but you never know what you need until you get there. It might seem like overkill sometimes, but it really will not be. It is better to have it and not need it than it is to need it and not have it. 

This counts for things such as clothing, emergency supplies, food, water, first aid kit, and so on. You never know what you might end up needing, so make sure to pack anything you think you might need. If you end up not needing it, that is okay. It is better to be safe than sorry. 

Be cautious about where you pitch your tent. 

Consider where you are going, and never pitch up under a tree, even if you are going in a caravan. While it can provide shelter from rain, or make for great photos. It can pose issues. If a storm hits you could be met by falling branches, these could be very dangerous if you are in a tent and could do damage to you and your tent, in a caravan, it could do damage to your van. Besides, with trees, you also have to deal with the bird mess too. 

Always take lighting. 

Always pack lighting, a hand-held torch is the best bet. Sure you can always get a fire going, and you might have other lighting, but it is always a good idea to have a back-up in the case of emergencies. Be it a lantern, freestanding or just a hand-held torch, it’s better to have one on hand. 

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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