The Dos and Don’ts of Camping with your Family

The Dos and Don’ts of Camping with your Family

Camping is a great way to spend quality time with your family. However, there are plenty of ways to get off on the wrong foot and ruin your trip before it’s even started. It is why I’ve decided to share things I’ve learned from my own camping experiences in the wild. This article will teach you all the dos and don’ts of camping with your family.

Don’t leave unannounced:

It is a recipe for disaster and a surefire way of getting lost. Whenever you’re in the woods or any camping site, the last thing you want to do is leave without telling your friends and family. Your family will have a hard time tracking you down because chances are it’s a new place for all of you. Luckily, they can make use of a cell phone tracking app. XNSPY is a mobile phone tracker app for Android that can use a device’s geolocation to track down its user. It can be beneficial in situations where you might split up from your camping group and become lost. You just have to install the app on a user’s smartphone and it can remotely upload the phone’s real-time location data back to you.

Don’t be unprepared:

It is crucial to be prepared for the worse when planning a camping trip with the family. Pack a first aid kit containing fever medicine, pain killers, anti-allergy medication, bandages, and plasters. First aid kits are essential on every camping trip and should not be left out. Aside from first aid kits, pack all essentials such as soap, toothpaste, warm and cool clothes, a camping tent, and sleeping bags. By doing so, you will always stay prepared for any unforeseen circumstances that may hamper your camping experience.

Do follow local traditions:

When you’re out camping, you’re in for new experiences and cultures. So always keep an open mind and participate in local celebrations and cultures. Whether it’s their local traditional cuisine, dance rituals, or clothes, you have to participate in them and try them out to your heart’s content. It is a good way to break the mold and open yourself to new experiences. It will be a unique and life-changing experience that you must try when you’re camping with your family in a new place.

Don’t leave too late:

Don’t arrive too late at the camping spot because pitching a tent can be a massive pain during nighttime hours. It gets particularly difficult when it’s pitch-black outside, and you don’t have experience setting up camp. Plus, you will be exposed to harsh terrain and dirt that you might not notice unless it was daytime. Also, it is easy to become lost during the night if you don’t have a guide with you, so plan your trip accordingly and leave early.

Do your research:

Research is vital to any walk of life and it is especially true when you’re planning your first family camping trip. Just a few minutes of online research can be all the difference between a decent camping trip and a phenomenal one. You need to research the great camping spots that you can easily access while hiking. Research the trail, the local weather, close food spots, and nearby emergency places.

You will also need to research the equipment you will need and read their reviews. Sometimes you will need more than just tents and sleeping bags, depending on the camping trip you are going on. For example, you might need a water heater if it’s a multi-day backcountry backpacking trip. You might need only bare essentials if it’s a family camping excursion in developed campgrounds. This way, you minimize things going wrong during your camping trip.

Don’t waste your food:

Food should never be left unattended. Clean up your campsite before you go hiking for the day or retire to sleep. To avoid undesired animal encounters, follow posted signs or contact the camp ranger or campsite attendant about basic food safety. Some campgrounds have bear lockers where you may store your food while there to minimize your carbon waste.

Being environmentally conscious is as enjoyable as communing with nature. The most important thing you can do is leave with everything you brought, including your trash. Bring an extra trash bag to gather any trash left behind by less-than-responsible campers. Pack up all your things, gather all the waste in an eco-friendly bag, and look for any recycling bins near you. If you don’t find any waste bins near you then carry the bags with you until you find a safe place to throw them away. Make sure you throw your trash away from clean land and water.

Do get plenty of sleep:

It is crucial to get plenty of rest the night before your camping trip. Otherwise, you will be completely exhausted, your immune system will get down, and you won’t have any energy for your camping trip. You will need all the energy your body can muster to trek, set up camp, find wood for fire and prepare camping meals for the family. Thus it is vital to get an early shut-eye. Take melatonin and a warm bath if you’re having trouble sleeping due to excitement or anxiety caused by planning for the trip.

Don’t drink too much alcohol:

You’ve been hiking on a long and draining trek all day, but you have finally reached your campsite. You just want to stretch your arms and legs and lie down. You don’t mind sharing a drink with your partner. A long glass of red wine sounds otherworldly right now. You pour yourself and your partner a glass, and you can finally relax. But be careful. It is easy to get carried away in these situations and drink overzealously. Remember you have to prepare breakfast for your family early. And you won’t be able to wake up in time for all the activities you planned for tomorrow. It won’t be possible if you’re hungover and dehydrated. So pace yourself and do not consume too much alcohol.

Don’t ignore the warning signs:

It is easy to get lost in the moment during all the exciting camping adventures you have planned for yourself and the family. Many campgrounds allow campers to participate in numerous leisure activities such as fishing, swimming, trekking, boating, etc. You may be an expert at the various activities available at the campground, but that does not excuse you from heeding the warning signs.

You should always follow any warning signs or safety advice the locals give you. If a sign directs you to keep away from a restricted area or prohibits you from swimming or diving in certain areas, you should always obey it.

Do stay in contact with your friends and family:

If you have friends and family at home, it is best to keep in touch with them as much as possible. I know it is not always possible when you are camping in the woods. You might have signal issues, and you would not be able to call or text them. Call them as soon as you get in an area with phone coverage, or go to a nearby local shop and ask them to send a message on your behalf.

So there it is. These are all the tips I came up with after years of the practical experience I obtained from my many camping trips. Hopefully, they will be a good stepping stone towards your first family camping trip experience.