Whether you choose to go to a private campground, jungle or just your own backyard, camping is always fun. One of the best ways to escape from the hassles of your daily life, camping encourages you to involve in physical activities while you explore your sense of adventure. There is nothing more fun than sharing this outdoor experience with your family. It is also a great way to instil love, admiration, and respect for nature in children.
Even if you are an experienced camper, taking children along for the experience could be a bit challenging as the major part of camping involves leaving the comforts of your house behind. However, by making an impeccable family camping checklist, you can easily make the experience enjoyable for your loved ones.
Here is a family camping checklist to help you give your family a wonderful outdoor experience.
Swags are going to be the roof over your family during your outdoor experience, which makes it one of the most important items to check in your family camping checklist. Protecting you from harsh weather conditions and creepy crawlers, these portable canvas swags are easy to pitch and offer more warmth than a tent. Be it an old swag or a new one, do not forget to pitch your swag before you go on your trip and check for faults. Nobody wants to be surprised by a giant tear on the swag at the campsite. Pick a swag that has a ventilation window to keep you one hundred percent comfortable.
- Clothes that suit the climate
Pick out clothes based on their weight and functionality. The trick is to have layers so that you can add or remove them depending on the weather conditions. Make sure the clothes you wear allow your skin to breathe at the same time wick away sweat from your body. If your campsite is cold, you can consider getting thermal inner wears so that your body heat is preserved. It would be great if your clothes also have added protection against sun and microbial infections.
- Bug Repellents
Be it bugs that bite or don’t, you will most definitely come face-to-face with them during your outdoor adventure. The food you store and the lotion you use can attract them inside your tent. Refrain from camping near wet grasslands, meadows or near water bodies as these places attract bugs with their moisture. Here are some ways to repel insects:
- Use repellent sprays
- Wear insect-repellent clothes
- Avoid perfumed hygiene products
- Use citronella candles to drive them away
- Sleeping Bags
Sleeping bags can guarantee you a comfortable sleep after a hectic day of camping activities. They are available in different shapes and sizes: rectangular, semi-rectangular, barrel, mummy-shaped, and so on. If you are looking for an all-weather sleeping bag, go get those three-season mummy-shaped sleeping bags. Retaining a temperature of about 10 to 20 degrees Fahrenheit, they will keep you cosy during all seasons. Quality sleeping bags have a windproof and waterproof exterior and two-way zippers for comfort and ventilation.
Choose a compact, compartmented bag that can contain the toiletries of all members of the family. Pack a toothpaste, toothbrushes, hand sanitizer, sunscreen, moisturizer, shower gel, shampoo, lip balms, sanitary napkins for women, combs, and wipes. It would be ideal to pack the travel size version of all of these products. Though you might be tempted to pack all of your bathroom essentials, do not pack things that you can do without. Do not forget to keep liquid items in zip-lock bags as it would not be great to have them leak out and ruin your clothes in the bag.
- Firewood and Lighter
To keep the fire burning as you sleep or to cook pot meals for the family, you need fire at your campsite. Before you set out to get firewood, you need to have a proper estimation of how much of it you will need during the camp. A bundle of firewood is 4 to 5 sticks of wood. One to two bundles of firewood would suffice for an average-sized fire for two hours. The life of the fire depends on the type of wood you use and the size of your fire. Always bring extra so that you don’t run out of firewood. You can even leave it there for other campers.
- Cooking Utensils
Cooking the old-fashioned way is a part and parcel of the camping experience. You will need a medium to large-sized pots, pans, aluminium foils, and grills that are fit for open-flame cooking. Do not forget plates, cups, ladles, and a pair of tongs. Tongs are extremely important as you will need them to turn or pull hot food out from the grill. You can place your food over the grill if you have an open grill. Or wrap your food in aluminium foils and place it over charcoal. This method requires you to constantly check your food as there are higher chances of getting it burnt.
- First-Aid Kit
This is one of the most inevitable essentials in your family camping checklist. Since you are outdoors, you are very prone to mishaps like bee stings, minor cuts, scrapes, bruises, and so on. Do not forget to stock your first aid kit with the following:
- Bandages of various sizes
- Antiseptic creams
- Eye drops
- Anti-diarrhoea meds
- Sterile wipes
- Antihistamines for allergies
- Sunburn creams/ sprays
- Painkillers and anti-inflammatory meds
- Scissors, safety pins, and tweezers
Not only is camping a fun outdoor activity. It is also a money-saver when compared to long getaways to exotic places without compromising on the fun. Choose a wonderful destination, pick a beautiful campsite, and gather your camping essentials keeping this family camping checklist in mind.