The summer months are a time for the great outdoors. Camping, hiking, backpacking – these are all outdoor activities that people enjoy in the summer times. But you just can drive to the woods or mountains and start your trip. No, you need to plan in advance and prepare accordingly.
Let’s look at each aspect of camping and talk about a few of the items you will need to take with you for a positive camping experience.
Do you plan to do your camping in a tent or a camper? Even if you plan to do you camping in a trailer or camper, you might want to take along a tent. If you have children with you, they might enjoy spending one night in a tent. Even adults enjoy the adventure of sleeping in a tent at least one night! When you are choosing a tent make sure you consider how many people will be sleeping in it. You can find tents that have multiple rooms if you need a lot of space. However, most campers find a single room tent adequate. Check the zipper openings and make sure the tent is made of a waterproof material. You will want it to protect you if a sudden rain storm comes along!
It is so cozy to snuggle into a sleeping bag when you are camping. The sound of the trees rustling and the creek running by, what a great feeling! However, it isn’t a great feeling if the bag you are sleeping in isn’t comfortable! Make sure you get the proper weight sleeping bag. Even though it may be balmy and warm at home, remember that it is much cooler in the mountains. You will want sleeping bags that will be warm, but not too hot. Get a bag that is a medium to heavy weight, unless you are going to high elevations then you will want a heavy weight bag.
Remember that the ground is not really comfortable. Bring an air mattress or foam pad for each person who will be sleeping on the ground. Your back will thank you in the morning!
Of course camp cooking must consist of hot dogs and marshmallows roasted over the camp fire. But, you can only eat so many hot dogs! Think of an alternate way of cooking while you are camping. Consider bringing a portable stove or at the very least, get a grill to put over the fire so you can heat water and cook different types of food.
Camping is a great way to reconnect with nature and enjoy the company of family and friends. Travel with loved ones is enjoyable in the extreme. Make sure you have the camping gear you need and you will have a wonderful time!
Jamie is a mother of three who enjoys fitness and the outdoors. She loves to go camping with her family and cooks their meals on a portable propane grill while they are enjoying the great outdoors. Check out her website, www.portablebutanestove.org to learn all about getting the best portable stove so your next camping trip will be the best!