Avoid setting up camp on rocky areas that could puncture your mattress. Bring multiple flashlights and extra batteries, and also consider buying a camping lantern.Lanterns are great because they shed more light in all directions, and they stand on their own so that you can play cards or board games at night.
Camping can be a fun and cheap family activity or vacation.
But you do need quite a few supplies to manage life in the great outdoors.
Find out what you'll need to pack for your next camping adventure, and remember to check with your campground to see if they supply items like picnic tables and firewood, and whether fully functional restrooms are available.
Consider doing a test-run in your backyard if your family is new to camping.
Also, check out the best camping foods and recipes! Unless you're sleeping under the stars or you have a camper or RV, don't forget the obvious: a tent!
If you haven't camped since last year, open up your tent to air it out, make sure it's not musty or moldy, and check that you have all the poles, stakes, and the fly, or the extra fabric or tarp that goes over the top to help keep rain out.Sometimes tents don't fit as many people as they advertise, so check the measurements and user reviews when you're buying one.Even if the weather forecast looks hot for your camping trip, bring a sleeping bag for every camper.Woodsy or mountainous areas can have temperature drops of 20 degrees or more at night, especially when there are clear summer skies.Without a pillow, you could be facing a rocky night's sleep.Kids also like having a pillow for the long car ride and as a little piece of home to sleep with if camping is a new experience.