The Novice Camper
fundamentals of camping are simple:
well-prepared camper should be aware of the must-haves that must be
keep it simple to start out.
you've never been camping, don't worry.
you can buy RV's,
pop-up trailers and fancy four
room tents for your adventure in the great outdoors. It's
all a matter of comfort and what you can afford. If you aren't a
regular camper and don't yet own any equipment, it is best to start
out with a tent
which is just big enough to fit your family.
and try all your gear
Maybe even set up the tent in the back yard and let the kids try it out over night.
Before heading out on your first camping trip with a child, let them take naps or spend the night in your tent at home. The claustrophobic environment takes some getting used to, and it's best for both you and the child to accustom yourselves to a tent at home rather than the outdoors where it is darker and you might bother other campers.
Involve the kids, delegate tasks and have them share in the camp chores: setting up camp, cooking, cleaning, gathering trash, and packing for the return trip, etc.
plenty of extra time for everything -
1. Practice tent pitching at night
leaving make sure you can set up your tent in the dark.
sun sets three-and-a-half times faster than normal when you're
trying to set up camp.
2. Bring food supplies
Dad (or Mom) catch,
how to make your own campfire coffee;
your bug repellent(s).
4. Remember your pets
of critters, make arrangements for your pets' care.
you are thinking about taking your dog camping,
fish are not
on a camping trip.
making your list of things to bring at least one week before
departure. Check off your list as you load the car.
6. OK, now where to go!
is helpful to know your destination in advance.
though it is mentioned last here,
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