A trip with your family can be practically everything you could ask for on a vacation if you have some great ideas for camping. In the summer, when the weather is good and the days are longer, you can take your tent and go on an expedition that can last for days. Camping is a fun and healthy activity for everyone, especially for the little ones, and they love to sleep in the tent and spend a lot of time outdoors.
But this activity can be done not only with children. It can be a great idea for team buildings, a meeting with friends and can even be romantic if you wish.
Here are some fun ideas to keep in mind when you go camping.
Planning your trip
You should make a list with all the things you need for your camping holiday to not get there and realize that you have forgotten something really important. This could ruin all the fun.
So, here is a short list with the things you should have around you. Everyone can complete this list with different objects that he or she considers necessary.
|Asleep||Eat / cook||Clothing|
Sleeping bags / one for each person leaving on the trip;
some pillows and blankets;
sleeping pad / the same, one for each person (can be replaced with a mat, but in this case you will also need an air pump);
You will probably need a hammer;
something to have some shade, like a shade canvas;
an entrance carpet.
|propane stove; grill; lighter;
bowls / plates;
plastic forks, spoons;
folding table and chairs;
containers for storing food;
liquid detergent for dishes;
|t-shirts, pants, socks;
good shoes / boots;
layer of rain;
|medications (do not forget them at home if you are following any treatment);
some home remedies for common colds, sinus infections or other ailments that do not necessarily require a visit to the doctor;
|flashlight and batteries;
camera with additional batteries;
This list can be followed for camping trips in which you drive and you can take all the material. Things change if you go on a trip. In that case your luggage has to be much lighter. Carry only your tent, sleeping bag and pad, little clothing, cold foods that are not perishable, flashlight and batteries, water and survival items.
Tips and tricks for camping.
If you are a beginner in the camp, you will surely discover many new things in your travels. Then you can decide which style of camping is best for you. Meanwhile, take a look at some tips and tricks of the most experienced campers.
Choose the perfect tent.
Getting a big tent is a difficult part of going camping. You must take into account many variables.
Weight – If you travel by car and want to spend your vacation in a camp, you can choose the type of store you want. But if you plan to go hiking, you have to look at ultralight tents, which you can take with you.
Space – Be sure to buy the tent for the actual number of people who will sleep in it. Four people will not be able to sleep in a tent for 2 people. In general, a family with 2 small children will feel comfortable in a tent for 3-4 people, but 4 adults will not. Think also of your backpacks, if you are hiking. They must fit, you can not leave them out.
Weather – If you plan to camp in some rainy areas, buy a tent with a rain fly and a dirt sheet that can handle a significant amount of water.
Shape – You can choose between tunnel, dome or cabin style.
Features – Pay attention to the ease of installation, doors, lobbies, height and space for the head, pockets and gear loft.
Sleep well in your store
- Check the weather before leaving home: this will help you get the right tent and sleeping bag.
- Choose a good sleeping bag: make sure you get a bag that is suitable for the coldest weather you will experience on your trip
- Buy a good sleeping pad – you can keep it warm and comfortable. If you go by car, you can also take an inflatable carpet.
- Choose your campsite with care – make sure it is flat, protected and not in danger of being flooded
- Take care of your personal comfort: bring your favorite pillow or blanket if you need it
- Keep your flashlight close. If you need to go to the bathroom at midnight, it is better to have a light near you.
- Maintain adequate ventilation
- Spray the surroundings with your repellent before going to bed.
- Choose a store that is large enough for you and your family / friends that come with you. If you do not have enough space and do not sleep well, chances are good that it will ruin your trip.
Some unwanted insects can disturb you during your camping holidays, such as ticks, mosquitoes, insects, flies, spiders, etc. You must know how to take them away. Some of them can be really dangerous: for example, ticks can spread Lyme disease, mosquitoes and the yellow fever fly. It is better to prevent than to treat, so here is useful information.
Most of these insects prefer a warm and humid climate. Do not expect to find mosquitoes when it’s cold outside.
Numerous ticks It can be found near rivers, on sandy soils or where there are many animals present. They prefer forests and tall vegetation.
When you are on an expedition, follow these guidelines to avoid ticks:
- Do not wear dark clothes, this way you will not be able to see those little insects.
- Use your repellent as often as you can
- Try walking in the middle of the road, avoid the bushes that are nearby.
- you do not feel directly on the floor
- If it’s not too hot, wear long sleeves and pants tucked in your socks.
- check yourself and the children to see if they have ticks after returning from their trip abroad
Among the fun ideas for camping there is one: create a fly repellent by placing a sturdy plastic bag full of water hanging near your store. The reason is that the reflection of the light in the bag keeps the flies away. Some say that adding a penny to the bottom of the bag will increase the repellent effect.
For other insects you can use homemade repellents, to avoid the chemicals that can be found in commercials. You can combine carrier oil such as coconut, olive, jojoba, avocado with a mixture of essential oils to create a healthy repellent.
|Citronella||Effective against mosquitoes, spiders, ants, flies and moths.|
|Geranium||for mosquitoes and ticks|
|The lemon grass||For mosquitoes, flies and ticks.|
|Lavender||For spiders, flies, mosquitoes and ticks.|
|Thyme||for mosquitoes and ticks|
|Mint||For ants, mosquitoes, spiders and moths.|
|Catnip||It has been shown to be 10 times more efficient than DEET (an active neurotoxic chemical found in many common repellents), works best against mosquitoes|
|Cedar||for mosquitoes and moths|
|Rosemary||for mosquitoes and flies|
|Tea tree||for mosquitoes and ticks|
|orange||for ants and spiders|
|Royal Penny||For mosquitoes, ants and ticks.|
|Neem oil||This oil comes from a tree with remarkable healing properties. Ayurvedic medicine called it # 8220; village pharmacies # 8221; It contains azadirachtin, an active substance known as an insecticide. The plant is also antiseptic, antifungal and antiviral (this is the reason why it is very effective for insect bites)|
Waterproof your shoes
Another good idea for camping is to waterproof your favorite canvas shoes. If you have a pair of comfortable shoes and want to continue using them, some rain should not stop you.
All you need is a little wax and a hair dryer. Rub the wax on your shoes and use the dryer to seal it. Let the shoes rest at least 5 minutes before using them. Try pouring some water on them to see if they are really waterproof. This is a very easy way to keep your shoes close to you in any climate.
Fresh food for camping
There are some foods that you can not miss on a successful camping trip:
- Rolo marshmallows
- Campfire eclairs
- Campfire cones
- Bagels for bonfires
- Grilled waffles
- The chocolate and the banana melts.
- Roasted baked fires
- Campfire Dip
- Roasted cinnamon rolls
- Easy camping pancakes
- Roasted hot dogs
These are just some of the recipes you can make while on your camping vacation. Feel free to experience anything that comes to mind.
Children always need an interesting activity, even when they are away. Here are some things you can do with them so they spend their time in a fun way.
Explore the surroundings
Children usually love discovering new things. If they are dressed like a true explorer, they have a pair of binoculars and a notebook that will surely be happy.
You will need two rolls of toilet paper, some rope or tape and glue to make the binoculars. The notebook, a pencil and a book about plants will complete their attire and the little explorers will learn a lot about the nature that surrounds them.
Let the children express their creativity by creating different shapes and buildings with pieces of wood. What they are building is not even important. You can ask them to explain step by step what they are doing. The best part is that they are having a lot of fun.
Objective of practice
Draw targets on rolls of toilet paper. Place the rolls on a flat surface. Let the children aim and shoot with toy guns. Be careful not to hurt each other, even with toy bullets. This could be a fun activity, especially for children who can not separate from their guns.
Each child loves to make bubbles. Therefore, you must allow them to do this even on their camping trip. All you need to do is take a large container filled with bubble fluid, bubble wands and fun is guaranteed.
Reading stories is perhaps one of the children’s favorite activities; and reading during a trip is much more fun. A good idea is to read them books about camping.
In this way, they can find many interesting things and discover new ways to spend time on an expedition.
Ring launching game
You can play this game with rings made by children. Take some paper plates, cut the core, paint them and the rings are ready. Use a long cardboard tube (for example, paper towels) as an ax and let them pull the rings.
The games can be the best part of your camping trip. There are many fun games that can be played outside. You just need a little imagination and a lot of joy.
Here are some ideas:
Fair game camp
King frog game
Human pinball game
Whoosh ball game
Do you want to buy a duck? game
King frog game
Bippity boopitty boo icebreaker
Flip the bird game
Game of giants, magicians and elves.
Icebreaker from people to people
Check all the videos above for great ideas.
There are no competition games.
You can also play some games simply because they are fun and not because of losing or winning.
Auto trip – Each player receives the name of a car part (wheel, door, car seat, etc.). There is a narrator who tells a story about an automatic expedition. While he is telling the story about different parts, they get up and go after him. At some point he shouts “Blowout” and each player must hurry to sit down. The player who can not sit down becomes the narrator.
Hahaha – All the players are in a circle. The head of a player sits on the stomach of others and so on. The first player shouts HA and the others follow it clockwise. In this way the head jumps on the stomach of the other player. The second turn everyone shouts HA HA and so on until you can reach 10 HA. Usually, everyone is laughing out loud when you get there.
Radar game – Everyone stays in a circle. In the middle, a chair and one of the players sits with a scarf over their eyes. Put some keys under the chair. Some other player should try to get the keys without making a noise. The person in the chair should try to guess where this player comes from and point it out. If he is right, the player will get on the chair. If the player manages to take the keys, then the person in the center remains the same.
Camping is fun and it can be great, too. There are many reasons to go camping: discover the nature that surrounds you, escape the daily routine, spend quality time with your family, learn to “survive” in nature, cook outdoors, spend less money than in a 5 * Vacation and you can also take your pet with you.
No doubt you will fall in love with the campsite after your first trip. You will discover that you do not need the Internet to be happy and that you can really see the stars. This is not possible in a big city where there are so many lights. But out there, you will see the sky full of stars and you will realize that it is one of the most relaxing activities that exist.
Watching the sunset and sunrise is another pleasant part of a camping trip.
An evening by the campfire listening to your friends playing the guitars makes it worthwhile.
So, to summarize, some of the best vacations can be spent camping, whether you go to a place that has all the necessary utilities or choose a wilderness area to place your tent. In nature you will feel more connected with Mother Nature and this will keep you away for a few days of the city’s busy life.
Go camping and do not forget all the essential elements you need so you can fully enjoy your vacation.
CAMPING AND Hiking