One of the best ways to enjoy the summer season is to get outside, share stories around a campfire and sleep outside under the stars. Camping trips should be fun, but they can be stressful and uncomfortable if they aren’t planned properly.  Follow these tips to plan a fun and successful camping trip.

  1. Pack for all different types of weather
    Even if the weather says it will be nothing but sun for the duration of your vacation that could quickly turn and you don’t want to be caught unprepared in the rain. Do a check to make sure you are covered no matter if the temperature dips or spikes while you are away.  Make sure you pack an extra jacket, extra socks, raincoat/boots as well as sunscreen and a hat  just in case.

    C21 camping hack:  Buy a bunch of ponchos from the dollar store. They’re cheap and will keep you dry in a pinch. Plus, they look hilarious! 

  2. Bring extra
    One of the best and worst things about camping is that anything can happen, that’s what makes it such an adventure. Pack extra food, water and batteries just in case. You never want to be stranded without food and water. It will allow you to adventure with better peace of mind. 

    C21 camping hack: Bring a bag (or an extra bag) of Doritos to use as emergency fire starters. If all your kindling is wet,  the Doritos will work wonders to get your fire going and you can snack on them while you do it!

  3. Get a good night’s sleep
    The idea of sleeping outside under the stars sounds idyllic but the reality can be far from it. If you aren’t properly prepared then you could be in for an uncomfortable and sleepless night. Investing in a good sleeping bag and sleeping mat can make all the difference. Sleeping bags are not one size fits all so make sure you get one that fits you properly. The type of sleeping mat you get will depend on the type of camping you will be doing and the space that is available to you. If the space in the car permits it and you aren’t doing backcountry camping then it might be worth investing in one or two big air mattresses if the whole family will be sleeping in the tent. This will ensure that everyone is comfy and will limit grouchy kids in the morning!

    C21 camping hack:  Use foam floor tiles for a softer, more comfortable tent floor.

  4.  Menu planning and prep Hungry campers are unhappy campers! Meal planning and preparation is possibly the most important thing that you can do for your camping trip. If you have reserved a campsite then you will know what utilities are available to you and you can plan accordingly. If are planning a more backcountry trip then you need to bring a stove and have a plan to make a fire. Prep what you can before leaving for your trip– with limited daylight you don’t want to be chopping veggies in the dark. One thing that a lot of campers forget are the cooking essentials such as oil, spices/ seasonings, salt and pepper.
  5.  Entertainment Don’t forget to have fun! Bring some books, music and games to play while you’re camping. Some great travel games are bananagrams, cards and UNO.  One of the greatest aspects of camping is seeing your kids engage with nature and be inquisitive with their surroundings.  Play some games that encourage them to learn more about their environment such as a nature scavenger hunt.

    C21 camping hack: A fun game to play at night is glow stick ring toss. Pick up some glow sticks from the dollar store and use a branch as your target. 

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