We love camping. Seriously. If we have a couple days off – you can find us in our tent. Camping is such an amazing tool to have up your sleeve. Connecting with nature and letting the kids run around free is so good for the soul. Not only that, but it’s so much cheaper than any other vacation. You can bring your tent to new cities and camp out as an affordable way to explore a new area. I’ve long lost track of how many times we’ve taken our clan camping, so here are some things we’ve learned (and we’ve certainly had many camping fails along the way to learn from).
Splurge on the pop-up tent!
- Flashlights (lanterns are really nice too – especially if your fire making skills aren’t suburb)
- Bug Spray + Sun Block
- Clothes Line (to hang towels and wet clothes – you won’t be doing laundry)
- Multiple lighters (you never know when one will give out or break)
- Two pairs of shoes (because one will surely get muddy and wet and potentially break- crocks or keens are ideal)
- Food + drinking water (skip food that makes crumbs so you don’t attract animals. We usually pack a lot of fruit so even if we have a fire fail we don’t go hungry)
- Toilet paper (if you’re not next to a bathroom)
- Blankets/ Sleeping bag (it gets cold at night! I find sleeping on the ground to be far more comfortable than an air mattress so I just pack a large quilt to lay on – but if you bring an air mattress don’t forget to bring a pump to fill it up)
Choosing your campsite
Let it Go