When you suggest camping for a family vacation, the reaction isn’t likely to be an enthusiastic one. Kids used to love camping but these days, a week out in the wilderness means no computers or tablets and no phone signal. It’s a hard sell and they’ll probably tell you that they don’t want to spend the week in the cold getting soaked in a leaking tent. I’m guessing you don’t want to do that either, but camping doesn’t have to be like that. If you do it right, you can camp for the week very comfortably and keep everybody happy. Here’s how you can have a good experience out in the wilderness.
Ditch The Tent
Putting up the tent is one of the biggest causes of family arguments on a camping trip, and if you get it wrong, you’re in for a bad trip. So, why not ditch the tent entirely? There are so many great camping spots that offer luxury tents that are ready made for you when you arrive. There’s so much more space in there, you don’t have to worry about putting it up and it’s not going to leak or anything. You could even consider getting cabin like those from Big Bear Frontier. If you want to split hairs then staying in a cabin isn’t technically camping but you’ll still get to spend the week out in nature and enjoy all of the benefits that it brings. On the plus side, you won’t have to listen to complaints all week long.
Not being able to sleep comfortably is another of the biggest complaints you’ll get about camping but the key to being comfortable is to take all the right stuff with you. The right tent is the first step because it means that you don’t have to worry about leaks. Beyond that, getting a decent quality sleeping bag is vital. If you just get a cheap one, it’ll be freezing cold and nobody will get any sleep. Invest a bit more money in some proper sleeping bags, they’ll last you longer and they’ll keep you nice and warm when you go to sleep. You should also get a small sleeping mat which is a thin inflatable layer that will be far more comfortable to sleep on than the cold hard floor. It’s not going to be the same as a hotel bed but it’s not bad.
One of the biggest camping mistakes that people make is just eating tins of beans all week which is quickly going to get old after a few days. The thing is, you don’t need to do that. It’s easy to cook good food while you’re camping. Just make sure that you take a few small frying pans and saucepans and a camping stove. Once you’ve got a fire going and you’ve got a camping stove there you can get a couple of pans going at a time and cook some proper meals.
Camping doesn’t have to be miserable and cold. Just follow these tips and you can make it just as comfortable as any other vacation.
Camping is a great memory maker,