Submitted by: Michel Marchand

Americans in general love camping and to many families, it plays a very important role in their lifestyle. Camping allows everyone to get away from his or her hectic city life and recharge the batteries. It is also a fun way to spend quality time with friends and family and discover this great country of ours.

In days gone by, private camping sites were mostly populated by hunters, couriers and explorers who only needed to stay for a day or two. Today, this trend is alive and well but more and more people are turning to camping as a great outdoor and recreation activity.

What you require

People generally have different needs and wants and that is usually reflected in the equipment that they bring on a camping trip. However the bear essentials that most would be equipped with would be at the very least, a tent, clothes, food usually in tins, first aid kit, sleeping bags and some kind of ground cover. Today however, many campers prefer to do it in style and many are equipped with camper vans or trailers that are jammed packed with all the comfort that you would want.

New beginnings

If you are just starting out on your own, don’t worry. Just get the items listed above, load your vehicle, and head out. It is a good idea to try and stay a bit closer to home on your first trip as camping might just not be your thing after all, and the trip back would be a fairly quick one. If you feel a bit overwhelmed at fist, that’s ok. We all had to start somewhere and the best way to learn is to watch seasoned campers and see how they go about things. In any case, most campers already have something in common with you and that is the love of the great outdoors and should you need help, most would not object to offer assistance.

To do list

If you are planning a family camping getaway, the fist thing on your list is to make a booking at your chosen camping site. Try to get in as early as possible to get a pretty good camping site and avoid disappointments. Your next task would be to make sure that you have everything that is required and stock up if necessary. Get your vehicle checked up and arrange for someone to keep an eye on your place for the days that you will be away. Lastly, make sure that you have an up to date map and that you plan your route. If it is a long trip, try to take a route where the whole family will have plenty of places to stop and take little break

Camping with kids.

Kids love outdoor activities but best of all they love to explore. Going camping gives them an opportunity to stretch their wings and learn about new things. They can completely lose themselves in this new adventure that is so very different to what they have been accustomed to.

Safety is paramount

There is nothing worse that an accident on a camping trip, and before leaving your home, you should try to point out as many of the dangers as you can to you children and have a plan should a major accident happen. You should ensure that you carry a first aid kit at all times for minor accidents. Remember that you will sometimes be hundreds of miles from the nearest hospital and that prevention will always be better that the cure.

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