As summer rapidly approaches, families across America are gearing up and getting ready for their first weekend camping trip of the summer. After all, family camping vacations are one of the most popular vacation choices for Americans; in 2011 alone, Americans spent a total of 534.9 million days camping! That’s a whole lot of smores!
And while camping can provide ample opportunities to bond with nature and loved ones, a weekend trip can easily be spoiled by a lack of foresight and poor planning. Even when cabin camping, you’re still forced to confront the downsides of nature every now and again — especially when you consider that 82% of those who are cabin camping spend one to two nights outside.
In order to ensure that you have the most optimal, enjoyable, and as safe of a time camping as possible, be sure to follow these three survival tips for your next summer camping trip:
Pack for all temperatures.
Even if the forecast looks warm on the particular weekend of your family vacation, do not neglect to bring clothing suitable for a range of temperatures. Your best bet is dressing in layers and having convertible clothing on hand.
Prepare for Zika (and other pest prevention)
With the Zika virus working its way across the country, it’s imperative that families — pregnant women especially — protect themselves. Dress in long sleeves when possible and equip yourself with an effective bug/mosquito repellent such as Deet. If camping in a tent, take care to invest in mosquito nets.
Protect your family and your food.
Wildlife that’s privy to your family’s food supply are not only a pain, but a real danger. Be mindful when munching on snacks, being sure to always seal them securely. If possible, keep items that give off a strong scent in your car.
Recent surveys show that campers are planning as many as 4.3 camping family vacations this very year. By Following these three safety tips, you and your family are guaranteed to have a fun and safe time.