November 25, 2017 Campgrounds

Packing for Your First Family Camping Adventure

Coming up with a new idea for a family vacation every year can be challenging. There are so many options out there, but finding something that you’ve never done before may be difficult, especially when you have to keep the likes and dislikes of everyone involved in mind. You’ve gone to the beach, you’ve visited a big city, but have you gone camping yet? If not, you’re missing out! Camping is an extremely popular option and can be a lot of fun.

That being said, there are a few things to know if you haven’t gone camping before. Knowing what to pack and what to buy for your family camping adventure is absolutely essential! Here are some ideas to keep in mind when shopping and preparing for your family camping trip adventure.

Where Will You be Staying?
If you’re taking a family camping trip, there are some items that are necessary for you to bring. Many campsites will offer the option of sleeping in a cabin or will rent out a space for your RV. For this type of camping, it is likely that you will be able to sleep in a bed. However, if you like to have your own pillows and blankets, bring a few of those with you on your trip to be comfortable or to have extras in case you need them. In addition, many of the cabins and RV’s come equipped with stoves and kitchens. Make sure you bring food with you that your whole family likes! That way you can quickly whip up a delicious meal in the oven or over an open fire.

Protection on Sunny Days
Since camping involves many outdoor activities like sitting by the fire or going hiking, your chances of running into bugs is very high. Bringing bug spray and a first aid kit is important.  The better you can protect yourself from getting bit by mosquitoes and other bugs, the better.  Many people also take family camping trips during the summer. Since the summer is the time for warm, sunny days in the campground, sunscreen is a good item to bring. If you’re going to be out on the sunny campgrounds, you don’t want to get burned.

According to the American Camping Report, 99% of people who went camping said they were likely to go camping again the following year. What the survey results don’t reveal is how prepared or unprepared those campers were. Many people clearly enjoy camping vacations, so don’t wait, check out a Jellystone Park campground near you and make a reservation for this coming spring or summer.