Camping is a lot of fun until someone gets hurt. That’s why following basic safety rules is important for everyone. Don’t do activities that you’re not dressed appropriately for, aren’t physically fit enough for, and don’t have someone to teach you how to do.

The Type of Animals in the Area – It won’t hurt to familiarize yourself with the type of animals that you may deal with in the wild where you plan to go camping. If there are bears, snakes, and even scorpions, it’s good to know about them so that you stay safe, including how to spot them and what to do if you encounter these animals.

The Type of Terrain – Know what type of landscape you’re dealing with so that you can bring the right tools and clothing. For example, if you’re going to be camping on a mountain, wearing flip-flops would not be ideal. Even sneakers could be a problem. Knowing what you can about the area will help you stay safe and avoid an accident.

Defense – For defense against wildlife, you take pepper spray as mentioned earlier, but you can also carry a stick when walking to help protect yourself from wild dogs or other creatures if you need to. Also, choose areas that aren’t known for criminal elements so that you know your family will be safe.

Staying safe while camping is about common sense. Understanding your environment, bringing the right tools and equipment and then staying aware an all times will keep you a lot safer than going in without a plan.

Camping Cuisine

The type of food that you eat while camping is totally dependent upon the type of storage you have for your food. If you have an RV, you can store and prepare meals that aren’t much different from home. But if you only have access to a cooler, a campfire, and maybe a grill, then everything is different.

Consider Storage – Can you keep cold food cold and hot food hot? If not, then you may want to opt for safer raw food ingredients like salad and fruit, along with canned items. One way to do it is to eat well the first night (something like steak and potatoes cooked over the fire), and then the latter days eat more canned food since food in a cooler will only last as long as you have ice.

Prep before You Go – However you decide to do it, always prep everything before you go. Get all the prep for each meal and snack out of the way because it’ll be a lot easier to pack and store this way. Plus, it’ll make fixing it a breeze. You don’t want to spend all your vacation cooking and cleaning, so make it easy for yourself.

Bring a Backup – When something can go wrong, it will. While a campsite might advertise that they have gas for gas grills, what if they’re out and there is no one to call? What if your camper fridge breaks? You don’t want to have to cancel your trip due to starvation. Consider packing potatoes, bread, peanut butter and canned items that are easy to cook and prepare regardless of the situation.

Keep It Light and Easy – No one wants to spend their vacation cooking and cleaning. If they did, they’d likely prefer to stay home to do that because it’s easier with all the conveniences. It’s just a short time, so you don’t have to worry about perfect nutrition every day. An apple and a peanut butter sandwich tastes delicious when you’re hungry from having fun.

Last, but not least, don’t forget the marshmallows, graham crackers, and chocolate. No camping trip is complete without s’mores. Remember, it’s all about having fun and providing your family with an experience of togetherness that they will carry with them throughout their lives.

Fun Activities to Do While Camping

One of the reasons people love camping is the fun activities they do. What you do on your camping trip depends on the place you go. If you pick a place with planned activities, that is easier. Activities like zip lining, horseback riding, white water rafting and so forth are all great to do with the experts in charge.

Take Photos – Don’t forget that this is a great time to practice your photography. Plus, good pictures of the kids having a good time are always fun to look back at years later. You can imprint the memory on your brain and in a picture for generations to come.

Wildlife Watching – Whether it’s bird watching or watching other types of wildlife, you can learn so much when you’re out in the wild. If you have a good phone that still works out where you’re camping, you can take pictures and use software to identify the animals you’re looking at if you desire to.

Hiking – If you have mountains nearby, it’s fun to hike up the mountain so that you can take in the cooler weather and views from the top. It’s exhilarating and fun to do, and good for you. Just make sure you know what you’re doing and dress for the terrain so you don’t fall.

Swimming – Most camping areas offer some form of swimming opportunity. Whether it’s a lake or a river, swimming is always fun for most kids and adults. Plus, it lets you cool off and feel refreshed.

Fishing and Boating – Some people like to catch their dinner, so if you have a boat you have many additional options while you’re camping. Even if you don’t have a boat, you still may be able to fish for your food. Check licensing requirements before fishing, though.

There are so many things you can do while camping, including just sitting back and relaxing with a good book. You’ll find additional great ideas at recreation.gov. Don’t underestimate good downtime as well as fun planned activities. Don’t over-pack your days, because you want to have fun and relax too.

Cleaning Up Before You Leave

It’s very important to be a good land steward. It doesn’t matter whether you’re camping in a park, campground, or the backwoods; it’s imperative that you clean up. Part of the beauty of nature is the clean air, land, and lack of noise and traffic. To clean up properly, be prepared with the right equipment.

Bring Trash Bags – The best choice is to bring trash bags and take most of your trash home with you instead of leaving it. Of course, some campsites offer trash bins. Follow the rules that they have and recycle when you can by taking home or using the right bins to place plastic, glass, and paper waste.

The main thing is that you should leave the area as you found it, or better than you found it. Helping by picking up garbage from the ground is going to make camping a lot more pleasurable for everyone. But, at the very least don’t leave your own garbage behind. You would be shocked to learn how bad some people are at cleaning up after themselves when camping. Don’t be one of those people.

If you want to have a fun camping trip with your whole family, start planning now. There are so many ways that you can go with camping. You can rough it with tents and sleeping bags, or you can rent cabins or bring an RV. It’s up to you and your family what constitutes fun. At any rate, it’s something that you should try at least once with your family.

If you’re a novice, considering going to a camp that has planned activities, equipment you can rent, and experts to show you the ropes. That way you don’t waste money on buying things that you’re never going to use again if you don’t like it.

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