Camping is an ideal trip for some and a nightmare for others.
For those who love the outdoors, camping is a chance to unwind and unplug.
Others see it as a surefire way to get mosquito bites and poison ivy.
Planning and preparation can cause camping’s staunchest critics to reconsider their stance.
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Here are ways to add an extra level of fun to camping.
- General Tips Store food to avoid unwanted visitors Bring air mattresses Cook what you can over a fire Create a shared camping playlist for the ultimate jam session Find dog-friendly campgrounds Stay close to restrooms Activities Find a campground with Go “glamping”
- Keep food safe to avoid unwanted visitors
- Bring air mattresses
- Cook everything you can over a fire.
- Create a collaborative camping playlist for the ultimate jam session
- Find dog-friendly campgrounds.
- Stay close to toilets
- Find a campground with activities.
- Go “Glamming”.
- Tips for Camping with Kids Get the kids involved Bring games Keep a bag full of toys Give the kids a bug catcher
- Include the children.
- Bring on the game
- Keep a bag full of toys
- Give the kids a bug catcher.
- Spice up your s’mores
- Have popcorn for dessert.
- Tips for camping with a significant other who aren’t outdoorsy Make it a group thing Make the sleeping area comfortable Consider cabin or RV camping
- Make it a group thing
- Make the sleeping area comfortable
- Consider cabin or RV camping.
1. General suggestions
Keep food safe to avoid unwanted visitors
Camping is more enjoyable when you have taken the proper safety precautions.
To keep bears away, store food and coolers in your car or food lockers out of sight. Do not eat inside the tent and dispose of garbage frequently to avoid more insects. Put your trash in a wildlife-resistant trash can.
All these little things will reduce your chances of attracting unwanted animals during your camping trip.
Bring air mattresses
If you’re worried about sleeping on hard ground, bring an air mattress.
Sleeping arrangements can be tricky when camping, and it can be uncomfortable if you’re sleeping on the ground for long periods of time.
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Air mattresses will make sleeping arrangements more comfortable.
Cook everything you can over a fire.
Cooking over a fire is a fun aspect of camping. Get all involved by making foods like hot dogs or s’mores that can be toasted on a stick.
Create a collaborative camping playlist for the ultimate jam session
Before your trip, create a playlist on a service like Spotify that allows you to share it with others.
When you create a shared playlist, other people can collaborate and add songs.
That way, everyone on the trip can add favorite songs to share.
Find dog-friendly campgrounds.
If you want to bring your furry friend along on your camping trip, keep an eye out for pet-friendly campgrounds.
Stay close to toilets
Be aware of where the restrooms are located in your campground. You can choose a site near the bathroom to avoid long walks during your stay.
Find a campground with activities.
Campgrounds are unique and have a variety of activities to participate in. These include crafts for kids or various hangout opportunities for adults.
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If you want more options for entertainment while camping, look for campgrounds that offer a variety of activities for campers.
Bring your five-star hotel amenities and ditch your air mattress for a feather bed.
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2. Tips for Camping with Kids
Include the children.
Involve your children in the planning process. Ask them what they want to see or experience on your trip.
Offer different options for traveling and allow them to choose.
Bring on the game
Bring a deck of cards or board games. Your camping expedition can actually be a great opportunity to beat the Monopoly game.
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Also, look at camping as a physical activity opportunity for the whole family. Organize a relay race that includes a potato sack or water balloon race.
Keep a bag full of toys
Along with games, bring a bag full of toys for your kids while camping. Add some new surprise toys to keep them busy.
Give the kids a bug catcher.
You can get bug holders and nets for cheap. Chances are you’re going to encounter bugs on your camping adventure, and it can be fun for your toddler to catch bugs.
Just be sure to put them back into nature after viewing.
Spice up your s’mores
S’mores are the perfect camping dessert. While they are delicious when made the classic way, there are a few ways to mix up the recipe.
You can start by changing the chocolate. While Hershey’s are the classic chocolate in a s’more, you can also use Reese’s, York Peppermint Patties or Kit Kats.
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Instead of using graham crackers, use chips ahoe, fudge stripe cookies or agave cinnamon toast minis.
Have popcorn for dessert.
Another snack that kids will love is Jiffy Pop popcorn that comes in a pan. It can be made on fire.
3. Tips for camping with a significant other who isn’t outdoors.
Make it a group thing
It’s not always the wife or girlfriend who is nervous about camping in the woods. This can apply to men too! Make your camping trip an event and invite a group.
Good company can make all the difference.
Make the sleeping area comfortable
If you’re camping with your significant other, make sure the sleeping arrangements are as comfortable as possible for them.
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Bring an air mattress, comfort blanket, pillows and a light source for the tent.
Consider cabin or RV camping.
If you’re bringing a first-time camper (or a significant other who isn’t a fan) to a campground, renting a cabin or RV can be a good compromise for both of you.
With these options, you can still enjoy the outdoors while still having the amenities.