Gear Up: Camping Supplies
Gear Up for Family Camping Time
Make some family memories and escape to the great outdoors with a family camping trip. You’ll enjoy conversing with nature and getting in that valuable family bonding time that there never seems to be enough of these days. Here we offer up our checklist of camping gear as you head off to your outdoor adventures. Country Door offers a variety of buy now pay later camping equipment.
Family Camping Essentials
- TENT – An extra large and roomy multi-person camping tent will become camping central for all your adventures. If there is one must-have item, this is it.
- CAMPING CHAIRS – There will be plenty of opportunities for downtime between hiking, fishing, and whatever else your itinerary has covered. So be prepared to relax with a camping chair for each family member.
- COOKER – When an open fire is allowed, then a cast iron cooker allows you to slow cook dinner right over the campfire. It also works great when you have a propane gas option available as well.
- LANTERNS – With no electricity, you’ll need to shed some light after the sun sets. Be prepared with several LED lanterns that are easy to carry and hang from hooks around the campsite.
- GAMES – There will be plenty of opportunity for fun around the campsite, so pack an outdoor game or two, like horseshoes, a bean bag toss or even a throwing disc game.
- SWEET DREAMS – A good night’s sleep is more likely when you have an air mattress or camp bed for each person. After all, the rocky ground of campgrounds and campsites are rarely rock or bump-free.
- FIRST AID – Channel your inner scout and be prepared for any minor injury with a well-stocked first-aid kit. Carry everything from bandages and ointment to antiseptic and blister treatments.
- LAYERS – Camping often takes you to the mountains or woods and layers will serve you well with these fluctuating temperatures. Base layers, fleece sweatshirts, rain jackets and ponchos all will provide options for most weather conditions.
- FOOTWEAR – Chances are your outdoor quest will lead you down different paths than what you are used to every day. Be prepared with a solid pair of hiking boots that will help you manage uneven, rocky terrain.
7 Easy Steps to Get Ready to Go Camping
Planning a family camping trip can be a lot of work. In addition to packing enough clothes, first aid products and bedding the whole family, you have to worry about packing up enough kitchen gear to help you meet whatever culinary challenges you face during the week. Maybe these ideas can help you sail through the process:
1. Make A List
While it’s true you don’t want to forget anything, you have to limit your list to what is absolutely essential. In other words, forget the espresso machine but bring the vegetable peeler.
2. Pack Like Things Together
Use plastic bins with lids for foods; a cooler with ice for dairy products; another plastic bin or two for tableware, cookware and utensils; and yet another plastic bin for dish soap, towels, etc. (Bins with lids help keep out bugs, animals, dirt and moisture.)
3 Forget Dishes
Use cast iron cookware, melamine dinnerware and metal flatware that you wash between meals. While convenient, paper and plastic goods are expensive and aren’t good for our landfills.
4. Remember The Water Jug
You might even want two. One jug can be for cooking and drinking, the other can be for washing up.
5. Plan the Meals
Plan a menu for the week—You’ll be less likely to pack too much food. You might even consider preparing some of your meals in advance, which will free you up for more enjoyable family time in the woods. Many of your favorite recipes can be made ahead of time and frozen for a yummy home-cooked meal.
6. Bring a Mess Tent
A screened tent is ideal for keeping rain, leaves and bugs from interfering as you cook. It also keeps food smells away from bedding and clothing.
7. Check Your Cook Stove
You want to be sure it’s in good working condition and clean, and that you have an adequate amount of fuel for it.
How was your last family camping trip?
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