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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.

A camping spot in the woods, with logs for benches around a metal fire pit.

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?

Share some of your favorite memories from your last camping trip with the family.

Comments (2)

Thanks for the help. My wife and I are hoping to start camping soon and still need to get some supplies. I am glad that you reminded me of first aid. What extent of first aid supplies is necessary for camping?

Hi Justin,

It is always a good idea to be over prepared when it comes to safety and first aid!Hopefully no first aid will be needed, but we recommend packing a first aid kit with bandages, along with ointment such as triple antibiotic ointment to anti-itch creams, as well as possibly some antiseptics to clean up any minor cuts or scrapes, and possibly blister treatments if you are going to be hiking. I have also found it to be a good idea to pack extra sunscreen and/or bug spray for extra protection. Hope this helps, and you have a fun and safe camping trip!

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