Prepare a great menu
There’s nothing wrong with the typical campout fare of hotdogs and other things you can cook on a stick over a fire, but those aren’t your only options. In fact, if you get a little creative, you can make some pretty amazing dishes. And getting all of the ingredients ready and pre-measured can save you time later.
Don’t forget the s’mores
Speaking of food, you can’t really call it a camping trip without s’mores, right? This is why you’ll of course want to pack plenty of marshmallows, graham crackers, and chocolate, but you don’t have to stop there. There are tons of other recipes that involve everything from peanut butter and jelly to Bailey’s Irish cream.
Make it a movie night
While you may go camping to immerse yourself in nature, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some modern amenities. With just a few additions to your gear, you can quickly turn any evening into movie night. If you’ll be camping with the whole family, this could be a good way to get everyone to spend some time together (and not on their devices.) And if you want to double the fun, think about showing camping/outdoor movies.
Let’s face it: The ground is hard. And unless you have or plan on buying a fancy sleeping bag, you’re going to have an up close and personal experience with that hard ground. There are ways, however, for you to sleep more comfortably. Bringing along some egg carton foam and putting your sleeping bag on top of it can help. Even pine needles and leaves can soften things up for you. And if you own an air mattress, why not take that with you and skip the sleeping bag altogether?
Pack the essentials
Often when packing for a camping trip, people think about the fun or entertaining stuff but forget the important items. Make sure to bring things like a first aid kit, flashlight, and matches or a lighter. You may also want to include a compass. And sure, your phone can tell you where you are and how to get where you want to go, but what happens if you can’t get a signal?
Consider camping in style
Spending a lot of time outdoors can be great, but staying outside all day and night isn’t everybody’s cup of tea. This is why many folks choose to go camping in an RV. Going this route really gives you the best of both worlds. You can take it to a national park or campground, stay outside as long as you like, and go inside to sleep or when the mosquitoes start biting. Plus, you’ll always have enough storage space for food, supplies, and anything else you’ll need.
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