Outdoor Vacations: Camping EssentialsA camping holiday can be fun for the entire family as it provides an opportunity to commune with nature and have quality bonding time with the family. Planning and preparation is key, however, to ensuring you have what you need for your outdoor vacation, like a first aid kids with an infrared thermometer(http://www.amazon.com/Infrared-Thermometer-Non-Contact-Forehead-Pediatric/dp/B015W3OX2U), lots of food to cook, and plenty of bug spray. Bringing too little with you may leave you with not enough of the camping essentials you need, while bringing too much may make it impossible to carry everything on your back.

If you’ll need your own shelter, then choose a tent that’s an adequate size and is easy to assemble. Look for a sturdy tent made of waterproof material, as well. The more elaborate, the more assembly time and effort is usually required. Consider purchasing a self-assembling tent that has a collapsible frame; it will save you a lot of time.

“Roughing it” doesn’t mean you have to sleep on the bare ground. Purchase an inflatable mattress and a comfortable sleeping bag. If you’re hiking with your gear, then buy a lightweight yet well-insulated sleeping bag and a sleeping mat to sleep on. If you’ll be sleeping in cold weather, then spend the money to get a well-insulated sleeping bag; it’ll be well worth the investment.

Camping doesn’t mean you have to eat cold, pre-packaged food, either. Bring a cooking stove and some basic cooking utensils. Bring just enough to get by, especially if you’ll be hiking with your gear. It may seem excessive, but after a long, cold day of hiking, nothing will beat a hot, cooked meal.

Make sure you take a first aid kit that contains all the necessities with you. You’ll need various sizes of bandages and some antibacterial cream or spray. Ibuprofen is a pain reliever and anti-inflammatory, so it’s beneficial to stock your kit with a bottle. Also bring some anti-histamine; not only is it good for treating allergies, but it’s also an itch reliever. A forehead thermometer will come in handy as well, especially in case someone catches a fever. The non-contact variety will be convenient as it can take temperatures in seconds and can record more than 10 temperatures.

Insect repellent is important as well as sun block. Bring some basic tools such as scissors and a Swiss Army knife. Bring a flashlight, as it will come in handy for walks at night and when looking for something in your tent. Cleansing towelettes are useful for cleaning soiled hands and small scrapes.

Most campsites have a water supply, but if you prefer purified water, then you’ll need to bring in your own. Bottled water also comes in handy for cleaning cuts and scrapes.

Don’t over-pack, especially if you’ll be hiking with your camping gear. Give yourself plenty of time to pack and plan and bring only the essentials. If you follow these steps, you and your family will have an amazing camping trip that you’ll remember for years to come.

Gabriel Collins

Gabriel Collins

Currently living in Colorado. Lover of art, languages and travelling.
Gabriel Collins
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Currently living in Colorado. Lover of art, languages and travelling.

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