In the US there are several campsites organized, that is, public or private spaces with proper security, electricity, water and bathrooms with hot showers. Some sites even offer recreation areas with swimming pools, playgrounds, courts and restaurants. So, no need to worry about family entertainment.
It is important to make a personal list of what the family will need, so you do not forget anything. Another cool tip is schedule the activities to be done outdoors in advance.
You might want to choose a place that isn’t too far from home, so that you can take everything you need with you. Not only do you have to load your own stuff but also take your children’s possessions, a process that requires planning, initial extra spending on specific equipment and a bit of physical strength.
We’ve put together a list of things that you’ll need as a family for a successful and stress-free camping experience.
- Tent (s): with ceiling dome-shaped and fiber rods, the igloo type tents are easy to assemble and have a fair price.
- Sleeping bags: Nylon sarcophagus type bags filled with cotton are great to warm the body. But the envelope model is the most suitable for beach areas. There are also sleeping bags specially designed for kids. You can also opt for inflatable mattresses and duvets.
- Canvas: a light-colored canvas to be placed on the stalls and protect the sun campground and rain. And another canvas to be extended under the tent and protect the floor.
- Gas stove: the model with two burners is safer and more convenient.
- Pots, pans, plastic plates and other utensils of the day to day will also be needed in the camp meals if your chosen camping site does not provide restaurant service.
- Can and bottle openers.
- Sharp knife (needless to say that this should be kept way from your children).
- Bottles and plenty of water.
- Gas refrigerators: in case you have opted for a trailer or motor home.
- Gas lantern or candles and matches
- Flashlights: with extra batteries. Make sure there’s at least 1 flashlight per person.
- Toilet paper and wet wipes.
- First aid kit, sunscreen, insect repellent and medicine.
- Compass and map of the area (crucial for wild places backpackers).
- Many plastic bags to put all the garbage way and not leave anything behind.
Hopefully, you’ll find this list valuable. You might need additional items depending on the type of camping that you’ll be doing. The biggest variable here is whether you’re sleeping at a camping site or if you’re going all out and sleeping in the middle of nowhere.