If you struggle to make camping a fun experience for the whole family, you may just need a little help. Here are some ideas to make your next camping trip a lot less stressful.
Prep the Food ahead of Time
It can be tough to try to prepare meals at the campsite. You don’t have the counter space or utensils available that you would have in the kitchen, so it makes sense to do some of the prep work before you go camping, says USU. Try to prepare the meals as much as possible at home before you leave. You can cook some of the food, season it, chop it and get the meals as ready as possible so that there isn’t much work left to do when you get to the camp.
Use Solar Power
One of the worst problems you can run into while out camping is running out of batteries for your lights. You need light at the campsite to see where you are going at night if you need to take a bathroom break. Lights also help keep predators away. If you want to ensure that you don’t run out of light while camping, try bringing a solar lighting setup. These are environmentally friendly lights that can charge during the day and provide light all through the night, or whenever you need them. We’d also recommend outdoor lanterns for lighting.
Get to Know the Camping Area
You may have your entire camping trip planned out, but did you give yourself time to explore and map out the campsite? It’s a good idea to set a whole day aside to just learn the lay of the land. Pack some extra food and water so you can take an excursion around your camping area for a few hours.
Get Quality Gear
If you want to avoid some of the common pitfalls of the average camper, then pack gear that is of good quality and that won’t break down or fail on you. It’s worth it to pay more for gear that works well and that you can depend on in even the toughest situations. In wet weather, for example, it is important to wear gaiters to keep your lower legs warm and dry.
Know What You Are Getting into
It’s good idea to do some research on camping in general and your campsite in particular before you go out camping. This prep work may seem tedious, but it will be worth it if it saves you some trouble and aggravation and keeps you out of harm’s way.