Camping is one of the most fun outdoor activities you can do with the whole family. Who doesn’t love eating BBQ’s and taking in nature while sitting around the campfire? Want to know a few tricks to make camping even more relaxing? Check out these expert campers’ best camping hacks to make camping a breeze!
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How Can I Make Camping More Fun?
There are many ways you can make camping more fun and exciting for you and the whole fam.
For those who enjoy sports activities, you can do activities such as hiking, biking, disc golf, Spelunking, soccer, lawn bowling, and so much more.
For the Nature lover, you can do Animal/Bird watching, camping scavenger hunts and you can also teach your kids about different bugs and wild berries that you can find on various campgrounds.
For those who enjoy more laid-back camping you simply swing in a hammock, take naps and listen to nature.
You can also make camping night more enjoyable by making shadow puppets for the kids, playing board/card games, studying the stars, storytelling, singing campfire songs, and trying out new varieties of s’mores.
What Are The 10 Essentials For Camping?
Dating back from the 1930s the “10 Essentials” is made by The Mountaineers which is a Seattle-based organization for climbers and outdoor adventurers to people be more prepared for outdoor emergencies.
Here are the “Ten Essentials”
Navigation: map, compass, altimeter, GPS device, personal locator beacon (PLB), or satellite messenger
"We keep an ongoing list while we’re actually camping of things that we run out of need replacing. We then do this as soon as we return from our camping trip and add it to the camping kit so we’re good to go for the next trip".
"Take some battery powered fairy lights that you can string up in the tent. These create a cosy atmosphere and can be left on all night for a bit of nightlight reassurance for the kids (and will help you find the zip when you need to head out for a wee in the night!)".
"Eggs are often a challenge to take camping, but they are one of our favorite breakfasts. So, what we've started doing is cracking our eggs ahead of time into a shaker bottle (like the ones you use for a protein shake). No broken eggs in the cooler, plus it makes meal prep at the campsite a breeze!"
"My children and I camp in the mountains most years in early spring and late fall. The days are generally beautiful and sunny, but the nights can get really chilly. We’ve learned all kinds of ways to stay warm in our tents at night, so that we can enjoy beautiful daytime hiking and adventure spring weather in the mountains. These are my best tips for keeping warm in a tent at night. allows".
"To keep the kids busy and entertained, we have fun scavenger hunts. Looking for all the nature items helps the kids really take in all the natural sites around them and gives them a fun activity when we're hanging around at camp".
"This homemade version of a grocery staple is a recipe to keep in your back pocket year round. It yields a tasty breakfast that is easy to prepare and replaces a popular supermarket item with something much more nourishing".
"This Aussie damper is about as iconic as Australian food gets. A quick easy rustic bread that was eaten by settlers camping in the Australian bush. With instructions for cooking in a camp oven or over a camp fire".
"Water Bladders fold up relatively small for storage when not in use. You can get them in all different sizes, so it's easy to pick one that suits your space (long for the car floor, square for the back of the ute etc.). We find that our Water Bladder is perfect for easily topping up our water supply while camping by just taking the bladder in the car to the nearest drinking water tap".
"Use packing cubes with outfits for the family for each day so you’re not constantly packing and unpacking in a small enclosed space! This was a godsend to us in Namibia when we had our tents on the top of the car!"
"Bring some hammocks (don’t forget extra rope!). If you’re short on space there are very lightweight ones that fold up really small. Most if not all campsites will have some trees so you can put them up. Kids will love playing with them and they’re so comfy to relax and read".
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