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Planning a Family Camping Trip

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Camping can be a lot of fun for the entire family. Unfortunately it can also be a very miserable experience if proper care is not taken to plan properly to ensure a memorable experience. There are many things that can lead to a poor camping experience. Hopefully this article will help you avoid some of the pitfalls and have a wonderful experience.

First you will want to consider the type of camping you would like to experience. This could range from camping in a modern state of the art recreational vehicle or RV to an extended low impact backpacking trip. Generally speaking, when you are first exploring the idea of camping, you will want to experience camping in such a matter that it is easy to quickly return to civilization should the need arise.

Thought should be given to the reason that you are wishing to go camping. Is camping part of the trip, simply a low cost form of lodging while other activities are pursued, or is camping the vacation. Some good places to camp are local state or national parks. National forests may also provide camping facilities, as well as private camp grounds. If a person is planning for the camping, then the selection of the best stargazing tents should be done. The place will be selected near the national parks for the camping. The spending of the vacations will be excellent in the cabin tents. The planning of the trip will be beneficial for the family members. 

Depending on the type of camping you wish to experience, you will need various equipment. This can be very basic equipment for camping at a state park during the summer months for example, or highly specialized and expensive equipment that would be necessary for a low impact winter backpacking trip. Generally speaking, you don’t want to go out and spend a lot of cash on high tech equipment until you are an established camper and specialized equipment is necessary for more extreme adventures. This is for several reasons. First of all, camping is not for everyone, and you don’t want to spend a great deal of your hard earned money on equipment that may not see extended use. Also, although camping equipment that can last for years if it is properly cared for still wears out with use. Why purchase expensive equipment designed for hard core camping adventures when first starting out that will be becoming old and need replaced by the time this specialized equipment becomes necessary.

When planning a camping trip for a family, it is important to evaluate the experience level of the youngest or most inexperienced member that will be going along. Camping is a wonderful experience, but it too big of an adventure is attempted too early in one’s camping career, then a miserable time can be had and that can mean a loss of desire to camp. Start small by planning a trip to a local campground or state park. Look on line for basic equipment lists and purchase a few low cost items. When trying this type of camping, many regular household items can be used as is, or adapted for camping. This includes blankets for sleeping, as well as cooking utensils. One thing that is important to remember about cooking utensils however, normal pots designed for stove top cooking usually have plastic handles that will melt in a fire.

As you become more experienced at camping, don’t be afraid to occasionally try a more extreme adventure to experience new things. Try not to get in over your head however as camping can be very dangerous it you are not prepared.

Some helpful tips for beginning camping trips:

* Never burn garbage in a campfire or cooking fire. Burning garbage can release toxic chemicals that can be dangerous to ingest or inhale.

* Remember, there are animals in nature. Store your food properly as it is not good for animals to become dependant on humans for food.

* Be conscious of the environment and don’t litter. If you pack it in, pack it out and dispose of it properly.

James Deakin lives in California USA. He is an author of two famous novels, Rage of Angels and When Tomorrow comes. He is also the founder of