A wonderful way to invest in your familiesí treasure trove of memories is by spending time in great outdoors. Camping trips can be an excellent tradition that your family will look forward to and in time, look back upon with fond memories.
Whether you plan to camp at same place every year or seek out new places doesnít matter as camping is always filled with new adventures. Your family might have a favorite place you go to every year mixed with a new spot you select together for another weekend or extended holiday during year. There are so many national parks to explore; your options really are quite limitless.
Camping doesnít have to be an overly expensive expenditure. Again this all depends on how youíll be camping. Camping in a tent carries a completely different dynamic than camping in a fully equipped camper. Camping in a tent is also relatively inexpensive. Perhaps camper is something youíll decide to invest in after a few years of tent camping, then again there are some who prefer to only go tent camping. Thereís something to be said about rustic quality of sleeping in a tent, you can hike to far off remote spots where you couldnít get to with a camper in tow.
Regardless of how youíll be camping youíll want to have proper camping gear and accessories. First off you want to have best tent and sleeping bags you can possibly afford. As your tent will be your home away from home for your trip and your sleeping bag will keep you warm and covered for those long nights under stars (there are tents available that have mesh roofs for star gazing, of coarse if it starts to rain, you can just cover it up with your tent fly), youíll want to be sure that both these items keep you appropriately covered so to speak.
Next youíll want to have proper camp accessories; a trustworthy camp stove, a lantern, flashlights, a first aid kit, tarp, cooking and eating utensils, a little axe (for chopping firewood, also doubles as a hammer for hammering in tent pegs), some rope (for clothes lines and securing tarp), and cooler. Along with your sleeping bag youíll want to remember comfy pillows (unless your backpacking then you might want a convenient inflatable pillow) and very importantly a good sleep pad. An uncomfortable sleep experience on hard ground may steer you off tent camping altogether, so come prepared, a good sleeping pad is worth its weight in gold. A good idea to help you remember all these items is camping check list.
Itís a good idea to store your camp gear in some plastic containers. This way itís all in one place (with your camp list included), so when itís time to pack up and go camping you can go through containers making any necessary additions needed. Itís very important to check that all your equipment is properly maintained and cared for; there is nothing worse than getting to your destination and finding that your camp stove is not working. Youíll also want to be sure that your camp fuel supply is replenished and you have extra batteries (for flashlights, lanterns or radios).
One of best things about whole camping experience is food. Now depending on where youíre camping and what time of year it is, if youíre lucky youíll be able to do some of your cooking around campfire. During dry seasons there may be fire restrictions due to forest fire concerns, if thatís case youíll do all your cooking atop your camping stove. Every meal always seems to taste a bit better when youíre camping, it might have something to do with all fresh air, or maybe all fun activity builds up youíre appetite, either way youíll want to bring along some family favorites. For dinner maybe some grilling of families select choices, accompanied by some corn on cob and potatoes wrapped in tin foil cooked on coals with a nice salad and later for dessert smores (marshmallow and a slice of chocolate sandwiched between two graham wafers), add to that some hot chocolate before bed and thatís a night of food to dream about.