Camping Tips & Hacks to Stay Comfortable and Enjoy the Natural Beauty of Your Trip

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Camping is a great way to reconnect with the natural world and relax with your family. But, if you’re not sure where to start or how to best prepare for a trip, don’t worry: There are tons of tips and hacks out there that will help you stay comfortable while still enjoying nature’s splendor.

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1. Pack Lightweight & Small Things

Forget about the bulky tent, sleeping bags and air mattresses. Instead, pack items that will allow you to keep up with the kids without getting too sweaty or uncomfortable. For example, consider bringing an inflatable pillow or even a portable hammock if you have room.

2. Talk to Your Kids About Camping Rules

Teaching kids about the basics of camping can make it a fun and memorable experience for everyone. It will also make them more likely to follow the rules. For instance, teach your children not to use their cell phones when they’re in the middle of nature or on the trail, and encourage them to wear sunscreen and bug repellent while hiking.

3. Practice Pitching Your Tent before Camping

Practicing your pitch before your trip will help you feel more confident and reduce any potential headaches during your first night out in the wild. This is especially important for beginners and anyone who hasn’t pitched a tent before.

4. Learn to Leave No Trace

Whether you’re camping in a national park or just out on a hike, it’s important to understand how to properly dispose of your trash and leave no trace of the area you’ve visited. You can do this by following the campfire protocol, storing food in a bear-safe container or putting it all in your vehicle until you get home.

5. Take Notes of Your Camping Trips

The next time you head outdoors, don’t forget to take notes about what worked and what didn’t work during your trip so you can repeat them next time. This will make it easier for you to remember all of the important details and ensure you have a memorable trip every time.

6. Be Prepared for Bug Bite’s & Cuts

Keeping your family safe is essential while camping, so it’s always a good idea to have a first aid kit on hand. Polly Mulvaney, KOA Campground’s director of content marketing, recommends packing one in the truck, in your tent and in your backpack so it’s easy to find if you need it. She also suggests keeping other sprays and creams handy in labeled Ziplock bags so you can keep them all together and avoid having to repack them once you’re out of the car.

7. Bring Your Own Toiletries

A lot of campgrounds have showers and toilet facilities, but if you want to be truly clean, pack your own soap, soap wipes, deodorant, toothbrushes and toothpaste. This will save you money on the trip and also keep you from wasting a precious supply of campground restroom paper.

8. Keep Your Child’s Sleeping Habits Regular – For young kids, establish a regular bedtime routine at home. If you do, your child will be more likely to fall asleep at night and get a good rest while you’re on vacation.

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