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Have you taken a camping trip recently? Camping is terrific for providing relaxation and taking in nature, especially in fall! You can leave the stresses of the office and home behind, and get away from the world. Before you hit the road to your camping destination, make sure you have everything you need!
Make sure that you get a tent you take camping has enough space for everyone you are taking along. And as far as I’m concerned, when it comes to picking out a camping tent, bigger is always better. And don’t forget a tarp to lay under your tent. While this isn’t strictly necessary, I like having that extra layer to keep out moisture.
Pick out a sleeping bag which is appropriate for the season. You are going to be really hot and uncomfortable camping in a sleeping bag designed for sub-zero temperatures. On the flip side, bringing a lightweight sleeping bag for a winter trip can make you really uncomfortable the entire trip. For fall camping, I recommend a mid weight sleeping bag, but also bring a sheet, incase it gets too warm, and a quilt or old comforter, incase it gets cooler. Being cozy is part of the fun of fall camping.
For camping, I keep a “prepared for everything” bucket or bag packed for anything that might pop up. This includes duct tape (you can fix almost anything with it), camping hatchet, first aid kit, fire starters, camping knife, scissors, fire extinguisher, twine, rope, extra matches, foil emergency blankets, collapsible bucket, and a small fishing kit with hooks and line.
I like to bring a folding table for an extra “kitchen” area too. It can also double as a dining table if there isn’t a picnic table nearby. And don’t forget your coffee maker and mugs and a pot for boiling water! There’s nothing like a great cup of coffee while enjoying nature in the morning! And OH the FUN you can have with food while you’re camping! Something about cooking and eating outside makes everything taste amazing!
Take a few things with you to entertain yourself and your family – books, card games, and portable board games are all great camping ideas!
If your pet is accompanying you on your camping trip, don’t forget long leashes and a grounding anchor so they can’t disappear on you. If you’re staying at a busy campsite, you want to be respectful and conscious of the other campers too. Don’t bring dogs that like to bark or are “too friendly”. You’ll definitely want to bring things that are familiar to you pet to make them feel more at home and relaxed. We bring our dog’s beds and blankets so they can be cozy in the tent at night too.
Keep in mind that you and all of your possessions will get dirty during a camping trip. Its part of the fun I guess 😉 Bring extra garbage bags and laundry baskets to keep the dirt contained in your car on the trip home. Enjoy hanging out in nature and allow yourself to let loose and be messy and have fun! You can clean when you get home.
And last but not least, make sure you have the right vehicle. Make sure your scheduled maintenance is up to date, that there is room for everything you need to bring along and that you’re gas tank is as full as possible. You never know when you’ll need to take refuge in your vehicle and being able to leave, or run the a/c without worrying about having enough gas is important!
Don’t to have FUN!