Spring has sprung, which means it’s time to get you and your family outdoors for some fun. And there’s no better way to do that than to go camping! You get to get away from it all and spend great quality time with everyone, without any distractions like television or cell phones. There are plenty of places you can camp at, like state or national parks and campgrounds. Once you find a place, you will need to decide what you need. Now, unless you can ‘ruff it’ like Les Stroud and go all Survivorman (not fun if you don’t know what you are doing), you are going to want the appropriate gear and clothing.
The first thing you will need is a tent. Tents come in varying sizes (dependent on the number of people and/or use), shapes, and ease of setup. If your family is very large, you may consider one giant tent that sleeps everyone. These can be harder to put up since there will be a lot of polls, especially if you are not used to setting it up. You may also consider getting a few smaller sized tents. That way, everyone can divvy up and you don’t have to worry about crowding. I also suggest that you make sure that you have an extra set of poles or two. You never know when they are going to break.
Next, you will want good sleeping bags and comfy pads to put under them. There are a lot of types of sleeping bags. They are rated by the temperatures you’ll be using them in. Since it is summer, you don’t what to go out in a polar bag designed to keep you warm in freezing temps. Just a regular sleeping bag will do. The pad is also important. The pads are designed to keep you up off the ground so that you are comfortable. They range from just plan foam to fancy inflatable ones, and can really make or break your trip if you aren’t comfortable enough to sleep.
You will also want to make sure that you have other assorted camping gear that you will need. These items include pots & pans, knives, lights, blankets/pillows, tarps and so on. You will also need the right clothes too. If it’s hot, make sure that you have light airy clothing that you won’t over heat in. You may also need some rain gear, like a poncho, or even a light jacket in case it gets cold in the evening. You also want good shoes as well. Having a pair of Golite hiking boots are always good to have on hand. And don’t forget the food! Make sure that whatever food items you bring can keep in a cooler if you don’t have any way to refrigerate it. Five-day coolers are the best since they are super insulated and the ice will last.
Once you have all of these items out of the way, you should be set to go. Depending on what you need to pick up, make sure to check out The Clymb camping gear. They have all your camping needs.