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The Ultimate Family Camping Checklist and a few great tips

The Ultimate Family Camping Checklist and a Few Great Tips

Vacations this year have been a little different. And as we get ready to go into the fall, more and more families are shifting their vacation plans and planning local camping trips with their loved ones instead.

Camping is a great way to create long-lasting family memories, evoke laughter with the family, and give kids plenty of outdoor time.

To help you get ready for your camping trip, we’ve put together some tips for camping with your family and a camping checklist that is sure to make your trip a memorable one.

First and foremost, and probably the most important is to get a camping date on your calendar asap

Campgrounds can and will fill up quickly, so plan ahead to get a spot. I always suggest you plan to leave early on Friday (or head out during the week) to avoid congested traffic. You will have more of a chance of getting your camp set up before it gets dark if you leave early too.

Invite your friends and family

Camping with your kiddos alone is lovely. However, camping with another family helps keep everyone happy, busy, and engaged. Be sure you are abiding by the campground rules or national park rules to ensure your group is the right size by checking how many people can be in your group.

Prepare your gear

Use the camping checklist that I have provided below to make sure you take what you need, but not much more. Check to see the items you’re bringing, such as tents and lanterns beforehand for damage and working conditions.

Prepare your food

The checklist doesn’t include food—you will have to create that yourself. I wish there was a magic button that did that! However, here’s a tip: Write down a list of what you plan to eat for each meal (breakfast, lunch, and dinner.) during your trip. Then prepare what you can at home—marinate the meats, cut the vegetables. You’ll be glad you did once you get to your camping ground.

When you pack the cooler, set out the food meal by meal, think about how you’ll serve each meal, so you remember to bring condiments and necessary utensils, kitchen tools, etc. 

Now that you have the tips that you need to have a successful camping trip check out the printable camping checklist below to make sure you have everything you need. Have fun, stay safe, and make your camping trip a memorable one!

Tell me about your camping experiences. Are you planning a vacation soon or have you gone camping recently? I’d love to know. Drop a comment below! 

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