How To Plan A Camping Trip With Family Or Friends
Feel like getting in touch with nature? If you're the adventurous type and are planning a trip somewhere with your friends, you could try going camping. It's a really economical option where you'll avoid unnecessary costs, and you can enjoy some unforgettable experiences in the great outdoors, This OneHowTo article will show you how to plan a camping trip with family or friends for a holiday that's different, cheap, fun and, above all, natural.
To plan a camping trip with either family or friends, you'll need to decide where you're going to go camping. Bear in mind that you can't just go camping anywhere - there are areas and places that are specially adapted for it, where you're sure to have a safe and relaxing camping trip. You can choose to go somewhere close to home or a bit further away, to enjoy all that nature has to offer wherever you prefer.
Before choosing your destination, get together with your friends and discuss the various options based on your tastes and preferences. The options are numerous: you could pick a spot on the beach or head up to the mountains for example. Remember that it's best to go for a place where you can do various different activities, as this will liven up the trip. If you are camping with family and have small kids or non-experimented hikers, it's best to choose a site that is pretty close to several interesting places so you don't have to walk or cycle too far away from your campsite to have a good time.
What do you need to go camping?
If you're planning a camping trip, you're probably wondering what you'll need for it. It's advisable to make a list of all essential items before you set out. There are some things that you'll have to buy together, like food and drink - this is something to bear in mind to avoid any disputes later on. If you decide to take food from home, it's better to choose food that's easy to carry around, like sandwiches, nuts, fruit, vacuum packed meats, juices, soft drink cans, etc. If you want to cook, the best options are things like pasta, Spanish omelette or meat pies. Take the food in some secure tupperware containers, and avoid sauces at all costs. Remember to take disposable plastic cups, plates and cutlery, and napkins.
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Each member of the group should bring certain items on the camping trip. A tent, sleeping bag and sleeping mat are essential. Remember to take a few torches, mosquito repellent, plastic bags for rubbish and a water bottle. If you have one, you can take a gas cooker. Don't forget comfortable shoes,sunscreen, spare clothes and all your basic toiletries, as well as a first aid kit.
If you are planning a camping with family, make sure all your belongings are well distributed in your bags to make sure your kids don't tire themselves out, but give them responsibilities too so they can learn at the same time as they're having fun. Moreover, if you have toddlers or small kids don't forget a diaper bag and make sure the campsite has a designated area so you can change your little one.
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Useful tips for camping
Before going camping, there are a few useful tips you need to bear in mind to plan a camping trip, as you can't just pitch your tent anywhere. This is our proposed list of requirements for any camping site:
- Go camping in specifically designated camping zones.
- Avoid areas with trees for safety reasons.
- It's very common to choose flat land. However, you need to remember that in rainy seasons this type of land can flood easily. Ideally, look for somewhere that has a slight slope.
- Find somewhere that's sheltered from the wind. It's advisable to pitch your tent perpendicular to the wind.
- Try to identify any plants in the vicinity. Many may have thorns and others may be poisonous, so avoid sleeping near these types of plants.
- It's better if the area where you pitch your tents is free of rocks, branches, stones or other objects that might disturb your sleep.
- If possible go for somewhere that has a river or drinking water nearby.
- Avoid campfires. If you do have a fire, put it out properly and safely.
- Remember to clean up after yourselves and leave the area as you found it.
Keep these tips in mind before organizing your camping trip with family or friends. Get your friends together, load up your rucksacks and enjoy the great outdoors with a camping trip.
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