Looking for an inexpensive vacation? Appreciate the outdoors? If so camping may be right up your alley. If you’re a camping newbie, there are some things you need to know before you head off with a tent and some sleeping bags into the great outdoors. Check out our best camping tips so you know what to pack, what to eat, where to go and more.
If you’ve never been camping, you may not know what you need to bring along to make the most of your experience. There are a few surprise must-haves, such as a tarp to place on the ground between your tent and the ground, a portable clothesline and clothespins and more. Before you head to your destination, it’s good to get ideas of what to pack for your camping trip and determine what you can leave behind (and not miss).
Not sure what to make to eat when camping other than s’mores? There are a lot of good ideas out there if you take the time to search for recipes to make when camping. Consider making nachos with cheese and beef or good ole hot dogs heated over the campfire. Consider cooking and freezing meals ahead of time and warm them over the fire in foil. The ideas of things to eat are endless if you’re willing to think outside of the box (and put in a little time on the front end).
Tent camping with toddlers comes with some challenges, but with mental preparation and a good attitude, it’ll be a success. Remember to bring your child’s favorite blanket or stuffed animal, a stroller for going to and from the bathroom and shower, plenty of toys and a blanket where children can sit and play. It’s also smart to talk to your child about camping ahead of time – you should even set up your tent in the backyard to help them visualize what it will be like (and make sure you have all of the parts you need). Collect the best tips for camping with toddlers so you’re able to fully enjoy the experience. Photo credit: The travel channel
Want to enjoy camping at a local state park? Brown County State Park in Indiana offers picturesque views and is a good spot for people of all ages to visit. There is a lot to see and do, from a small indoor water park to horseback riding to hiking trails to swimming. If you don’t want to camp in the middle of nowhere, a state park is a great place to make sure you have some forms of build in entertainment but can enjoy the thrill of camping at the same time.
If you don’t mind roughing it and want to show your kids a good time, camping is a great way to take an affordable vacation and make a lot of lasting memories. Sometimes the simplest vacations are the ones that bring the greatest joy.
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