Preparing for a Family Camping Trip: 8 Things to Bring

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It’s summertime and the great outdoors beckon. Before you pack up the family and head for the woods, check your packing list. Make sure you’re taking along everything you need to keep your family safe and healthy while camping.

  1. Bug Spray. The woods can be full of mosquitoes, ticks, and other insects. Bring along bug spray to keep from scratching throughout your trip. If possible, try to avoid using bug sprays with DEET, especially on small children.
  2. Sunblock. When you camp, you spend most of your time out in the sun. Be ready to protect your skin with sunblock that is SPF 30 or above.
  3. Healthy Snacks. You work up a mighty appetite while canoeing, hiking, and biking down trails. Bring along healthy snacks like fruit or GORP (good old raisins and peanuts.)
  4. Sturdy, Supportive Hiking Shoes. When you’re out walking around, you need to take care of your feet. Wear supportive hiking shoes and thick socks.
  5. Water Bottles. Don’t get dehydrated. Bring along plenty of water bottles and fill them each day with clean drinking water before you go out to enjoy the day.
  6. First Aid Kit. A well-stocked first aid kit should include bandages, disinfectants, and ibuprofen amongst other items. Make sure to bring a first aid kit on your trip just in case.
  7. Fire Extinguisher. Speaking of just in case, if you plan on having a campfire, make sure you bring a fire extinguisher to put out your fire if it gets out of control.
  8. Water Floatation Devices. Camping trips frequently include water activities like boating and swimming. To protect yourself and your loved ones, make sure you bring along life vests or other personal floatation devices.

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