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Summer Camping can be a Trip to Remember

Jun 25, 2008
Summer has hit in full force where we live and with my kids at home, I'm always looking for new activities to keep my children engaged and busy. Along with sports like softball and swimming, we go to the park or see a movie. But the best times we have is when the family goes on a camping trip. When I was young, my family took camping trips so this is always a fond memory for me.

There are so many summer activities that we look forward to when the temperature rises - swimming, softball games, trips to the ice cream parlor. Another highlight for our family is camping. Since I was a kid, many of our family vacations were spent in a tent or camping trailer, and now we have started that tradition with our own kids.

Not all of our summer vacations have been spent camping. There have been trips to Disney and road trips to see grandma, and they have all been fun and memorable. But there is nothing like a camping trip to really slow down the hectic pace of life and bring the family together for some simple fun.

I'll begin with a word of advice for the novice camper. Start in the backyard. The bathroom and food are handy, but sleeping under the stars will create memories for a lifetime. And if you insist that the electronics (MP3 players, electronic games, DVD players) stay in the house, you just might reconnect with some of those old fashioned activities like Go Fish and ghost stories.

When the time comes for the first real camping trip, make your life easy by a little pre-planning. Yes, a little work first, makes the whole vacation much more relaxing for you later. First check out if a reservation is required. It's best to know you can stay before you go. Then check out campground facilities to be sure if you need bathrooms with running water, you've got them.

The more you camp the more efficient you become on packing. For the first few trips you should plan extensively with a set of lists so you don't forget important things. Even what you will be eating and where you will eat it is important. Also a backup plan for an unexpected turn of weather is a good idea. Catching an afternoon movie when it's going to rain all day long will go a long way to brighten everyone's mood.

There are all kinds of websites that will give you lists of things to pack. But a few of the must-haves are a pocket knife (they're handy for everything from food prep to tent set-up), a cooler with ice (remember there are no refrigerators in the great outdoors), matches or a lighter to get that campfire going, and a deck of cards. That deck of cards provided our family with hours of fun when we had to sit in the tent while it poured rain outside.

Regardless of where you go or what you camp in, when you go camping, time always seems to slow down, there is usually an adventure or two, and memories are made. What else can you ask of a summer vacation?
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