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Make The Great Outdoors An Adventure In Family Fun

Aug 17, 2007
Few family vacations can bring everyone together like a trip to the great outdoors. But before heading out and hitting the trails, a smart family makes sure they have all the outdoor gear necessary to make certain the trip's fun.

There are a lot of different ways to camp. A trip can be pretty basic, involving tents and sleeping bags. Or, it can be more of a "luxury" trip to the great outdoors, complete with a camper, electricity and more.

Actual outdoor gear will likely be more important to those who really want to get away from it all and rough it while they're out there. To ensure that everyone has fun and the things that need to get done do, a family must work as a team. This is great for building relationships with kids and can strengthen ties among spouses.

Here are some of the ups of camping for any family:

* A way to get away from it all - literally. The great outdoors does come with its own distractions, but a wild deer sighting is likely to be much more fun than 10 phone calls from solicitors during dinnertime. Without televisions, telephones and other electrical equipment readily available (unless you bring them), families can really get to know each other.

* Opportunities to explore new things. With hiking, fishing, biking, bird watching and more all available on a typical trip, there should never be a dull moment.

* Team building. A family can really build itself up by taking a camping trip. It takes everyone to get the site ready, meals cooked and things cleaned up so members can go back to enjoying the sights.

For those who want to "rough it," camping gear can be vitally important. Without the right gear the trip will be uncomfortable for everyone and the basic necessities of life might not be present. Typical gear includes:

* Tent - make sure this is big enough to house all family members unless the teens are staying in their own pup tent! Be certain you understand how to pitch it, too!

* Sleeping bags - these should be comfortable and durable and built for outdoor use. If you're going somewhere very cold, be certain the bags are rated for the cold weather.

* Lanterns - it gets dark in the great outdoors, very dark. Flashlights, too, are a good idea.

* Cooking equipment. Even if you plan to cook over an open fire, if you don't bring the pots and pans, you'll be in trouble. Don't forget to include utensils, plates and so on, too.

* Backpacks and canteens. If hiking is in your future, you'll want to be ready to hit the trail. This means water, food, first aid items and such should go along with you.

* Food. Don't leave home without it! Be certain to pack coolers with enough food to last the trip and also remember things to open cans and so on.

* Bug spray. Don't go into the woods without it!

Those who choose not to rough it and go with the camper will need a lot of these things, too. Pack smartly and try to keep some of the distractions of home at home. Good outdoor gear can make a camping trip a pleasure.
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