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Camping with a whole family may seem like a lot of fretting at first sight. But in fact, the formula for a great field trip is simple: think ahead, bring a tasty treat or three, for example, smoked chicken breast, and try not to fuss over little things. Here are a few useful tips on how to make a family outing simple and fun for everyone.
1.Things you may want to take with you.
People usually go camping hoping that the weather will be lovely, but Mother Nature may always nice pouring rain in stock for you. Don’t let it put a wet blanket over your picnic, bring a tent and warm clothes for everyone and sit it out playing games with kids and eating. You may also want to plan sitting arrangements. Foldable chairs, a table, mats to sit on the ground and disposable kitchenware will be useful as well. And, if you don’t have have one always stocked in you car yet, a first aid kit
2.Foodies you may want to eat.
Nothing really boosts appetite like active outdoor time, so you can be positive that whatever food you bring with you, it has a great chance of being wiped out. Sandwiches, veggie sticks, fresh fruit, cookies and other things for kids to snack on, plenty of water, soft drinks, all of those things will come in handy. If you’re planning on making a fire, don’t forget marshmallows!
3.Things you may want to leave behind.
If you are going on a midday picnic – you can go light with a picnic basket, so don’t bother bringing tents and bedding. Outdoors will also offer your kids plenty of things to do, so leaving all the regular toys behind may be a grand idea. You can also count on getting all mucked up, so leave fancy clothes in your wardrobe, while a change of clothes for kids may be a life savior.
What to Keep in the Cooler
4.Things you may want to keep refrigerated.
If you’re in for a hot sunny day – pretty much everything. Especially – water, soft drinks and any food that gets spoiled quickly: salads, cold cuts, cheese, dairy. But even if the weather is not going to be baking hot, you still may want to keep most of the food inside a cooler so that it doesn’t get bugs on it.
5.Things you may want to cook.
A camping trip is best if you are planning on cooking over an open fire. You can grill-smoked chicken breast and have your family enjoy an amazingly delicious meal and participate in the cooking, as most of the grilling recipes are very simple. An outdoor grill is really a universal solution for camping. Use it for starters, main course, and even desserts! You can grill veggies and mushroom for garnish, grilled cheese sandwiches for a light snack and s’ mores for a grand dessert.
Things you may want to do with kids to keep them away from gadgets.
Entertaining kids without allowing them to be stuck nose-deep in smartphones or tablets is not an easy task for any parent nowadays, and yet, if you use just a tad of creativity, you’ll be surprised. Have your kids accompany you and go mushroom hunting or berry picking, bird or animal watching, or simply grab a pair of fish poles and spend a lazy hour fishing. Even playing ball with the whole family can be loads of fun.
I hope these tips can help make your camping trip a fun adventure instead of a tiresome affair and you will enjoy time spent outside with your family!