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Let’s Go Camping

Roasting marshmallows by the campfireCamping is a great way to see the outdoors and get the family back in touch with nature. Sometimes we may lose sight or take for granted the amenities and comforts we have day-to-day. There’s nothing like cooking on an open fire, purifying your own water, or sleeping on the ground to help you appreciate what you have. More importantly, camping will give you an opportunity to eliminate distractions and focus on your family and loved ones.

The choice of camping location is entirely up to you. Keep in mind that most sites have fees ranging from $4.00-$45.00 per day. Some provide electric, running water, and restrooms, while others are a little more on the rough side. If you’re a first time camper, we recommend you try to coordinate going with a more experienced camper. However, if that’s not an option, do some reading and use our basic camping checklist to help you get started. The amount and type of supplies needed will depend on your location, length of stay, and load capacity of your mode of transportation.

Some Quick Tips:

  1. For most camping sites a simple tent will do. In colder climates, or for more amenities, you might choose a camper or a motor home. If buying a tent, buy a quality one – remember it will be the only barrier between you and the outside elements – weather, insects, and etc.
  2. Be careful where you pitch your tent. Pitch it over an ant farm once and you’ll have memories of a lifetime. Place your tent on the most level dry ground you can find. You might want to put a tarp down under the tent to protect your tent and reduce moisture. Sleeping bags area a must; pillows, floor pads, and air mattresses can be brought for added comfort.
  3. As far as food and other amenities go, it’s usually easier to keep things simple. You’re camping, which usually means no full bathroom, kitchen, or electricity. You might want to have cereal for breakfast, a sandwich for lunch, and some type of BB-Q for dinner. Remember to be flexible and make do with what you have. It can be fun for everyone to be creative and improvise – and to realize how little you really need to have a good time. Hiking, walking, exploring, talking, playing card and board games – are all great ways to focus on who and what is truly important.

Click on this Camping Checklist link to download a list of things you’ll probably need. This list is not “All Inclusive” but it’s a great place to start.