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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Mountain Camping Guide


 The mountains are a beautiful place to camp and I strongly encourage those
that are thinking of planning a trip! However, with all the beautiful things
the mountains have to offer they also come with a few quirks that you need to 
plan for. Here are some great tips on how to prepare for your camping trip,
and keep it exciting for the kids!

Planning:


When you're planning a camping trip with kids, be sure to keep them
involved in the process. It will help make them more excited
about the trip when they know they are going to do things they will enjoy! A great way
to do this is to pick out some activities and maybe a few attractions in
the area and let the kids rank each one in order that they want to do. It's also a good idea
 to bring a board game or having a few activities for the family to do if it rains.


Planning ahead for meals will save a lot of time and money. If you plan to eat out most of
the time researching the area and seeing what they have is a good idea. However, I highly
encourage campfire cooking if you have never tried it before! It is surprising delicious
and really adds to the whole experience! If you plan to try it out- tin foil is your best
friend! It keeps all of the food in one place and makes clean up much easier. Also if you
have an old pot or a cast iron pan those are great items to brings as well!

Packing:





Never underestimate what you might need! It's always better to have it with you, than not to have it when you need it. Go ahead and check the whether schedule so that you can pack accordingly.





                                                   
When you're out in nature, having fun and getting a little dirty is the very best part, so packing extra clothes is essential! Items that I would most recommend to bring are clothes that you can layer-mountain air can get chilly in the evenings. Rain gear-ponchos or jackets-should be pack as well just in case it rains.This will save you from having wet clothes. I would bring a minimum of two pairs of shoes just in case one pair gets wet as well. Also, a bathing suite is a good idea to pack. Even if you are not planning to swim, you never know when you will happen upon a creek or stream for the kids to play in! 








Also, don't forget the small necessities such as sunscreen and bug spray. You will be outside for most each day and will want protection from the hot sun and pesky bugs. Having a small first aid kit is great to have for those little scraps and bumps that kids are prone to.




Camping "To Do" List:


Make a checklist of all of the things you need the day before you leave, so you can can check them off as they are packed.
              
- Make came chores fun! Give every one a job and do the chores together- this will make them easier and the kids will enjoy being helpful.
-Mosquitoes! To avoid these annoying pests avoid wearing strongly scented perfumes that will attract them. Wear plenty of bug spray as well to help keep away itchy bites.

- Bring bikes. They are handy in a campground especially if your campsite is far away from play area they are faster and more fun than walking. Make sure to bring along helmets!

Burn it up! Building a fire will put smoke in the air will help keep pest and bugs away from your camp site
 


Most of all, enjoy the time and make memories that will last your children a lifetime. Take plenty of photos, and even consider letting the kids use a disposable camera that they can snap pictures of whatever they would like during the trip. These can be incorporated into scrapbooks or photo albums that everyone will enjoy for years to come. 


For more ideas and tips on camping check out these websites:
The Coleman Check List!Outdoor Camping TipsSix Sisters Camping Recipes!
Also if you are looking for a great family oriented campground, be sure to check
out our website at: Jellystone of Marion- Family Camping at its Best!




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