Camping the Great Outdoors

Camping the Great Outdoors

Many people don’t go camping because they are intimidated by the need to purchase equipment and learn how to use it all. But it is not difficult and shouldn’t be a reason to forgo the joys of camping with your family. These tips will help you on your way to enjoying the great outdoors.
Start with the tent.

You should have a good tent, a tarp to place under your tent, and a hammer to get your stakes into the ground. Before heading out on your first camping trip, pitch your tent in your backyard. You might even want to spend the night in it to get you and your family used to it and to work out any kinks with set up and break down. This is particularly helpful for families with smaller children who might be frightened by the idea of sleeping outside. Once your tent is up for the first time, seal each seam with a waterproof sealer to help keep the rain out. 

Make your bed. 
Get sleeping bags that are rated for the type of weather you will encounter. If you are heading to a higher elevation, be aware that nights can sometimes be downright chilly. If you are camping in a warm locale, you may not need a sleeping bag rated for lower temperatures, which can save you money. If you are uncomfortable sleeping on the ground, invest in a sleep pad or even an air mattress. Don’t forget the pillows too.

Prepare for camp cooking.
You don’t need fancy equipment to cook a great meal at your campsite. A stove with propane fuel and a few pots will do just fine. You should try out your stove in your backyard before using it at your campsite. Pack cold food in a durable cooler and don’t forget the matches. Bring some comforts of home by packing a cutting board, a good knife, aluminum foil, paper towels, a few cooking utensils, a dish pan, and some dish towels. 

Don’t forget the details.
There are some items you won’t want to forget. These include sunscreen and insect repellent, a camp lantern or a couple of flashlights, a first aid kit, trash bags, hand wipes, lots of drinks, and of course, your camera. You may also want to bring a small pad of paper and a pen to jot down things you want to bring on your next trip. Each family packs differently and it may take a couple of trips to really know what you need to bring and what you can leave behind. 

At Oxford at The Boulevard in Corinth, Texas, we believe it’s important to live life vigorously. In order to do so, you must educate yourself regularly with lifestyle-enhancing tips such as these. With this blog post, we seek to provide you with tips on camping outdoors.

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