The noise of the world is getting louder and louder, your senses assaulted from every direction with millions of distractions vying for your complete attention. If there has ever been a time to get away from the rest of the world it most definitely is now.
Has it been so long since you’ve taken the family camping that you can’t even think of the first thing you need to do? First of all, take a deep breath. Remember that all you need to do is pack the essentials, gas up the car, and keep these three tips in mind:
Keep Your Camp Clean
This should be common sense, but your cleaning skills need to approach ninja levels when you’re in the wild. That means cleaning up immediately and taking waste to designated areas sooner rather than later. Organize your camp to maximize its cleanliness. The old saying in scouting and Chief Seattle still applies: “Take only pictures, leave only footprints.”
This will not only prevent your campsite from being infested with any number of foul pests but also probably save you from having to fight off a bear. This scenario is totally avoidable if you simply keep clean!
Bring a Digital Camera/Camping Goods
You’d be surprised how many people make planning a camping trip so stressful that they forget to simply stop and take pictures of awesome and interesting things. Commercial cameras used to require film that could be expensive at times. Families were always sure to use the film in the camera sparingly.
Modern day digital cameras can take literally hundreds, even thousands of photographs (depending on the size of your memory card). Don’t miss a thing! Photograph anything and everything. Just keep an eye on your charge level and be sure to recharge overnight. Don’t let yourself think “When will I ever look at these?” In a few decades, when you’re sharing your best times with the grandkids or just reminiscing with friends, you’ll be glad you took those photos!
You may think you have this covered by just bringing your smartphone, but a digital camera is preferable. If you don’t have a camera just bring your phone but put it on airplane mode. To save battery and so you won’t be charged for roaming.
Not only should you bring some sort of way to capture your moments but maybe just bringing a journal to write down what you have done on your trip. Bring a few outdoor games and a deck of cards is always a great item. Obviously, bring your essentials like a tent, sleeping bag, water, and plenty of warm clothes for night time.
Leave Your Phone Off/Airplane Mode
This will be the most difficult task to carry out during your trip. Our personal and professional lives are now inextricably linked to our smartphones. Leaving the city and camping in the wilderness is an opportunity to tell everyone you’re unavailable, that you’re taking time for yourself and/or your family.
People with adolescent and teenage children will probably have the worst hard time doing this but agree with them to spend most of the time during the camping trip with the cell phones off. Implement designated hours during the trip where the family is together, no phones are out, and that is that.
Stated in the section above the only time the cell phones should be out is when you are taking amazing photos. Other than that disconnect from the hustle and bustle of the world we live to actually be in the world we should be living in.