Hints & Tips For A Wild Camping Experience With Family
If you really want to see the country in all its glory, nothing can give you more insight than a wild camping experience. Forget about the comforts of a campsite and the luxuries of a hotel, this experience will be raw, visceral, and can be uncompromising – but ultimately, it’s a lot of fun for all the family.
However, there are a few dangers involved with wild camping, of course. And we’re going to go through a few of the essential things you must do and check before you take your family away into the great outdoors. Let’s take a closer look at everything you need to know about taking a safe and secure wild camping vacation.
Choosing the right spot
Be careful that you go through your potential destinations carefully. The last thing you want on your wild camping trip is to get into trouble with the law or a landowner who doesn’t appreciate your presence. Just because a beautiful site is in open land doesn’t mean it won’t belong to someone, unfortunately. At the same time, be wary of pitching up too close to any wildlife. Bears, coyotes, and other dangerous animals are a big issue for campers across much of the country that will have their interest piqued by the smell of your food.
Bring the right kit
There is a lot to bring with you for your wild camping experience – too much to list in this particular post. In simple terms, however, the idea is to bring as many of your home comforts you think you will need for everyone – particularly the kids – to enjoy their trip rather than endure it. Check out this list of camping essentials to get you started, and always remember that this experience should be about having fun, not an endurance event.
Upgrade your vehicle.
As partsengine explain, you need to consider a different way of driving when you try and take on the great outdoors. You will need to look at upgrading your suspension, swapping your tires for something more appropriate to rough terrain than roads, and you should never assume that just because you own an SUV or Jeep, it can take you anywhere. Most of the new SUVs you see on the streets these days wouldn’t last five minutes offroad. Don’t forget about buying or hiring a trailer, too, especially if you have a lot of camping gear.
Leave everything as you found it
Make sure you are keeping the site as clean as possible, and always clear up after eating, dispose of waste correctly, and keep food covered to avoid giving off scents to the local wildlife. It’s a good idea to pitch up near fresh water, too, so you always have access to hydration – but stay around 200 yards or so from the banks as the environment around water can be a little on the delicate side.
Communicate your location
Finally, always tell people exactly where you are going. In the event of an emergency, it could make a big difference to the health and safety of you and your family. Have a great trip!
Must Haves For Summer Trips
It doesn’t matter if you are going to a museum that is an hour away for 1/2 the day or driving across the states, there are some must-haves to load up in your car. Some of these are perfect for shorter trips. Ideas to save money, entertain the kids, eat healthier and be comfortable. With summer here that means more and more people will be on the road so be prepared and plan ahead. It is always important to have some essentials. First aid kit, drinking water for everyone, sunscreen and snacks. Here are some more ideas for you to make the best out of your time spent in the car.
- I love these HotLogic bags. I’ve never seen anything like them. Great for being in the car for long hours. For being in a hotel and not wanting to spend money eating in restaurants. For potlucks and picnics. These awesome bags actually heat up! Put food in a casserole dish (the Hotlogic Mini comes with a glass Pyrex container with lid). Pack your food and refrigerate or put in an ice chest. When you are ready to eat simply plug it in. It takes about 60-90 minutes to heat up the food.
For Shutterbug fans check out this Wanderer Holster. It is a great way to fasten a camera to your belt, backpack or harness. Makes it easier to carry a camera without having it bang against your neck or worry about dropping it. It is super easy to grab when you want to take pictures too. Stay hands-free and be ready to shoot photos at the same time. Bonus- it also stabilizes your camera. Drinking lots of water is very important. I try to keep one water bottle for each person and then extra in an ice chest. I love the Multi Flash bottle. Not only can it be used for water but it also can be used for infused water, hot drinks and even has a tea strainer. It is double lined to help keep temperature of your drink constant. If you have a hard time sleeping in a hotel the SleepEasily kit is perfect for you. it is a natural way to get more sleep with audio recordings and some soft eyeshades. The SleepEasily kit includes a mini audio player with instructions on how to guide yourself to sleep quickly each night.Magnetic board games are great for car and airplane travel plus are small enough to throw in a purse or backpack. You can even play them in the hotel room. These games by The Purple Cow are for ages 4 and up and 1-2 player games.Here are Chess, Sudoku and Backgammon. The Sudoku one even has 27 different games.
I looove this little pillow monster by Pebble Child. It is a World Fair Trade item made in Bangladesh. The pillow is super soft, even the face, and the back unzips so the cover can be washed. It is perfect for a soft headrest in the car or for an extra snugglie pillow for a hotel room. You can get Books with matching stuffed animals from Kohl’s Cares for only $5. The proceeds are donated to non-profit organizations too. Right now you can choose from four different books:
- 3 in 1 book collection featuring The Poky Little Puppy with puppy plush
- 3 in 1 book collection featuring The Shy Little Kitten with kitten plush
- 3 in 1 book collection featuring Tawny Scrawny Lion with lion plush
- 3 in 1 book collection featuring The Saggy Baggy Elephant and Scuffy the Tugboat with elephant and tugboat plush.
Each book has one stuffed animal that goes with one of the stories. These are great for bedtime stories and having a stuffed animal, or four, to act out the stories or snuggle with.
Bring a movie for the car ride! All new Disney’s Tangled: Before Ever After is a great movie for all ages. Follow the adventures of Rapunzel and her friends as she makes up for lost time, trying to explore and learn more of what she missed out on in life.
I love card games and Hasbro has some fun ones from when I was a kid including Water Words: The Original Leaky Pipe Card Game and Moose Caboose, a fun train game. Both games are easy to play but have some challenges that prevent an easy win. They are both family games for ages 6+ and are both 2-4 players.
No matter what your adventures are this summer plan ahead and be prepared. Always make sure you have water and snacks in the car. Pack cell phone charges with bases for hotel rooms. Don’t forget to be open to adjustments and changes in the schedule. Always have fun!
What summer adventures do you have planned?
Summer Care For Tweens & Teens
Summer is among us and that means treatment for sunburns, dry skin, packing for road trips, days at the beach. For a tween or teen they might have different needs than an adult. Here are some great summer care tips for them.
1- Monthly Box subscription for menstruation cycle. You can pick they type of your child likes to use (pads, tampons and how thin, thick) and the box will come with a week supply. Great way to avoid running out and them having to ask you to run to the store (great embarrassment at that age). The subscription even comes with an ’emergency chocolate.’ I ‘sampled it’ and didn’t give it to my daughter. The MG or Monthly Gift box comes in a discrete black cardboard box too.
They can enjoy Yum!Spa products made for kids but smelly and sparkly for teens! With products like Tutti-Fruitti 2-in-1 shampoo & conditioner, lotion and body mist. Great for after a day at the pool or beach. I like that they are hypoallergenic and have ingredients like aloe and Jojoba. Add shimmer to skin while moisturizing.
Village Naturals from Aromatherapy has fun products like bath bomb balls, bath teas and bath bars that look like a chocolate bar. With relaxing ingredients like lavender they are a great way to end the day and have a good night’s sleep.
The Jojoba Company has skin care items for all skin types. They have all natural products, made in Australia. I love all their products and picked out these four for my teen.
Spot-On Pimple Control. Intensive control for individual spots. Has ingredients to draw out impurities and dry excess oil on the skin.
Cucumber & Guava Firming Eye Balm (reduces the appearance of fine lines and puffiness). This is more for the teens to do at slumber parties and I’m going to use it too. Why slice a cucumber from the fridge when you can use this instead!
Lemon & Coconut Hand Cream. Great to keep in a purse or backpack for dry skin when on the go. Scent is refreshing and lotion is hydrating. Skin stays soft even after washing hands.
100% Natural Makeup Remover. Gently dissolves hard-to-remove makeup. Even mascara. I love how only a tiny bit is needed and it removes makeup very nicely without harmful ingredients, artificial colors or fragrances.
Enter To Win YouCopia 4-Tier Spice Rack
Check out this awesome spice organizer by YouCopia! Great way to get some spring/summer cleaning done and get your kitchen organized. I know when I have all my spices properly labeled and are clearly visible it is easier to grab the ones I want and quickly while cooking. I hate when the bottles are all jumbled and knocked down when someone is searching for a specific bottle. With this rack I can see them better and have everything more organized. These are great as gifts as well. Father’s Day is coming up. Also good idea for housewarming gift and birthdays. Especially if you have friends or family that loves to be in the kitchen or at the grill.
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