Kids know how to enjoy the camping experience. They are naturals at it. Most of them, within 15 minutes of arrival, are exploring the campground and setting their sights on what adventures they plan for their stay. They will get plenty of fresh air when they are here and should sleep very well. We see lots of parents leave the campfire carrying sleeping kids who’ve had a full day of fun and couldn’t stay awake a minute longer. [Read more…]
One of the worst experiences that someone can have while they are camping and enjoying nature is being affected by poison ivy. It is known to be one of the most irritating skin afflictions that nature can bring, but fortunately nature has a number of remedies as well. What’s important is knowing what will help to reduce the itchy and pain when you might be far from other options. [Read more…]
Kids and camping just seem to go together. However, while parents are setting up camp sometimes kids can get underfoot. This is when having a treasure hunt can really come in handy. Here are a few to get you started. [Read more…]
RV road trips often have days full of adventure, but when you get back to the campsite at night, it’s time to settle in and make sure everyone is entertained. Sure, you’ve got running water and electricity, but did you let the kids bring the Xbox? Even if you did, it’s great to have family entertainment, and making shadow puppets means putting on a creative and even educational show, inside the vehicle or out. [Read more…]
Camping is the time to get outdoors and have some fun. You can shed the winter clothes and wear your favorite shorts, tank tops, and flip flops. You spend time in the pool, or just out visiting with your neighbors. You can finally soak up some of that good old vitamin D. Sometimes, you may find that too much time outdoors, too quickly, can be a good way to get sunburned. [Read more…]
Getting ready for your camping trip is probably easier if you do it yourself but involving the kids can be a great way of getting them excited about all of it. Depending on their ages, there are lots of activities they can help with from the planning phase to the packing up and going home phase.
Kids can help with the packing and planning. They can help decide what will be needed and what containers to pack things in. They can decide what toys and games would be best to bring along and can help decide much of the food that will be eaten on your trip. [Read more…]
We all understand that being outside, breathing fresh air, exercising, and getting away from our daily responsibilities is good for our health. But there are other health benefits we get from camping that we may not be able to quite put our finger on.
Sleep. Life is busy. Our schedules are busy. Kids have practice, we have meetings, the house has to be cleaned, bills have to be paid, cars need to be maintained. All these thoughts circle our brain as we try to drift off to sleep at home and we frequently end up sleeping fitfully rather than fully. After a couple of nights in the campground you may find that you have slept; really slept, and it feels good. [Read more…]
We love to see the kids get started camping as soon as possible. The fresh air and relaxed atmosphere is good for them and for the parents, too. Plenty of parents bring babies who are only months old and they just have to do a little extra planning to make it a great experience.
You won’t be able to bring their crib along with you but there are a lot of baby sleeping options available these days. You may even be able to borrow something from a friend or family member to try before you buy. As long as baby is in a bed with soft sides and perhaps provides a net to keep mosquitoes away, the little one will sleep like a – well, you know – a baby. [Read more…]
Every once in awhile you’ll experience some rain on your fun camping vacation. While no one every wants it to happen, it is a fact of nature. It doesn’t have to be a sad time, though. There are plenty of games you can play with the kids to keep them entertained until the sun comes shining through once again. [Read more…]
We all love eating as much as we love camping and catching up with friends. What isn’t so much fun might be cooking and cleaning up from feeding everyone. That’s when a crockpot filled with good old sloppy joes comes in handy. [Read more…]