Great RV Camping Trips Make Excellent
Copyright, Valerie Giles
"A wonderful way to invest in your families treasure trove of memories is by
spending time in the great outdoors. RV Camping trips can be an excellent tradition
that your family will look forward to and in time, look back upon with fond
Whether you plan to camp at the same place every year or seek out new
places doesnt matter as RV camping is always filled with new adventures. Your
family might have a favorite place you go to every year mixed with a new spot you
select together for another weekend or extended holiday during the year. There are
so many national parks to explore; your options really are quite limitless.
RV camping doesnt have to be an overly expensive expenditure. Again this
all depends on how youll be camping. Camping in a tent carries a completely
different dynamic than camping in a fully equipped camper. Camping in a tent is
also relatively inexpensive. Perhaps the camper is something youll decide to invest
in after a few years of tent camping, then again there are some who prefer to only
go tent camping. There's something to be said about the rustic quality of sleeping
in a tent, you can hike to far off remote spots where you couldnt get to with a
camper in tow.
Regardless of how youll be camping youll want to have the proper camping gear
and accessories. First off you want to have the best tent and sleeping bags you can
possibly afford. As your tent will be your home away from home for your trip and
your sleeping bag will keep you warm and covered for those long nights under the
stars (there are tents available that have mesh roofs for star gazing, of coarse if
it starts to rain, you can just cover it up with your tent fly), youll want to be
sure that both these items keep you appropriately covered so to speak.
Next youll want to have proper camp accessories; a trustworthy camp stove, a
lantern, flashlights, a first aid kit, tarp, cooking and eating utensils, a little
axe (for chopping firewood, also doubles as a hammer for hammering in tent pegs),
some rope (for clothes lines and securing tarp), and cooler. Along with your
sleeping bag youll want to remember comfy pillows (unless your backpacking then you
might want a convenient inflatable pillow) and very importantly a good sleep pad.
An uncomfortable sleep experience on hard ground may steer you off tent camping
altogether, so come prepared, a good sleeping pad is worth its weight in gold. A
good idea to help you remember all these items is the camping check list.
Its a good idea to store your camp gear in some plastic containers. This way its
all in one place (with your camp list included), so when its time to pack up and go
camping you can go through the containers making any necessary additions needed.
Its very important to check that all your equipment is properly maintained and
cared for; there is nothing worse than getting to your destination and finding that
your camp stove is not working. Youll also want to be sure that your camp fuel
supply is replenished and you have extra batteries (for flashlights, lanterns or
One of the best things about the whole camping experience is the food. Now
depending on where youre camping and what time of year it is, if youre lucky youll
be able to do some of your cooking around the campfire. During dry seasons there
may be fire restrictions due to forest fire concerns, if thats the case youll do
all your cooking atop your camping stove. Every meal always seems to taste a bit
better when youre camping, it might have something to do with all the fresh air, or
maybe all the fun activity builds up youre appetite, either way youll want to bring
along some family favorites. For dinner maybe some grilling of the families select
choices, accompanied by some corn on the cob and potatoes wrapped in tin foil
cooked on the coals with a nice salad and later for dessert smores (marshmallow and
a slice of chocolate sandwiched between two graham wafers), add to that some hot
chocolate before bed and thats a night of food to dream about.
The activities (or lack of activities) will also make your camping trip one to
remember. Hiking, kayaking, cycling and sailing might be on your agenda. Most parks
offer excellent groomed hiking trails. Research in advance the area you will be
visiting to know what activities will be available, you may be able to rent a kayak
and take a lesson at the same time. Many areas also offer great bike trails that
the family can cycle on together. A late night walk is among favorite suggestions;
you can check out the stars and just listen to the silence.
Bring along a book you've wanted to read or some magazines. Games are another
excellent pastime, a deck of cards or a board game might be some fun. Of course you
can always bring along some baseball gloves and a ball for a game of catch. Soccer
balls, badminton rackets and a net or volleyball and net all make for a fun day at
If your family has little ones youll be presented with a whole new challenge.
Depending on the ages of your babies or toddlers youll want to pack some extra
conveniences. There are excellent baby back carriers available allowing you to hike
all sorts of terrain with baby in tow while keeping your back feeling comfortable,
as well there are a numerous variety of baby strollers to select from which are
great for using on trails. For toddlers you may want to bring a playpen to keep
baby safe. You can never bring too many toys; the more your child has to keep them
entertained you can rest assure they will be more content.
Be prepared for weather changes by bringing along extra clothing. Most likely
you will be camping in the warmer spring, summer and fall months. Its wise to
remember however that the evenings can often get quite cool. Bring along heavy
sweaters or extra jackets for added warmth, it can never hurt to bring along a
couple of extra blankets for comfort beside the fire (or for use at a day picnic).
Rainwear is another excellent addition to your camping wardrobe. With good quality
rain jackets, hats, rain pants and boots you can take advantage of the rainy
weather and actually go out for a hike rather than staying inside the tent or worse
yet ending your camp trip all together.
RV camping certainly has its challenges. Knowing what to bring and having
the proper equipment and accessories is the first hurtle. Once you arrive at your
destination and set up you want to keep everyone as comfortable and happy as
possible, whether its keeping the kids occupied without the use of video games or
cooking a surefire dinner. Rest assured that after your first couple of trips when
you find out what everyone enjoys doing and you realize all you like to include on
your trip, you will certainly add camping to your families list of favorite
excursions and traditions. The wonderful thing about RV camping is its always
different, perhaps the site is different or the campground you selected is unique
to the last you stayed at, whatever the difference is it always seems to be an
adventure that the whole family can enjoy.
Best Camping Supplies is a camping resource site owned and operated by Valerie
Giles. It features tents, campers, fishing gear, boats, kayaks and outerwear,
making your camping experience enjoyable. Everything for camping enthusiasts at
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