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Family Camping Trip Tips and Ideas

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There are some people that say this is the perfect weather for camping. The sunny days and crisp cool nights make for just right conditions for outdoor living. While I’m not completely onboard with sleeping outdoors I’m all for enjoying nature and the beauty of the world around us.

While I prefer the kind of camping that comes with an RV and warm shower I know my family likes to pitch a tent and live more simply for a few days. Doing this requires some planning. Camping requires some gear and tools that not only makes your life easier much enjoyable.

Preparing for a Family Camping Trip

First off let’s talk about food. Campfire hot dogs are delicious but that isn’t all you have to live on. There are so many recipes and food ideas out there that you could actually eat much more gourmet than originally thought.   These are some of the more tasty ideas I’ve seen lately that make camping a more likely idea before the snow starts to fall.

Campfire Potatoes with Thyme

Dutch Oven Braised Beef Roast

Mountain Man Skillet Scramble

let’s not forget about dessert. Sweets that are melted and gooey are the best  part about campfires

Roasted Strawberries with Marshmallow Fluff

Campfire Cinnamon Rolls

S’mores Dip

Every meal doesn’t need to be very elaborate or involve many ingredients. While big breakfasts are fun fruit, cereal, milk and yogurt are plenty nutritious to get through the mornings. Keeping it simple homemade granola and dry milk reconstituted as needed also saves on space.  Milkman low fat powdered milk is the only cream-containing low fat powdered milk easily available to consumers in the United States.  This gives the milk a better flavor and texture than other brands on the market. Making a quart at a time as needed is easier to store and carry when space and refrigeration is a luxury.

Having the right camping gear is key to being comfortable and safe. Families often have to pack more as there are more scenarios that could arise. The opportunity for a child caught in a mud puddle would require extra clothing and maybe clothes washing/drying equipment.

HickCounty.com has this comprehensive check list of just about everything life can throw at you.

The most important part of a family camping trip is to make sure everyone is safe, happy and having fun. The point of getting away and disconnecting is spending quality time with each other.  Keep the activities fun and easy. Hikes are first on the list of course. Swimming is a must when the weather is warm. Don’t forget card games, simple craft supplies and lots of glowsticks for Tic Tac Toe or a ring toss game.

image via vastateparkstaff flickr

image via vastateparkstaff flickr

What are your family camping trips hacks, must-dos or essential recipes?

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  1. Great ideas! I haven’t been camping in years but would love to take my
    Kids next summer!

  2. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says

    We don’t camp, but like everyone else we know does, so these will come in handy for tons of people 🙂

  3. I wanted to take my kiddo camping last summer but we just had too many things comes up. I hope that we can do it this year though because I think he would have a lot of fun.

  4. We’ve been on one camping trip and had fairly simple meals planned (hot dogs, smores.) I’d love to try something a little more complex next time we go camping!

  5. We have never been on a family camping trip, but I used to go with my parents when I was little. We always made sure we had the stuff to make s’mores.

  6. I don’t know if I’m EVER ready for family camping 🙂 My husband would definitely love for us to go

  7. These are some really great ideas! I think both of my boys almost ready to go camping. So fun!

  8. The powdered milk is a HUGE must. No worries on it spoiling!

  9. I must be the only person on the planet who has no desire in camping outdoors. Lol. I can only see snakes and bears and bugs and every creepy crawly creature. I am sure it is a lot of fun though if it is something you really enjoy

  10. Oh what a great post. We will be doing more camping now that my son is a scout. Once the little gets a little bigger he’s going to be game for it too.

  11. Roasted strawberries with marshmallow fluff? Oh my, that sounds tasty good and so worth trying.

  12. I am with Veronica, I am so not a camper! Although it looks like you guys had a blast!

  13. Great tips! This is the perfect time of year for camping, not too hot and not too cold. Those Campfire Potatoes with Thyme look fabulous- I might have to make them at home!

  14. We camp all the time – good tips. Being organized I think is so important! Your recipes look tasty! We make S mores using Keebler stripped cookies – tasty!

  15. Campfire potatoes ARE SO GOOD! I am also a big fan of s’mores!

  16. I wish we were able to go camping this summer. Maybe next year. I’ll keep these handy for when we do.

  17. I love this post! Thanks for the links to those camp recipes. I am always looking for tips and tricks for camping.

  18. I would love to take me kids camping. Those are great tips. Thanks!!

  19. I have always wanted to go camping. I dependency on indoor plumbing has kept me from it but if we ever went I would so use these tips!

  20. Lots of food, always bring lots of food. I have 4, soon to be 4 boys, and they eat so much food. We’ve been camping before but we’ve always had a camper, with a stocked fridge. That’s my hack, but sorry, not much of a hack. Great tips! I want to go on a winter camping trip this December. There isn’t anything better than family together time with all devices turned off. Camping is a great way to connect.

  21. Thanks for sharing these awesome tips. I’m going to download the comprehensive check list from that site, so I’ll have it handy for our next camping adventure.

  22. Great tips! We plan on taking my girls camping probably next year. They’re soo young this year, we didn’t want to go through the hassle.

  23. These are all great camping tips. I can’t wait to go camping with my family for the first time.

  24. These are great tips. Our first camping trip was a disaster!! LOL!

  25. I’m not a huge fan of camping but when I see pictures like this and it looks so relaxing and peaceful, it makes me want to go. It’s just a lot of work to get prepared and make sure you have everything. Great tips!

  26. I want to try your recipes! They look amazing! strawberries and marshmallows. YUM!

  27. Two of my favorite things are strawberries and marshmallows. There will be no camping without them. lol

  28. Great ideas! I’m not big on camping…but those food ideas make me want to try it just for the yumminess factor!

  29. I like to have a table, even if it’s small. It makes food prep sooooo much easier!

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