Rekindle an Old Flame: Camping by Tiffany of A Little Campy
~:: by Tiffany of A Little Campy ::~
If you fell in love with camping as a child, maybe it’s time for you to rekindle an old flame…go camping.
There are so many reasons to go camping, especially if you have kids. What could be better than spending time together as a family in the great outdoors without the interruptions of daily life? Who wouldn’t want to see the excitement in the eyes of their children when they spot the first fireflies at dusk and hear their squeals of excitement when they catch their first fish? So grab your marshmallow skewers and get ready for a s’more-filled weekend.
Worried you’re not up to roughing it? No problem. Camping has become a lot more advanced than when were kids. In fact, thanks to better camping gear, these days tent camping can be quite comfortable. Let me introduce you to the softer side of camping.
Camping’s Softer Side
Start with a large tent. Tent manufacturers base the size of tents on how many people can fit into a tent. Of course, they don’t allow extra space for the little things…like backpacks, clothing, lanterns and walking. If you want a more comfortable camping experience, choose a tent that is twice the manufacturer’s recommendation. For example, our nine man tent is perfect for our family of five.
Add foam floor tiles for extra padding. You may have seen these tiles in preschool classes. They are great for camping because they keep sharp rocks from poking your feet. They provide toddlers and infants with a nice surface for crawling and walking while at the campsite.
Now add a large inflatable air mattress. Air mattresses put the comfort in camping. Don’t leave home without it. Top your mattress with comfortable sleeping bags (rated for the appropriate temperature) and some pillows. Now when you step into your tent, it’s a lot like stepping into your bedroom. Tents today come with many of the comforts of home such as a ceiling fan, overhead lighting and even a closet.
Cooking at the campsite. Camp cooking has become much easier as well. Propane griddles, propane slow cookers, camping ovens, grills and cast iron cooking equipment are just a few of the products available to get you cooking at the campsite. You can even buy a camping kitchen to keep your cooking supplies and cleanup organized.
Decorate your campsite. You know you want to! If your campsite has electricity, you can string up some camping lights. They come in a variety of styles and are lots of fun to choose. You can also use solar powered camping lights. Choose a festive table cloth and consider some cute and durable plates. Have fun with it!
For me, camping is not an endurance trial. It is a mini vacation from corporate jobs, kids’ activities and never-ending housework. It is stress-free and electronics-free. It takes me back to a simpler time…when I first fell in love with camping.
I’ll see ya by the campfire.
ABOUT TIFFANY: Tiffany loves tent camping and cane pole fishing with her husband and three crazy, camping kids. When she not camping you can find her on her family camping blog, aLittleCampy.com, where she shares her adventures in camping and motherhood, from pitching tents to pitching fits. You’ll find camping tips, camping recipes, gear reviews and lots of laughs. Join her there anytime, around the campfire.
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