Summer is here and some families are thinking of camping at some of the beautiful National Parks. Here are some tips for novice campers taken from a Boston Sunday Globe article by Diane Bair and Pamela Wright.
- Rent or Borrow – Before making a big investment in camping equipment see if you can borrow the basics like a tent, stove, etc. from family or friends. You can also rent equipment from local sporting goods stores or at http://www.lowergear.com.
- Do a Backyard Campout First – Practice setting up the tent in the backyard and have an overnight backyard campout. It can be fun for the family and everyone can experience sleeping in the tent when you are not miles from home.
- Choose the Right Campground – For first time camping pick campgrounds with amenities such as beach access, a swimming pool, bike or boat rentals and restrooms and showers. Reserve ahead at sites such as http://www.reserveamerica.com. Also, try to find a spot with 24-hour security.
- Arrive Early – Plan to arrive well before dark so that you have plenty of time to set up the tent and familiarize yourself with the campground.
- Keep it clean – Store food in airtight containers and dispose of all waste scraps properly. Not only will you keep your campsite clean and organized but you will also avoid attracting wild animals.
- Play it Safe – Pack a first aid kit and give kids whistles and headlamps. Don’t leave a fire unattended and have water nearby. Make sure the fire is completely out before leaving the campsite or retiring.
- Have FUN!! Enjoy being in nature and let the fun happen. Play board games, look for constellations, and make s’mores and tell campstories.