Monday Celebration Tips: All about camping!

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Gift Guide for the Outdoorsy Dad

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From beaches and resorts to staying poolside and staycations, every family has their favorite summer vacation. For some, camping is the best way to spend time with friends and family, while rejuvenating their spirits for everyday living. So, as we enjoy celebrating all everyday occasions, we rounding up some simple camping tips to get started.

Never thought camping made a relaxing vacation?

From quality time with family to gaining appreciation for the little things in life, camping offers a great way to unwind and rejuvenate your soul! For example, A Worthey Read shares how the lack of distractions helps families engage and reconnect.

“Camping means you leave the television, video games and even your phone at home. This gives you less contact with the outside world, and many more hours of playing games, talking, hunting for treasures on nature walks or even singing classic campfire songs together. Remove the distractions and focus on each other as needed.”

5 Simple Camping Tips to Get Started

Generally speaking, camping doesn’t take a lot to get started. For some, this is one of the main benefits because it doesn’t take a lot of money to get started. Love the Outdoors shares the major mindset we need to successfully camp!

“From a “macro” perspective, the general principles of camping are relatively simple. More than anything else, it’s a matter of adaptation and acclimation to living outdoors rather than within four walls. Regardless, there are a multitude of tips and tricks to help make that transition easier, and allow your time spent camping to be more relaxing and enjoyable.”

Additionally, although many of us might not love camping, we might have a family member that loves the outdoors! So, as you think about camping, remember that outdoorsmen also enjoy company from their loved ones, so think about embracing the great unknown while thinking about their next gift!

“He’ll get excited about the new activity, and it might even spark a new passion in him. Even better, get him something you can both use, such as a multi-person tent, and offer to hit the great outdoors with him for the weekend. He’ll love the one-on-one time with you, while spending time doing what he loves best. Plus, he’ll be able to use the gift for many years to come.”

Packing 101

Camping is a wonderful way to disconnect from your busy life and take in some nature! Like any vacation, packing everything you need is a must! You want to pack all of your camping essentials which include: your tent, tarps (just in case it rains), sleeping bags, pillows, personal hygiene kit, camp stove and fuel, pots, pans, plates, bowls, cutlery, food, drinking water and other beverages, cooler and ice, clothing, first aid kit, insect repellent, sunscreen, and of course all of your fire starting materials. Try creating a check list, so that you have every item you need before you get into the car and are on your way!

For example, all of the following should be considered camp site essentials:

  • A Tent, Tarp, and Sleeping Bag
  • A pot, pan, dishes, utensils, and fire-starting materials (preferably waterproof matches or a butane lighter)
  • A utility knife and length of rope
  • Plenty of water (get gallon sizes for cooking and cleaning)
  • Energy rich, easily prepared foods and snacks (think items like pasta, beans, ground beef, peanut butter, chicken, trail mix, and oatmeal)
  • Plenty of clothing (a good rule of thumb in temperate areas is enough for two to three layers daily)
  • A tight-closing cooler to store your food items in
  • Hand sanitizer and soap
  • Optionally, outdoor gear like fishing poles and hiking equipment

The Camp Site

Now that your car is all packed and you are on your way to your camping destination, the next thing you need to know is what to do once you arrive at your camp site. This is always a very exciting part because it means the beginning of your trip! It is ideal to arrive at your camp site earlier in the day because you will not have to worry about setting up in the evening once it starts to get dark out. Always set up your tent first! Then move on to setting up your cooking area, campfire area, and so on. Once you finish setting up it is time to relax…at least until you get hungry!

For more info on properly setting up a campsite, TripSavvy shares some details, including starting with safety that ensures a fun trip!

“When you’re out camping, it’s essential to scope out the best place to set up your tent, kitchen, and bathing area. Safety is the most important thing, so make sure to find a flat area for your tent and fire as well as dispose of any trash and food to avoid attracting wildlife. Once you organize your camp, you’re sure to have a fun weekend in the woods.”

Camping Activities

Camping means no electronics, TV, or video games (Sorry kids). But that means that you can do so many other wonderful outdoors activities. Some favorites are swimming and fishing in your favorite hidden spot, hiking and biking down long, winding trails through the wilderness, card games with your family (or new friends), hide and seek, manhunt, s’mores by the fire, camp fire sing-alongs AND of course scary stories! This is a great opportunity for the kids to explore the great outdoors and have a lot of fun while doing it. These memories last a lifetime and will give your family a place to think back on or look forward to each and every year.

Need some ideas to jumpstart your creativity and ideas? RVShares offers some great camping tips that will help keep your friends and family entertained.

“In order to make sure all of the members of your camping party have fun, it’s a good idea to come prepared with some activity plans and a few accessories to ensure the only slow moments in the trip happen on purpose. Along with the following list of camping ideas, be sure to bring a good attitude and an open mind. Flexibility is usually the key to making any vacation a fantastic one. One way to ensure everyone has a good time is to choose a campground with entertainment built in. Many locations offer a range of amenities to make your stay enjoyable and increase the likelihood that you will recommend it or visit again.”

Camping Food

Camping calls for yummy meals cooked by the fire! Which means it’s pancakes for breakfast, burgers or hot dogs for lunch, and if you’re feeling adventurous, spaghetti for dinner! No fire while out on a hike? No problem! Just pack some Trail Mix, PB&J sandwiches or cold cuts and you’re right back at it. Plus, nothing beats a granola bar on the top of a mountain (just be sure to clean up after yourselves). However, for those foodies that love camping, you are in luck. There are plenty of simple camping tips that also indulge your appetite. Fresh Off The Grid offers over 50 ideas to satisfy the foodie in you1

“Camping food doesn’t need to be complicated or boring! These tasty camping food ideas will make trip planning easy and will keep you looking forward to every meal.”

But what does that mean for dessert? Maybe you love chocolate and just don’t like marshmallows…it looks like you won’t be doing S’mores, BUT you still want something delicious for dessert…

Desserts

Chocolate covered strawberries make an out-of-the-box dessert, but strawberries store and travel well. Plus, a simple sweet strawberry helps satisfy any sweet tooth when ice cream is not an option. Another option? Our Edible® The Great Outdoors Duo offers a delightful combination of sweet and savory that will help sustain any outdoorsmen.

Edible® The Great Outdoors Duo

This delicious set of treats comes in on-the-go mugs, so dad can take them with him whenever he hits the trail. It includes apple truffles covered with chocolate and topped with hazelnut, chocolate covered strawberries, and a bag filled with sweet and savory caramel corn.

So go ahead and make a memory just that much more special for you and everyone you share it with. Go start a new tradition this summer with Edible®!