Tent Camping Tips

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When you’re camping, the pros always outweigh the cons. Camping is one of those things that can be great for everyone in your family, no matter what age they are. It just takes a little preparation and know-how to make sure it all goes smoothly. Here are some tips for successful tent camping trips with your spouse and kids!

Make a Plan

A snow covered mountain

There’s nothing worse than showing up at campgrounds on Friday night only to find out you don’t have enough time or supplies to get set up before dark. So plan by packing food, snacks, extra clothes (including shoes), water bottles, toiletries (soap!), blankets/sleeping bags, tarps/tents (and stakes!) – and anything else you might need.

Choose the Right Campground

A tent in a grassy field

Not all campgrounds are created equal. Do your research ahead of time to find a campground that offers the amenities your family needs, like showers, bathrooms, playgrounds, and hiking trails.

Divide and Conquer

When setting up camp, have each person take on a specific task. Assign someone to survey the site and see what’s available for pitching a tent, another person can set up the tents, another person can set up the family camping chairs and tables, and so on. Camp is set up faster and everyone can relax sooner!

Look for Critters

You can avoid creepy crawlers and other common camping pests by choosing a campsite that’s far enough from critter turf, like the water or the trees.


Camping doesn’t have to be all s’mores and hot dogs. You could bring a propane stove to cook your meals instead. This will also help keep your campsite clean and organized.


A campfire – with s’mores of course – is the perfect end to a fun day in nature! Call ahead to your chosen campsite and find out whether or not fires are allowed (and what time they need to be extinguished). If fires are allowed, gather some downed wood before you set up camp and get a fire going.

Be Prepared for the Unexpected

It’s always a good idea to come prepared for the unexpected, like rain or chilly weather. Make sure everyone in your family has a warm coat, raincoat, and boots. And don’t forget the sunscreen and insect repellent! With these tips in mind, you’re ready to have a fantastic family camping trip!

Safety First

Always remember to practice safety when tent camping with your family. Make sure everyone knows how to use a map and compass, and pack a first-aid kit for any emergencies.

Bring Entertainment

The best part of camping is spending quality time together without the distractions of electronics and everyday life. But that doesn’t mean you should leave all your entertainment at home. Pack some board games, cards, and books to keep everyone entertained when it’s raining or nighttime.

Have Fun!

Tent camping is all about spending time together in nature and making memories. So go explore your campground, take a hike, swim in the creek, and roast some marshmallows around the campfire. You’re sure to have a blast!

Now that you’re armed with these tips, go enjoy some quality family time camping! Get ready to explore new places, make memories, and see the stars up close. happy camping!

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