By: Ana Margarita Olar| Pinoytrekker.com

Summer is the best time to go on a family camping.

But if you’ve never camped before, you should know the basic necessities that you should bring along, in order to be comfortable and safe, without getting weary due to too much baggage. Here are some camping tips for you:

PLAN AHEAD: schedule you camping and mark it on the calendar. Campgrounds can fill up so quickly so you have to plan ahead to get a spot. Leave early so that you can scout the camping area and set up the tent before dark.

INVITE FRIENDS: When camping with family, kids can get bored easily, but whose going to get bored if they are with their friends?

CHECK THE CAMPING GEAR: Check the tent and other stuff on your camping checklist to see if they are damaged or in good working condition.

Here is your basic family camping checklist:

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CAMPING CHECKLIST#1: THE MUST HAVES– it includes your big ticket items which you can borrow or invest on when as needed:

Tent

Ground cover/tarp

Sleeping pads or air mattresses

Sleeping bags or sheets and blankets

Pillows and kids’ favorite items during bed time

Maps

Binoculars

CAMPING CHECKLIST #2: “TECHIE STUFF”

Cell phones with full charged batteries (you can bring along an extra battery or a fully charged power bank)

Camera- to capture precious moments with the family

CAMPING CHECKLIST #3: Clothing

Extra clothes and underwears (depending on how long you’re going to camp out)

Jackets, bonnets, and gloves (it may get cold at night even when it’s summer).

Swim-wear (favorably a rash guard)

Hats sun visor

Sunglasses

Bath towel (to be also used as beach towel)

CAMPING CHECKLIST #4: TOILETRIES

Diapers (if needed)

Baby wipes (this is handy for cleaning almost anything!)

Toilet paper

Bath towel

Tooth brush and tooth paste

Soap

Feminine hygiene products

CAMPING CHECKLIST #5: EMERGENCY KIT

Insect repellant lotion

Sunscreen

Band-aids

Sterile Gauze

Povidone-Iodine Solution

Alcohol

Antihistamine Lotion

Antibiotic Creams

Tweezers

Maintenance Medications

*Note: anything more serious than this kit can handle, go to a hospital or clinic immediately

CAMPING CHECKLIST #6: FOR LIGHTING AND OTHER RELATED STUFF

Flashlights with strap and a whistle (come in handy when calling for an emergency)

Battery-operated lanterns

Candles

Lighters

Pocket knife

Solar lights

CAMPING CHECKLIST #7: COOKING STUFF

Foldable table and chairs

Camp stove

Campfire grill

1 medium pots, a pan and 2 lids

2 large bowl

Cups and plates (you can cover the plates with plastic so you don’t have to wash them after eating)

Spatula, spoon, and fork

Knife

Can opener and bottle opener

Tongs

Garbage bags

Water jug filled with safe drinking water

*note: you must also plan your meal beforehand, and if you are familiar with the campsite, you should know if you can pick fruits and vegetables or catch a fish in the area.

Don’t forget to bring a spare tire for your car and the basic car fixing equipment. Make sure that your car is in good working condition before leaving. And for safety reasons tell someone at home about where you are going, when are you leaving and when you are coming back. So that’s it! Have fun and enjoy your camping trip!

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