Camping is fun when you’re doing it with family. There’s nights full of games, laughter, food, singing, and sleeping under the stars. Unfortunately, it’s the setting up that can be the hard part. You have to make the fire, set up the tents, fetch the firewood, clear the space, and get the food if you’re trying to do it the old fashioned way. It can be fun doing it, but you have to make sure you’re doing it safely.
Setting Up Camp
Setting up camp is fun for me personally. My family seems to go their separate ways once camp is set up. The kids go to the pool and my spouse takes a nap or sits in a chair and drinks beer. When we are setting up, we are all doing something together, but it’s important that we are all looking out for eachother and paying attention to what we are doing, especially if we are using tools.
A machete is a very valuable tool for wood gathering. As long as the campground allows it, you can use a machete to cut down branches to start your fire with. You can also use it to cut around the site if you are using a tent. If you haven’t already gotten one, you can check out some top rated machetes and see which one will work best for you.
This is something that you want to do carefully as well. You can either choose to bring a fire starting log with you or you can do it the old fashioned way with a piece of paper and a match. One of the main causes of injuries to campers is campfires. The campfire should be less than four feet around and 3 feet high. You should also try to surround your campfire with rocks so that the fire doesn’t accidentally spread.
Setting Up The Tent
This can be one of the most frustrating things-setting up the tent. The best way to go about this is to practice before you set off on your trip. The more you do this, the more you’ll be prepared for when you get there. Once you have this down pat and you reach your destination, this is what you can do to make the whole process that much easier:
- Pick an area without sharp objects
- Unpack the tent and all parts
- Sort the parts
- Unfold the tent and lay it where you want it
- Stake it down
- Connect the poles
- Assemble the frame
- Secure the rain fly
Camping is fun as long as you keep it safe. If you are camping in the woods and not a campground, it’s best to do your research about encounters with wild animals, especially if you are camping with small children. Bring all of the essentials that you may need, keep your eyes and ears peeled, don’t let your guard down, and keep it exciting for the kids and family!