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Family Camping Tips

December 28, 2016

Late Spring and early autumn are always the most popular time in a year for campers. The unique spring blossoms and autumn leaves are very impressive. The weather is cool with unique scenery, is the best travel period for camping. But how to have a good camping experience? Here are the basic camping tips.


Locate your campsite

First of all, safety first. Choose low-altitude areas for family members.

Close to the water. You can not do washing work without any water, it’s the first thing to consider for family camping. Consider places where there is streams, lakes, rivers nearby. But do not camp on the bay area of the rivers, otherwise you may get  flooded when there is a rainstorm. In addition, keep an eye on the mountains wildlife, check before you go if there is any aggressive wildlife and take necessary preparations, if necessary bring a bear spray. Wherever  there is water in the wilderness, there will be wild animals, be careful.


Sufficient sunshine. The best campsites are those that face the sun and with long time of exposure to sunshine, which at the same time means being warm and dry. Choose plain grounds that do not have roots, grass roots or sharp objects, and free of bumps or slopes.


Close to the village. In the emergencies of food shortages, fuel shortages or unexpected events, you will understand the benefits of selecting these kind of campsites.


Away from the cliff. The reason is that once the wind blows, there’s probable rolling stones, rolling wood, and those weathered rocks will come to greet you as well. Away from debris flow. Many of the stones have some traces of soil-wrapped, indicating that the debris flow occurred here once. Do not camp too close to the debris flow area.


Avoid prevailing winds. You may get loss of temperature and a cold from constant blowing winds in the wilderness, especially for small kids or elder campers for family camping. fficult to climb the ignition, you can cook heating it? It is best in the small hill leeward, forest or forest edge open space, caves, ridge side camp.


Be away from highlands, trees or open campsite if there are thunderstorm days, in order to avoid being struck by lightning.



Choose your tent and sleeping bag

Tents and sleeping bags is your house and bed in the wilderness, a good house and a good bed will definitely provide you with a better camping experience. When buying tents, pay attention to the following points:


1. Strong, wind and rain proof and breathable, easy care, lightweight, easy to install.

2. Family-type camping in spring, summer and autumn is recommended to use tents with two doors or more access.

3. Camping on low altitudes (below 2000 meters), ordinary tents of PU 2000 to 2500 water proof with glass pole enough. Better performance of water proof performance is better is you come across rainstorms.

4. In summer, tents with silver rain fly will let you have a pleasant experience, silver cover can reflect the sun shine, relatively cool inside your tent body.

5. The size of your tent is not the bigger the better. Larger tent is bound to add more weight. Too much weight-bearing action will be inconvenient, it will be much important for the backpackers. You should choose a tent according to the actual number of campers that will sleep with you. Be careful, companies usually exaggerate the amount of people to sleep in their tent, a 2 person tent maybe just for one person sleep comfortable, and very narrow to sleep 2 people in normal size of an adult.

6. Check the column, tent pegs, guy ropes and other accessories carefully before you go. Make sure that the accessories and spare parts are available, whether they are original accessories and in good condition.


You should have sleeping bags for late autumn and winter months, thermal performance does not need to be in the first consideration, unless you are in the southern hemisphere. And plan to camp in a better weather, the extreme temperature scale that can be maintained by sleeping bags at negative 5 degrees to 0 degrees Celsius.


Keep an eye on the rain and dress well

It is also necessary to prepare outdoors garment or outlets. If the rain is frequent, no one can guarantee that the place you go camping will be sunny all the time. But taking into account the needs of your backpack lightweight, it is best to use complex equipment. A lightweight and waterproof jacket is exactly what you need. For example, a new generation of GORE-TEX? Active products, using surface technology that can permanently block the water drops (PBS technology), eliminates the need for the outermost surface fabric compared to all previous GORE-TEX® products.


I believe you are in love of nature that you go camping in nature, so you certainly do not want to do any damage to the nature. So be sure to pay attention to not leave garbage, clean up the camp before leaving to protect the environment. Plastic bags and solid waste packed away; camping activities range at least 60 meters away from rivers and lakes; bathing or washing utensils have to leave the rivers and lakes 60 meters; used water to be filtered, the filter material put Into the appropriate waste container, and then spilled water to the surrounding; camp area as small as possible, the use of built fire, cooking with stove; away from wild plants, do not interfere with wild animals, absolutely prohibited hunting.


Finally, some tips

Carrying a life-saving backpack or a first aid kit: it includes water purification drugs or water purifiers, a life-saving knife (self-defense and distress models), a bandage, wound cleaners, medical gloves.


Take care when camping with children:

Depending on your child's situation (age, physical fitness), plan ahead and make sure that you and your child can go through whole camping routine.

Bring enough sunscreen for the children, mosquito repellent, thermal clothing, summer essential hat to block UV, bring long-sleeved clothes for rainy days.

And exercise children with emergent skills for camp in advance in case that they will encounter unexpected situations, to help children learn what to do when they get lost or other unexpected conditions. So that they can keep the memory of camping rules in their minds, and to remind them how to ensure safety.

For evening activities, be sure to equip the child with flash or light stick.


You need to keep your tent door close

Remaining the zipper of your tent in the closed state when there is any other small pest or wildlife around. Close the door of your tent every time you come in or out, to prevent invasion of mosquitoes or other small animal, if you and your family want to have a good sleep.

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