The Essentials of Camping
As a kid, family vacations were not typically spent at Myrtle Beach or Disneyland. My family was a camping family. Our idea of tropical paradise was fishing in Canada and hiking through the Michigan trails. Until I was an adult, I did not really appreciate the planning that my Dad took to make sure that we had everything we needed for a safe and worry-free weekend. The first time that I took a camping trip with my group of friends, the crazy list of “essentials” was truly out of control. We had everything from air mattresses to electric fans for the tent.
When you get down to brass tacks, camping is not always about maximizing your comfort each moment of the experience. Camping is a time where we can enjoy a break from the distractions of our daily routines and focus on the importance of communication and observation. As part of the adventure, you can come up with creative ways to prepare your meals around a campfire. In this week’s link, you can find a great resource for minimal ingredient meals that you can easily prepare at your site.
If you’re new to camping, or forgot to listen to your Dad’s advice on keeping it simple, there are lots of resources out there to help you get on the right track. For a great checklist of what to pack on your trip, RealSimple.com has this Camping Packing Checklist.
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