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Thursday, October 02, 2008

Getting Ready

Although we've camped many times in our backyard, we're finding that it's very different getting ready to take our tent away from home. It's scary for me to lose the security of knowing that our house is within walking distance, but exciting at the same time!
I know there are lots of seasoned campers out there! Why don't you share some of your best camping tips with us! What are some things that you absolutely wouldn't go without. Is there something that you always do to make your campsite more comfortable. Share your tips with us...we'll we waiting for them!


Blogger Heather the Mama Duk said...

Have fun! No tips... I'm not a camper lol

11:03 AM  
Blogger Karate Mom said...

Hmmm...I've not camped very often but the last time that we did, I found that the Bisquick Shake and Pour pancake mix was great for breakfast! (We had a propane stove, so it wasn't like I was trying to make pancakes over the campfire or anything like that!)
Have fun!!

3:28 PM  
Blogger ~Angela (mommylawyer) said...

We were camping a couple of weeks ago! My advice: make S'mores (don't forget the marshmallows and toasting sticks), take an air mattress, you'll need light (lanterns, flashlights, matches),and a couple of extra blankets.

9:11 PM  
Blogger Paul and Katrina Perea said...

Have a great time! I'm not a tent camper...if there's an RV-I'm there. But, I always love to make the ole fashion Jiffy Pop Popcorn over on open fire!

1:57 AM  
Anonymous Julie said...

One thing I wouldn't camp without?

Our trailer. *wink*

4:45 PM  
Anonymous Jewel said...

Hi Sherri,

Don't be nervous, it is a great experience for your family. Almost all of our vacations now are camping trips and I think it has really added to the element of "family togetherness" we have with our kids.

You can make your camping trip have almost all of the comforts of home with the added benefits of some fresh air...and since you homeschool (something I wish I had been able to do with my kids) you will really be living in your classroom for the weekend, or for however long you are going.

Since you have camped in your backyard, you know your tent already, but for some of your first adventures away from home I would definitely choose some family-oriented campgrounds...the KOAs or state and federal parks usually have a lot of families and amenities there to ease a bit of fear.

When I started, I was always with scouting families and that helped me out a lot.

As far as can bring almost anything that will make your trip comfortable for you.

I have a camping website for beginning camping families like help take the fear out of it and make it enjoyable so you will do it again and again.

There are some great checklists on it that you can download to keep track of stuff to pack

It is hard for me to give you any specific tips here when I don't know exactly what you are concerned about..if you want to ask me anything specific I am very happy to answer any question you might one time as a single mom, camping was a pretty intimidating idea so I have walked in those shoes of the fear of camping away from the security of home.

From what to activities to do with your kids, to cooking, etc....let me know if you have any questions. I really don't mind helping someone else to love this activity (which is easy to do once you get over the fear factor and have some experience under your belt).

Otherwise I look forward to reading about your trip and hope you have a great time!

10:14 AM  
Blogger Karate Mom said...

Hey! I just realized that we have the same blog background! I swear, I was NOT trying to copy you!! I know how you hate that!

9:15 PM  
Blogger Sherri said...

Haha Lisa!! Well, they look different because the middles are different :). Thanks for the note!

9:50 PM  

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