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The family camping trip is a staple for many families across the country depending on the area where you live. These camping trips can create memories that will last a lifetime so it is important to make these memories fond. Part of making good memories is that of being prepared as a camping trip can quickly turn into a nightmare if not properly prepared. Creating a checklist is important as it is quite easy to forget something when going camping as sometimes the excitement from the entire family can be overwhelming. The following are things that you will need to enjoy a nice camping trip with the family.

A Tent Family Size Tent

The last thing that you want is to have the kids sleep in a separate tent if they have any encounter with wildlife in the middle of the night. Sleep as a family unit for safety and this will require a large family size tent. Take some time to do the research on which tents are the highest quality as well as affordable. Unless you go camping regularly investing in the highest caliber tent that survivalists use might not be the best investment. Beware of tents that only have a few reviews if they are overly positive as these could be reviews from people who work on the tent production company.

Comfortable Sleeping Bags/Blowup Mattresses

Bringing blowup mattresses can be a great substitution for sleeping bags but sleeping bags offer much more warmth in colder temperatures. The blowup mattresses can be used for sleepovers or company at the home as well so they have more than one use. These mattresses can pop easily so much like the tent look up reviews as there are some college students that sleep on these for years without issues such as popping or deflating overnight.

Food Of Various Types

Bringing things like burgers and hotdogs are traditional but it is important to bring other forms of food. There is a chance that it will rain to the point where it can become difficult to cook your food appropriately. The last thing that you want is the entire family to come down with a serious case of food poisoning. Bring a cooler and pack some already made sandwiches or put the sandwiches together as needed. With insulated coolers there is no risk of sandwich meat becoming too warm as they can stay cold for days with a single bag of ice.

A Form Of Protection

Bringing a firearm or the best bowie knife that you can find is important. You want to make this trip a lasting positive memory but something like an animal attack can ruin this quite quickly. Bears are obviously going to be the largest issue but animals like that of moose can be quite aggressive especially when protecting their young. Take the time to look up if there have been animal sightings where you are camping just for peace of mind.

The family camping trip can be something that everyone in the family can look forward to. Create great memories and make sure of it by being prepared!