TIPS FOR SETTING UP CAMP from Little Family Adventures

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TIPS FOR SETTING UP CAMP from Little Family Adventures

These next few tips are universal no matter where you go camping:
  1. Setting up the campsite shortly after you arrive – This task is best done at the beginning of the campout and not after it gets dark. Whenever possible, let the kids help out and assist with set up.
  2. Set up tent in an area with partial shade – This helps protect the tent against the midday sun. If there are no trees around to help provide that shade, a tarp hung over the tent will also help. Shielding the tent from the sun will help keep the interior of your tent cooler and more comfortable at night.
  3. Set up your tent a short distance away from your cooking/campfire area – Ten feet away is the distance we strive for. It provides a reasonable space away from the campfire smoke or any ash/embers that blow out of the campfire.
  4. Prepare your tent foundation – Pick up any rocks or twigs where the tent will be laid over. This provides a smoother surface to lie on and reduces the chance the tent floor will snag or tear. Lay a tarp down over that cleared area to protect the bottom of the tent from other debris and provide a water barrier.
  5. Let the kids help set up camp – Everyone can help set up camp. Give the kids the task of setting up the sleeping area by laying out all the bags. This is a great chore to let the kids help out and be in charge of.
  6. Prevent headaches – If your tent is on a slope or incline, place the sleeping bags so that your head is facing uphill. Otherwise you’ll wake up with a killer headache.
  7. Create a family sized sleeping bag if needed – You can create a larger “family sized” sleeping bag by zipping two rectangular bags together.
  8. Too warm for a sleeping bag – If the night time temperatures are too warm to sleep inside your bag, you can open it up and use it as a base. Then add a flat sheet or light blanket on top.
  9. Lock away everywhere when not in camp – Local wildlife are accomplished snatch and grab artists. So don’t leave food or garbage out unattended, day or night. Store everything in a large plastic bin and lock it in your vehicle when you are away and at night. If camping in bear country, check the local rules on bear lockers.
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