Tricks for Nailing It This Camping Season
Camping season is upon us, and whether your family rustic camps or glamps, I’ve got a few hacks for you to use this summer. These hacks range from helping you be more organized to making sure your campsite isn’t a complete disaster.
If you’re still looking for that perfect camping spot, this big list of favorite Michigan campgrounds will help get the job done!
8 Camping Tips for Parents
Exploring Pure Michigan outdoors with kids is a relatively cheap vacation and loaded with beaches, sunsets, trails and s’mores. And the more you plan and use our camping tips, the more time you’ll have to enjoy your trip. (Don’t miss these kid camping activities, either!).
One thing I don’t have a hack for but really must stress is proper tick prevention. Ticks are on the rise in Michigan – help protect your family with these Lyme Disease prevention tips.
And now for 8 ways to nail your next camping trip!
1 – Freeze Water in Plastic Jugs
We are pretty good at recycling in our house, but when we know we have a camping trip coming up, we set aside different sized plastic jugs . Juice and milk jugs are our favorites to add to coolers when packing for camping. The milk jugs go in the big coolers, and the juice jugs are perfect for smaller fridges.
Even if you have a trailer, these ice jugs are perfect to put in your fridge if you have to drive more than two hours.
Wash the jug out before using, let dry, then fill up with filtered water, leaving room at the top for water to expand.
And once the water is melted we drink the water out of the jugs! The super ice-cold water is perfect for those hot camping days.
2 – Attach Foam Noodles to Campers and Tent Strings to Prevent Injuries
Toddlers and kids run as fast as they can without looking, so trailer awning braces and tent strings are just camping accidents waiting to happen. Bright colored foam noodles are the perfect way to try to prevent an accident while camping.
Cut a line from one end of the noodle to the other and wrap it around either a tent cable string, or the trailer awning brace. If the whole noodle bends too much, so I usually cut into smaller one-foot chunks and just put a couple where needed.
3 – Make DIY Fire Starters at Home
Here’s a little activity to keep your kids busy while you are packing for your camping trip. Save toilet paper rolls and lint from the dryer and have the kids stuff lint into the paper toilet rolls. These are great to add to your firepit before starting the fire.
Warning: kids will want to put the roll they made in the fire pit, so please make sure to help them.