1. Bring all the essentials
The obvious things you need to bring for the trip include tent, sleeping bag, food, water, clothing, and toiletries. Other items that are equally important that you might miss are large camping chairs (for utmost comfort), Coleman tables and chairs, campsite reservation documents, first aid kit, fire starters, map, compass, axe, rope, rain gear, rechargeable lights, batteries, whistle, tent pegs, toilet paper, board games, cards, camera, binoculars, flashlight, cell phone, energy bars, water purification tablets, sunscreen, and insect repellent.
To make packing stress-free, create a checklist that you can use to check if you have packed everything you need for the trip. Moreover, organize all the items in such a way that those you need more frequently would be easily accessible. This way, you will not have to dig through all your things whenever you need to get something from your pack.
2. Prepare for bad weather
A major cause for concern is the weather. Even if weather forecast tells you that the day will be sunny and bright, it is still possible for rain and storm to occur. This is why, it is imperative to be prepared for the rain by having handy plastic and Ziploc bags that you can use to waterproof all valuable items especially those that can be damaged by water like cell phone, camera, and so on. Also, prepare raingear like raincoats and poncho to keep yourself dry in case it starts to rain.
3. Always keep an eye on the kids
With the kids roaming and running around, anybody can get hurt anytime. Because of this, you need to keep a close look on your children to ensure that no accidents come their way. If you need to do something, have another adult take over in supervising them. If they are going for a swim or hike, make sure that there will be an adult that will guide them. Even if they know how to swim, have them wear flotation devices and never let them swim alone.
4. Safety first at all times
Aside from the mentioned tips above, you can increase safety even further by tucking food away every after each meal. This is to avoid attracting bears, raccoons, and other creatures into your campsite. It is also a good idea not to put up a campfire and to use a lantern at night instead.
Going on a camping trip should be a relaxing time for you. With proper planning and preparation, you would not have anything to worry about. Enjoy, relax, and have fun!