Family Camping Tips for the Wilderness

Family camp outs can be a lot of fun, until someone realizes that they are not prepared for something unexpected.  It is the preparedness that usually makes people over-pack for a camping trip, for fear that they will leave something behind that they may or may not need.

Family Camping Tips for the Wilderness

Here are 5 family camping tips that will allow every family to be prepared when out in the wilderness:

  1. Location

It is important to find a camp site that is in a location that will work well for the entire family.  If there are multiple small children involved that cannot walk very well or for long distances, then a site closer to a main road on a well paved trail or a drive-up site will work best.  The location will also be a key indicator as to what a family will need to pack for their trip.  A location that is further from civilization will mean that more supplies are needed, whereas a closer location means that a family can survive with less.

  1. Pitching the tent

It goes without saying, no matter where a person sets up their tent, they will find that there is a rock underneath them as soon as they climb into their sleeping bag at night.  It happens every time!  However, there are some guidelines that everyone should follow when setting up their tent.  A flat surface is necessary to prevent flooding during rainstorms and the direction of the wind should be considered as well.  If possible, the tent should be near some smaller trees or brush, so that the wind can be blocked if it gets strong.

  1. Pack the right tools

Since emergencies happen and are always unexpected, it is better to be prepared than not prepared.  For this reason, families should plan on packing a Swiss Army knife or a similar tool that is multi-functional, plus a first aid kit, compass, whistle, and a light.

  1. Communication

Cell phones will not always work, especially if a family is camping way out in the wilderness.  Therefore, it is important to have another communication device like a two-way radio.  This type of radio could possibly be what saves a family if they are lost or injured.

  1. Keep warm

It is not always easy to get a fire going, especially if it is raining out.  Waterproof matches or Fire-starter can help a family start a fire much quicker, so that they can get warm or make a much-needed meal.

Family Camping Tips for the Wilderness

The wilderness does not need to be a scary place, especially since there are many things that families can do to keep themselves safe while they are camping.  The most important thing that families need to remember while they are camping is that they should never panic.  Panicking will prevent them from thinking clearly and using the tools and other items that they do have to solve any problems that occur.



  1. All great tips people need to know when they go camping.

  2. These are all great tips. You have to have all your ducks in a row, as it were, before you head out to go camping.

  3. I have not been camping in a LONG time! We are going in a few weeks and I can’t wait! I will defiantly keep all of these tips in mind when I get ready to go!

  4. My kids love to go camping. These are such great tips to make the trip go amazingly.

  5. I would love to go camping this summer. It has been to many years since we went. I would need an air mattress to sleep comfortably.

  6. Claudia Krusch says

    We love to go camping. These are great tips for our next trip.

  7. Our family has never been camping. I bet my kids would be really excited to get to camp out.

  8. We will be spending a lot of time this summer going camping. I am going to keep your tips in mind for when we go.

  9. We’ve never camped with the kids but my hubby and I have and it’s so fun!

  10. These are really great tips! Bookmarking this for reference! Thanks so much for sharing!!

  11. Victoria Ess says

    Great tips for first-time camping with family!

  12. I haven’t been camping since I was a kid so I needed a refresher course in dos and don’ts. I don’t have a two way radio so I hope my cell phone will work.

  13. Camping is my favorite family activity during the summer. I can’t wait for camping weather!

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