My hubby and I just returned from an early September camping trip. Having camped together for 35 years, here are some tips we gathered through experience.
1) It will always rain when setting up or packing up for home. Accept it and carry on. It’s beyond your control.
2) Something will be forgotten. Just to be sure, the next year you will pack ten of that item. Example: insect repellant.
3) Pack three times as much food that you normally eat. Camping works up an appetite!
4) Bring 50% more clothing than you think necessary. Even if the forecast calls for a hot and sunny day, pack a jacket because it’ll be cool at night.
5) Pack toilet paper and plenty of paper towels.
6) Pack a well-stocked first aid kit. You will never regret it!
7) Bring an extra—charged—camera battery. Plus, an extra memory card.
8) Meals cooked over a campfire taste better than those cooked over a Coleman stove.
9) There’s nothing stickier than melted marshmallows but s’mores are a hit with kids. And, adults!
10) Camping vacations are the best family vacations. Your children will treasure the memories lifelong.
These tips ring true…when we packed the last item for our latest trip, suddenly a loud blast of thunder shook our car… and a torrential downpour began. My hubby and I turned towards each other and giggled. There was barely any rainfall all summer but when we camp, it always rains. Farmers should pay us to camp! We had to pull over twice before reaching the campground because of poor visibility but we did enjoy several beautiful days of dry camping.
Sometimes, I’ve bailed because of rain. But, it’s not all bad. Back in 1980, my younger sister and I turned back because of rainfall when we were 3/4 of the way to camp. The weather was perfectly fine when we arrived back home. And, that’s when my future husband called to ask for our first date. Sometimes there are rainbows after storms!