Planning A Fall Family Camping Trip? Tips For A Stress-Free Break

Fall is a fabulous time of year to plan a camping trip with friends and family. With temperatures more tolerable and the leaves changing color, there’s nothing like exploring the great outdoors. If you are planning to go camping and you’re keen to keep stress at bay, here are some top tips to take on board. 

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Write a list of everything you need

Packing for an adventure in the great outdoors is very different from getting ready for a beach vacation or a weekend away at a theme park. To eliminate stress and make sure there are no last-minute hiccups or setbacks, it’s wise to write a list of everything you need before you travel. Take a look at sites like, check the weather forecast and think about what you’re going to be doing when you reach your destination. If you plan to go hiking, cycling or try activities such as climbing, for example, you’ll need to make sure you have a comfortable, hard-wearing pair of shoes and plenty of warm clothes and layers. Create a packing list and highlight anything you need to buy. You can then work through your shopping list and give yourself time to pack your bags and ensure you have everything you need before you set off. 

Check your car

The last thing you want when you’re all packed and ready to head off on a road trip is to find that your tires are flat or that your car needs oil or water. Take a moment to carry out basic checks before you start loading the vehicle and getting comfortable. Top up oil and water, make sure you have a first aid kit and bottled water and snacks with you and carry high-visibility jackets and a flashlight in case you break down. Check your service history and book your car in if it is overdue. Fill up your fuel tank and make sure you know where you are going. It’s always useful to listen out for traffic news and to carry a map with you, especially if you’re heading off the beaten track. Check out this handy guide to get ready for your next trip

Plan a rough itinerary

Every parent dreads hearing the words, ‘I’m bored.’ When you’re taking a well-earned break, it’s natural to want everything to run smoothly and for everyone to have a fantastic time. Before you go camping, it’s a brilliant idea to research local attractions, excursions and activities and plan a rough itinerary. You don’t have to fill every waking hour with activities but it’s useful to make plans in advance. Read reviews online to get recommendations and ask your kids what they would like to do. Often, when you go camping, you can get involved in activities like walking and hiking, fishing, kayaking, mountain biking, rock climbing. It may also be possible to explore national parks, organize boat trips or off-road adventures and book activities like zip-lining. 

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Camping can be magical, but there’s no doubt that it can also be stressful, especially if you have kids in tow. If you’re preparing to hit the roads and enjoy outdoor adventures this fall, take these helpful tips on board to ensure your break is memorable for all the right reasons. 

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