A family camping trip has got to be one of the best ways to spend quality time with each other. With no TV and plenty of time to sit around talking and playing games, camping brings families closer together and can be an unforgettable experience. |
If you are new to the idea of family camping, though, the thought of organising such a trip can be daunting. We recommend that, once you have got your family travel policy sorted, you take our tips on board which will help you get off to a great start.
Take a Cool Box
Perfect for storing food and drinks, a cool box is a must when on a family camping holiday. Cool it before you go, pack it with plenty of ice packs and it is the ideal mobile refrigerator. Use the packs rather than ice cubes as they last longer, and only pack the cool box with refrigerated or frozen food as you don’t want to melt the ice packs quicker than necessary by storing warm food stuff.
Get all family members to pack their own little bag. With limited space in tents, it makes it easier to find everyone’s clothing as well as other things each member of the family might need. Take a bin bag for laundry and remember to pack toiletries in wash bags for those trips to the showers and toilet rooms, which can be a little walk from your tent. Flip-flops are great for wearing in the showers too.
Storage bins are the perfect storage solution for camping bits and pieces, both at home and on the campsite itself. Once unpacked, you can use an empty storage bin for stowing away shoes outside the tent at night, always remembering to put the lid on to avoid damp shoes the next day when the morning dew covers everything.
Keep personal documents including your family travel policy in a separate bag locked up in a secure place either in your car or in a security box in the tent, and then you know exactly where the important things are should you require them.
Take Care of Your Tent
Tents today are well designed and very weatherproof, but they need to be taken care of. It is a good idea to lay a large tarpaulin over the floor of your tent to protect it from wear and tear, and during the day, if you keep the tent zipped up, you are going to stop insects and other small animals crawling in and potentially causing damage.
These can get very musty if not aired properly as they absorb body moisture during the night. It is a good idea to unzip them during the day so that they can air and dry and maintain their insulation efficiency.
A family travel policy is the best way to cover your whole family for any incidents that might occur while you are away. Hopefully your camping trip will go without a hiccup, but a family travel policy offers that welcome peace of mind.
Patrick Chong is the Managing Director of InsureMore, an award-winning team of specialists in global single trip, annual and family travel policy insurance. Besides offering great deals on travel insurance, Patrick also collects and shares the best free travel competitions to help his clients get the most out of their holidays.
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