2020 has been a very different year to any other that the majority of us have experienced during our lives. The coronavirus and Covid-19 pandemic has seen all sorts of changes occurring in our lives. One change that many of us have experienced is a change to our travel plans. Governments around the world have implemented a host of travel restrictions over the past months to limit access across borders and to reduce the rate of infection from one country to another. So, if you had an overseas family vacation booked, chances are it may have been cancelled.
You may also have been reluctant to book anything else in case of things being cancelled again. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you won’t get a holiday again. Instead, you may just need to think outside of the box and try something different. Camping could be the answer to your travel woes! Here are a few steps to take before heading away.
Consider a Location
The first step you need to take when planning your family camping trip is location. Where possible, try to choose somewhere relatively close to home – a local beauty spot – as this will minimize your chances of your trip being cancelled. You may also want to look out for an official campsite. This will have more facilities, making camping a little more family friendly than simply heading out into the wilderness. Instead, you can come to expect amenities like working toilets, showers and electric ports to charge up phones, kids gaming devices and more.
Learn Camping Safety
Next, you need to start considering camping safety tips. This will help you to keep yourself and your family safe during your stay. Some great tips to start out with include:
- Always carry a first aid kit – you never know when someone might get a scratch, cut, something in their eye or other problem. Having a fully stocked first aid kit on hand can really help!
- Minimize risks of bumping into bears – bears tend to want to stay away from humans. If they can smell food, though, they may be tempted to come and check out your camping space. Make sure to dispose of your food waste responsibly in dedicated bins. You can also store food in the absolute best bear bags and bear canisters for keeping your food.
- Never light BBQs or other smoke producing items inside tents – if you’re staying in a tent, never bring anything that can produce smoke (even if it is put out) inside. This can result in toxic fume inhalation which could prove fatal. It also poses a fire risk.
Consider a Camper Van
If you don’t want to stay in a tent, your family can always hire a camper van and stay inside instead. This offers a few more home comforts like beds, a kitchen and a fully working shower.
Camping really could prove to be the perfect family break this year. It allows you to keep yourselves to yourselves while escaping the confines of your own home!