So the weather is nice and you have decided to take a little break. You are going to pack up some camping gear, take to the road and go and enjoy Mother Nature. That's a great idea, camping is a relaxing fun activity. However if you are going to make the most of your holiday you will need to be well prepared.

Here are some practical family camping tips to help make your camping holiday a successful one:

  1. Decide how comfortable you want to be: There are some great camping equipment and gadgets available, which can make your camping experience very comfortable. Some folks however prefer the more authentic camping experience, rufing it just like Mother Nature intended. Deciding whether you are in it for the adventure or for the relaxation is up to you.
  2. Pick the right spot: For most families a quick easy camp spot is just a couple of hours drive away. For the more adventurous, traveling a little further might be the best plan. I find it fun to go hiking in places that I haven't visited before. Remember you will need a local fishing license if you are going to fish in another state.
  3. Safety: There are 3 items you need to take on any camping trip: sunscreen, insect repellent and a first aid kit. The first aid kit is the most important as someone always gets a scrape or other small injury on a camping trip. The larger first aid kit usually comes with a manual, which you should read before setting off. Beyond that just use your common sense to stay safe.
  4. Schedule your activities: I am not suggesting you make a strict hour by hour schedule and then stick to it. You should however make a list of everything you want to do and decide on which day you are going to do it. Maybe you want to do some fishing, hiking, biking or swimming. Also remember to find out if there are any attractions in the area which you might enjoy visiting. Asking your family what they want to do and adding it to your schedule is a good way to get them excited about the camping trip.
  5. Remain calm at all times: You are bound to forget something on a camping trip. Just relax and try to make due without it.
  6. Plan your meals: Don't plan to only eat hot meals made on a fire. It might start raining so take some cold meals with you. Make sure you plan for enough food for every day. Food planning is especially important if there aren't any shops near the camping area.
  7. Take extras: Taking extra items like an extra pair of shoes and some extra towels. Items like that can get wet and then you have to go without them.
Camping is a great way to get back to nature. If done correctly it can be a cheap, easy family holiday with a little planning. With some planning even the first time camper can have a fun relaxing experience