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Tent Camping With Your Family; An Excellent Adventure
by: Mary McNeil

So you've always been a camper, but now have children. Can you reconcile the two? With these suggestions you will be able to introduce your their kids to one of America's oldest and most relaxing recreational activities.

First, make a list of all those extra items for toddlers you never had to consider before: Diapers and bottles for the very young, baby wipes, which are a good idea for any age, no-spill juice cups, small utensils and bibs, a high chair that will hook onto a picnic table, a booster seat, and a port-a-crib. Bring that special teddy bear or blanket to ease the first night in a tent.

Even before the trip, set up the tent in your home or backyard for a day, and allow kids to get used to it, this will ease any trepidations they have at a campsite. Let them help you set it up, and allow them to take a nap in their sleeping bags.

As a single or newly married person, small A-Frame or dome tents sufficed for a pack-and-go lifestyle. With kids, your basic considerations in a tent should include space, comfort, ease of set-up, and solid protection from the weather. Traditional large cabin tents provide the ultimate in space for families, often with two rooms for privacy, such as the Eureka! Titan tent. Large umbrella-style or dome-style tents are recommended for their roominess and easy assembly.

Other options, such as a net enclosed "patio" area for a bug-free cooking, eating or resting area, are also things you might want to consider for family camping. Look for tents with good ventilation channels, such as large windows and roof vents to allow air circulation, especially on muggy nights. Durable, waterproof tent materials, wrap-up "bathtub" floor seams, sealed seams, full cover flies, or flies with hooded windows are good indications the tent will protect you during wet weather.

Active Charges Need Variety

Seek campgrounds that offer a variety of activities, such as swimming, boat rentals, hiking and bike trails, and a playground area. Bring a backpack kid-carrier or a bike trailer, camera and binoculars for family outings on the trails. Pack simple toys, such as balls, Frisbees, cards and games for the campsite area. Books, drawing pads and pens, crayons and coloring books, or hand-size electronic games are great for quiet times.

Evenings are 'campfire city' in many campgrounds. This is an extra special part of camping, so make it a central part of your trip. Good eating, good conversation, stargazing and story telling are essential. Keep it safe and don't forget the bug repellent!

Manage Your Expectations

If you want to make camping a tradition with your family, it is important to take your children's needs and limitations into account. Plan activities that match your children's abilities and don't push them too fast. Give it a try! There's no substitute for beginning or adding to, your own camping memories.

About The Author
Mary McNeil
President, K and M Stores, Inc./

We carry a great slection of Eureka outdoor tents ranging from a one man tent to family camping tents. Check out our tent accessories which include kids sleeping bags, camping stove, camping lanterns, lightweight folding bikes, Nikon binoculars, Gerber knives, camping hammock, screen tents, camping cookware and truckbed tents. Get ready for summer camping with a visit Outdoor Tent Supply. You are guaranteed 100% satisfaction with our wilderness camping equipment. By shopping with us you will be able to create wonderful family memories in the great outdoors without breaking the bank. We offer FREE SHIPPING on orders over $45.00!

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