Camping Vacations
A Frugal Option For The Family 

Camping vacations can be great fun for the whole family, it is also a great frugal option.

This page is all about camping with the family and how to make it as safe and as fun as possible. There's nothing worse than finding yourself at the camping site missing some vital piece of equipment (like the can opener) and starting the vacation on a grumpy note.

Camping Vacations With Kids And Pets

Camping with your children or with pets can be a great family experience; it can also be a complete nightmare if not carefully planned for. Here are a few tips to keep everything running smoothly.

  • Make sure small children have secure nighttime water proof pants to wear in their sleeping bags. The last thing you will need is wet bags in the morning with no convenient place to wash them.
  • Give children a whistle each to wear around their necks whilst playing outside. Tell them to only use these whistles if they get into difficulty or get lost. Although many will have mobile phones these days they may not always work where you are camping.
  • Pack plenty of wet weather clothes.
  • Pitch your tent as close to the campsite facilities as possible, especially play grounds and shower blocks.
  • Take plenty of things to play with, like board games and balls and bats. Keeping the kids entertained will ensure a happy vacation.
  • Make sure you pack a first aid kit. Don't be frugal with this, make sure you have everything that you could possible need when camping outdoor.Consider where you are going and plan for any particular possible dangers in that area.
  • Check in advance to make sure pets are allowed at the campsite and what the rules are relating to them. The last thing you want is to be asked to leave because your pet has upset other campers etc.
  • Take a long lead to allow your dog to roam without getting lost.
  • Make sure your pet is wearing a collar with their id on it.

Top Ten Camping Tips

Camping vacations can be great fun and a very cheap option for a frugal holiday. However to make sure that your holidays are enjoyed to the full, here are some top tips for happy camping vacations.

  1. Pitch your tent away from large noisy tents.
  2. Keep valuables safe at all times, never leave them unattended in your tent.
  3. Plan your campsites in advance and find out what they have to offer.
  4. Pitch your tent on the highest ground to avoid flooding.
  5. To avoid mozzies, don't pitch your tent too close to water.
  6. Pack a good penknife, it's amazing just what things you forget to bring with you.
  7. Pack only what you will use.
  8. Keep cooking simple, wholesome and easy. After all you are getting away from it all and that means the kitchen sink too.
  9. Plan your daily activities before you go. First rule of the frugal lifestyle.
  10. Pack first aid equipment and any medications you need. It is also advisable to keep on your person your personal details and contact numbers etc in case of an emergency, this is especially important if you have a special medical condition.

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