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5 WAYS TO MAKE CAMPING THIS SUMMER AMAZING

If you love to go camping when the weather outside warms up and you can enjoy more of mother nature, you're not alone. Approximately 40 million Americans go camping during the year, with the majority choosing to go during the summer. If you're getting ready to take your next trip to the great outdoors, the tips below can help make it your best time yet. Use these ramp up the fun and help give each member of your family an experience they won't soon forget.

1. Bring Outdoor Toys

While swimming and exploring are surefire ways to have fun while you're camping, outdoor toys will still come in handy. Bean bag toss is an excellent example of an affordable yet fun game, although DIY ring toss, cornhole, and giant stacking games are also great. If you're looking for something free, try making a scavenger hunt or telling scary stories over the campfire.

2. Make Food Everyone Will Love

One thing everyone seems to miss while they're camping is the food that they're able to make in their kitchen. Fortunately, innovation is here and has completely changed the way you can cook while you're in the woods. With the right supplies and some time, you can make delicious foods such as pancakes, burgers, eggs, sandwiches, and even pizza! What better way to make memories than by having everyone pitch in to make food in a brand new way? This will be something that everyone in your family is guaranteed to love.

3. Pack Your Car Ahead of Time

If you can't fit everything you need for camping in your car, then you may want to consider taking a different one. Vehicles like the 2019 Ford Explorer are excellent for camping because they have a lot of interior space and are capable of driving on any terrain. While you're packing, it's recommended to create a list so you can mark things off as you load them. This will help you avoid forgetting something that's important to your trip and that you wouldn't have a good time without.

4. Stay Off Your Phone

It can be easy to get sucked into your phone while camping, especially since most campsites are equipped with WiFi. However, since you want to make this trip special, you'll want to try to stay off of social media and apps as much as you can. Make it a point to put your phone down and do more things outside so you can make memories as a family. One of the best ways to do this is to plan out activities ahead of time so you always have something to fall back on.

Tip: While you might want to leave your phone at home, it's important to still bring it just in case of emergencies. If you won't have a way to charge your device, consider investing in a solar charger or backup battery. More ways to keep your phone charged can be found here.

5. Bring the Comforts of Home

Nobody will look forward to going to bed if they're faced with being uncomfortable. Fortunately, you can avoid this by simply packing some comforts of home to take with you. This can include blankets, pillows, a sleeping pad, bug spray, and weather-appropriate clothing. There's no reason to "rough it" in the wilderness if you don't want to. You can pack as many items as you'd like to ensure everyone is comfortable throughout your trip.

Tip: To save money on camping supplies for next year, look for after-season sales at your local department stores. You can stock up for your future trips so you have more without spending more.

Camp Like Never Before

With the tips above, you can enjoy camping like never before. Whether you're going with your family or just a few friends, you'll have fun that you won't soon forget. This can help you recharge your mind, explore the outdoors, and try something new that you'll enjoy doing for years to come.

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