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My love for the outdoors was always a respectful admiration from behind the big giant window. Between the bugs, the humidity and the unknown, I played little outside. That is until this cool mom was called upon to chaperone a school camping trip, yikes! After my experience, I can’t wait to do it again, and i totally recommend it. It was an awakening of sorts. I enjoyed nature like never before. We had amazing hikes, witnessed beautiful sunsets, and best of all, I enjoyed my family in different way. It is an unforgettable learning experience that you will want to do over and over again! If you have never done it, or just see yourself as an ourtoor or camping type, you still should give it a go. You can’t go wrong with these 7 Cool Moms Tips For First Time Non- Outdoor Type Campers. You are going to love giving camping a go. Time to sing around the campfire!
Diva or not, you can’t miss out on the fun that camping is. Using these Tips For First Time Non-Outdoor type Campers, I more than survived the experience. I thoroughly enjoyed myself. I even achieved some good zen moments in the process! Here are the tips:
Cool Mom Tip: put sage into the campfire to get rid of mosquitoes
Once you select your destination, go with the experts. Pick a good campground. KOA has different types of campground accommodations for every type of camping need. It is true that affordable and clean are just as important as the activities available like hiking trails or fishing. On that note, camping is a very affordable family vacation.
If you are camping in a tent, it will hard rolling your suitcase around camp. Think study containers. No critters can’t get in and you are guaranteed to keep all your clothes dry. Also, you can stack them up and make more space inside your tent, plus those containers do store a lot! Large tote bags with zippers are a good alternative. Camping makes you discover new ways of traveling!
You can Glamp!
There is nothing wrong with glamping. My friend brought a camping a/c unit and I love her for it. Some purists may frown at this. Honestly, it is your camping trip. If you want to sleep on the floor with the kids, wonderful. I use an air mattress and a plush pillow. Camping means sleeping in a cabin for you? Go for it!
Plan fun/ delicious meals
We had A blast making our own Grilled Campfire Empanadas! Think about the food you can prepare together. Next time, I am bringing aluminum foil to make our own delicious Doctored Up Corn. I am also looking for a decadent dessert recipe! Keep it simple.
Cool Mom Tip: t’s all in the ingredients!Spice up s’mores by replacing graham crackers by ice cream cones! And dip them in Bailey’s for the grown ups!
You don’t need all the camping gear
You will shift your comfort zone
As you change your environment you will change your comfort zone. By doing new things you will find anew happy place. You will discover how good you are at things you haven’t done before. I love that feeling. Get our of your comfort and get a new one!
Nighttime is enchanting:
It gets very dark at night. Far from city lights you will stargaze and be mesmerized by the beauty of nighttime outdoors. It is also very noisy. You will hear the whisper of an insect! I think this was the most spiritual, relaxing and inspiring experience of the entire camping trip. I was left in awe of the world.
Cool Mom Tip: get an air mattress you can inflate with batteries or with your car outlets. In case there is no electricity near you.
Non-Outdoor Types Can Camp!
I am so ready for our next camping adventure! It will be all about Glamping. I can’t wait to share with you the hacks I will discover for that 🙂 Where would you like to go camping to?
Where would you like to go camping to?