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June 8, 2010 1:48 PM Subscribe
Camping for dummies: I want to go camping. But I've never been camping as an adult, much less camping with children. I need advice.
posted by Sassyfras to sports, hobbies, & recreation (38 answers total) 36 users marked this as a favorite
I have camped as a child - but like church camp and stuff like that where the adults did everything, planned meals, picked out the campsite, pitched tents for us.
But now I want to go camping for real. And I'm a little overwhelmed at how to go about it. Throw into the mix that I'll most likely be bringing my three children with me (ages 4-9) AND that my husband won't be accompanying us (he hates camping).
Here are my questions, concerns . . . please help me figure this out:
1. I worry about my husband not being there. Will I be raped and murdered in my sleep if he's not there? Seriously I worry about this. Am I putting myself and children in danger by not having a manly man there with us?
2. Besides setting up a tent, roasting marshmallows, what do we do? What do we do during the day? Hopefully we'll be near water for fishing and some trails for walks, but if we're not, then what? Do we just leave our stuff in our tent and walk away for our activities?
3. What can I be doing now to prepare for our first camping trip? I've practiced setting up the tent and working the Coleman camping gas stove thingy.
4. I'm pretty overwhelmed, but excited about this adventure! What have I overlooked? What do you wish you knew before your first camping trip?
I'm in AZ, if that matters. I think we'll be camping a bit toward Payson, the Mogollon Rim area.