Is a quite spot on the lake your idea of peace on earth? When our guys were little we spent a lot of time enjoying God’s creations. When your crew is hot, tired, and hungry you’ll be glad you planned ahead.
Send your ideas my way too. I’d love to hear from you.
Our camping at the lake ideas:
- Sunscreen thoroughly and frequently. You’ll thank me later.
- Bring plenty of snacks and drinks.
- When the boys were too little for sunscreen, I brought our tiny swimming pool and set it up under the awning of our travel trailer. I didn’t have to worry about the creepy crawly things in the lake, plus they could splash around without sunburns. (or sliding on mossy rocks, or being splashed by those mean kids)
- Precook your favorite foods at home so mealtime is fairly simple. We make pancakes, breakfast burritos, meals in a pouch, etc. at home and warm them up when we want a nice hot meal in a flash.
- If you have limited ice chest/refrigerator space, bring fresh eggs cracked (shell-less) in a resealable bag. You don’t have to waste precious space trying to keep the eggs cozy. Your scrambled eggs are just as delicious and nutritious as usual.
- Make quick omelets in freezer resealable bags. Each person gets a bag with an egg inside. They add their favorite things (cheese, ham, peppers, tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, etc.) and drop the bag into a pot of water. Slowly bring to a simmer and cook until your eggs are cooked. Great for picky eaters, and those of us who would rather not have bugs with breakfast. 🙂
- Peel and chop potatoes at home and bring them along in a bag of salted water. As long as they are covered, they will not darken.
- Bring an extra tarp for a “front porch” of sorts, when you are staying in a tent. This is a good spot for the kiddos to remove shoes before hopping into their nice, clean beds.
- Pack non-parishable food in sturdy plastic containers or inside your vehicle. We once had raccoons ransack our campsite. After losing our glazed donuts, we were more careful.
- Know where the nearest medical facility is. Hopefully, nothing will happen, but better safe than sorry.
- Bring extra batteries.
- Bring auto-off flashlights for little ones. If you do, you don’t have to share your extra batteries. 😉
- Be smart about your environment. Don’t camp in the middle of a thorn patch with kids. Don’t camp at the edge of a cliff with kids. Don’t camp at the water’s edge with kids. You cannot keep your eye on them while rolling up sleeping bags, looking for the towels, etc. It just isn’t worth the risk.