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5 Emergency Preparedness Tips for Family Camping

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Pack Just the Essentials

Unlike those old-time movies set in the tropics, there won't be any porters to help get your bags to your campsite, so it's important not to overpack. However, there are certain camping essentials, especially when traveling with your family. These include

  • Insect repellent, sunscreen, the appropriate jackets and rain gear
  • A waterproof tent, ground insulation on which to place sleeping bags and extra blankets to ensure a comfy camping home
  • Nylon rope and duct tape to secure a broken tent pole or patch a hole
  • A Swiss Army or good pocket knife as well as a folding saw. Whether you're cutting wood or getting a fresh catch ready to cook, these woodsmen weapons are handy.
  • A compass, working flashlight and waterproof matches
  • Extra food. As with water, don't plan to forage along the trail or campsite. Portable food -- granola bars, fruit, trail mix, peanut butter and bread -- are good, high-energy snacks
  • And no matter what, have a fully stocked first aid kit.

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