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Let’s go Camping!!! Connect with nature and your soul

Camping Tents

There’s always a first time for everything, so we thought of adding a chapter of camping in our travel anthology. And it lived our expectations to the fullest.

We were lucky to have experienced friends who did lot of pre-planning for us – from booking the campsite at Watkin Glen State park, NY to making the checklist.

With our excitement now soaring, we set out shopping for the most vital thing – a tent for our car camping adventure. We purchased a Columbia 4 person tent. 

Are you puzzled?? Wondering if we are going to camp in the car…..I was also inquisitive when I heard this term.  Car camping basically means driving up to the campsite rather than walking and carrying the gear. Thereby you have the luxury to pack extra stuff which can be intimidating though.

Since it was the first time, we planned on a 1 night stay to get a feel and see how the kids adjust. We reached our destination in afternoon and started to set up our tent foremost. (We had tried it once back home to apprise ourselves). Our biggest helpers were our kids who had no limits to their exhilaration.

Camping tents ready

After getting our abodes ready, now was the time for some exploration. Hiking seemed a perfect way to unfold the beauty of nature. Since we had kids, we chose an easy trail to the base of a waterfall nearby. We had the company of a beautiful stream flowing, cool breeze blowing, rustling of trees all along our trail. As we reached the base of the waterfalls, we were drenched by the mist and the nature’s marvel.

Taughannock falls

drenched under Taughannock falls

After the adventure, now was time for a hearty meal to satisfy our appetites. While heading to campsite, we bought the firewood and filled the fire pit ready.

Why should kids be left behind??? They had fun collecting some wood from around for the grill. While the kids settled in to play some games and cards, the dinner was getting ready – corn, grilled veggies, baked potatoes. The beautiful day had to definitely end on a sweet note, and what best by making S’mores. Slow roasted marshmallows, oozing chocolate, sandwiched between graham crackers, so simple yet divine…. You keep wanting for Some more.

S'mores in making
S’mores!!! give me more….A sweet treat in making

What an evening – sitting by the campfire, relishing the food, affable company, lots of giggles, unplugged, under the blanket of twinkling stars… getting a glimpse of our ancestor’s life. This experience is so simple yet so profound.

We headed out to our tents to recede into our dreams and to await for the glorious dawn.

Our camping list:

4 person tent (since we are a family of 4)

Footprint/ Tarp – a strong waterproof sheet to spread under the tent to prevent wear and tear.

Air bed /sleeping bags /comforters

Lantern, flashlight

Insect repellent, After bite cream and first aid kit

Firewood/ charcoal, lighter/matches, lighter fluid

Food items, water

Cooking Utensils, skewers, Disposable tableware, aluminum foil

Garbage bags

Games, cards, books for entertainment

Tips:

  1. The campsites especially at national and state parks get booked fast, so plan and book well in advance.

  2. The nights can get a bit cold, hence pack extra layers/ full lengths.

  3. Better to reach your campsite during daytime, it will help set up your tent and get acquainted with the place. If it is your first experience, try to pitch the tent at home.

  4. If you plan to cook on the grill, get the coal or wood. Be aware of the regulations as most places only allow to get firewood locally. Don’t forget to put off the fire before sleeping by adding water.

Neha Kulshrestha
Neha Kulshrestha
It is said " Happiness increases with sharing".
Hi! I am Neha, and I love to share the joy that I get from travelling. Planning trips, exploring new places with my husband and 2 kids keeps me going.

34 thoughts on “Let’s go Camping!!! Connect with nature and your soul”

  1. This is so cool! Your kids are having an amazing childhood. Reminds me of my 10-day NCC camp back in college.

    Just one tip. You should mention the location in your post. People might not see tags.

    1. Thanks..Yes we want our kids to have varied experiences and i am glad that they enjoyed this.
      Good to hear that this reminded you of sweet memories..
      And thanks for the tip, will make sure to mention it.

  2. What a lovely camping trip! Thanks for sharing your list of essentials. I used to go camping a lot when I was growing up, but I haven’t been since having children. My 4 would love that!

    1. Thanks..Oh you must try it out with your kid now. i am sure will enjoy..my youngest was 3 and she just had a super time ..
      Do share about your experience when you try..

    1. Thanks for liking the post and its esthetics..
      We did camping at Watkin Glen state park, NY, USA. Yes, its a great way to get close to nature which i guess we miss during our busy lives.

  3. Your post brings back such great memories of camping with my family when I was a kid. Every year we’d visit a different national park and still tell stories of those times. There’s nothing better than an afternoon exploring and an evening sitting beside the campfire with a ooey gooey s’mores in your hand. x

    1. Aww!!! I am glad that my post brought back sweet childhood memories of yours. Yes the National and state parks have great camping opportunities that one should not miss. Truly, Its so relaxing just sitting by campfire, chatting with friends, hearing the birds chirping, just being yourself….
      Guess need to start packing again soon for yet another camping time…:-)

  4. This is such a cool post. I have never done camping (silly me) and this inspires me do one super soon. Thanks for sharing this post! 🙂

    1. Thanks Aditi…Glad it inspired you. Of course you should try it out, its great fun..
      Do let me know if you need any help planning. I’ll try my best.. 🙂

  5. I always love camping and traveling places like that, photos are amazing, my last camping was in Tungnath, Uttarakhand, you should checkout this place, amazing for camping and trekking.

    1. I am glad you liked the post and the photos.
      Yes we just loved our first camping experience and the place Watkin Glen added to it. Its good to hear that you enjoy camping. I googled about Tungnath and it looks so beautiful in the lap of Himalayas..I wish can make it someday..
      Happy camping…Do share more experiences if you have..

  6. Well camping is such a great idea to stay away from Hustle and bustle city life . I am coming from village and living in my farm , for me coming back home and live in the village is such a great camping already . From your post I am sure you had a great time sleeping with great nature around you . But where is that places ? seems like a great place for camping

    1. Yes for sure..totally away from that chaos and getting to know yourself in that quaint environment.
      Farm life, wow!! My son is so fascinated with farms and animals on it.

      So sorry i didn’t mention it in the post. We camped at Watkin glen state park in NY, USA. beautiful place to be..

    1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
      So true..it is full quality family time without the interference of technology. And moreover kids learn to appreciate nature and experience an alternate way of living.. 🙂

  7. What a beautiful family! I spent many weekends, and summer nights, camping in tents in the national forest we lived in. It is such a fun experience and memorable for the whole crew!

    1. Thanks Shawna. It was indeed a memorable experience especially being the first. Hope to continue having more fun nights under the stars..

  8. I still have yet to go camping. Even if I live by the coast, surrounded by camping sites, I didn’t yet made it to one. I think it’s a great experience, especially for children.

    1. Oh you must try it. It is such a great experience . And we were amazed how our kids enjoyed every bit of it.

    1. Oh yes S’mores are so addictive. I had eaten them before but made them the first time..Infact my husband is not a big fan of chocolates, but he also enjoyed them. Go ahead and try some..
      Thanks for liking the pics..:-)

    1. Thanks. Good to know that you love upstate NY.. It is so beautiful with so much natural beauty around..
      You should definitely plan camping there sometime. You would love it.

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