One of the most adventuresome – and affordable – ways to cement the bond between a dad and his children is camping. With the amazing San Diego weather and access to a wide diversity of terrain, there are plenty of easy-to-get-to camping destinations for you and your children.
In this issue, we’ll provide the basics of what you’ll need for a classic getaway for some serious father-children bonding time and share resources for finding that perfect camping spot.
Is camping really good for you?
For a number of reasons, camping is certainly good for you and your children. For starters, it teaches all campers about problem-solving you deal with challenges not seen every day, like where and how to pitch your tent, what to do when it’s raining and learning how to enjoy yourself in a technology-free zone.
Additionally, your child will:
- learn basic survival skills;
- observe how animals act in their natural habitat; and
- enjoy fresh air and vitamin D from the sun, which will in turn lead to reduced stress.
What kind of gear do I need for camping?
Think of this list as a one-time investment as most of it will be used for years to come. A basic starter camping kit includes:
- dome tent;
- tent stakes;
- air mattress with battery-powered pump;
- bug spray;
- hand sanitizer;
- sleeping bags;
- water bottles;
- camp stove with propane tanks;
- camp chairs;
- 5-gallon water jug;
- headlamps and flashlights;
- cooler with ice;
- cooking utensils and can opener;
- paper plates, cups, bowls and utensils;
- baby wipes and anti-bacterial wipes; and
- trash bags.
However, if you’re just wanting to try it out there are locations that will allow you to rent all the equipment needed.
How do I find the perfect camping spot?
There’s plenty of good camping locations in San Diego, but the key is to find a space that’s been designated as a camping spot. If you want to stay away from a campground in state parks, however, pick a location that’s bare of vegetation, level, away from a trail and at least 100 feet from a water source.
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