Greensboro -- Summertime means camp-outs and roasting marshmallows by the fire.
Camping is one thing. Camping with kids is a whole other experience.
Piedmont Parent Magazine's Eleanor-Scott Davis suggests involving the family. "Look at maps together and talk about the pros and cons of certain campsites. Have the kids help plan the menu so they know what to expect food wise."
Not every campground is family friendly. Piedmont Parent has a whole list in their June issue. Here are three:
- Black Mountain Campground, near Burnsville
- Julian Price Memorial Park, Blowing Rock
- Stone Mountain State Park, Roaring Gap
You know to take wet wipes and bug spray. But Davis suggests a few other must-haves.
"Take a starter log. I know you're in the woods and you have wood to start a fire. But sometimes it's not that easy. The wood could be wet, you want to make sure you can eat."
Don't forget the bar of soap! Not for bathing, but for rubbing on the bottom of pots and pans. The soap allows for easy soot clean-up later.
And here's a great tip, glow sticks. Kids love them and think they're fun. Parents will love them at the campsite as the sun goes down. It makes for easy identification of where the kids are!
Want a few more ideas? BuzzFeed.com has 41 ways to make camping easier.