While camping makes for a great family vacation idea, it’s often difficult to take care of all the logistics. Having a great camping trip requires lots of planning and preparation. Here are four amenities that can make your next family camping trip simple, easy and enjoyable.

Camp Shower

If you’re on a camping trip that lasts more than one night, shower facilities are a must. The problem with this is that not all campgrounds have showers readily available, presenting your family with a limited range of options. This problem can be solved by buying a camping shower tent. These one-person standing tents offer enough privacy for you to shower anywhere and can be collapsed just like a normal tent.

Portable Camp Stove

Although it’s lots of fun to cook over an open campfire when you’re camping, there are some things that are must easier to cook over a standard gas burner. For this reason, it can be extremely helpful to have a portable camp stove handy. These stoves use small propane cylinders and are compact enough to be easily carried along with you to your campsite.

Extra Vehicle Cargo Capacity

Unless you’re planning on a very rustic camping experience, you’ll need quite a lot of gear to go on a family camping trip. Using a roof storage pod or an aluminum trailer storage box, you can increase your vehicle’s cargo capacity and make it easier to haul along everything you’ll need. Of course, the range of options open to you when it comes to storage will depend on the type of vehicle you have.

A Large Cooler

Finally, having a large cooler on hand can be a huge convenience when you’re camping. Rather than trying to buy food every day, you can simply take everything you need along with you. Be sure to buy a cooler that will maintain a low temperature and store ice for several days, since it’s important to keep your food properly refrigerated. The size of the cooler you’ll need will depend on the size of your family, but it’s usually best to err on the side of caution and get something larger than you think you’ll need so that you have plenty of room for ice.

If you have these four basic amenities, camping will become easier and more enjoyable for your family. Once you’ve got all of your logistics taken care of, all you’ll need to do is pick out the perfect camping site for your next trip.

By Lizzie Weakley

Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and walks in the park with her three-year-old husky, Snowball.

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