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Planning a Family Camping Trip? 5 Safety and Logistical Tips

The keys to ensuring happy memories from family camping trips are preparation, logistics, and safety. While camper trailers offer families an affordable and flexible way to explore areas of great natural beauty or historical sites, they require more care, maintenance, and training than a family car or a tent. Before embarking on a long family vacation, try an overnight practice trip to a nearby park to ensure everything is working smoothly. Below are a few tips for making the process as a whole easier when you plan camping this coming summer.

Preparing the RV and the Drivers

Before you leave on an RV vacation, create or download a maintenance checklist for both your RV and tow vehicle. Some of the important items to check include:

  • tires
  • doors
  • windows and awnings
  • hitch and connections to tow vehicle
  • weight balance

Take lessons or practice driving on an empty road or parking lot before heading out to crowded highways or winding back roads. Remember that RVs need to turn wide and slow down sooner than other smaller vehicles on the roads, and make sure to stay safe on unpaved roads near camping sites in the country.

Reserve and Plan

Campsites at popular destinations such as National Parks or fishing resorts are often completely booked months in advance. Make reservations to ensure that you don’t spend your vacation driving around looking for a camping spot rather than enjoying the destination.

Route Finding and RV GPS Systems

Not all routes are ideal for RVs. Steep hills, long grades, narrow winding roads, and high winds can be quite dangerous. Choose a specialized RV GPS system or download an RV GPS app for your phone to find the best and safest routes for your trip.

Camping Safety

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention makes several important safety suggestions about camping. First, they recommend that you ensure all your vaccines are up to date. Store food safely in waterproof bags at the appropriate temperature and use fuel-burning stoves outside rather than in campers to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.

Outdoor Activity Safety

Some of the most dangerous animals in the outdoors are the smallest. Use insect repellent and appropriate clothing and check regularly for ticks to prevent insect-borne diseases. As temperatures can change rapidly, dress in layers to prevent hypothermia. Wear hats and sunscreen no matter what the weather to prevent sunburn, especially if you are near water.


Camping is a healthy way to enjoy outdoor activities with your family. There’s nothing like making memories sitting around a campfire and looking at the stars far away from civilization. By taking the time to plan and being careful during your trip, you can ensure a safe and fun camping adventure.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.

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**Parents seeking gifts for their children age infant through 17.

Dates & Times -

** Thursday, Dec. 13, 8:30 to 11:00 and 1:00 to 3:00 for those living within western Arapahoe or Northern Douglas counties. Areas include Centennial, Englewood, Glendale, Highlands Ranch, Littleton, Lone Tree, Sheridan and unincorporated Arapahoe County.

**Friday, Dec. 14, 8:30 to 11:00 and 1:00 to 3:00 for anyone in Colorado

What’s Needed -

**Interested parents will complete a registration form in our office. The following documents are also needed - Parent ID, Child ID (birth certificate, Social Security Card, or school ID), and Proof of Address

What to Expect -

- We will not be able to honor requests for clothing or specific toys.
- We have very few items for teenagers.
- If we run out of toys, we run out of toys.
- Unfortunately, those seeking gifts can receive no other services that session.

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