Whether you choose to go camping in summer or camping in early spring, camping is always a great experience the whole family can enjoy. The family camping trip not only makes kids appreciate and connect with nature but also can provide useful skills for later life. And yes, the early spring will be as fun as summer camping life once you make thoughtful preparation for it.

If you are already thinking “let’s start an early spring family camping now", then this post is for you as we will share some useful tips & tricks for family camping in early spring.

Prepare comfortable camping gear! Sleeping under the starry sky is a very romantic experience in our imagination, but reality is not always like that. Camping at night is often much colder than you think it’s going to be, and the outdoors is darker than your thinking at night...So make sure you invest in high-performance camping gear that’s up to the job.

  • Four season Tent
  • Shelter
  • Tarp or grounding cloth
  • Down Sleeping bag
  • Blankets
  • Sleeping pad
  • Picnic rug
  • Camping cot
  • Lantern
  • Headlamp
  • Hot water bottle
  • Windbreaks
  • Pillows
  • Tent stakes
  • Hummock

Dress warm and properly: Dress for the coldest weather possible in your camping area. The best method to do this is by dressing in layers which we can easily remove or add a layer or two. Avoid cotton at all costs, prefer wool and synthetic materials. And as spring can be quite rainy, you also need to take a waterproof jacket and boots in your backpack. Don’t forget to wear a hat.

Prepare shoes, boots, and hiking stick! While you heading up to your campsite or hiking in the trails, you will very likely encounter a muddy road (rain or snowmelt). So it's wise to wear durable shoes and boots. They will not slip and slide through soft ground, and easy to wash and clean. Remember to take a hiking pole with you for traction and balance.

Eat more: As spring is chilly (not as cold as winter), our body needs more calories carbs, and fat to keep our energy levels up, so always carry plenty of food that easy to eat and boost your body’s temperature. Nuts are a favorite; oatmeal, sandwiches, chili, and another warming, filling items are good choices too.

Drink lots (and drink hot water)! The harder you work, the longer you walk, setting up tents, do outdoor sports, etc. the more you should drink. Drink regularly before you feel thirst. Of course, everyone will have different needs, but a general guideline is-during a hike drink at least the equivalent of 3 cups per kilometer (or 4 cups per mile).

It's time to head out for a spring camping trip.