Family Camping

A favorite pastime of my family here in the Adirondacks is camping. We love go for a weekend to take in the sights and really appreciate the beauty of where we live. It is an easy thing to overlook and take for granted when you see it every day. 

We love to pack up the car and head out to the woods. Whether we stay at a state campground such as Moffitt Beach or Lewey Lake, or if we go the more primitive route such as Spruce Lake or Cedar River, we try to make sure we are as prepared as possible before we head out. Here are a few items you will want to bring with you:


First and foremost you will want to make sure you have a good tent. One that is big enough for your whole family. If you are worried about it being waterproof, I recommend packing an extra tarp in case the weather takes an unfortunate turn. Sleeping bags and blankets are also an important consideration. Even in the hottest months, temperatures at night can dip down to the 40s and 50s.


This is one thing you don't want to bring from home! It is illegal to transport firewood more than 50 miles from its source because of the threat of invasive species. Luckily, there are roadside stands all over the Adirondacks where you can pick up firewood close to your site. Also, make sure you bring your camping chairs, because nothing is better than relaxing by a campfire!


Changes of clothing (and shoes!) are very important to consider. If there is a change in the weather, the last thing you will want to do is sit around in wet clothes. Lightweight, quick drying clothing is best and layers are crucial. As I said before, the weather can be a bit chilly! Also, don't forget that nature can be dirty, so be sure to wear clothing that you don't mind getting a little messy.


What is a camping trip without delicious food that you can cook over a grill or an open campfire? Hot dogs, hamburgers, salads - all my favorite go to camping goodies! And don't forget the s'mores! However, be sure to follow all DEC guidelines when it comes to bear safety. While the chances of having an encounter with a bear are very low, it is good to be prepared. Keep your campsite clean, don't leave food out at any time, keep all heavily scented items (including food and toiletries) in sealed containers such as coolers, and if in the woods, consider using bear-resistant food canisters. 

First Aid Kit

Speaking of being prepared, make sure to have a first aid kit on hand for any mishaps. Be sure to have bandages, antiseptic creams, pain medications, sunblock, bug spray, and any other items you think you may need. If you already have a first aid kit, make sure to check it every time you go out and replenish anything you may have previously used.

Camping is a fun family activity for all ages. Do your research and find the best location for your family's needs. If you plan to head to a state campground, make your reservations ahead. And don't forget to check out the local shops for all your camping supplies and food needs!

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