Camping Tips

Our family is getting ready for a family reunion/camping trip and as I’m getting ready I realize that a few of my tips might be useful to you.  We don’t camp a lot and it can be a lot of work, but we enjoy it.  We cherish the time away from real life with family and enjoy the beauty of nature.  We have found these tips help simplify things a bit.

There’s something about camping that makes my family hungry all the time.  There’s nothing like food cooked over the fire.  To take care of the munchies between the yummy meals I always make a trail mix to take along.


I usually include Lucky Charms, Golden Grahams, fish crackers, pretzels, nuts, and lots of chocolate.

This is a camping tradition for us and so easy to make.  There are so many things that could be added.  Don’t forget snack bags so you don’t have little hands playing in the yumminess.


Drinking water, especially while camping, is so important.  The heat and activity can totally dehydrate and there’s no getting sick while you’re having fun camping.  Right?!

Rather than deal with constant reminders to drink, multiple cups, and the wind blowing them away, I made some water bottle holders for the kids so they always have their water bottles near by.  The straps will go over their heads and under one arm.

Items needed:

One inch round washer (found at most hardware stores)

3/4 inch ribbon

  • Younger children – 3 feet
  • Older children – 3.5 feet
  • Teenagers and Adults 4 to 4.5 feet

Sewing machine

I like to use different ribbons to keep everyone’s bottles from getting mixed up.  Loop the end of a ribbon around the washer about an inch and a half and sew into place.  Repeat with the other end of the ribbon making sure not to twist the ribbon.

Stretch the washer out and slide over a water bottle and place under the lip under the cap.

Clips could be used instead of the long strap to place on a belt loop.  I used five inches of ribbon instead.


I like to keep a few items on our picnic table that are always needed.  To keep the items handy and organized I use a plastic container I found at the Dollar Store.  I fill it with tissues, sunblock, bug spray, wipes, lotion, etc.  Some times a wind can pick up and keeping items together like this keeps them from blowing away.

Hope these ideas are useful to all of you camping fans out there.  We are excited for our trip.  We’ll add pictures when we get back.


Camping Tips

Dru About Dru

There are so many things I could say but I will just start with the basics. Mother to 4. Grandmother to 11 (Yes, 11. All under the age of 9.) I am a former Army wife and we spent 15 years traveling around the world. It was such a thrill to have seen so many places and meeting lifetime friends. I spent many years working in the craft industry and love getting together with friends and creating. I have a lifelong love of thrift shops, antiques, and yard sales.


  1. Avatar Marilyn Zumstein says

    Loved the water bottles Dru. Great suggestions.

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