Let’s Camp! Tips for Your Summer Trip- Dean - WI

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Published on June 29, 2015

Let’s Camp! Tips for Your Summer Trip

Planning a family camping trip this summer? Make the most of your outdoor adventure with these tips and suggestions, from where to camp to important safety precautions.

  1. Pick Your Park: If you’re looking to go camping with friends or extended family, try Lake Farm Park in Dane County, which features shelter facilities, play equipment, an observation tower, on-site grills and drinking fountains and access to nearby hiking and biking trails. Madison KOA offers families an outing with some of the conveniences of home, like laundry, a playground for kids, an outdoor pool and coffee lounge. For a classic camping experience, Devil’s Lake has hiking trails with varying degrees of difficulty, beautiful views of glacial bluffs and a lake with beach access.
  2. Pack Smart: Bring plenty of warm clothing and extra blankets or sleeping bags, as temperatures drop significantly overnight. Prepare safe food and water by keeping items that need to be chilled, like dairy products, in a cooler, checking the ice level frequently. Although there will probably be access to water fountains in the camp, plan on bringing water bottles anyway just to be safe. Be sure to pack a first aid kit with essentials like Band-Aids, antibiotic ointment, gauze and common medicines like Ibuprofen. 
  3. Know Your Nature: Familiarize yourself and the kids with what dangerous plants look like to avoid rashes from poison oak, poison sumac or poison ivy. Avoid bug bites with natural insect repellents, like Repel. Make your own natural tick deterrent before you go with 1 part tea tree oil and 2 parts water in a spray bottle. Spray on shoes, socks and pant cuffs to keep ticks away. Follow sun safety guidelines to prevent sunburn. You should also remember to lock up all food in your car each night so unwanted critters don’t wander into your site. 
  4. Read Up on the Rules: The Wisconsin State Park System has its own list of camping rules for campers in the state with important information on occupancy limits, campground hours, noise, handling trash and recycling and firewood use. It’s important to note that you must purchase firewood locally, as you can transport harmful tree problems along with the wood. You may want to read up on other rules as well, like various permits for hunting, fishing and boating, and which areas are welcome to pets.

What camping tips do you have to share? Tell us in the comments below!  

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