Labor Day is upon us and if you have family camping plans, then I am sure that you are looking forward to relaxing at the campsite on the last long weekend of the traditional camping season. Before you go, here are some last-minute items that will help your family have a great experience.
There is no substitute for bug spray, but when you are sitting around the picnic table eating a meal, it is sure nice to keep the mosquitoes from buzzing around your head.
The citronella candles are great for the picnic table because the wide base helps prevent tip-overs. One of these candles will easily last all weekend and they are available at most big-box stores and many local hardware stores.
Note that these are an enhancement to regular mosquito spray and not a replacement. The effectiveness of citronella is limited to a very local area, but that is perfect for campsite meals.
We camped for years without a lantern, but we finally picked one up and now we use it quite a bit for s’mores and card games, after the sun goes down.
While researching this article, I found this LED lantern at one of the big-box stores for only $10. It runs on four AA-size batteries and based on my experience with our LED lantern, it should last the weekend.
One nice use for these low-cost lanterns is trips to the bathroom. Sometimes these facilities are not lighted, and a small lantern is a lot more functional than trying to juggle a flashlight.
There are a lot of horror stories about cheap air mattresses that seem to sprout leaks at the most inopportune times.
AeroBed seems to be one of the standouts in this category, though. They use a heavier, more puncture-resistant material than the low-cost air mattresses and it really seems to make a difference.
The All-Terrain is available at some big-box stores and includes a rechargeable (make sure you charge it for 12-hours, before your trip!) air pump and a storage bag.
There is a lot of washing of hands and dishes at the campsite, so having a portable water container is a big plus over running back-and-forth to the water spigot.
Rigid containers, like this one from Reliance, last longer and are easier to use than collapsible containers.
The Aqua-Tainer has an integral pouring spout and a vent, for easy water dispensing.
I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable weekend – be sure to take lots of pictures and I will see you back here, next week!