Sponsored by Aerogard, Mortein and Nuffnang
“The family who camps together, stays together” the saying goes. As a family of seasoned campers, I get the sentiment behind the words: camping provides many quiet bonding moments, challenging times that turn into great stories, and magical experiences in the wonders of nature.
When my husband and I became parents, we knew we wanted to be a family who camps. As our family grew, we found ourselves to be keen explorers with a love of nature; however when it came to camping, we didn’t know where and how to start so we sat on it for a while.
Daughter number 3 joined our growing family and we were in a position closer to my sister, who had slightly older children, and was already well set up for camping. Going camping for the first time with someone already set up is a great way to start. It meant we only needed to purchase a tent and sleeping gear, and my sister shared all their cooking items with us, which made it do-able.
Seven years later – our family has grown to six – and we are now seasoned campers. The kids love it. Matt and I love it. Our extended family loves it. Some of my most precious memories of family time are when we have camped together, especially when the Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles & cousins are all there too. Best.
For this series of posts, I’m teaming up with The Gramping Association to help extended families get out there and enjoy the outdoors experience together, whether that’s in the backyard or out yonder, because camping together is an amazing experience.
What is Gramping?
The Gramping Association is an initiative supported by Aerogard & Mortein. The idea is to help and encourage families enjoy the great outdoors together. Gramping or a Grampout is new name of an old concept. It’s about camping with three or more generations together (grandparents, parents and kids) which is a gorgeous concept we embrace as a family. Membership for the Gramping Association is free and members can expect Gramping friendly tips, events, offers and prize giveaways. Right now, there are seven camping adventures on offer for your chance to win*.
*terms and conditions apply, visit grampingassociation.com.au to view.
The Gramping Association have guides and lists, for example, a printable packing list, which from a camper’s point of view, is comprehensive and useful. Below are some other the guides you can find on the website:
- Pack like a pro – comprehensive packing list
- Golden goodies – food ideas
- Top tips for Mozzie Free Outdoor Fun
5 Tips for Beginners
1. Tent in the backyard or with someone who is experienced first
2. Start at a camping spot with a lot of facilities like a BBQ, water, power & toilets.
3. Build your kit bit by bit, and customise it to your own requirements
4. Keep it simple. Keep everything simple. If you don’t really (really) need to bring it, don’t. For example, I don’t take sheets for my kids; they have a camping mat with a sleeping bag and pillow. Comfy and simple.
5. Ask others campers for tips.
Our Gramping Box
We have a box ready for whenever we want to take off for a family weekend! This is what we have in it:
- Food/Cooking staples
- Zip lock & Garbage bags
- Dustpan & Broom
- Sun cream
- Paper Towel & Tissues
- Hot water bottles
- Light / Torches
- Housekeeping items
- Insect Protection
- Cleaning items
It all fits inside this Stanley 55L sturdy container.
You can see more of our gear here.
We live in Queensland and inspect protection is imperative for our outdoor adventures. The two things we take with us when camping are candles for when we are sitting around the tent area at dusk and a protection spray
I’ve used both of these products, and below is a little more information about them.
Mortein Citronella Candle Outdoor: Mozzies are worse at dusk so try burning Mortein Citronella Candle Outdoor around this time, which contains natural Citronella, which burns up to 25 hours.
Aerogard Tropical Strength: Aerogard’s longest lasting repellent provides 6 hour protection against mosquitoes. It also repels flies, sandflies, leeches, ticks and other annoying and biting insects. Available in roll on, aerosol and pump format.
Gramping is about family and togetherness. There’s something special about the conversations and connection opportunities that happen when you’re amongst nature. In the next post, I’ll show you more of our set up, some of the fun we got up to and one of our favourite gramping dinners.
Congratulations to the winners! Stacey Shailer, Jennifer B, Melissa and Clare Duncan
I am running an exciting giveaway to give you the opportunity to get yourself set up for a Gramping experience! To enter leave a comment below about a special quality a grandparent, or grandparent-like-figure brings into your children’s lives.
There will be 4 camping packs on offer consisting of:
- $250 Anaconda voucher
- $100 Turu voucher
- Gramping Essentials Pack which includes Mortein and Aerogard products to keep you protected form mozzies in the outdoors
The Promotion will be open from 12:01 am (AEDST) on 27 March 2014 and will continue until 5:00 pm AEDST on 10 April 2014.
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