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June is national camping month, and whether you’re road tripping to the great Yellowstone National Park this year or just pitching a tent in your own backyard, we have some great tips to help you make the most of your experience.

Tip #1: Pack your cooler with quick grab items

We always like to include pre-prepped fresh fruit, lots of water, and easy to grab finger foods in our cooler. Anyone can grab a quick snack very easily whenever they may feel hungry, and pre-prepping your food allows you to spend more time actually enjoying your trip.

If you are short on time, you can easily prep for any of your camping trips this summer with quick and portable snack items, like Hormel® REV® Wraps for sustaining energy throughout the day or SKIPPY® Singles for snacking with a variety of fruit and veggies.


Tip #2: Have fun treats ready for the making!

For a fun after-dinner treat, mix up your traditional s’mores recipe with this Peanut Butter S’mores Dip and pair with plain or chocolate graham crackers. This can be made ahead of time and then enjoyed during your trip (or for a fun treat at home as well).

Peanut Butter Smores Dip

Here is the recipe for this amazing dip, courtesy of Skippy Peanut Butter! Feel free to click the picture to head to the Skippy site for a printable version.

Peanut Butter Smores Dip recipe

Another great alternative S’mores recipe is this Easy Waffle Cone Camping Treat (recipe at faithfullyfree).

This delicious campfire breakfast or snack option, Campfire Biscuits, are quite easy to make and will have everyone asking for more! Find the recipe over at ‘Lil Burghers and get ready to be delighted!


Tip #3: Camping with a baby or toddler

If you will be heading into the wild unknown with a toddler en-tow, Shasta, over at faithfullyfree has some great tips to make your trip a success! She includes things like what baby gear to bring and choosing the right campsite. Head on over to read more.

Tip #4: Print out a camping checklist

Want to make sure you have everything you will truly need? Check out these 12 Things you don’t want to forget to take camping from our friends at Hobbies on a Budget.

This Printable Family Camping Checklist includes all the basics that you don’t want to forget, and has some great ideas you may not have thought of!

Tip #5: Plan activities

While sometimes it can be more fun to just take it as it goes, if you are worried about bored kids or not knowing what to do once you arrive at your destination, check out these 15 fun camping activities from The Joys of Boys.

So tell us…

Got any of your own camping tips to share with us? Let us know, we’d love to hear them!




I am a Hormel Foods Family Blogger and have received free product and/or compensation for this post. All opinions are my own.
Tent image credit: Bureau of Land Management – Flickr