Family time is what I live for.  Uninterrupted, quality time with my family!  My favorite times are always outdoors, sleeping under the stars in the tent.  Camping is one of my favorite things to do with my family because I get to see them without screens in their faces or mine, without distractions, and I get to see my kids using their imaginations and exploring.  Most of the places we camp don’t have cell service which scares most people, but there is nothing more freeing than not having to think about what’s going on outside of the world that’s right in front of your face.  You only think about what is right in front of you, and that’s all that matters.

Here are some things that we use to make our camping trips easier.  If you decide to take an outdoor adventure with your family we hope this list helps you!

Our favorite things:

Tempui Tents – One of the tents that we use is a Tempui pop-up tent on top of our FJ Cruiser.  It is so easy and only takes about 15 minutes to set up.  We feel safe and secure above the ground and the padding at the bottom of the tent is comfortable enough that we don’t need inflatable mattresses.

REI tent – Even though we love our Tempui pop-up tent, it isn’t big enough for our entire family and our dogs so we also have the REI tent.  It is relatively easy to set up and is super roomy with two air mattresses and three pups.

Yeti Cooler – Ok, I have to admit I was a skeptic because Yeti is expensive.  But my husband really wanted one so he brought it home and I complained about how it was small and heavy…. but this thing keeps things sooooo cold.  I mean, I was blown away that the ice was still solid after a full day in the sun.

Coleman Travel Stove – I am the cook of the family which means I’m in charge of the camp food.  I love camp food and I’ll link some of my favorites at the bottom of this post.  😉  The Coleman Stove we use is a propane stove with two burners and works perfectly for everything that we need to make while camping.  We also use the fire for some things like marshmallows.  😉

One of the biggest tips I can give you is bug spray.  I tried so many different ways to keep bugs away without using anything with nasty chemicals.  OFF won’t come near me or my family with its nasty chemicals!!  My mom used to tell me to use dryer sheets but that never worked.  I tried citronella candles and they never worked…. but once I started using essential oils I tried a mixture that works wonders.  I spray this all over myself, my kids, the tent, the fire, EVERYWHERE! As someone who used to get 10-20 mosquito bites after being outdoors, I am thrilled that this keeps the bugs away completely!  Here is the YouTube link with the recipe:

My favorite camping checklist:


This link has some of my favorite camping recipes, you will LOVE them!  Enjoy!!