Now that summer is ending and shifting into Fall, millions of people will embark out of the comforts of their home and go camping. About 45 minutes down the road from us is this great spot in San Antonio. It looks over the Texas Hillcountry, and is a short hike from a beautiful riverbed where the kids are able to swim. This year will be our 5th anniversary visiting this lovely camping spot. Over the years we have learned a lot about what the necessities are. This blog post will give an overview of what these are.
A Good Mattress
The first year we went, we decided we were going to rough it and tough it Bear Grylls style, and sleep with sleeping bags on the ground. This was a huge mistake, and almost deterred us from every coming back. Not only did we not sleep worth a darn, but my back was hurting for almost 3 weeks after the trip. I cannot express enough, the importance of bringing a good mattress on your trip. We are friends with Kip, the owner of a couple of San Antonio Mattress stores, and he helped us find a mattress that would most mimic the firmness of our mattress at home. The next year we went, although we weren’t exactly, “living off the land” it was a much more enjoyable experience and cause all of our family to be in much better moods when morning came.
Since you will be outdoors 90% of the time, it is wise to bring a canopy that will give you and your family shade. There are many places you can find these, including your local sports store. Like having a great mattress, having a sturdy canopy will make your experience all the more enjoyable.
Finally, it is always important to have tools and equipment for the unexpected. This includes a flashlight, first aid kid, batteries, medical necessities, a hammer, and wench. Most likely something is going to come up on your trip that your weren’t expecting, but try and be prepared as possible, by bringing the tools that will help you when you find yourself in a bind.
P.S. Here is a website that will help you find a San Antonio campground: http://koa.com/campgrounds/san-antonio/