One of our favorite websites for family camping is Family Camping Gear filled with lots of information, tips and ideas. While we don’t have the wild animals found in mainland America and other countries, we do have some deer and wild pigs that very rarely visit our parks. Occasionally, you’ll see a mongoose but it will only be for a second because they scamper off quickly and hide.
Remember to buy some mosquito repellent or bring some Avon Skin So Soft (the mosquitoes hate it!). Bring flip flops (we call them slippers) or tennis shoes – best to only run barefoot on the beach.
If you want a delicious tip for grilling – find some kiawe wood or kiawe charcoal (usually at Long’s Drug Store on Maui). Kiawe is the name used in Hawaii for what is known as Mesquite or Algarobba on the mainland, and is the choice for smoking meats and roasting Kalua Pig in the islands, mainly because it grows wild (it’s classified as an invasive species) and abundant. Kiawe is often found growing along our islands’ mountainsides, hillside plains and near beaches. The wood favors the fire – ono-licious!
Family Camping Tips
Welcome to our Family Camping Tips page. Short and sweet tips on many topics near and dear to fellow campers. Learn to avoid the pitfalls by reading tips from fellow campers. Then as you gain experience too, you will want to send in tips of your own for us to add so other campers can benefit from your trials and errors.
Visit these Camping Tips Pages:
Camping Etiquette – Tips on being a good citizen in the campground.
Camping with Kids – Special tips for campers with young children.
Camp Cooking – Tips for cooking outdoors.
Campfires – Tips for making safe and enjoyable fires.
Camping Safety – Tips for smoothing out the bumps in the road.
Family Camping Tents – Tips for living comfortably in a tent.
Tips for Around Camp – Lots of odds and ends to make you a true camping expert.
There are lots of fun things to do when you take the family camping. The Fun and Games check list covers items you might want to bring along to enhance your fun activities.
Kids are great at finding things to do at camp. But you might want to be sure to have a few “extras” ready just in case. You never know when it will rain, or when one of the kids is ready to just sit and relax a bit. Take advantage of these times by bringing a few games you both can play.
Fun and Games
- Playing Cards
- Cribbage Board
- Favorite Board Games
- Fanny Pack
- Bike Chain/Lock
- Field Guides
- Song Book
- Video Camera
- CD Player/Discs
- Baseball Bat
- Baseball Glove
- Beach Ball
- Boogie Board
- Sandbox Toys
- Snorkeling gear
- Sketch Pad
- Fishing Poles
- Fishing Tackle