Many a spring and summer memory can be made while taking the family tent camping in the Texas Hill Country. But prepping for the trip is often more than half the battle. The kids might enjoy getting to your site, running around chasing butterflies, and getting ready to take a swim somewhere in the campground, but ultimately, as parents, you know how much work is put into loading up the truck, van, or car, and unloading everything when you get there. And so, here is an easy list to help remind you of some useful things to take along which could save you time and money.
Time & Money-Saving Gear Guide: Tent Camping in the Texas Hill Country
Tent (Of Course) & Extra Tent Pegs
You would be surprised at the number of people that have packed up their entire vehicle and trekked on down the road to their campsite, only to discover when they get there that they’ve left the tent behind. So first, check that off your list. But second, make sure you have all of the extra components required to mitigate any problems that might arise from your makeshift domicile. Have carpet thread and a needle ready for when those tent straps decide to give way. Have waterproofing spray for those troublesome areas. Have tent patches for when spray doesn’t quite cut it. And make sure to bring extra tent pegs. Regular use can cause wear and tear on the plastic version, and general loss has been known to happen with the metal ones simply from packing and unpacking. Check everything twice before loading it up.
Photo: National Park Service
A sleeping bag and some pillows are nice, of course, but so is a blow-up or foam mattress for added comfort. A tired camper from a rough sleep doesn’t make for a good day. Especially when they’re 10 years old and their favorite words at 8 a.m. are “I’m bored.” Even a rolled up sleeping pad keeping something between their sleeping bag and the damp tent floor could make all the difference.
Cooler (Stocked with Ice, Pre-Made Food, & Drinking Water)