A crackling fire, fresh air, roasting marshmallows, could you ask for s'more?
Camping is a perfect vacation for families looking to get away.
"You can get started at any level with camping," Adventurefoot.com creator Laura Sievert said. "It can be just an overnight trip in your backyard. Each time you go, you learn a little more and each time you get a little more adventurous and you take that next step it's going to be exciting and something you'll really treasure as a memory."
Laura Sievert is what you would call an outdoors-woman. She does everything from camping to kayaking and shares it all on her blog, Adventurefoot.com.
She says, while camping can be fun, it can also be dangerous if you're not prepared.
"The most important thing I think to think about before you go out camping is to plan ahead," she said. "So if you know you're going to be out in the sun, bring sunscreen. If it's going to be buggy bring bug spray."
Sievert says don't forget your camping essentials like a first-aid kit, a tent, sleeping bags, a fire starter and food.
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"Common sense like building your fire away from debris," Sievert said. "Watch for poison ivy. More than one camper has put their tent right in the middle of some poison ivy."
Don't rely on technology.
"Don't count on your phone," she said. "When your out in the wilderness or even in the state parks your not guaranteed cell service and certainly not internet service. Have a printed map and know where you're going."
Once you camping essentials are set up, it's time to take a load off. Sit down, relax and take in the scenery.
"State Parks in Iowa, Illinois and Missouri are so beautiful and they are our national treasures, that's our backyard," Sievert said.
Sievert urges you to try camping and take a break from the busy world.
"If you really want to come out and get away from it all, unplug and turn off the iPhone for just a minute," she said. "It's a great way to get your whole family into the outdoors."
You can get more of Sievert's camping tips by clicking, here.