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Camping Essentials for the Whole Family

by Mary Melnick

Feb 1, 2023

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Travel Tips

Spring is right around the corner, making it the perfect time to start planning your 2023 spring family travel. With temperatures rising, the best spring vacations involve camping in the great outdoors. Make this next camping trip the best with these must-have essentials.


Pull Start Fire

Pull Start Fire helps you cut down the time of making a campfire, meaning the faster you get the fire started, the quicker you are making s’mores and getting warm. Starting at $19.99 and available on pullstartfire.com, Amazon and Skimlinks, Pull Start Fire is the easiest way to start a fire without any matches, lighters or kindling. The windproof and rainproof fire starter can light wet wood and burn for more than 30 minutes. The lightweight start fire has multiple built-in safety features and is compact, making it easy to store and perfect for hiking or camping.


Gel Blaster

Keep the whole family entertained with Gel Blaster. The no-mess, non-toxic and eco-friendly paintball alternative helps get kids off the screens and enjoying the great outdoors. Each Gel Blaster starts at $49.99 and is available at gelblaster.com, Walmart and Amazon. Each bag of ammo costs $5 and is shipped in dehydrated packs of 10,000 Gellets.


Puffer Hug

Perfect for those chilly nights, Puffer Hug allows you to stay warm, whether around the fire or relaxing in your tent. The vest features a durable puffer outside with a soft, cozy fleece inside. In addition to a wide range of sizes (including for dogs), Puffer Hug packs down small for easy travel and storage. The company donates 15 percent of all sales to children’s mental health programs nationwide.


MyMedic – Ready Collection

Be prepared for all emergencies with the MyMedic first-aid kit. Each kit is stuffed with high-performance supplies for day-to-day minor injuries. The kit is separated into injury-specific areas and color-coded for fast and easy identification. Packed into a portable, water-resistant carrying case, all kits include supplies related to injuries such as bleeding, burning, different medications, topical and hydration.


Choose from four different kits: Ready Pocket, the smallest kit for a car, bag or purse; Ready Large, perfectly sized for families and accident-prone travelers; Ready Everyday, travel-sized kit for a couple or small family; and Ready Mini, perfect for stashing in a suitcase or travel backpack.



TableTopics allows families to enjoy some quality time with one another. This game features prompts to helps families learn more about each other and makes it easier to share your favorite stories. With TableTopics, you’ll never experience a lull in conversation.


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