These days the first thing that gets cut from many budgets are any trips you may have planned ( These are important, though if you want to bond as a group and talk without everyone looking at one screen (television, computer, cell phone) or another.

For bonding and clearing your head, there isn’t much better than getting away, even if just for a few days ( How can you do it with such a tight budget though? Consider camping as an affordable family vacation option.

You do need some things, but many of them you may already have. The rest can be found in a variety of price ranges, so no matter how tight the budget is you can hopefully find room for these things, the gas to get somewhere (even if it’s just twenty minutes out of town), and campsite fees.

A first aid kit on hand will stop any outdoors trip from going bad quickly. If you have some bandages and something to clean any wounds with than getting a cut isn’t such a big deal, but without it, a small cut can ruin the trip.

Depending on where you go, a camping stove may be essential, as well as a water purifier ( Check and see if clean water and something to cook on is available where you hope to camp–you may need to bring charcoal for a provided grill at your site.

Some entertainment plans are critical to a successful, peaceful, camping trip with the family. Consider board games, hikes, kayaking, canoeing, swimming, mountain biking, music, books or comedy on tape, or anything else you can imagine doing as a group in the woods.

You’ll need some sleeping arrangements, including a tent, sleeping bag, and air mattress to camp. Having comfortable sleeping arrangements is critical to keeping everyone in a good mood and ready and willing to go out and do things the next day.