How Should Family Camping Fit Into Your Prepping Plans?

Going camping with your family is a great way to practice prepping and survival skills before you need to use them in a survival situation. It’s also a way to familiarize yourself with the gear and equipment you’ll use.

There may be times when you’re stranded at home for days or weeks due to an ice storm in winter or the aftermath of a hurricane. Or you may have to evacuate your home altogether to escape anarchy for a while.

With that in mind, the topic for DestinySurvival Radio was family camping and prepping. My guest was Leon Pantenburg of

Leon is a wilderness enthusiast. Though he doesn’t claim to be a survival expert, he’s had decades of experience camping, backpacking and canoeing. Therefore, he’s got a wealth of knowledge based on personal experience.

He’s also an experienced reporter, photographer and interviewer who knows many experts in their respective survival fields.

You don’t have to have wilderness training or be a Boy Scout to embark on a family camping adventure. If you’re new to prepping, or if you’ve never done any wilderness camping, taking that first step to ask questions is something for which you’re to be congratulated.

When you go camping, you’re taking your stuff to an environment that’s not familiar to you. You’re living minimally and must decide what’s most important to have. What’s really necessary and what’s not?

You need the correct gear. This takes some forethought, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Leon and I spent much of the show talking about basic considerations for sleeping bags, tents, camping stoves, food, clean water and starting a fire.

Whether you’re camping or living through a difficult survival situation, you have a few essential needs, which include:

  • Shelter
  • Staying warm and dry
  • Staying hydrated
  • Staying safe

Leon says a good place to start camping is in your own backyard. It’s a good place to practice and discover problems and needs without being in a far away setting.

Your decisions about the right camping gear will depend in part on the climate where you live. Also, are you going car camping at a camp ground, or are you going backpacking? Remember too that your safety and that of your children must be top priority.

When you shop for camping gear locally, it’s likely you’ll be able to get advice on what’s suitable for the weather and terrain where you live. If you want to shop online to get a feel for what’s available, check out the companies featured in the DestinySurvival Prep Mart.

Camping builds family togetherness and helps you practice the skills you need before you have to have them. Make family camping part of your prepping plans, and have fun!

Leon shared more common sense information than I can pass along here, and we could have talked longer. Unfortunately, the original link to this DestinySurvival Radio episode no longer works, but if you get in touch with me, we can work out arrangements to provide you with the audio file.

Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.