The first long-weekend of Summer 2016 is upon us, and people in Saskatchewan are EXCITED! We have a beautiful weekend ahead of us with temperatures around 25 degrees and that’s a big deal. You see, in our province we brace ourselves for “camping May long” because it can mean a weekend like this, or a weekend of snow on the ground when you step out of your tent in the morning. This weekend is a fabulous indication, I hope, of what this summer holds.
Three in five Canadians say they are likely to go camping this summer, according to a recent survey from Ipsos and Energizer Canada, and families with kids (45%) are almost twice as likely to plan a camping trip compared to those without kids (25%).
Two thirds of those campers do most of their camping during long weekends – so this means you are likely in the process of gearing up right now.
The same survey showed that as many as half of respondents say they usually forget to bring something important when they camp. When asked what the #1 item was that campers should not forget – a flashlight topped the list. It makes sense, think of all the times you wouldn’t want to be caught without a flashlight when camping – yikes!
47% of Canadian campers agree that most camping essentials require batteries, so be sure to stock up on reliable ones. Energizer tells us that their long-lasting Recharge battery line will not only keep your camera, flashlights, and everything else, charged all trip long, but these are the world’s first that are made from 4% recycled batteries. Using them will minimize our impact on landfill giving everyone an opportunity to do their part in protecting the beautiful Canadian landscapes for future generations of campers.
My top picks, shared at both CTV Morning Live Regina above and Global Regina Morning News, were all purchased at Walmart and include a 5 Piece Premium Family Camp Tent Combo, Queen size air mattress, reversible beach blanket, BBQ Grill, bubble kits, Smores Kits and more. The point, of course, is to immerse yourself in nature (while staying comfortable, glamping) and enjoying spending time together as a family.
I hope you are among those 3 in 5 Canadians getting out to camp this summer – we will be out there in July! Look for the girl clutching a wine glass and flashlight.