This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Banana Boat® . The opinions and text are all mine.

Every year my entire family gets together and drives into the woods to spend a week camping, fishing, swimming, and toasting marshmallows.  We have been doing this since I was a my kids age and I still enjoy every minute of it.  It has become my favorite part of the summer.

My aunts, uncles, cousins, and close friends all set up tents in a huge row of camp sites and spend the morning fishing at the river while cooking bacon and eggs at the picnic tables.
  Then enjoy floating in the river all day, laughing and reminiscing about the last 30 years of fun at the campground.  My husband, however, usually falls asleep on a float and finds himself in a bush along the river.
The campground we call home, has a lot for everyone to do.  From beach parties, to turtle races, its impossible for the kids to get bored.  The best part of continuing this family tradition now that I have a family of my own, is seeing the fun of camping through my childrens eyes.  I love seeing them bonding with their cousins and learning things that they would never learn sitting infront of a tv all week!
Every night we get together and barbeque before the kids get to make s’mores, tell campfire stories, and play flashlight tag.
 
With the world often feeling like its becoming a very scary place, there is something about camping that brings out the innocence in my children and makes life slow down.
 
As if that wasn’t enough on the weekend nights, we trade in flashlight tag for a family glow dance at the pavilion.  The big kids and the little kids shake their booties till they fall asleep in our arms dancing to “We Are Family”.  These are the memories that will last forever and I’m proud that they are experiencing these amazing adventures.
After camping my whole life, I have learned that most people don’t forget to pack the big stuff.  I have never heard of someone showing up to the campground without their tent and rarely have I heard of someone forgetting a grill or cooler.  However somebody always forgets the small stuff, and without bug spray, a can opener, or sunblock in the woods for a week can lead to misery.
 
Have you ever camped with a sunburn?  Its not fun at all!  You have no way of controlling the temperature while your depending on mother nature.  A sunburn can make you freeze all night and burn up all day.  Carrying wood for the fire, sleeping on an air mattress, and running through the woods goes from normal camping fun to a miserable achy day. 
 
So what’s on the top of my packing list every year?  Not my tent or chairs, I know they’ll get packed, on the top of my list is my Banana Boat® Sunblock!  We are living outside all week, we are in the sun weather we plan to be or not, that’s why in order to keep everyone healthy and happy all week I apply and reapply sunblock on my kids and myself all day, everyday. 
 
I always have a bottle of Banana Boat® Kids Continuous Spray Sunscreen, a bottle of Banana Boat® Kids Sunscreen Lotion for the kids faces, and a bottle of Banana Boat®  Sport Performance® CoolZone™ Continuous Spray Sunscreen for my husband and I with me.
 
Banana Boat® keeps the kids protected so that I can keep the fun going!
I also like to pack some other necessities that are easy to forget in a small plastic bin that I can keep on the picnic table without worrying about any rain.  Some of my easy to forget items are Band-Aids, Neosporin, bug spray, prescriptions, Motrin and tummy medication, an extra flashlight and batteries, zip ties, and antibacterial wipes.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Banana Boat® . The opinions and text are all mine.

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