Americans love taking camping vacations. At least $1.5 billion was spent on camping supplies and equipment by consumers around the United States in 2014. A lot of this money was spent on items such as sleeping bags and backpacks. At least 40.1 million people around the country took camping trips in 2013, according to the 2014 American Camper Report. That translates to about 14% of the entire population. This is one of the most popular ways to vacation and most people (more than 97%) who take a camping tips say that they will do it again. Tent camping, as popular as it is, is not the only way to go. Many campgrounds offer cabins for rent. This is often a great option for families with young children and others who do not relish the idea of sleeping outside. Here are some tips to have the best experience when you take your family camping in cabins.
- Find the right campsite. This will be determined by a few factors. When you are looking at campsites that offer cabin rentals, you also need to think about how far you want to go with your family. If your kids are very young, you may want to look to campgrounds that are near your home. There are great parks and campsites in every state so this should not be too hard to do. You also need to look to the activities that are offered. To break up your trip, you may want to look to campgrounds with cabins that are close to splash parks or other attractions. If you know you want to swim in a lake, make sure that is something offered at the campsite.
- Call the campground and ask about their rules. You should ask how far in advance you need to book one of their cabins. You should also ask about the minimum stay. Some require people rent a cabin for two or three days. You should also find out what the cancellation policy is. As much as you want to take your family camping, you never know when someone is going to get sick or you are going to have an issue that will cause you to postpone your trip. You should also ask about any deposit you need to put down to reserve your cabin.
- Ask about the amenities of the cabin itself. Often the campgrounds will have a website that is very comprehensive and will list whatever they offer in the cabins. The deal with cabins is that they range from rustic structures that come with almost nothing to luxurious accommodations that rival five star hotels. If you have any questions about what is included in your cabin rental. You should specifically ask about your cooking options and what is provided for heating or cooling the space. Some cabins come with a full kitchen but in some cases, you have to cook outside. Other have heating or air conditioning but not all.
- Watch out for the weather. Whenever you are planning a camping vacation, in a tent or in a cabin, knowing what the weather is going to be like during your trip. It is always a good idea to pack so everyone can dress in layers but having a sense of what kind of weather they are predicting for your trip can help you plan your days accordingly. If you know rain is forecast for the second day you will be at the campgrounds means you probably should plan that water park visit on a different day.
- Plan all of your meals. Hungry campers are never happy campers. Plan for three meals and snacks. Bring more water than you think you will need. When you are active, you need to give your body more water than you normally need when you are at home. Bring healthy snacks such as trail mix. You can pre cook your potatoes (at least partially) and cut all of your veggies when you are at home so you do not have to do that on your vacation.
Camping vacations are great for family fun and bonding. If you make everyone leave their devices at home, you can increase your quality, family time.