All over America, people love to camp. In 2013, nearly 14% of people over the age of six tool at least one camping trip. That’s more than 40 million people! Nearly 99% of people surveyed said they expected to do it again. Almost half (47%) of all campers admitted that the main reason they take camping vacations is that they simply enjoy camping.
Camping vacations provide friends and family to take a fun, economical trip together, If you are planning a camping trip, whether you are taking a trip with friends or planning family camping trips, here are some tips to make it more fun.
- Decide what kind of family camping vacations you want. While tent camping is the most popular way to go, it is not your only option. Not everyone loves sleeping in a tent. If not everyone in your trip wants that, you can find cabins for sent at a number of campgrounds around the country. These cabins can be either nothing more than a structure or they can offer all of the amenities of a hotel. Conversely, you can opt for a camping vacations in yurts. No matter what your groups likes in terms of camping accommodations, you will find it.
- Pick a campsite with the activities you like. Most campers (87%) like to do multiple things while taking camping vacations. If you want hunting or fishing, you can get that. If you like water sports but prefer a pool to a river, lake or the ocean you can find campgrounds with a pool. Again, if you do some research, you will find a campground with the activities you like.
- Plan your meals. You probably do not want to spend your entire camping vacation preparing your meals. You can plan your meals at home. You can even prepare some of the food in your kitchen at home. Chop veggies in advance and pack them in zip lock baggies You can precook baked potatoes so that they will need less cooking at the campground. Use empty Tic Tac containers for spices. This way your food can be fun and tasty.
- Plan for bad weather. No matter how well you plan your trip, you may have to deal with bad weather on your trip. Bring board games and other things to keep your family occupied during the bad weather. Find out in advance if there are indoor things to do in the area where you are taking your camping vacations. The staff at the part or campground may have suggestions about what to do in bad weather.
- Keep bugs away naturally. Tea tree oil will get ticks off your party and can keep mosquitoes away. Bring a small bottle with you. It also smells great.
- Keep bears away by being careful with your food and waste. If you do camp in tents, keep your food far away from your sleeping areas. Also cook away from your tents. If you are renting camping cabins, make sure your trash does not attract bears. They can smell food up to a mile away and will find anything you have. Also, regardless of how you camp, take all your trash with you when you leave. Be a good camper and leave the area in better shape than you found it.
- Bring sunscreen. A sunburn can make a camping trip go badly for anyone. Bring sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or more. When you are out hiking or doing anything, bring it with you and reapply often. Even a cream or spray with an SPF of one million will wash off with water or sweat (even the waterproof stuff) so apply often!
- Pack for layering. The temperature may go from cold to hot to cold again. You will be a lot more comfortable if you pack your clothes to wear layers. This will help you stay comfortable all day.
Many people have fond memories of the family camping vacations they took when they were children. These trips offer people a chance to reconnect with the important people in their lives and disconnect from their devices. Camping vacations can offer something for just about every taste and preference. If you look, you will find a campground to please everyone.