Going camping is a great activity that can get you off the couch, let you say goodbye to your electronics, spend quality time with the family, and get back in touch with nature. We know there are many ways to spend your vacation days, but rather than visiting one of the more than 400 amusement parks and attractions within the United States, consider a family camping trip instead.
But before you head out on your trip, here are a few camping tips and tricks that will let you camp like a champ.
Choosing a campsite
Choosing the right campgrounds is even more important than choosing the perfect campsite to pitch your tent. In fact, the campgrounds you choose can make or break your trip. Here are a few tips for choosing the best one:
1. If you’re camping with your family, choose a campground that caters to families with young kids. The same goes for people who prefer to camp with their RV. Find a campground suited to your preferred form of camping.
2. Look for campgrounds with direct access to water features, like a nearby river or lake. It’s simply a fact of life that camping near water is more fun.
3. Make sure there is a picnic table and a fire pit! A simple table can be quite convenient for makeshift storage and dinners.
4. When it comes to picking a campsite, look for a spot that’s upwind, as you don’t want to be in line of your neighbor’s campfire all night.
5. Be wary of any campsite with dead trees and bushes unless you want bugs to be your friends. This includes cabin rentals, as well!
Come prepared with the following to make campsite living a breeze.
1. Protect your toilet paper by storing it in a coffee or oatmeal can. This can be especially helpful in case it rains or if you accidentally drop your supplies.
2. Make a portable lantern by strapping a headlamp to a gallon jug of water and setting it up in the middle of the tent. They provide a ton of light and are easy to dispose of when packing up.
3. No need for bland food when you are camping; toss some spices in small mint containers for a portable spice rack.
4. For easy access, keep your next day’s clothes in your sleeping bag with you. Doing so will keep them warm for the following morning, and this especially great in the cooler months.
5. You can cook virtually anything in foil. Anything works, and you can make plenty of delicious meals including three cheese potatoes, burgers, sausages, nachos, even pineapple upside down cake!
From cabins to tents, camping is a great way to get in touch with your outdoorsy self. So what are you waiting for? Book your camping spot today!