Camping out is a fun activity that can be enjoyed by everyone in the family but won’t set you back a lot of cash. And a little advance planning can easily make it more relaxed and pleasurable.
Where Do You Want To Go?
Since there are different needs and requirements for different places — such as the woods, beach or lake — all your other plans will depend upon where you plan to go.
If you already have a vacation spot in mind — great. Skip ahead.
If you don’t, the search engines, especially the giants, Yahoo and Google, will be your best bet for information on campgrounds and attractions. There are many really good campground directories as well as thousands of individual campground websites on the Internet. Plus many sites about attractions and activities for every location.
Every tiny village, hamlet and town has its own community website these days — listing everything from churches and restaurants to community activities and yearly festivals. Just find a town that excites you or an event you want to attend and then find a campground near it.
Consider the needs of an elderly or disabled person if you are traveling with one and be sure to consider the kids and any pets you have when making your choices.
Once you have located a good prospect, don’t be afraid to pick up the telephone (remember those) and call with your questions.
What Should You Take on a Camping Trip?
Obviously this is going to depend upon your family, destination and length of the trip among other considerations, so to even attempt a list here would be worthless.
But making a list yourself would not.
In fact, that is exactly what you need to do. Make a camping checklist of items you need to take. Perhaps two lists — one for camping gear and another for camping food.
Be Sure to Consider the Weather
One crucial thing to always remember is that you can’t control or predict the weather. This is critically important if you are heading into the back country . You must take the right outdoor clothing with you — including cold weather clothing even if you don’t think you will need it. It could save your life.
If you are staying in a public campground or park, or near your car or a hotel, it may not be quite as critically important, but still could mean the difference between enjoying your trip and having a miserable time.
Be sure to pack rain gear, too. Nothing ruins a trip quite as quickly as being wet and uncomfortable.
Choose a campground and attractions you and your family will enjoy, pack the right gear, clothing and food and — above all else — have fun.
Go with a positive attitude and you will enjoy your adventure.