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When the weather starts warming up, families start planning their vacation time. One of the most popular spring, summer, and even fall activities for families is camping. Getting outdoors and close to nature makes everyone in a good mood and it boosts vitamin D levels. And the fresh air tires out children, so that’s even better.
But, there is a lot that needs to go into planning a fun, and safe, camping trip for the family. Family campouts require that you understand what type of equipment you need - including clothing, cooking items, and things that keep you safe. Plus, having a plan for fun activities to do won’t hurt. After all, trying to do things without a plan can be a disaster, especially with children in tow.
Having said that, if you take a little time to craft a plan before going you’re sure to have a lot of fun, stay safe, and build great family-centered memories for everyone. Remember that the ages of your children, the division of duties in the family, and many other factors come into play. Taking these into account will help you all enjoy your family campout even more.
Planning Your Family Camping Trip
Camping takes just as much planning as any other type of fun family vacation, especially if you have kids. In fact, for a camping trip to go well it might even take more planning, because you have to consider so much about the trip to ensure that everyone has a safe, yet fun time enjoying nature.
Choose Your Destination
The very first thing to do when planning your family camping trip is to choose your destination. Where you go will inform many of the rest of the decisions that you need to make about the camping trip - including clothing, supplies, and activities. Without knowing the destination, you can’t plan anything else. So, pick your destination first.
Research the Area
Once you know your destination, research the area further. That way you’ll know what type of camping accommodations exist. Are you allowed to use a tent? Is there a place for your RV? Are there cabins for rent or toilets and showers? This information will help you know what to bring with you on your trip.
Plan What You’ll Do There
Once you know what’s available taking your children’s ages and everyone’s likes into consideration, start planning what you’ll do there. You don’t want to plan every single moment of the trip because you want to allow for time to hang out and read or just enjoy nature. But having at least one planned activity each day will help everyone enjoy their trip.
Create Backup Plans for Inclement Weather
It doesn’t really matter what the weather is today, because your vacation dates might end up being during inclement weather. Find things that you can do if the weather is bad, because it’s not likely you can just go to a movie. Make sure you bring plenty of reading material in case that happens. You can still have a relaxing time reading real books and connecting as a family.
Consider the Ages of Your Kids
When you are planning anything, it’s imperative that you consider the ages of your children. If you have many ages, then you can switch up activities often so that no one gets bored or upset. Think about planning activities around young children’s nap times and bedtimes. Even though you’re on vacation, children do thrive with normal schedules and it’ll make it easier on the family.
Plan How You’ll Prepare Your Meals and Snacks
Taking into consideration the ages, likes, and dislikes of your kids, also take time to plan meals and snacks that everyone will enjoy. If you’re doing a lot more physical activity than normal, you may need more snacks. Some good choices are trail mix, fruit, and even boxed cereal like Chex and Cheerios.