Try Camping for Your Next Family Vacation

Camping is a Great Way to Build Lasting Memories

Summer is the traditional vacation season and for many families it means heading to the mountains for cooler temperatures.  For a truly special family vacation why not try camping?  You and your family will build memories that last a lifetime.

Plan Your Family Camping Trip Together

Want your camping trip to be memorable for the right reasons? Plan your trip with family members and get their input on where to go and what to do. By getting input from family members,  they are choosing the activities and will be looking forward to your planned trip.  For campground reservations visit www.reserveamerica.com, and for families with young children I recommend www.koa.com.  KOA campgrounds are designed for families and have lots of planned activities such as movies, campfires, fishing, swimming, bike rentals, game arcades, wifi, and more.

Making Camping fun for Kids

Kids naturally love the outdoors so camping is a great activity for most families.  Plan lots of activities so your kids will have choices.  To make traveling fun try these ideas:  stops along the way, car games – ABC – signs, singalongs, license plates, twenty questions, I Spy, restaurant game.  At the campground some ideas to consider are: Boardgames, campfire stories, smores, Bisquick breakfast on a stick, bike rides, geocaching, Park Ranger Tours, take pictures, make a movie on your iPod with iMovie, stargazing, bring a pet dog, fishing, hiking, biking, bird watching, supervised scavenger hunts, listen to nature sounds, leaf scrap booking, Before your trip be sure to practice camping overnight in the backyard complete with Fido if you plan on bringing the family dog.

Tent or RV?

Your Family's expectations will help guide your decision on whether to choose a tent or an RV for your trip. Tenting offers a more back to nature experience and is not for everyone, while RVing offers the comforts of home with the outdoors as your backyard. Some things to consider before making your decision: 1) Some campgrounds do not have shower facilities so you will need to bring your own shower or find other facilities nearby.  2) What will you do when it rains? Playing Monopoly for six hours in a small tent can be a challenge so plan other activities.  3) Tents require more effort to setup and take down.  This can be a great way for kids to learn how help out with family chores.  Want them to help take down the tent?  Make setting up camp fun and plan an activity soon after the chores are over!  4) RVs are much more expensive than traditional tent camping so be sure you are committed to camping before you invest in an RV.  Renting an RV and finding the right one for your family before making a purchase is the best option.

Buy Equipment or Rent?

Renting camping equipment might be the best option if you are new to camping. REI.com has camping equipment for rent and chances are there is one close to you.  Looking to save some money?  Try Craigslist for gently used camping gear or recreational vehicles.

 

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