Some experiences just make for better experiences than others. Whether it’s a long holiday, or a short camping trip, these are also some of those experiences which help create some of the best memories with the family. Given that it is time that you are looking to spend with your family, you would also want it to be as special and fun as it possibly could. What acts as an added advantage is the fact that a trip like this can also turn out to be one of the most economical little vacations that could be taken with the family. At the end of the day, that is the point anyway, right? It’s about the time spent with each other that matters greatly. There is however one crucial factor, and that is, planning the camping trip well so as to be able to make the most of it, despite the short span of time of the trip by itself. Here are a few ideas that you could maybe use.
Planning a Camping Trip
Planning camping trips with family or even friends for that matter must be done in such a manner that it is practical, hassle-free and fun, all at the same time. Here are some of the things that would have to be considered while planning your camping trip.
Choose the Camping Destination Wisely
The first of many things that needs to be thought of when planning your camping trip is fixing the camping destination. A good way to begin would be by choosing a spot that hasn’t been visited by you in the past. While you definitely feel a great sense of familiarity when going to a place you know well, a spot like that also tends to miss the element of that much required surprise and adventure. The part that should make up for your camping trip as being fun is that very element. What also matters greatly is details such as proximity to bathrooms, etc., especially if you are with little ones and will be in frequent need of using them due to the kids.
Get There Early and Familiarize Yourself with the Area
When you plan a camping trip, make sure you get an early start. Once you get to your destination, there will be a lot you will have to do before you can move on to having all that fun you’ve planned on. One of the many things that you will have to begin with is getting acquainted with the spot you’ve picked for this little camping trip. That said, you also must be sure to have found out at least the basic details about the place you’ve chosen. Don’t land up at your chosen destination absolutely unaware about what you’ve opted for.
Carry Convenient Food
Another essential factor that needs to be well planned when it comes to a camping trip is the food. Good practical camping food is what you should carry with you. No seven course gourmet spread please. Here is a list of some things that should be kept in mind while planning the food aspect of it:
- Easy to prepare and eat
- Minimal use of pots and pans
- Can be eaten at room temperature or cold too
- Delicious and wholesome (all at the same time)
- Easy to preserve
The suggested factors are of absolute importance when considering camping foods, because if there’s one thing you want to avoid, it is a mess, especially when it concerns food. A few popular items that make for good camping food are: pasta, eggs, sausages, canned tuna/sardines, crackers, pretzels, marshmallows, etc.
Plan Fun Activities for All
If it’s just you and your kids, there’s not much that you would have to plan for, but if it is about a larger crowd than that, you would have to ensure that there is something fun for everyone to do. A large open space like a playground is a great idea to work with if you are outnumbered by kids. Lots of open space is perfect when you want to do something as simple as letting your kids ride their bicycles or maybe even playing some badminton or the likes. Most adults would normally opt for activities such as fishing, horse-back riding, volleyball, etc. Other activities that one could choose from are ones that could be played around the camp fire. A few such games are charades, random guessing games, complete the story, etc. Remember, the fact that there are kids, it has to stay decent. If you are with a bunch of friends (adults only), you could also opt for games like twister, spin the bottle, or anything that allows you to go crazy.
These were a few ideas for making family camping trips. Apart from that, don’t forget to take care of the essentials such as sufficient clothing, toiletries, a first aid kit (very important), a map of the area, and any other item you consider extremely essential. Once you have all that settled, you have nothing to worry about. Go ahead and be a happy camper.