With spring season coming up, going camping with your family during the weekend seems like a great idea to bond and let off steam. Going camping with a big family, especially with kids, can seem like a hassle. But with the right plan and equipment, the trip would be worth it. Here’s how you can start planning your family’s camping trip.
Pick and make a reservation
There are plenty of camping sites around. Do some research and pick one that is family friendly and fits your budget. Camping sites with build-it-yourself tents, running water and huge lakes are great for families. It can be pretty full during the weekends, so make sure to call and make a reservation before heading out on your trip. If you’re early, you can even choose the exact location of your camping grounds on the camping site.
Pack the right gear and clothing
After knowing what the camping site will provide, you’ll likely know what extra items you need to bring for family camping. Things like camping Stoves and first aid kits should be on top of the list, along with tents and blankets (if not provided), flashlights, storage bins, bikes and foldable chairs. You should also pack clothes that suit all kinds of weather, such as casual clothes for when it’s warm and jackets for when it’s colder. Bring raincoats in anticipation of rain.
It’s best to know what meals you want to make because you might not have the time or tools to cook it when you’re there. Have a menu ready and do all the prep work at home, such as cutting up vegetables and meat. Make sure you have enough utensils for the whole family and bring paper plates. Bringing containers or ziplock bags is also a good idea so that you can bring snacks on the go when hiking or biking around the campsite.
Make a list of activities
Knowing what activities you and your family are going to do when you arrive at the camping site will help you prepare better before leaving for the trip. Depending on the camping site, you can go hiking, biking, swimming, and even hunting. You can make an itinerary to ensure that there are breaks in between activities to rest and have meals. It will also prevent your children from being over-exhausted and end up getting sick during the trip.
These preparation steps are the key to a wonderful weekend getaway with your family at a camping site. Follow them and be ready to make the best memories in the wilderness.