Planning a Camping Trip for the Whole Family

Camping trips can provide an excellent opportunity for families to spend time together, away from television, phones and video games.  However, it is important to take the needs and preferences of each family member into consideration when planning a family camping trip.  Some families enjoy adventure, while others just enjoy cooking burgers on the outdoor grill and relaxing around the campsite.

Think about activities the whole family will enjoy, this can be difficult if you have children of various ages.  Small children need safe, yet stimulating activities; it may not be the best bet to take a three year old white water rafting.  There are campgrounds that have amenities that children of all ages will enjoy.  Older children may not be too keen on leaving their phones and computers behind; and unless this is strictly forbidden, there are campgrounds that offer Wi-Fi service.  If you’re camping near a lake, inquire about canoe or paddleboat rentals, this is something that everyone will enjoy.

To make sure everyone is happy, it is important to plan ahead and make sure you bring everything necessary for a safe, enjoyable trip.  Before leaving, it is a good idea to make sure all of our camping equipment is together and in good working order.  Make sure all you cooking equipment is clean and ready for use; if you plan on cooking on a portable grill, make sure you have enough propane or charcoal.  Make sure you have enough sleeping bags for everyone and some extra blankets are never a bad idea.  A first-aid kit and insect repellant is a necessity.

Grand Canyon - Lower Tapeats Campground at the Colorado RiverSome campgrounds have hiking and biking trails, so if possible, bring the bikes.  Almost everyone enjoys riding a bike.  Young children may have fun riding near the campsite while Mom and Dad relax.  Reserving a campsite in advance can ensure you get a site near the playground which will give children something to do while you prepare dinner or set up the tents.  Who doesn’t love sitting around a campfire at night eating s’mores and telling ghost stories; so don’t forget to pack the chocolate, graham crackers and marshmallows.

With just a little thought you can plan a camping trip the whole family will enjoy; even the teenagers.  Do some research about the area around your campground and find some fun and interesting side trips; who knows, you may even learn something.  Just remember it’s about spending time with your family, every second doesn’t have to be planned.  Bring a deck of cards and just enjoy each other’s company.