Sunday, June 30, 2013
Family vacations are a tradition ormillions o amilies across the globe. Such vacations have declined in number overthe last several years, when many amilieswere orced to cut expenses in the midsto a struggling economy.Tough the economy has gradually begun to rebound, amilies with reshmemories are still reticent to committo costly vacations. One o the moreaordable and amily-riendly vacationoptions is camping. Families get thechance to experience some o nature’smost idyllic settings at a raction o the cost o expensive resort vacations.But beore venturing out in the greatoutdoors, a amily should consider theollowing tips to ensure their camping vacation is a swimming success.
• Research the weather. Before
choosing a campsite, get a rm graspo what to expect rom Mother Nature
while you’re there. Research weather
patterns and how much the weather can vary during the time o year when youwill be vacationing. Does the weatheructuate signicantly during the daytimeand nighttime hours? Is rain likely or unlikely? Weather conditions willdictate which gear is necessary or thetrip, and amilies might want to avoidcampgrounds that are requented by rain. Adults might be able to cope witha rainstorm or two, but such conditionsmay make everyone miserable.
• Find an activity-friendly campground.
When looking or a campground, look or one that boasts a lot o activities.Adults might enjoy the simple relaxationo camping, but kids will likely needmore to do. Look or a campground thatcan oer activities the children will like,such as hiking, kayaking, rafing, or evenmountain biking.
• Determine who you are as campers.
Not all campers enjoy the rustic lieo camping. Some need to combinecamping with the amenities o modernlie, including running water and toiletsthat ush. Campers should be honestwith themselves in regards to theirneeds in amenities when researchingcampgrounds. I you and your amily will need a shower, consider renting an
RV for the trip or choose a campground
with accessible showers and restrooms.
Veteran campers might sco at such
amenities, but amilies would likely preersome combination o roughing it in thewild and modern day living.
• Get the right gear. Entry to many
campgrounds is ree or nearly ree.However, camping gear could costmoney. Te good thing about campinggear is it’s reusable. I this year’s campingtrip is a success, then next year’s trip
won’t cost nearly as much. Visit a local
camping store and explain your situation,including what you hope to get out o the camping trip and where you’ll beheading. An associate should be ableto help you nd the right gear or yourtrip, including a tent, lights, a waterlter, cooking materials, and inatablemattresses. Te materials needed or asuccessul camping trip are many, butagain these materials are reusable and canlast a lietime i amilies choose the rightgear.
• Stock up on the essentials. Once
you have purchased the right gear, don’torget to stock up on the other essentials.Particularly during the warmer months,campgrounds can be very hot and insectsabound. Be sure to bring adequateamounts o sunscreen and bug spray and
apply each liberally every day. Even if the
sky is overcast, apply sunscreen to avoidpainul sunburn. Other essentials includetoilet paper (bring more than you expectto use), bottled water, plates and utensils,and garbage bags. Be sure to bring extragarbage bags to avoid littering in thecampground.
• Don’t forget to have fun. Families
should emphasize having un when visiting the campground. Becausecamping is not a resort-style vacation,it’s up to Mom and Dad to entertain thekids. Bring along a guitar or a campresing-a-long, and pack a ew board gamesthe amily can enjoy under the stars atnight. I a nearby park is known or beingespecially amily-riendly, consider itas a campsite. Kids might meet ellow campers their own age and make somenew riends.
Make your family camping trip a success
A amily-riendly campground withplenty o activitiesor kids to haveun and makenew riends ofenmakes the ideallocation or a amily camping trip.