If you are planning family camping vacation, you may be wondering where to start with the planning and preparation. Luckily, I have this guide to make this a bit easier. So read on to find out how to a plan a camping vacation that everyone will love.
How To Plan A Fantastic Family Camping Vacation
Camping as a family can be a ton of fun – and a ton of work. If you follow this ultimate guide, you’ll have everything you need to plan the best family camping vacation EVER! And? You won’t be too stressed out during the trip to enjoy it together.
Decide on your location
Now, the first thing you need to do when planning a camping vacation is to decide where about you would like to go. Most folks tend to stay within the US as we have such amazing national parks where we can camp.
In fact, I wrote a guide to one of my favorite National Parks – visit Skyline Drive. If you are on the east coast, you should definitely check it out.
However, this isn’t the only option. In fact, there are plenty of international locations that are set up for camping either in tents or with a camper vehicle like mainland Europe and Australia. Although you will, of course, have to rent a camper when you arrive or take the bare minimum of supplies and stock up once you get there; otherwise, the cost of extra luggage on your flight can make this un-viable.
You don’t have to limit yourself to a single location either if you don’t wish to as you can go on a camping road trip instead. A road trip is where you get to explore several areas, often following along with famous route across the US, and camping over each night. Something that will allow you and your family to see the country without it costing too much.
USA Road Trips Video
Check out this fantastic video about USA Road trips.
And if you want some tips about taking a road trip as a family, here are a few resources I created:
- How To Have a Fantastic Weekend Road Trip to Yellowstone National Park
- The Best Road Trip Games
- Do Road Trips Save Money?
Plan your meals
You definitely want to plan your meals for an easier camping trip.
Next, when planning your camping vacation, it can help to decide and organize your meal beforehand. To do this, you need to consider when you will eat out at diners or restaurants, and when you will cook back at the site, as well as what you will have for each meal.
How to Fix Breakfast Over a Campfire
One of the most fun things about camping is learning how to cook over an open camp fire. It’s such a unique experience! Here’s a helpful video I found that has a breakfast idea.
Planning your food and cooking is incredibly helpful for many reasons. The first is that you can help keep the cost of your vacation low. The second is that you can ensure that you buy the right supplies to feed everyone each day.
Of course, you will need some smart kit like a portable fridge freezer. Just remember to check the temperature from time to time as well, as this will ensure that all your delicious edible treats are being kept safe for when you want to BBQ or cook around the campfire.
Create a packing list
I am all about free printable checklists! I love staying organized. It helps me to not lose my mind! I found the best camping packing checklist online at 733blog.com. Click the image below to visit the article and download the checklist for free.
You are going to want to pack just about everything on this list. Believe me, being without the comforts of home is hard enough.
I personally prefer hotels or a camper. But the best camping tent for family is something else you will need. Go for spacious. You will need room for air mattresses because sleeping on the ground is awful.
Study Up On Camping Hacks
Finally, get to know some useful hacks that will save you time, money, and stress when you are on your trip. There are a ton of ideas online that will help you stay warm and dry and fed. Plus, some of the hacks are just so fun to try! You’ll make some memories laughing about the ones that didn’t quite work out, too.
Here’s a video about camping hacks that is super helpful!
Yes, sometimes when you write out all the stuff, you need to take it can seem a little intimidating. However, it’s worth doing so because it will make sure that you don’t end up in the middle of the wilderness without the basics that you require to survive and thrive, something that is sure to make your camping vacation enjoyable for the whole family.