Are you currently planning your next vacation? If so, wouldn’t you like your next vacation to be lots of fun, relaxing, and budget- friendly? Well, camping offers it all. Camping abounds in fun activities that release boosting-mood endorphins such as hiking, swimming, sports, fishing, and more. When it comes to budget-friendly, camping is one way to avoid blowing your budget and adding to your credit card bills.
According to Dr. David Stayer, a Psychologist at the University of Utah, you can reduce your stress levels by being unplugged. Spend a week camping and you certainly will be unplugged. When your stress levels are reduced, you’ll enjoy your vacation more and, as a result, be more able to be productive when you return home.
Tips for Making Your Camping Vacation Fantastic
It’s always best to thoroughly plan any type of vacation ahead of time, and camping is no exception.
Search Online For a Campground
You should check for the facilities and amenities offered at the various campgrounds. With campground manager software, federal, state, provincial and local government park agencies, along with private campground owners, can connect with those wanting an outdoor adventure from around the world.
You want to make sure the facilities and amenities at the campground you plan to visit for your vacation are what you would like them to be. Besides the facilities and amenities, you should find out what outdoor activities are offered at different campgrounds. In winter, you should look for campgrounds with ski slopes, ice for skating, or ice fishing. In the warmer months look for campgrounds with activities including swimming, boating, hiking, fishing, white water rafting, or other warm weather activities.
Our national parks and local parks are a good starting point for finding the best campground for you. You can pre-screen the different campgrounds by telephoning them and asking questions about the following:
- Does the campground have camping space on the dates of your vacation?
- If you have an RV, ask if any pull through spaces are available. This is important since the pull-through spaces are so much easier to maneuver in and out.
- If you have an RV, ask if their camping spaces have hookups.
- You, of course, will want to know the price of one of their camping spaces.
- Check whether they have late arrival policies.
Create a Checklist of Items You Will Need
Your checklist should include the following:
- Compass and maps
- Comfortable chairs
- Extra batteries
- Foldable chairs and table
Camping with an RV will require:
- Fire Extinguisher
- Portable Generator
- Wood blocks for leveling your RV
- Indoor heater
- Set of tools
For meal preparation:
- Drinking water
- Cook Stove
- Cookware Pans
- Can opener
- Utensils for eating and cooking
- Coolers and ice
Essentials for sleeping:
- Sleeping bags
- Inflatable mattresses and pump
- First aid kit
- Rain gear
- Repellent for insect
- Sun protection
- Camera and film
The article titled, Important Camping Tools and Gadgets That You Should Not Leave Behind, has additional suggestions of what to bring to your camping vacation.
Meal Preparation Should be Done Ahead of Time
In order to avoid spending your entire day at camp cooking, you should prepare the meals for your family at home before you leave. To save time when you’re at the camp, you should measure the ingredients for each meal and put them in plastic bags with labels.
Be Prepared for Animal Visitors If You Camp in the Woods
Bears have an unbelievable sense of smell. They think anything they smell is food. Items such as cosmetics, soaps, repellent for insects, fuel, sunscreen, bottles, and drinks have a smell, and the bear will think they are food. Besides those, you’ll be bringing food. Remember trash smells too. Because these items smell, you must store them properly if you want to avoid having a bear visitor. For your safety, food and food scraps, garbage, and toiletries should be kept in sealable containers or bags when camping.
The national parks have regulations for storage of food. The regulations vary according to the national park. Some require campers to store food in bear-resistant containers or lockers. Other parks ask campers to put food in a sealable bag and hang it from a tree. If you don’t follow the specific rules of the national park you’re at, you may be charged fines, they may confiscate your food, or you may be given other penalties. The national parks are trying to protect you and the bears.