Congrats, you’re going camping! Here are some things to keep in mind when planning your camping trip.
When are you going camping?
Do you want to camp this weekend, next month, or 3 or more months from now? How spontaneous do you want to make your trip? Obviously the more time you have to plan, the more organized your trip will (or should) be.
Choose a location
Do you know exactly where you want to go? If you’re not sure, choose a region and explore some attractions and locations.
Some things to consider when choosing a location
- Will you be traveling with children or pets?
- What type of climate do you prefer?
- What kinds of activities do you want to do during the day? What kinds of attractions do you want to see?
Find and reserve a campsite
After you’ve decided how you are traveling and where you’d like to camp, now you need to find a campsite! There are thousands of campgrounds around the country, however you need to research the campground first to make sure they can accommodate you – some campgrounds are tent only, some are RV only, etc. Lots of factors involved… not to mention the amenities offered, such as flush toilets, showers, activities, etc.
If you can, it’s a good idea to reserve your campsite before your trip. Many campsites offer walk-ins on a first come, first served basis, but it is smarter to plan ahead to ensure you campsite is waiting just for you! Other campsites do not take reservations – it’s a good idea to call ahead to make sure you understand the campsite policy.
PACK YOUR BAGS AND GEAR
This is it! You’re packing your bags, your dream will soon be a reality! Pack smart and your trip will be smooth sailing. Use this handly camping checklist to make sure you have everything you need.
MAKE A RAIN PLAN
Sometimes the weatherman is not always right… make sure you check the weather before you leave, and just as a precaution, come up with a rain plan. A rain plan could be choosing an alternate location to visit, or even packing extra board games to play in your tent.