Camping vacations with families can provide many wonderful and lasting memories. Camping allows you to unwind and unplug from many of today?s electronic needs. It allows you to bond with family members you might not otherwise have the chance to in the traditional busy day to day. Planning your camping trip for family bonding also requires planning the specific activities, location, and type of lodging. These specific details will ensure that you have the best camping experience.
Multiple lodging options
When you plan a family camping vacation that includes different generations of family members, you want multiple lodging options available. While younger children may be more than thrilled to sleep in tents underneath the stars, older adults may prefer a warm bed inside of a cabin with electricity. Your family members will enjoy the ability to choose their sleeping arrangements for comfort. Cabins are also perfect for young children who want to sleep outdoors, but then want to move indoors. Many campgrounds also have the ability to park your RV. The RV campground opens up many sleeping arrangements for family members.
Non electronic activities
Children in today?s electronic generation are missing out on many outdoor activities. Attempt to plan a variety of activities, all of which do not include using electronics in any way. If possible, leave cell phones and tablets at home. Your children may miss them at first, but after they learn about the exciting activities of the outdoors, they will forget all about them. Campgrounds offer many exciting outdoor activities, including swimming, boating, fishing, hiking, and biking.
Create friendly family competition
You can increase the entertainment of the traditional camping experience by adding in a little competition. Take the same activities you have planned and turn them into a family competition. Arrange teams and see who wins. This provides perfect bonding opportunities, especially among family members who may not be close. It requires them to work together and to get to know one another on a deeper level. Some campgrounds also provide competitions throughout the day.
Choose a long term camping destination
If you have the ability for a long term camping trip, you will find that you are able to get more out of the vacation. Long term camping trips are much different than weekend trips. Long term camping destinations tend to have other campers staying for an extended period of time. These other campers quickly become your neighbors. Just remember, if you plan to stay for a longer period of time, choose a campground that has more entertainment and lodging abilities.
More than 40% of adult participants camped at state park campgrounds, making them the most popular venue. National park campgrounds came in a distant second at 14% and local park campgrounds third at 10%. These three different types of camping destinations provide the entertainment, the different lodging types, and the ability to stay for a long summer, or for a quick weekend.
Make camping a new family tradition
Approximately 99% of camping participants said they were likely or very likely to camp next year. In fact, they are planning an average of 4.9 camping trips, with two thirds planning three or more trips. With busy work and family schedules, it can be very difficult for family members to stay close, especially when they do not live in the same household. Making camping a family tradition is a great way to provide those bonding opportunities to your family members.
Many families find it difficult to stay close. Camping, however, is the perfect vacation opportunity to encourage family bonding. Camping also is one of the most popular outdoor recreational activities in the United States, whether it is in a tent at a campground, a RV, campgrounds with cabins, or even just in the backyard. In 2013, the revenue of campgrounds and RV parks was estimated at around 5 billion U.S. dollars. Plan your camping trip this summer to get back in touch with all of your family members.