There’s something special about getting everyone you love together for a few days of outdoor fun together – no cell phones, TV, or “real life” distractions. Here are some tips for planning the most epic camping trip that you, your friends, and your family have ever been on. This will be one for the books.
Find the Best Location
Location is very important when camping because not all outdoor spaces were created equal. There are certain campsites that have power sources and cell phone service while others are off the grid completely.
Going off the grid can be a much-needed escape, but make sure you have a portable power source with you so you can charge necessary electronics like Bluetooth speakers, cell phones (you might want to use the camera!) and rechargeable battery packs.
You might also want to find a camping spot that is near water, a location that offers amenities and facilities, or one that is completely free and off the beaten path!
Get Your Camping Gear Together
Remember that you’re building yourself a home away from home when you go camping! Make sure you have all of the necessary camping gear to keep you safe, comfortable, and entertained.
- Fire starters and firewood
- Light sources
- Sleeping gear
- Cooking equipment
- Personal hygiene products
- Portable power source
- Comfortable clothes
- Tarps and rope
- Sharp knife
This is not an exhaustive list of all the camping gear that you might need, but this is a good place to start.
Decide Which Activities You Want
There’s so much more to camping than grilling and fishing! Ask everyone in your group what kind of activities they want to do while camping. Do they want to have a game night? Go kayaking? Hike to the top of a mountain?
Depending on where you go camping, there might be some group activities that you can participate in while you’re there. Some camping areas will have bingo nights, scavenger hunts, and sporting events that anyone can join!
Plan Your Menu
Whether you’re camping for one day or a week, you have to eat while you’re camping! Rather than relying on sandwiches and bags of chips, make it a full-fledged camping experience and cook over the open fire or bring a camping stove with you.
Make sure you have coolers with plenty of ice (and a way to get more ice when necessary) to keep your food cold and safe to consume. We suggest getting a heavy-duty cooler if you’re bringing raw meat with you.
You’ll also want to bring plenty of healthy snacks to eat in between meals so everyone can keep their energy up.
Have fun camping! Check out our blog for more great camping advice.