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Planning a Spring Break Camping Trip

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While some Americans are heading off to foreign destinations for spring break, consider a family camping trip to the great outdoors for affordable fun.

While some Americans are heading off to foreign destinations for spring break, consider a family camping trip to the great outdoors for affordable fun.

Students all over the United States are eagerly awaiting the best days of the last semester of school: spring break! Parents, meanwhile, are trying to figure out what to do with the kids for the week they are out of school. Many would love to be able to give their children a week-long excursion to an exotic location but can’t image how they could pull off such a feat as they struggle to make ends meet in a depressed economy.

A spring break camping trip could be the perfect solution for parents who are unable to take off work for the entire week and for those whose budgets don’t have much wiggle room. Plan a fun and adventurous camping trip the whole family will love while getting the most bang for your camping buck by following these tips.

Team up

By camping with friends and family you can save money on food and gas, reduce the work load, and possibly take advantage of group discounts at campgrounds.

Location

From the majestic outdoors to important cultural and historic landmarks, state and national parks offer some of the best experiences in America with extremely affordable camping rates. Find places and activities and explore trip ideas at www.recreation.gov.

There are obviously many things to do when you’re camping in the great outdoors. Make sure you bring the right gear for your plans.

Gear

Having the right gear can mean the difference between having a good camping experience or a bad one. The gear you choose needs to be appropriate for the season, location, and activities chosen. Gather the family around the kitchen table and create a checklist of all the supplies you will need. This activity will result in a more enjoyable trip, and it will create anticipation for the adventure ahead. Family Camping Checklists provides lists for a variety of camping activities and adventures to get you started.

Shelter

Your family’s camping fun begins with the shelter. It will be your home away from home in the great outdoors. It’s important to make sure the shelter provides ample protection from the elements, is constructed of quality material, and has plenty of space. The Mountainsmith Conifer 5+ Person Three Season Tent is an example of a reliable shelter.

Activities

State and national parks will have all kinds of outdoor activities to choose from such as hiking, fishing, canoeing, and mountain climbing. In addition, many campgrounds offer organized activities for families to enjoy such as chuck wagon cook-outs, sing-a-longs, movies, and campfire stories. Remember, spring weather can be unpredictable. It’s a good idea to pack a few board games, journals, pens and pencils, and a deck of cards to pass the time inside the tent.

An affordable camping trip won’t cut out the fun or the memories, only some of the expense. It doesn’t matter whether you are able to take the family camping for a day or a week. The end result will be the same. The family will have done something fun and adventurous together without busting your budget.

Top featured image by David Restivo, National Park Service, fishing image by Tami McDaniels

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  • D Farbz

    This is a good smart way to ensure that everyone gets a great experience outdoors. Nice work Tami andnAndy.

    • andyandtami

      Thanks for the feedback!

  • Ray

    Great Idea

    • andyandtami

      Thanks for the comment!

  • Abby

    This brings back great memories of growing up, sometimes things a just fun and don’t ever change. Thanks Tami

    • andyandtami

      I think so too. I loved to go camping with my parents and even my grandparents when I was a kid and I have such great memories of it.

  • jstiles

    I love to camp, spring break is the perfect time to enjoy being together with your family and friends.

    • andyandtami

      I agree.

  • AlanS

    I can remember spring break camping trips with my folks, they were more fun than going out of state on vacation. A great way to make memories.