Camping is an ideal trip for some and a nightmare for others.
For those who love the outdoors, camping is an opportunity to unwind and unplug.
Others see it as a surefire way to get mosquito bites and poison ivy.
Planning and preparation may cause camping’s toughest critics to reconsider their stance, though.
Here are ways to add an extra level of fun to camping.
Camping is more enjoyable when you have taken the proper safety precautions.
To keep bears away, secure food and coolers out of sight in your car or in food lockers. Don’t eat inside the tent to avoid bugs as much as possible and toss trash often. Bring your garbage to wildlife-resistant trash containers.
All of these little things will lessen your chances of attracting unwanted animals during your camping trip.
Bring an air mattress if you are worried about sleeping on the hard ground.
Sleeping arrangements can get tricky when camping, and it can be uncomfortable if you are sleeping on the ground for a long period of time.
Air mattresses will make sleeping arrangements much more comfortable.
Cooking over a fire is a fun aspect of camping. Get everyone involved by making meals like hot dogs or s’mores that can be toasted right on a stick.
Ahead of your trip, create a playlist on a service like Spotify that allows you to share it with others.
When you create a shared playlist, other people can collaborate and add songs.
This way, everyone on the trip can add preferred songs to share.
If you want to bring your furry friend along on your camping trip, keep an eye out for pet-friendly campgrounds to visit.
Be mindful of where the restrooms are located at your campground. You may want to choose a site close to the bathrooms to avoid long walks throughout your stay.
Campgrounds are unique and include varying activities to participate in. These include crafts for kids or different hangout opportunities for adults.
If you want many options for fun while you’re camping, look for campgrounds that provide a number of activities for campers.
Bring your five-star hotel and amenities along with you and ditch your air mattress for a feather bed.
Glamping, or glamorous camping, can range from nights in climate-controlled tents to the cuisine of a personal chef.
Involve your kids in the planning process. Ask them what they want to see or experience on your trip.
Offer different options for things to do on the trip and allow them to choose.
Bring along a deck of cards or board games. Your camping expedition might be a great opportunity to actually finish a game of Monopoly.
Also, see camping as an opportunity for physical activity for the whole family. Organize a relay competition that involves a potato sack or water balloon race.
Along with games, bring a backpack filled with toys for your kids while camping. Include a couple of new surprise toys to keep them occupied.
You can get a bug holder and net for cheap. You’re likely going to encounter insects on your camping adventure, and it may be fun for your little one to catch bugs.
Just be sure to put them back into nature after viewing.
S’mores are the perfect camping dessert. While they are delicious when made the classic way, there are a few ways to mix up the recipe.
You can start by changing the chocolate. While Hershey’s are the classic chocolate in a s’more, you can use Reese’s, York Peppermint Patties or even a Kit Kat.
Instead of using a graham cracker, use Chips Ahoy, fudge stripe cookies or Eggo’s cinnamon toast minis.
Another snack that kids will love is the Jiffy Pop popcorn that comes in the pan shape. This can be made over the fire.
It’s not always the wife or the girlfriend who is leery about pitching a tent in the woods; this can apply to men, too! Make your camping trip an event and invite a group.
Good company can make all the difference.
If you’re tent camping with your significant other, make sure the sleeping arrangements are as comfortable as possible for them.
Bring an air mattress, cozy blankets, pillows and a source of light for the tent.
If you’re bringing a first-time camper (or a significant other who is not a fan) to a campground, renting a cabin or an RV may be a good compromise for you both.
With these options, you can still enjoy the outdoors while also having amenities.