Choosing the best family friendly campground for your upcoming vacation doesn’t have to be a stressful situation! With a few tips, it can be an easy task!
When it comes to camping in a tent with kids, you’ll want to know how to pick the best family friendly campground.
Whether you’re traveling out of state to camp with kids or looking to stay close to home, there are a few things to think about before you choose the best family friendly campground to go camping in a tent with kids.
Before you start planning your camping adventure, here are a few cool points from the 2019 North American Camping Report:
- Since 2014, there has been an addition of an estimated 7 million new camper households in the U.S., and the percentage of campers who camp three or more times annually has increased by 72 percent.
- Half of all campers identified their “love of the outdoors” for sparking their interest in camping.
- Although young, both millennials and Gen Xers are more likely to identify themselves as lifelong campers when compared to past years.
- Interest in different types of experiences, including the establishment of “glamping” and “van life,” has helped to further define camping today.
How to Choose the Best Family Friendly Campground
Location of Campground
The first step is to figure out how far away from home you’re willing to travel to go camping in a tent with kids.
Remember that camping in a tent is not like going out to spend a weekend in a camper, you’ll have to figure out how much you want to rough it and how far away from the house is reasonable for camping in a tent with kids.
Also, make sure that you research the potential campground online. There are a lot of great resources out there, including the RV Park Finder.
Here are a few suggestions for family friendly campgrounds:
• Virginia: Over Jordan Farm
• North Carolina: Greenheart Forest
• Indiana: Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park – *We have actually stayed here before and love it! There is truly something for everyone at this park!
Determine Your Budget
Review your income and expenses to figure out an appropriate budget for camping in a tent with kids. Take into consideration all of the costs that will be associated with tent camping such as paying for showers, laundry, and food as well as wood for the campfire. Now that you’ve been able to evaluate the household costs you have before camping; you can determine a budget for camping with kids.
Search by Prices & Options
Find a site that allows you to search for campgrounds in the location that you’ve decided to camp at. Filter your search results by prices and options that you’ve determined are necessary for camping in a tent with kids. Review each location to make sure it has the amenities you need and options that make it a family friendly campground to go camping in a tent with kids.
Determine What Amenities You Need
Camping in a tent with kids means that you won’t have access to showers or laundry since you’ll be roughing it in a tent. Some amenities you may want include, but are not limited to, electricity, water, laundry on site, showers, and restrooms. Many family friendly campgrounds also offer a location to fish and swim, which may be important for you when camping in a tent with kids.
Now that you’ve taken the time to create a list of family friendly campgrounds that will work to fit your budget, amenities need, and location, it’s time to take a vote to figure out which family friend campground fits.
You may be torn between two and have to take a little longer to determine one family friendly campground that will work for camping in a tent with kids, in that case you could do a family vote.
Once you’ve decided which family friendly campground you’ll go to, set a reservation and make plans to get packing so that you have all of your needs ready to go when the time comes to venture into the great outdoors for your camping in a tent with kids adventure.
If you aren’t sure what to pack, check out this great camping checklist.
Packing for your Camping Vacation
Preparing for your camping trip doesn’t have to be a difficult task at all. Here are a few cool product suggestions that will work great for your camping adventure!
Do you like coffee? I sure do and I can’t imagine starting my day without a cup! When you are out camping, you can’t always head to the local coffee shop to grab a cup of your favorite joe, right? So be prepared before you head out on your adventure! A great solution would be this AeroPress Coffee Maker! According to Alex of 99Boulders, this is a must.
Water bottles, like these by Nalgene, are a must when you are camping. You need sturdy and non-breakable bottles so you can enjoy your favorite beverages without the fear of breaking them.
Disposable plates and napkins are also a must. A key tip is to limit the amount of dishes that you will have to wash after meals!
Cooking over a campfire isn’t like cooking at home. However, with a bit of research, you can successfully learn how to cook while you are camping. Oh, and by the way, the saying food tastes better when camping is so true!
One great resource I have found is, “The Camp and Cabin Cookbook” by Laura of FamilySpice.com.
One of the best parts about camping, especially at a campground, are all of the fun activities that the kids can do!
Of course, as parents we want to stay in touch with the kids while they are out exploring, however, the idea of them using their cell phones just takes the fun out of the theory of being unplugged and having fun. Plus, since cell phone service can be spotty, you can’t always depend on your cell phone to work.
That’s why these Motorola Talkabout T600 H2O radios are just a great must-have! These radios have NOAA weather updates/alerts, they are completely waterproof, and they float! Plus, they have a water-activated flashlight!
To help keep your little one away from the sun’s rays and mosquitos, this tent is a great idea! It’s a pop-up tent so it’s easy to pack/unpack and totally portable! This bblüv Sunkitö Sun and Mosquito Play Tent is really a fabulous idea. I wish I would have had one when my kids were little.
A waterproof blanket is something you need to always have with you. I personally keep one in the back of my SUV at all times.
This way it’s there for a spur of the moment stop at a cool park or an unplanned picnic. The possibilities where you could use this are endless.
Waterproof outdoor blankets are also fantastic when it comes to camping. You could put your little one on it so they can play with their toys or you could put their favorite blanket on top of it and not have to worry about their blanket getting dirty or being directly on the ground.
I’ve had the opportunity to try out this blanket by Kamui. I put it to the test during my eldest’s recent birthday party. It had started to lightly rain and the kids wanted to stay outside on the deck. They all sat around on the blanket and didn’t get wet from sitting on the wet deck.
Portable snacks that are yummy, don’t need to be stored a certain away, and can be easily toted around are a must when you are going camping!
These Campfire Cookies are always a fun and tasty treat to make! And what would be better then cookies that look like a campfire?
I know that games and toys are normally something that you don’t think you would need when you go camping, however, playing games that get the kids unplugged is a must! The key to taking games along when camping is that they are compactable!
For example, Phlat Ball, is the perfect toy to take along camping! It can transform from a flying disc to a catchable ball!
Other Camping Must-Haves
One item you will definitely need when camping is some type of insect repellent. Since it seems that mosquitos love the woods, repellent is always a must! There are so many different types of repellents out there, however, this one by BugBand, is unique in its approach as it uses geraniol, a natural substance produced by honeybees.
A book about the woods! Talking to your kids about their upcoming camping trip can be a lot of fun! There are a lot of books about nature out there such as Forest Club by Kris Hirschmann and Marta Antelo.