3 Options for First-Time Camping with the Family

One of the most important considerations that we have as moms is finding new and rewarding experiences for our children. When the immediately-accessible recreational opportunities lose their luster, it’s time to head out of town and let Mother Nature be your babysitter. While some people may find it daunting to take little ones camping, you may be surprised by how much the enjoy it. Not only will the entire family have a blast exploring and bonding, but it’s also uniquely entertaining and educational for children. You may just find a new love of nature as you follow your kids and see the natural world through their eyes. Read on to learn about three ways to take the family camping. 

Don’t Be Afraid to Get Out There

In order to do more than merely scratch the surface and instead offer your kids a deeper appreciation of the natural world, you’ll want to spend the night. There are a great range of options available to keep your family happy, sheltered, well-fed, and thoroughly entertained while exploring the outdoors. Campsites are located where the fun is, so although you may worry about not knowing what to do, finding great activities the whole family will love is generally a simple Web search away. Campgrounds’ Websites will list specific activities and amenities offered, so you can compare your sites to determine which is the best fit for your family.

Tent and Primitive Camping

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Pitch a tent and enjoy nature. (Image via Flickr by Dan LoaTmba)

One option for getting the family outside that is fun, simple, and affordable is tent camping. Tent camping offers the benefit of putting the fewest barriers between your family and the fun of exploration and recreation. Many campsites charge only nominal fees for tent camping, and camping gear can be rented, which minimizes the cost of discovering whether camping is for you. When it comes to tent camping, the adventurous can try primitive camping, where you carry everything on your back and hike to distant campsites that are often no more than a relatively clear and level patch of earth and a scenic view. Other tent camping areas, such as those found in national parks, state parks, and commercial campsites, offer such amenities as picnic tables, lights, running water, and (most importantly) bathrooms. At the end of a day of outdoor fun, gather your family around a campfire to roast marshmallows, tell stories, and create memories.

RV Camping

If spending the night in a shelter made of nothing more than a millimeter of waterproof fabric is a little more adventure than you’re ready for on your first outing, then a recreational vehicle (RV) is a great alternative. Give your family an unforgettable experience while bringing along some of the conveniences and comforts of home. RVs come in a wide range of sizes, from small pull-behind units that are little more than a bed, table, and roof, to full-blown land yachts that take you to any campsite in the country in an almost limousine-level of comfort.

 Glamping 

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Glamping is a luxurious way to enjoy camping (Image via Flickr by Viaggio Routard)

Camping doesn’t have to be a dirty, squalid, challenging affair. Unleash your inner Martha Stewart and make your campsite as fabulous as you desire. Glamping campsites tend to resemble a cross between a secluded resort bungalow and a luxury spa, complete with candles, lighting, white tablecloths, picnic baskets with fine china, wine services, and fabulous decor.

While the kids play, take some well-earned “me time.” Kick back, gaze into a crackling fire, and enjoy a glass of wine!

Whether you choose tent camping, RV camping, or glamping, you family is sure to enjoy the fresh air and family fun a camping trip can offer.

(top image via Flickr by Virginia State Parks)

Kellie S

Kellie S

Kellie Sandrik is the creator of the online magazine Hooray for Moms. She has been writing for more than a decade about everything from parenting to travel to money-saving tips and more. She is the proud mother of two boys who drive her nuts and make her fall deeper in love with them on a daily basis. Her favorite thing to do is experience new adventures with her boys and husband.
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Kellie Sandrik is the creator of the online magazine Hooray for Moms. She has been writing for more than a decade about everything from parenting to travel to money-saving tips and more. She is the proud mother of two boys who drive her nuts and make her fall deeper in love with them on a daily basis. Her favorite thing to do is experience new adventures with her boys and husband.

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