Have you toyed with the idea of going on a family camping vacation, but you have no idea where to begin?
Anyone can call and book reservations to a resort, and book a flight (but wow, the $$$ involved). Even with discounts and last minute bookings, it’s still pricey!
A GREAT vacation does not have to be that expensive!
Sure, planning a camping trip is a little more work, requires a little planning, forethought and some physical labour when packing up that vehicle, but nothing will bring your family together, and sync your internal system better than a trip to the great outdoors.
The first question is when to begin?
That’s an easy one. Begin NOW.
In MANY parts of Canada (and the northern U.S.), there is still snow on the ground. Weather is still unpredictable in March, and kids are still going on ski trips in the great northern part of our fabulous country. Doesn’t matter. Start now. The sooner you book, the sooner you have it out of the way and can begin planning everything.
Where to start?
Location, location, location. Book the venue. But don’t book until you’ve done some research.
First time campers, or even campers who just haven’t done this very often, they need to see what’s out there. You need to find out WHERE to camp.
Questions to ask yourself:
Do we want to be a fair drive away from home? (best option for seeing some wildlife you haven’t seen before)
Do we want to camp closer to home? (best option for those with little kids, you’ll just feel safer knowing you’re not 6 hours away from the closest hospital – JUST IN CASE)
What kinds of facilities will make our trip the most enjoyable?
Do the campgrounds we’re interested in have ratings or reviews?
Do the campgrounds we’re interested in have activities our family will be interested in?
What are the policies and rules of campgrounds we’re interested in?
These answers will help you decide on your best options. When you narrow it down to two or three campgrounds, it can be difficult to make that final cut. So how can you decide?
Ask friends and family if they’ve ever been. Ask around at work. If they’ve been there, what did they think?
If you’re still undecided after all of this, a simple eenie, meenie, miney, moe will do the trick. Pick one and go for it. BUT, before you do that, see if you can look at a campground map. Look for washrooms, other facilities, the beach, high-traffic areas (avoid if possible), and pick a few campsites you might be interested in.
And finally, have your credit card ready and pick up the phone to make your reservation.
Once that confirmation email comes through, you’ve cleared the first hurdle. Congratulations, you’ve just booked your family’s camping trip!