Family Camping Vacations

Family Camping Vacations – Tips and 5 Cool As Campsites

Some of the most memorable family camping vacations are those that are spent outdoors.  Family campings are not just a great way to bond as a family, it has many benefits too.

For young kids, it’s a perfect time to instill an early love for nature. For adult kids and parents, it’s an opportunity to hone practical life skills like putting up a tent, hunting, fishing, or cooking in the woods. 

Now, if you’re convinced that what your family needs next is a good family camping vacation, then it’s time to start planning. Here some of the most tried-and-tested methods to make your camping both fun and rewarding: 

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Select the Perfect Site 

The most important decision you will ever make when planning a family camping is the site you will choose. It can make or break your entire camping experience.

Before searching for campsites, it’s important that you have already decided what kind of site you’re looking for. 

Some of you may like the idea of cowboy backpacking where you go to a remote location and set up a camp. However, if you have little kids, you might want to reconsider a safer and more kid-friendly location.

For novice campers, a national/state park or an established campground is a more ideal choice. You also need to think about the kind of camping you want to experience.

Are you looking forward to hiking several miles? Or exploring local towns in the afternoon? Would you want your kids to have structured activities or just more chill time with your family? 

Security is also an important factor when deciding on the perfect site. Should there be any emergencies, you would be more at peace knowing there are resources nearby or at least, a good cellphone signal to call 911. 

Make A Reservation 

Unless you’re camping alongside a trail, you need to make a reservation early. Most state and national parks are heavily booked during peak seasons and reservations should be made at least a year in advance. T

The good thing is you can book the site online or via call. Other sites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. To secure your slot, you have to arrive at your destination early. 

When you’re checking for campsites, it’s good to call them right away to verify their booking policies. 

Prepare Early 

Once your site is booked, the next thing you gotta do is prepare. When it comes to camping, there really is no such thing as too early preparation. In fact, the earlier, the better.

It will give you more time to check what materials are lacking and a time to purchase them. Here’s a checklist of the most basic camping equipment and items you will need: 

  • A reliable tent with ground cloth 
  • Sleeping bags with an appropriate temperature rating 
  • Camping mattress or foam pads 
  • First aid kit stocked with your family’s basic medicines 
  • Flashlights/Headlamps 
  • Extra Batteries 
  • Camping stove and fuel 
  • Camping cooking set, including knives and openers 
  • Water jugs/carriers 
  • Camping cooler 
  • Insect repellant 
  • Sunscreen 
  • Camping lantern and fuel 
  • Lightweight rain gear 
  • Waterproof containers 
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Check The Weather

Nothing can ruin a fun family camping trip more than a tent puddled heavily by rainfall. Check the weather on the dates of your trip to avoid getting wet as much as possible.

However, since the weather can be very unpredictable, do your best to prepare for such an event. The trick is to keep your family dry with these tips: 

  • Put a tarp under your tent. Keep the tarp at the exact dimension of the tent. You can fold it if necessary. The goal is to avoid a part of the tarp sticking out from the edge as it might collect rainwater and lead it right under the floor of your tent. 
  • Have your tent seam-sealed. Seam sealing is one of the most effective and reliable waterproofing treatments for tents. 
  • Make sure that all your sleeping bags are located in the middle of your tent at night. If your bags and other stuff are touching the walls of the tent, the condensation of water on the walls can get your things wet.
  • To reduce the condensation in your tent, leave a few of the windows zipped a little bit open.
  • Get your rain fly or Tarp up over your tent especially if there is a hint of rain coming.
  • Use these simple ideas to increase the enjoyment of your holiday if it looks like you may be camping in the rain.

Assign Responsibilities 

Family camping vacations will be successful if every member of the family shares responsibilities. You can consider preparing something like a ‘duty roster’ that allows everyone to do some chores every day.

Some cleanup, some prepare the meals, some haul water, and some make a bonfire. By structuring their responsibilities, things will go smoother and the camping experience becomes more beautiful.

Consider the capacity and age of every member of your family. You surely don’t want your 4-year-old kid to work on something dangerous such as preparing a campfire. 

Avoid Overplanning

Of course, it’s important that you come prepared for your family camping vacation. But you don’t have to deal with even the tiniest meticulous detail of your trip.

Know that there are plenty more things that can’t be covered with planning. Allow some flexibility during your trip. Often, fathers tend to plan every single minute of a trip.

Although we understand that dads just want to keep his family safe, overplanning can spoil the overall camping experience.

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Coolest Places To Camp With Your Family

We hope these tips give you the much-needed confidence to start planning for your next family vacation. To get a headstart, we’ve listed out the best family camping destinations in the US. 

Check out if you’re anywhere near these campsites or you’re game for a road trip. 

Outer Banks, North Carolina

The Outer Banks of North Carolina is a popular camping destination where there are plenty of available things that you can enjoy. You can do epic fishing, beach camping along your way, organized camping, surfing, and all other watersport activities.

You can enjoy and play all day near the beach with exclusivity if you’d prefer. There are also local services available that can make your trip as long as it can be. How about equipment rentals? grocery delivery? catering? photographers?

Name it and you can most likely find the service that you’re looking for! The Outer Banks of North Carolina is one of the four campsites at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

National Bridges National Monument, Utah

Having your family camping vacations here is an opportunity for both parents and children to discover the rich geological history of Utah. It is located about 47 miles north of Mexican Hat or 42 miles west of Blanding.

In this majestic place, families can see natural stone bridges arcing overhead and can hear the calm cry of a canyon wren.

Hiking in these areas is hugely popular And if you’re still not impressed, be informed that this place became the first designated International Dark-Sky Park in the world.

Red River Gorge Kentucky

Located in the center of the Daniel Boone National Forest is a stunning place to introduce your children to beginner-level hiking, rock climbing, rafting, and kayaking.

This beautiful place is popular for its abundant natural rock arches, and striking sandstone cliffs. It is also awarded by the U.S. Forest Service as a national geological area. 

La Push, Washington

Located in the mouth of the Quillayute River in Clallam County Washington is a scenic gem that is almost an island in itself. La Push is a tiny remote place that is perfect for camping, hiking, surfing, and fishing with your family.

Your family can also enjoy learning about the early inhabitants of La Push, who have preserved their crafts and skill for many years. 

Hither Hills State Park New York

Situated in the eastern end of the South Fork of Long Island is a 1,755-acre state park that offers guests wide playing fields, a sandy ocean beach, scenic picnic areas, and campsites on the ocean.

While enjoying the camp with your family, you can also explore together about the Native American communities of Long Island. Think about how relaxing it would be to camp right over the dunes from the beach.

The Hither hills allow for the sound of the ocean’s waves while falling asleep in your tent is just majestic, nothing less.


If you have any more questions about family camping vacations, I’d love to hear them and I’ll be more than happy to answer them in the comments section below. 

You may also like to read my post titled Family Camping Activities for futher information tips and tricks for your next adventure.

Remember! Leave it cleaner than you found it, only footprints not rubbish.


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