5 Tips for Camping With Kids That Could Save Your Family Vacation

September 12, 2016

Pamela Miller 1Camping can be a lot of fun at any age. If you love hiking in the great outdoors and sleeping under the stars, you probably want to share your passion with your kids. Camping with kids is great fun!

In fact, camping vacations are already one of the most popular vacation choices for American families. In total, they spent about 534.9 million days camping in 2011 alone. According to a recent survey, as many as 13% of adult campers took a family camping vacation because they wanted to spend more time with their families. Camping with your kids can be a blast, but it can also be a challenge.

To avoid any vacation-ruining drama, here are five ways you can make your family camping trip a little easier for everyone.

Plan and prep meals. Planning meals for camping trips can be hard enough since storage and cooking supplies are so limited. Add kids and their picky appetites into the mix, and you’ve got yourself a whole new challenge. Make sure you portion everything out ahead of time and keep all food sealed in a bear-proof container. Bring snacks that will provide your kids with enough energy throughout the day to hike and play.

Make a checklist. Packing all the essentials is critical to planning a successful family camping trip. Kids require a lot more gear than you might realize, so make a list and check items off as they go into the backpack.

Keep them busy. Not all kids are fascinated by sticks and pine cones, especially in this day and age, when so many kids rely on their television or Minecraft for entertainment. To keep the boredom at bay, get them outside and participating in all of the activities and amenities Our parks have to offer!  Bring along some books and board games for rainy days as well. While you’re outside enjoying the fresh air, take the time to teach your kids about nature and get them excited about outdoor activities.

Find a family-friendly campsite. For family camping trips, make sure you are heading to a safe and kid-friendly site. Choose family campgrounds that provide an array of options for activities such as hiking trails or a lake for swimming or fishing. For a child’s first camping trip, you may want to stay close to home, especially if you are tent camping.

Stay safe. Nothing is more important than safety during family camping trips. If you have multiple children and are worried that you won’t be able to keep an eye on them at all times, have them use the buddy system. You can also give them whistles to blow in case they get lost or hurt.

Among current campers, 85% took their first trip between birth and age 15. After age 15, the chances of being introduced to camping are lower. Similarly, 57% of campers regularly participated in outdoor activities when they were young, while just one-quarter of non-participants were exposed to the outdoors.

If you want your kids to have a healthy relationship to the world away from screens, camping is the perfect solution. Taking your kids camping is a wonderful experience!

Family Reunions...Jellystone Park Style

September 3, 2011

Family reunions are a great way to spend your family vacation. Family reunions are a time for cousins, grandparents, in-laws and distant relations to come together and spend days and evenings retelling the tales of years gone. Reunions are also a time for rebuilding friendships and bonds that have gone neglected over the years. Family reunions also give you a chance to meet all the new family members who have joined in recent years and more than anything they are a time for fun and relaxation.

Family Reunion Activities - Volleyball

Have Your Reunion at a Jellystone Park

One of the best locations for hosting a family reunion is at a Jellystone Park Campground. Family members are often scattered all over and so selecting a centrally located Jellystone Campground can be perfect, that way no one has to travel overly far. Additionally, Jellystone Parks are prepared to accommodate the lodging needs of anyone, with tent spaces, RV sites, and cabin rentals.

Here are some other reasons why choosing a Jellystone Park Campground for your family reunion is a good idea:

  • Age appropriate – One of the neatest things about a family reunion is the age range. There seems to be someone of every age at a family reunion – teens, middle-agers, seniors, toddlers, babies, young adults and everything in between. Jellystone Parks offers fun activities for nearly every age. The kids can have plenty of fun in the pool and game room while the adults enjoy soaking up the sun or talking around the campfire. The whole family can enjoy a game of volleyball or basketball or the grandparents can take the grandchildren on a walk on a nature path. At Jellystone Park no one should feel left out because of their age.
  • Reservations – If you are planning a family reunion at Jellystone Park, you can be sure that the staff will work with you to make the reunion a memorable event. Everything from finding close campsites or RV sites, to reserving a covered pavilion can be handled with ease. At Jellystone you can be sure of getting the help you need to make your event go smoothly.
  • Location – Not only is there many different Jellystone Park locations, but most are close to other attractions. So while the park provides many fun activities, you can, as a family, spend a day or two exploring the local area. All sorts of activities may be at your disposal, everything from visiting a natural history museum to seeing the site of an old fort. Most Jellystone campgrounds are close to one or two interesting attractions and several hiking options.
  • Price Camping at a Jellystone Campground will be less expensive than staying in a hotel and you will have more opportunities for family interaction.

So find a Jellystone Park that is convenient for everyone and make your reservation. We are certain that your family will have a great time.

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