Did you know that camping vacations are one of the most popular choices for family vacations in the United States?
A 2011 report showed that 42.5 million U.S. people went camping, spending a total of 534.9 million days on a campground. A recent study shows that the most popular form of camping is by tent, with 86% of people who responded stating they used a tent when camping. Cabin camping immediately follows this with 33% of participants. But what is the difference? If you’re looking to go camping for your next family vacation, here are a few tips on how to choose between pitching a tent and renting a cabin.
When you think about camping, you almost always imagine a tent in the woods. Tent campsites are the most widely used form of camping, and many campers think tent camping is the best way to experience the outdoors. Camping in a tent gives you the feeling of being in the middle of nature, allowing you and your family to get away from all the stress of modern life. However, being in nature also makes you susceptible to bugs, animals, and inclement weather. Due to the variable nature of tent camping sites, it’s best to plan shorter stays. Tent camping is great for a quick getaway weekend trip!
Cabin rentals offer many of the modern conveniences American families have grown accustomed to. This includes a bed, electricity, running water, and even heating and cooling systems. Many cabins have multiple bedrooms, so the kids can have their own room. Cabins also provide you with extra security from any bugs, animals, or harsh weather conditions. However, many argue that cabin rentals are not the ‘real’ camping experience.
Cabin rentals are best for longer trips, or for a large family. But no matter which camping vacation you take – the important thing is to take a week off of work and get some quality time with your family!