When was the last time you went camping with your family? If you haven’t gone in a while – or you’ve never gone, this summer may be the best opportunity to go! I recently enjoyed my very first camping experience and I wanted to share some of the reasons why I think you should go camping with your family. After all, you only live once, so making memories with the people you love is what it’s all about!
**Disclosure: My family was invited as guests of GoRVing and Kampgrounds of America (KOA) to spend a weekend of fun at the Mystic,CT KOA. As always, all opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**
Since I had never been camping before, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but after my first time last weekend – I am now a firm believer that camping is good for the soul. As a novice when it came to camping, the lovely park model cabin that we got to stay in couldn’t have been a better way for us beginners to camp for the first time.
And guess what? These park models are actually recreational vehicles (RV’s), which are built on wheels so that even though they are intended to stay in one place, they’re portable. If you are new to camping, these are a great way for families to get try camping for the first time. I bet once you try it, you’ll be as hooked as we are now.
Have a look inside the cabin we stayed in:
As you can see, it was extremely comfortable. There’s air conditioning, indoor plumbing, a television, a working kitchen complete with a fridge & microwave, comfy beds and most importantly you can make your morning coffee because it has a Keurig!
Camping was such an amazing experience for us. It’s a great way to disconnect from those electronics that we all have such a hard time putting down and just spend some quality time with each other. If you’ve never gone camping before, trust me, you’re going to love it. When you see your kids put those iPods down so that they can go for a bike ride, you will be convinced.
Here’s why I think your family will love to go camping:
Indulge in the Experience
There is nothing in this world quite like camping. One reason you should go camping with your family is because it’s unlike any other experience in the world. Spending time outdoors and enjoying nature can’t be done inside your house.
Appreciate the Outdoors
Maybe you spend a few hours outside every week, maybe you don’t. However, camping with your family allows everyone to enjoy the outdoors. Spending time outside in the sun, playing games, cooking over the open fire, and just enjoying what nature has to offer is something your family needs to experience this summer.
There are some life lessons that can’t be done indoors. Spending time camping with the family allows plenty of life lessons to be learned. For example, learning how to start a responsible fire or cooking without electricity. You can’t my drift, right? Every child and adult needs to experience a new life lesson from time to time.
Enjoy the Campfire
Every person should experience a camp fire. The smell of campfire smoke on your clothes will bring back many nostalgic memories later in life. Hotdogs, s’mores, and campfire stories can only be appreciated when you’re out camping with your family.
Quality Time Spend Together
In a world where everything is electronic, it’s wise to take some time out to spend with the family. Putting away the phones, tablets, and Internet for a few days can only bring about good things. It might actually be a wakeup call for your family, when you see how much time is being spent on these devices. It’s a given that when you’re not distracted by something, you’re more likely to indulge in the experiences around you. Camping with the family is one way you can truly spend quality time together without those major distractions.
Did you know that an RV vacation can cost a family of four up to 59% less than other forms of travel. Think about all the money you spend on airfare and hotels alone – not to mention the cost of attractions once you get to your destination. Plus, destination camping is huge right now. When you take an RV, you can bring all the comforts of home – including your pets! RVs make stress-free trips for owners who don’t want to board their pets and for the pets who don’t like to be left behind. There’s plenty of space to store pet food and toys in an RV.
One of the best parts of an RV getaway is that you get to decide when and where to go and what you want to take with you. You don’t have to worry about baggage fees and you’ll never have to run to catch your connecting flight (been there and it’s NOT fun). In an RV you can hit the road & enjoy the view. You can even make unplanned stops along the way when something catches your eye. It’s all up to you.
There are over 16,000 campgrounds in the US, including more than 400 KOA’s. While each campground is different, at many of them you will find pools, playgrounds, dog parks and more. The KOA we stayed at had an awesome pool, a kiddie pool, a playground and a jumping pillow – just to name a few things.
One of the things I loved about our weekend camping was that everyone we saw was just relaxing and having fun. There were kids out riding bikes, participating in some of the activities that the campground hosted, sitting by the fire or just spending time together. In the 48 hours I was there, I never turned on my laptop once despite the fact that there was wifi available.
I would be remiss if I didn’t give a major shout out to Omaha Steaks for sending over a feast fit for a king for our dinner one of the nights we were there. They sent over steaks, burgers, sausages, franks and lots of desserts for us and everything was just delicious. I had a bison burger, a ribeye steak & a tasty caramel apple tartlet for dessert – it was all amazing.
The best place to learn about RV types, sizes, costs, rental options, recipes for the road and more is www.GoRVing.com. You can learn more about KOA Campgrounds are www.KOA.com.
Going camping with the family is a must-do activity this summer. Gather up the snacks, camping supplies, and spend a weekend camping and getting back to nature. Disconnecting from the world and focusing on your family is something you’ll never regret!