Camping is a great way for families to create memories. There are many opportunities for campers to experience being “unplugged” while camping.
Campers can appreciate the sights and sounds of nature, a bubbling brook, the birds singing in the morning, and the frogs croaking. The bright blue skies, the mountain peaks, or the rolling waves of the ocean, so much of nature to be absorbed.
Here are 5 tips on how to truly relax on vacation:
1. Give yourself buffer days: If possible, give yourself a day before and after your vacation. The day before will allow you to take care of any business at home or work before you leave, and the day after will allow you to transition back into work-mode after a week of fun and care-free living.
2. Enjoy the journey to your vacation: Especially when you’re camping, there is sometimes a long process from the time you leave your house to the time you actually get to take a breath and relax. You have to get the camper ready, drive, check in, set up the camper at the campsite, and make sure everything is set and ready to go for your stay. While this could easily add stress to your routine, make this fun and lighthearted. The more you enjoy the process of getting there, the more you’ll enjoy the actual time there.
3. Get everyone’s top 3 activities: With a family to entertain, there can be a lot going on that makes the vacation more stressful than needed. Before arriving, or just upon arriving, ask everyone what their top 3 things to do are. That way you can cater and plan to make everyone happy without arguments or conflicts. Don’t forget about yourself!
4. Schedule some down time: There are tons of activities and things to keep the family going, having fun, and enjoying the camping experience. But don’t forget about the down time! Taking a break (or three) to just breathe and do something quiet. You never want to get burned out, so take the time to rejuvenate! Relax by the pool with a book, take a hike through the forest, or tell family stories by the campfire.
5. Be flexible and go with the flow: The most memorable moments are often the simple things. When you don’t over-schedule and allow for moments to just happen, that’s when the best memories are made.
Camping is one of the best ways to enjoy the simpler things in life, you can’t buy happiness, but you can buy an RV, and that’s pretty close!