Outdoor vacations are becoming increasing popular and for good reason. A family camping vacation offers a cheap and cheerful family holiday option that is environmentally friendly and provides plenty of outdoor fun. Accommodation has come a long way in the last few years with options varying from simple tents and tepees to motor homes, wagons and roundhouses.
A family camping vacation is ideal for children since it offers adventurous activities, a chance to have the ultimate outdoors experience, and it is great for bonding. Many adults are reluctant to go on outdoor vacations or forgo a few luxuries, but most find it a thoroughly invigorating experience.
Thanks to the current economic situation many people have found an outdoor holiday an affordable option and a great way to feel at one with nature and enjoy the landscape. It also gives you the opportunity to be self-sufficient and enjoy being close to the local wildlife.
If you have not had the chance to camp before it is wise to do a little planning beforehand. You may need to borrow or buy camping gear. It is a good idea to have a trial weekend at a close by location to iron out problems, which gives you the option to return home if you run into any difficulty. When you have had a trial run you can go on to plan your main holiday with confidence, and if you intend to go to a site with facilities you will have decided exactly what you will need.
Other accommodation facilities available include those that offer luxury tents that are already pitched and modern conveniences. This sort of accommodation is great for families who do not want to transport camping equipment around, but do want to experience the great outdoors with holiday park entertainment included.
You may wish to set up camp in the open country to experience real freedom, but it is worth remembering you will need to be self-sufficient. You might have to do without luxuries such as a bathroom, and there may not be much to keep the children occupied. You will also need to be prepared to sleep when the sun sets and get up with the sunrise to get the most out of your holiday.
Whichever family camping holiday option appeals to you it is worth remembering a few simple rules, do not over pack and only take essential lightweight equipment with you. Remember to take enough bedding to ensure everyone is warm at night and some protection cream against the sun in the day. Also take plenty of lighting and adequate cooking equipment, together with plenty of gusto.