Camping on holiday weekends can be a catch-22. On one hand you have more days off from work and more time to camp. But on the other hand the campgrounds tend to be packed. How do you make the most of your long weekends, while keeping the fun in the camping trip?
Camping on Holiday Weekends
DO make reservations early. Even campgrounds which are normally quiet and usually have plenty of vacant campsites will fill up on holiday weekends. Campgrounds on holiday weekends are like church on Easter Sunday. The minute you arrive you think, “Where did all these people come from?”
DO arrive at the campgrounds early to choose the best site. Of course, the best sites are based on your personal taste and camping style. If you have kids, the sites near the playground are prime real estate. If you enjoy fishing, campsites that back up to the lake are quite alluring (sorry- I couldn’t resist).
DON’T sleep in. To avoid crowds while camping, wake up early. An early morning hike or fishing trip will get you out ahead of the other campers, allowing you and your family some refreshing quiet time with nature.
DO respect the other campers and hope that they follow good campground etiquette as well (to read my post about Campground Etiquette click here).
DON’T lose your sense of humor. Tempers tend to be on a short fuse when large groups are gathered. Try to relax and keep your sense of humor. Getting too worked up could ruin the trip for you and your family.
DON’T forget that it is a holiday. Have fun. Grill out or make a special camping meal. Teach your kids how to make homemade ice cream. You may even want to decorate your campsite a little for the holiday. Bring along a festive table cloth or napkins to match the occasion.
If you’ve tried all these tips for camping on holiday weekends and you still feel too crowded, next year postpone your camping trip until a week or two after the holiday. By then, the campgrounds should be back to the same relaxed campground you have always loved.
I’ll see ya around the campfire.
Do you camp on holiday weekends? What tips would you add?
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