If you’re looking for a fun new thing to do during Christmas, consider going camping. Camping is a great way to bond with your friends and family and is sure to make it a Christmas you won’t forget. Here are a few tips to help make your Christmas camping fun and stress-free.
Beat the crowd and the traffic by arriving a day or two early. This will give you time to settle in before everyone else starts to get there. This will also give you a chance to find the best spot and enjoy the quiet while there are still only a few people there.
Go further in
The easier it is to get to the site, the more people there will be. If you go further in it is likely you will miss most of the crowd and get a little peace and quiet. Just remember if you are further away to get some quiet there may be others there too for the same reason. Be mindful of others and respect your surroundings.
Shop at home
Avoid the long lines and stress that comes with waiting till the last minute and shop before you leave for the campground. It is also possible that stores around the campsite might not have everything you want, or it may be more expensive. Skip the hassle of being left unprepared by shopping at your local store.
If you are there for a couple of nights try to get to know the people in the sites around you. It is likely you will be surrounded by other families so make the best of it and get to know them. They may have discovered a hidden gem that you would not have known about on your own or have fun games you can join in on.
Get gifts that can be used
If you have children try to find a gift you can give them that they can enjoy while camping. Giving them something that can’t be used until they are home may take the excitement out of opening their gift. Best of all if they are entertained with their new gift you can sit back and relax.
Just because you are camping doesn’t mean you have to enjoy Christmas any less. Create a Christmas dinner that can be enjoyed while camping to get everyone in the spirit. Use festive plates and cups and throw in a few jolly treats for dessert. Nothing says Christmas like hot chocolate and cookies. You can even find a small Christmas tree at the dollar store to bring with you for Santa to leave presents by.
If it is Christmas time it is likely to be colder than what you are used to when camping. Make sure to pack a heavy sleeping bag or extra blankets to keep you warm while you are at the campsite. Layers are key to staying warm and if you can’t have too many layers on during the day, when you get back to your site put some on so you can preserve the heat you generated during your travel.