Thinking of what your next great vacation might entail? Wondering which attractions you should put on your list to visit once the season becomes more agreeable? It’s important to think long and hard about a camping expedition or event with family, as saving money and being environmentally aware has never been more important than it is now. More and more people are seeking out interesting attractions to better satisfy the entire group as well as smart ways of getting their camping spot so the entire trip, rather than just certain parts, is a huge success. Below are the top five tips you should know before rounding up your given group and going out on a weekend adventure.
Choose Fun Activities
What do people like to do when camping? Well, it’s actually easier to choose what people don’t like to do! Camping is well-known in the United States for its plethora of fun, engaging and healthy activities — some of the most common include hiking, fishing and swimming, with campgrounds offering mini-golfing, basketball, volleyball and a variety of additional water-based activities should they be located near a lake or river.
Pick A Good Camping Method
Worried that your family and friends might not agree on a camping method? It’s time to knock that out of the park now. Camping is a $15 billion dollar industry, after all, and it waits for nobody! A survey conducted by The Outdoor Foundation found nearly 70% of its respondents saying they prefer to camp the most in public campgrounds — this preference is due to a variety of reasons including a wider selection of activities as well as the increased feeling of safety around bolstered living conditions and other campers. Whether roughing it in a classic tent or enjoying a quality cabin, campers in 2011 spent a collective 534 million days camping.
Bring People You Love
Camping isn’t much fun unless you’re sharing the good times with others. The year 2011 saw over 42 million Americans camping across the country, with nearly 25% of camping participants being 17 years old or younger — fathers, especially, were the most likely person to take someone camping for the very first time. More and more Americans are inviting over a friend or two to join in the activities and cooking festivities, citing a camping getaway as a great time to relax and catch up with loved ones.
Always Stay Safe
You want to have a good time, right? Nothing spoils a quality weekend like running out of necessary supplies or getting lost on the way back to camp. Make sure everyone has a flashlight, even those small ones that fit on a keychain, and batteries to spare — coupled with flares and matches, you’ll always have a little light to keep your path bright. Bug spray, sunscreen and salves for poison oak will go a long way in soothing irritation, to boot, and you should always properly dispose of any toiletries or food as not to attract animals to the family campsites.
Pick Some Fun Attractions
Last, but not least, we have attractions on our list. These can add an extra bit of kick to your weekend getaway and provide plenty of fun memories to look back on once it’s time to pack up and go back to the grind. Sioux Falls is named after the Sioux tribe of American Indians, home to the famous waterfalls along the Big Sioux River. Even better? These are located next to multiple downtown districts, perfect if you want to catch a show or get a bite to eat once you’re done sightseeing and taking pictures. Think you’re ready to start planning your next great family camping vacations?