Fall is soon approaching. One great family activity to do in the fall is camping. It is a great way to enjoy time with your family and since the weather is cooler it makes camping outside easier. Camping can be a very expensive family fun activity, but usually in the fall rates go down for camping sites. Camping is also a great way to make a lot of great family memories. Here are a few tips to help make fall camping a little easier on the family budget.
As soon as you know the date you want to take your family camping, you can go searching for sites. Many of the good camping sites will be gone if you wait too long. One to two months in advance is good. Look around for the best prices before you decide on one spot.
Choose a Spot with Free Recreational Activities
When looking for the perfect camping spot, look for ones that offer some free recreational activities. This will save you money when looking for fun things to do with your family. Some campgrounds have pools, playgrounds, and even basketball and volleyball courts, so make sure and ask about these amenities when checking out possible sites. If you have small children you may also want to check out if they have restroom/shower facilities and you may want to pick a site close to that.
Pack Your Fun
Planning fun activities does not have to cost a fortune. You have plenty of these items at home, so why not bring them with you. Some items to consider bringing include; football, basket ball, volleyball, nets, fishing gear, board games, and cards. You might even want to consider taking bikes if you have the room.
Borrow Camping Gear
Camping gear like tents, tarps, chairs, camping stove and other cooking items can get cost a lot of money. Many people only use these items once a year, so you might be able to borrow their camping gear when they are not in use. Ask your friends and family and see what might be available to you before you go out and spend money on new items. When you are finished with the items, make sure you return them in good order. By doing this you have a better chance of getting to borrow those items again.
Bring Your Own Food and Beverages
Before going camping, plan a menu for all your meals and snacks your family plans to eat while you are camping. Take all the food and beverages you will need for your meal plan. Shopping for food at campgrounds can be very expensive. Don’t forget to bring your own wood and fire starters too. Campgrounds know you will need these items and they will charge more because of the need. There are a lot of great camping recipes online, so check around and see what your family will enjoy. If you have electricity in your site, consider taking items like electric skillets and griddles. These can help you cook a lot of food items your family may need.