Camping Tips for Memorial Day Weekend

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If you’re planning a camping trip for Memorial Day Weekend the following tips can help you enjoy the experience that much more and can make things go more smoothly.

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Camping Budget

Camping is not as cheap as it used to be, in fact the campsite alone can cost as much as a hotel room. By creating a camping budget you’ll be prepared for the sticker shock and you’ll know how much you have to spend on all the incidentals.

Campground Reservations

Speaking of campgrounds, you’ll want to be sure and make a reservation rather than just showing up. Camping is big business now and most sites need reservations in advance. There are two main sites for reserving online:

Recreation.gov

Reserve America

Prime camping spots can book up months in advance on holiday weekends!

Dry Run

If you haven’t used your camping equipment in a while it’s a good idea to take it out and make sure everything is still intact and functioning. Tents can be waterlogged, batteries and propane could low, so check ahead!

Event Calendar

Obviously not everything needs to be planned and  you don’t actually have to have a schedule but there might be some special events you’ll want to catch so make an event calendar so you don’t miss anything.

Supply List

It’s always a great idea to create a Camping Checklist of supplies you’ll need on the camping trip. Let everyone on the trip create their own list and then narrow it down to the items you’ll really need. Keep this list and you can refer back to it for your next camping trip. Also keep a note pad around while you are camping so you can easily jot down things you forgot or you wish you had. That way you can add to the list and remember next time.

We've also scoured the web for our favorite camping tips. Here are our findings:

Cheap Camping Tips: These tips are for the more rugged camper, but there are some great ones here. Like dip matches in nail polish or melted wax and let dry to make matches waterproof, and rub the inside of an orange peel on your skin for a natural mosquito repellant.

Camping with Pets: Dogs love to camp, and they are fun to camp with, but being responsible about your pet's safety and wellness is paramount. Here are some tips for camping with your furry family member.

Camping Activities for Kids: It may be hard at first to tear your child away from the modern comforts and digital distractions. These ideas show kids that there is fun to be had outside the digital world.

Remember that a Memorial Day camping trip is supposed to be about fun, so plan ahead and you can alleviate some of your stress and have more fun. 

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