Five Helpful Hints When Your Family Vacation Means Camping With Other Families:
- Let each family plan its own meals. It’s tough to plan meals for a group, especially given kids’ fussy tastes and dietary needs. Pack your own breakfasts, lunches and dinners, but bring extras such as veggies, fruit and snacks for sharing.
- Choose a location with diverse activities. Swimming and sunning may be your idea of utopia, but others might crave a competitive game of bingo. Choose an area with something for everyone.
- Plan “alone time” for you and your family. Just because you’re camping as a group doesn’t mean you have to do everything together. Pick a time when each family can do its own thing, whether kayaking, hiking or just hanging out.
- Extend your “outdoor real estate.” The prime campsites are those adjacent to open spaces that give kids a place to play. Reserve early to ensure you’re next to a field, trails or playground.
- Tie up the trip with a memory. Capture a group shot and, using an online service, turn the photo into a greeting card. Each family will have a special memory of fun, friendship and family togetherness after they’ve returned home.