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Fun Activities for Family Camping Trips

There are few family activities that are more enjoyable than taking a camping trip. It's a great way to build bonds and memories for a lifetime. While all it really takes is a shelter, like a tent, an RV or a cabin and a few camping basics like food and drinks, camping is its most fun when you plan ahead and include a few activities to keep everyone engaged.

Family enjoying toasted marshmellows on camping grounds.

Explore Your Environment

Get the entire family moving by going on a hike together. Before you leave for your camping trip, do your research to find out if there are any must-see sites in the area such as waterfalls, natural formations, historical markers or other landmarks. Then, decide the best way to get there. Remember to keep everyone's abilities in mind and dress for your hike. Always follow proper safety protocol. The National Park Service recommends bringing a headlamp, plenty of water and sturdy footwear ━ among other safety precautions.

Alternative Outdoor Options

Focus on activities that don't require too much equipment. Older kids and teens may enjoy games like flag football or capture the flag, while you may choose classics like red rover or "duck, duck, goose" for younger children. If you like to work out at home, consider downloading a favorite to your smartphone or tablet so you can enjoy an outdoor workout such as yoga or aerobics.

Play Games

Bring along a few simple games to play. A deck of cards is always a winner, and easy-to-carry games like Yahtzee, Pictionary, Uno or Mad Libs are nice to bring out when you have a few minutes of downtime. Plus, if the weather turns nasty it can be good to have something to do indoors. Also, don't overlook games like charades or 20 questions that you can play with no equipment needed.

Make Mealtime Fun

Eating is a must, of course so consider ways to make meal time more enjoyable. Plan some camping favorites like hotdogs (or a plant-based substitute) and s'mores (chocolate and toasted marshmallows on graham crackers). Foil packet cooking directly on the campfire can be enjoyable, too, and is a great way to let everyone create a meal customized to their individual tastes.

When planning that family camping trip, don't forget to be prepared from a safety and security standpoint. Pack a first aid kit, bring a charger for your cell phone and make sure you have your insurance coverage in order. It's always a good idea to talk to your local independent insurance agent to make sure you, your family, and your belongings are covered.

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