How to Plan a Family Camping Trip

Published On March 28, 2024

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Planning a camping trip with the fam might sound like you’re herding wild squirrels at a nut festival, but fear not! With a dash of preparation, a sprinkle of organization, and a healthy dollop of enthusiasm, you’ll be roasting s’mores and snoozing under the stars with ease.

Camping with your family means quality time with no screens in sight. Just the soothing soundtrack of nature and the people you love most. It’s about teaching your kids to build a fire, discovering constellations together, and those hilarious moments when you all try to pitch a tent for the first time.

Plus, it’s the perfect setting for those priceless family photos that’ll have everyone talking at the next family gathering. Marval RV Resort has all the amenities you’d want and is the perfect setting for an epic camping trip in the Ozarks. Not that we’re biased or anything.

Best Reasons to Camp with Your Kids

Here’s the magical part about bringing your kids along on a camping adventure – it’s a classroom without walls where learning is as natural as the setting sun. They’ll become little survival experts, picking up skills like how to pitch a tent, read a compass, and even cook over an open fire.

But it’s not just about the skills; it’s about instilling a deep love and respect for Mother Nature. They’ll learn the importance of sustainability through practice, like leaving no trace, conserving water, and understanding the impact of their actions on the environment. This hands-on approach makes the lesson stick in a way that no textbook could. It’s about grooming the next generation of eco-warriors, armed with knowledge and love for the great outdoors.

Essential Items to Pack

First up on the camping runway are the must-haves to make sure your outdoor setup is both functional and forest-friendly:

  • First-aid kit: If your band-aids have turned into rarities from the last decade, it’s prime time for an update. Make sure your kit is well stocked with all the essential first-aid necessities. You’ll find lots of camping-centric first aid kits online or at your local outdoor outfitter.
  • Camping mattresses and blankets: Rocks are for skipping, not sleeping. Bring some comfy camping mattresses to ensure everyone wakes up on the right side of the RV.
  • Camping stove and fuel: Unless you’ve mastered the art of caveman cooking, you’ll need a reliable stove. Make sure your RV stove is in good working order, and bring a camp stove as a backup. And don’t forget the fuel!
  • Flashlights and headlamps: With these, you won’t be fumbling in the dark – unless you’re into impromptu nocturnal hide-and-seek.
  • Extra batteries: The flashlight can’t run on your boundless energy alone.
  • Insect repellent and sunscreen: Defend your crew against the twin terrors of sunburn and bug bites. Vampires should be the only things susceptible to sunlight.
  • Kites, books, and board games: For when the kids say “I’m bored” and nature’s majesty just isn’t cutting it.
  • Fishing gear: Nothing says “I’m one with nature” like catching your own dinner. Or trying to. Marval has fishing gear rentals and some of the best fishing spots in the area.
  • Snacks and meals: To avoid snack-related meltdowns and maintain maximum marshmallow-toastedness.

Location Tips

Choosing your family’s basecamp requires more thought than picking the shortest line at the supermarket. Here’s the lowdown:

  • Commit to Comfort: Sure, going off the grid sounds cool until you’re four days deep into a no-shower challenge. Opt for a campground that boasts those precious toilets and showers. Marval RV Resort is perfect for all of your camping needs.
  • Playground Paradise: If you can find a spot with its own playground, you’ll earn yourself some peaceful lounge time while the kiddos tire themselves out. If there’s a pool, too, then jackpot! (Psst…we’ve got that, too!)
  • Nature’s Call: Like a five-star hotel, it’s all about location, location, location. Look for plenty of nature activities like trails, lakes, or rivers to keep the adventure-o-meter high. Marval RV Resort is smack dab in the middle of it all!

Now that you’re equipped with the essential know-how to brave the wilderness, it’s time to tie up those hiking boots and set a course for outdoor fun. Remember, the best family camping trips are about unplugging, unwinding, and understanding that it’s okay if the only bars you’re concerned about are the chocolate kind in your s’mores.

Happy camping! May the forest be with you.