If hiking and camping are what your family love to do, then consider planning a vacation based on these activities. This article will help you plan a fun and safe vacation in the wilderness or campground of your choice. Read on for more information to ensure you have all the bases covered before you travel to your destination.
The great outdoors is truly a wonderful playground for the whole family to explore. However, you want to be safe, especially if children are involved, so the first step is to chose a family friendly spot for your trip. One of the best ways to find a good location for camping and hiking is by asking your friends about the places they have enjoyed on their family vacations. Find out if they used a particular travel agency to help plan their excursion, where they stayed and what worked out and what did not. Don’t be afraid to tap your friends knowledge and experience, because often this is the best possible source of useful travel information.
Once you have some ideas of the area or region you want to visit, hit the internet and research the area for interesting trails or campgrounds. Find out if ranger guided excursions are available and accommodate children. These guide tours can be very educational and fun for every member of the family. Often, the guides will share historical or geographical information along the trail making for a more interesting hike.
Research geological formations near your destination. A side trip to visit a cave, river or unusual outcropping can be a fun break from your campground home base. Make sure you are prepared for anything, so bring swim wear, rain gear and warm underwear and outerwear. The weather can be very unpredictable so keep this in mind.
Purchase maps of all parks or wildlife preserves you plan to hike so you will not end up lost. Always call home and let someone know where you are going and check in each night. That way, if you don’t check in, you will have someone who knows how to find you.
Make sure your gear is in good shape before you leave home. Assemble your tent and look for problems like leaks or tears that will need to be repaired. Fire up your cook stove to make sure it works. You don’t want to find out at the campsite that your equipment is broken.
When you embark on a hiking excursion that will last more than an hour it is best to bring some water and food along. All members of the hiking party should carry two liters of water. It may be heavy but this way, if any delays or problems occur, you will have enough water to fend off dehydration. Trail mix, protein bars and jerky are great trail foods that do not weigh very much and offer a lot of sustenance.
A little planning up front can make your trip go smoother. By using these tips you should be able to plan a safe and fun outdoor vacation your whole family will enjoy. So, start your research now and put together a plan to enjoy the beauty of nature alone, or with your family.