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How To Plan a Camping Trip To Visit National Parks

Camping is a fun activity that lets you really appreciate nature and bond over quality time spent together with friends and family. If you have been wanting to check out some of the nation's best parks, such as Yosemite and Yellowstone, then consider planning an exciting camping trip. A camp experience will let you truly see all the aspects of what each park has to offer, and won't interrupt your sight-seeing time with hours spent in the car traveling to a hotel.

Be Physically Ready for the Challenge

Take stock of your physical fitness before you set out on a camping trip. There are all different styles available, but this type of lodging usually requires a lot more preparation and set up. You may need to carry your gear with you to a remote campsite, and setting up your tent and making a fire can also be physically demanding. Make sure you know what you are getting into, and that all members of your group will be able to handle it.

Good health is a prerequisite for some of the more demanding activities offered by camping, such as trekking up mountainous trails and kayaking on the lake. Paying attention to your physical health will not only let you live a better quality life overall, but makes these kinds of adventures attainable and allow you to thrive and live fully. What is thrive you may ask? Simply the ability to flourish and succeed in all your endeavors, which comes in handy when you want to plan an epic nature trip.

Create a Budget

Sticking to a budget is part of any vacation. Before you go, take a look at your financials and decide what amount you can comfortably spend. Choose locations that make the most of your money. Camping is the perfect lodging option to keep costs low. Entrance to campgrounds is typically a fraction of what a hotel would cost you.

Map Out Your Trip

If you want to hit more than one location, you need to create a timeline and itinerary for yourself. Consider the amount of time it will take to travel between different national parks and try to pick ones that are a relatively close distance to one another, or that offer other landmarks and highlights to see in between. You don't want to spend the bulk of your vacation in the car.

Know the Park and Campground Features

Any national park that you choose to visit will have a visitors center with information to make your stay enjoyable, but knowing what to expect beforehand saves time and lets you plan better. Take a look at the websites so your group can prioritize which activities are a must, and what can go on the wish list in case of extra time.

Know what type of camping facilities are there as well. Some places have cabins or allow for RVs, while others are strictly primitive camping and require you to bring all of your supplies with you.

Pack Carefully

Keep in mind your planned events and the prospective weather when you pack your bags. Camping gear, food preparation equipment, and chairs are essentials if you plan to pitch a tent in a campground or designated off-trail areas. The proper clothing to guard against cold or rainy weather is another important factor. Layers are always a good idea so you can easily throw on a jacket in the cooler evenings.

Don't forget special supplies like your kayak if that is a focal point of your trip, and proper hiking boots and other safety gear.

Have a Plan for Bad Weather

In case the weather doesn't allow for a lot of outdoor activities, you should have a few back ups in mind. A rainy weekend doesn't have to derail your plan to soak up as much nature as possible, but you might want to know the location of nearby restaurants or shops to give yourself a break once in awhile.

Wherever you decide to go, remember to relax and enjoy yourself. Camping is an adventure and a chance to slow down the pace of life while you marvel at the beauty that nature has to offer.

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