Now that spring is officially here, you’d better start getting ready for a camping trip if you haven’t already. The weather is perfect this time of year. Spring camping is also one of the best ways to get out of winter depression that hits so many of us. Months of staying inside out of the cold can do a number on you from a psychological perspective.
Before you just head out in your RV or with your trusty tent, you need to be sure you come to the campground prepared for a seriously fun time. This means packing all the essentials you’ll need, but also thinking about the extra items to include in your camping gear. Though not necessarily essential, packing with food and entertainment in mind will ensure a fun and relaxing trip.
Making the most of a spring camping trip means having plenty of ways to entertain yourself and the others on your trip. While hiking, swimming, mountain biking, and other common outdoor activities are a great way to spend the day, at some point, you’re bound to find yourself hanging out at the campground.
That’s where outdoor games come in. You can set up a badminton or volleyball net, get out the cornhole boards and bags, play some horseshoes, or just toss around a football or baseball. Looking for inspiration? Check out our complete list of perfect family games for the campground to ensure no one gets bored.
A Portable Grill
While your RV will have a kitchen in it that you can use to cook meals, there’s nothing quite like grilling out on a beautiful spring day. Some RVs come with their own outdoor kitchens and grills. If yours has an outdoor kitchen, then you don’t need to bring a portable grill along.
However, if you don’t have a built in outdoor cookspace, consider getting yourself a nice portable grill that you can put in your RV’s storage space or you whatever vehicle you use for camping. The key to a great RV grills is to keep it compact. If you don’t know where to start looking, explore this list of great portable grills for RVers. The grill makes cooking up some hamburgers, hotdogs, or whatever else you want to have easy and will eliminate a mess inside the RV. If you’re in a tent, this item is a must.
As you start to think of meals for the campground, do whatever prep work you can ahead of time. Browse our collection of cooking recipes perfect for RV travel to get the ideas flowing.
At night, sitting around a campfire chatting, telling stories, or simply taking a moment to relax is always better with some S’mores. That’s why you should make sure to bring along all that you’ll need to make them, including S’more sticks, marshmallows, graham crackers, and of course chocolate. If your campground bans open fire, try crafting this DIY solar oven for s’more making. It’s a fun craft for kids with a tasty reward.
If you want, you can also use the marshmallow sticks to cook other foods like hotdogs if you feel like having a meal over a campfire instead of having one cooked on your portable grill.
Trampolines, Bouncers & Floating Mats
Camping season is synonymous with long days spent at the lake. There’s no better way to keep cool in the Summer than by floating in the water with an ice-cold beverage in hand. Or, for high octane family fun, a water trampoline or bounce platform is endless entertainment that will surely tire out the kids. Find the perfect bouncer or floating mat to bring along on your next long weekend by the water.
Don’t limit yourself to the land. Explore on the water with a kayak, paddle board, or canoe. An excellent arm and core workout, paddle sports are good for the body and mind. Slowly float with the current of the river while you pull off on the shore at your leisure to skip rocks or cool off creekside.
You may think that a watercraft is too cumbersome to bring along in your RV, but that’s not true. Inflatable paddle boards, inflatable kayaks, and origami folding kayaks are both excellent options for RV travel.
With these camping supplies, you’re bound to have a wonderful time! Do you have anything else you’d add to this list? Leave a comment below!