It’s that time of year when we get a long weekend and bid farewell to another (hopefully awesome) summer. If you’re heading out on a traditional (or not so traditional) Labor Day camp trip, you’re in good company; camping on Labor Day is a time-honored American tradition. But a long weekend spent camping can also be stressful.
Labor Day Camping Trip Tips
Keep things light (literally) and easy by following our best tips for a low-stress weekend:
Stay Close to Home
If you want to keep things simple, choose a campsite close to home. And with the beautiful scenery around us, there’s no need to travel miles and miles (during one of the year’s busiest travel weekends!). Pick a spot within an hour of home base and make the most of it!
Don’t Stay too Long
Long camping trips are great, but they take a lot of planning, shopping for food and packing up gear. If you want something casual and stress-free, just plan for a night or two. Not only will this be less stressful, but you’ll also have some time to relax or get organized at home, so you’re not going back to work or school tired and frazzled.
Organize Your Gear
If you camp often (and if you own an RV, we certainly hope you do!), keep your gear organized so it’s easy to grab at a moment’s notice. Make sure you’ve got all your essentials together, like batteries, lighters, paper plates, toilet paper, charcoal, etc. If you’re taking the RV, just keep it stocked – it’ll make it easy to pull out of the driveway and onto the road!
Family road trip? Don’t take all the responsibilities on yourself! Make each member of the family responsible for something, like packing their own bags, creating menus or shopping for food and supplies.
When you’re camping, the less stuff you bring, the better. If you have a nice camera on your cell phone, don’t feel the need to pack an extra. Ditch the pajamas; sleeping in sweats and t-shirts is what camping is all about! The more items you can multi-purpose, the less you’ll have to plan (and pack!).
Are you camping this weekend? Tell us where you’re headed!