5 Ways to Simplify Your Next Camping Trip

It's no secret that camping in one of my all time favorite activities. But I won't lie, it is a lot of work gathering equipment, planning meals, packing and loading the vehicle. Add kids and it can be downright overwhelming; but it doesn't have to be.

We got back from our camping trip to Palo Duro Canyon State Park last month and I was reminded that practice makes perfect. My husband and I have been camping together for eight years and at this point have a routine for when we get to the camp ground, pack up at the end of the trip and unpack when we get home. It has taken a lot of practice and it wasn't a spoken agreement; we just kind of do what what we are good at and stay out of each other's way. Camping has gotten exponentially easier since we have gotten into our rhythm.

But it took us a while to get to this point and, if you are single, you don't always go with the same people. So in the mean time here are few ways you can simplify your camping trips.

Keep it short and close to home. Don't feel like you have to make every trip a mega adventure. Microadventures can be just as fun and a lot less stressful. I love what 100 Peaks has to say about microadventures. The important thing is to get out there!
Our favorite campground close to home. The Chickasaw National Recreation Area.
Bring no-cook meals or go out for dinner. Stoves and dutch ovens are clunky and take up a lot of space. I love cooking with them but when I want to simplify I cook over the fire, bring cold cuts or just find a fun restaurant close by.
Keep camping gear organized. We clean and organize our gear at the campsite or before we put it away when we get home. I replenish any supplies that are low before putting the gear away. Then when it is time for our next trip we just have to load everything into the car.
Bring less equipment. Seems impossible but there are plenty of space saving options. Check out my post Space Saving Tips for Family Car Camping for my favorite ideas and some of my favorite gear at the bottom of this post.
Enjoy activities that don't require equipment. Hiking, scavenger hunts, nature centers and ranger programs to name a few. The possibilities are endless. We rarely bring toys for the kids when we camp. We have so much fun around the campfire and exploring.

Your turn. How do you help your camping trips remain manageable?

Some of our favorite space saving equipment. (aff link, Thank you for clicking through to purchase these products, a very, very small portion of the sales help support this blog)


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