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5 Tips for Planning Epic Summer Camping Trips

The Yervana Staycation Series is your guide to staying local but keeping your travel spirits high! Summer is just around the corner so we’re getting ready for epic weekend-long adventures and the camping season!

Whether you’re an avid weekend warrior or you’re craving a little more adventure in your life, this summer is the perfect opportunity to get out and explore your local area. Are you ready to start planning epic adventures and summer camping trips? Keep reading for our camping planning tips!

Get Camp Season Ready with these 5 Planning Tips! 

Camping season is right around the corner and while travel is still limited, camping gives us the perfect opportunity to escape the city life and connect with nature. Whether you’re a weekend warrior looking to get out and explore new areas or you’re in need of a little staycation to just sit back and relax, we’ve got 5 tips on how to plan an epic camping trip this summer for all types of campers!

1. Decide What Kind of ‘Camper’ You Are

Camping is all about sleeping under the stars, exploring and appreciating nature, indulging in traditional camp eats and enjoying the company of who you are with.

When it comes to how you camp there are options! Does the idea of pitching a tent under the stars and cooking your meals over an open flame sound enticing? Or does the thought of sleeping under a roof and enjoying coffee from the comforts provided by a campervan or RV sound like the perfect getaway?

Whether you’re pitching a rent, towing your camp trailer, or heading out in a converted campervan, camping is an incredible experience in nature.

2. Choose Your Adventure

No two camping trips are alike, which is why we love camping so much! Whether you plan camp-side adventures or head out for the day on a tour, there are so many fun things to choose! Most campsites provide many nearby attractions that can help you stay as busy or as relaxed as you’d like to be.

Depending on your location, try your hand at hiking, bird watching, biking, kayaking or spending time on the water. After the sun goes down, enjoy the lack of city lights and take in some serious star gazing.

Need some more ideas? Discover local-lead adventures around your camping area.

3. Plan Your Menu

This might be our favourite part! Which meals will you have on the trip? You can bring all your ingredients and chef around the fire or prepare meals and cook them on a propane stove. Looking for more of a glamping experience? Plan trips into nearby towns to get a taste of local cuisines! Pick a new local restaurant every day and find your favourite.

4. Map Out Your Stay

The camping experience you’re looking for depends heavily on where you decide to go camping. If you’re really looking to get get off the beaten path for the weekend, you’ll want a more secluded camping site. However, if you want to get out of town, but still have the amenities being close to civilization offers, then you’ll opt for a more frontcountry camping location.

When it comes to where you’re going to camp, you can either plan your trip in advance and book your campsites or opt to find a campsite while on route. Provincial campsites tend to fill up even before camping season begins so you need to plan ahead and book in fast!

Don’t get discouraged however if all the spots are booked before you’ve decided on where you want to go. Most campsites offer first-come-first-serve spots, so if you like to live on the edge a little this can be a fun way to start your trip with the anticipation of not knowing exactly which campground you’ll end up staying at. Make sure to have a few options to try out and backup plan if they are all booked!

5. Enjoy the Moments

In the end, the point of camping is to escape from the city life, relax and have fun with your friends or family while enjoying the outdoors!

Share your local camping adventures with us by tagging your photos with #MyBackyardAdventure on Instagram for a chance to be featured on our page!

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