Do you have a camping bucket list as a camper?
It’s now the time of year when I look back on our family camping trip and I feel nostalgic and wistful. Summer always seems to go by so fast and while we crammed as much as we possibly could have into it, I wish I could just go back and draw each moment out a little bit longer.
It probably doesn’t help that Tyler’s now in university, living on campus, and I’m missing him!
I thought a camper’s bucket list would be an excellent idea because as a family, we have a pretty basic but important list. I hope you find it helpful:
Get up early
Yes, nature and vacation are synonymous with sleep and rest, however, getting up early allows you to pack more into each day. If your park’s campground has a strict washroom cleaning schedule, you’ll want to make sure you do your business around those times.
Go on a hike
Hiking is awesome, but maybe you’re avoiding it because of the mosquitoes? Take a look at this post, add it to your bucket list, then tie up your hiking boots. Hiking is fantastic for exercise purposes, but aside from that, some of a family’s best conversations happen while on the trail. With so much wildlife to enjoy, and so many breathtaking views to witness, don’t miss out on a chance to go on a hike.
Campfire, of course!
The campfire is another place that amazing family conversations can take place! Learn how to build a fire by checking out this post, gather some snacks and watch the fire. It won’t take long for the conversation to start! On our last camping trip to Algonquin Park, my husband found some Disney instrumental playlists on his phone and challenged us all to guess the movie. It was so much fun, our youngest wanted to play it every night after that. Stay warm and cozy with your family in front of a toasty campfire. Dealing with a fire ban? Here are some ways to make the most of that situation.
Coast along in a canoe
Whether you bring your own or you’re able to rent a canoe, coasting along the peaceful waterways does wonders for the soul and your mood. Bring a bottle of water, some granola, sunscreen, and your fishing supplies if you wish, and enjoy the afternoon on the lake, or peruse the various waterways. Bring peanuts to feed the ducks if you come across any!
This has always been on our bucket list because you just don’t know how many stars you don’t see until you’re out in the middle of nowhere. Take a nighttime stroll (bring a flashlight!) and check out the wonders in the sky. You’ll probably feel an immense sense of peacefulness.
Spend the day at the beach
As a family, we really look forward to this. It feels so decadent to just plop your butt in the sand and do nothing, doesn’t it? We bring a beach blanket, bottles of water, sunscreen and our lazy bums and we park it for the better part of the afternoon. Bliss!
Ride your bike
Like canoes, whether you bring your own or have facilities that allow you to rent one, getting on a bike and exploring the campground and surrounding areas as not only great exercise, but it gives you break, too. My husband and I both have Fitbits and have no problem getting our 10K/day when we’re camping because we’re forced to walk everywhere! Taking the bike just switches things up. Grab a map of the park and explore!
Take tons of pictures
I don’t care if your followers are sick to death of your great family camping photos on Instagram (hi, that’s me!), take the pictures. Whether you share the majority of them or not, you won’t regret taking them later on down the road. Save them, and back them up to a secondary location, hopefully, a cloud-based storage area, and keep them safe. Print and frame one or ten, and definitely look at them in the dead of winter for some warm memories.
Does this camping bucket list cover everything you might want to do on a camping trip? What would you add?