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How to Prepare for a Camping Trip

Whether you're heading out for a weekend of Cruise Inn camping or are going off the grid completely, there's nothing quite like the rustic simplicity of spending a few nights in the great outdoors. Before you embark on a camping trip, it's important to be prepared for anything you might encounter once at your campgrounds. Here are three ways to get ready for your adventure.

Plan in Advance

Before embarking on any trip, it's important to ensure that campgrounds will be open. Check with the specific parks you want to visit beforehand to learn about any closures, especially during winter. Availability can also depend on the park's popularity, so call ahead to find out if your destination has a peak season.

Know Your Destination Regulations

If you plan to stay with us at a camping ground, spend some time getting to know the rules before you go. Certain locations and RV parks, for example, will have specific regulations for food, fireworks, and tents. Check with your destination camp ground before you leave if you're unsure of any policies.

Bring Ample Food and Water

Be sure to pack enough food for three meals and a few snacks per day. Unless you have a refrigerator, bringing perishable items like dairy and meat is not recommended. Bring more water and food than you think you'll need in the event you encounter bad weather or unexpected delays.

Take a First Aid Kit

Although your safety is our number one priority, it's important to keep a first aid kit handy in your RV or camping gear in the event of an emergency. It's also important to brush up on basic first aid practices so you know already know what to do before any high-stress scenario.

Beat the Crowds

If your park does have a peak season, there are many ways to beat the crowds. The easiest is to book as far in advance as possible, or be prepared to arrive early to stake out the best campsite. If you'd prefer to avoid the crowds altogether, consider visiting outside of peak season or try going to a lesser-known national park or campground. Weekdays are typically less busy than weekends, so make the most of your days off if you can.

Watch out for Construction

Road construction can really throw a wrench into your plans. Unfortunately, most road construction overlaps with summer peak season. You can give yourself a leg up by learning about any road closures ahead of time and planning an alternate route. Leave extra time in your traveling schedule to accommodate for any delays.

Bring Everything You Need for Different Activities

Camping isn't just about pitching a tent or parking your RV! Don't forget to pack everything you need to enjoy your trip. This includes preparing for activities like hiking, fishing, hunting, and any others you plan on doing.

Have Fun!

You should never feel tethered to your campsite. Get out there and enjoy your surroundings! The country's national parks often offer access to additional recreational activities like fly fishing and even whitewater rafting depending where you are.

By taking the time to prepare well for yout trip, you'll be on the road to a fun and trouble-free camping adventure.

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